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Mick Coates dies suddenly aged 61

IT is with deep sadness that we pass on the news that one of our former coaches, Mick Coates, has died suddenly at the age of 61 after being taken ill while out riding his bike in Mossley.

He was our assistant coach in 1998, No 2 to Paddy Kirwan, and he then became our head coach for the 1999 season before he was succeeded in 2000 by Mike Ford.

Oldham RLFC chairman Chris Hamilton said:

“Mick was in on things at the very start of our adventure, as Paddy Kirwan’s assistant when Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd started up in our first season in 1998.

“He was head coach in 1999 — our second season — so he had a big part to play in our formative years.

“All at the present-day Roughyeds were shocked and saddened to hear of Mick’s passing. Personally, and on behalf of the club, I would like to convey deepest condolences to all the family.

“Mick was synonymous with the success of Saddleworth Rangers in the club’s glory days and then he served Roughyeds for two years, first as assistant coach and then as head coach.

“He will be sorely missed by the rugby league community in Oldham.”

Mick leaves a wife, Tracy, two grown-up sons, Michael and Liam and a daughter Jodie.

With Mick in charge as coach, Saddleworth Rangers enjoyed a golden era in the 1990s when they won national and other trophies galore and could legitimately claim to be the best amateur side in the country.

Mick devoted much of his life to Rangers and his passing will be felt deeply at Shaw Hall Bank Road, where the club is still coming to terms with the loss in January this year of chairman and former player Shane Wilson.

Mick’s passing is sure to bring back memories of Shane’s loss only a few months ago. Our thoughts are with both families and with the Saddleworth club.

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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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