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Online programme makes good read

Season-ticket holders, who can access it free, and others who have paid £15 for the whole season, have already been emailed to tell them our online programme for the Whitehaven game is now available.

It’s 24 all-colour pages are packed with news, views, features and pictures, mainly on Roughyeds naturally, but also looking at the forthcoming World Cup an other issues within the game.

Fans who have already accessed previous programmes this season have passed very favourable comments and have particularly enjoyed the Q and A features on past and present players with pictures from their private and family albums.

The issue for the Whitehaven game includes a two-page special on the man behind the powerful forward strides we’ve made to engage fans via our social media platforms and the two young supporters who have jumped on board to deliver a weekly Roughyeds podcast.

It’s £15 for the season or only £2.50 if you want to access a single programme to get a taste of what’s on offer.

OUR former centre Darren Abram, who now has two sons contracted to Roughyeds, Dan and Jamie, will be guest summariser for the second time when the Whitehaven game is streamed live by Our League tomorrow (Sat).

In the past few weeks John Fieldhouse and Steve McCormack have also donned the ear phones to give their views and to add to the enjoyment of the Our League experience.

This is also free to Oldham season-ticket holders and only £4.95 to anyone else if purchased before midnight tonight (Fri). After midnight it goes up to £10, so it pays to be on the ball.

MAY 7, that’s today, is a red-letter day in the history of rugby league in the Oldham and Rochdale areas because it’s exactly 100 years ago today that, for the first time, Roughyeds and Hornets played a friendly for the Infirmary Cup with all proceeds going to two Infirmaries, one in each town.

The NHS wasn’t born for another 27 years and the hospitals were in need of every penny they could get, probably more so then even than they are today.

A trophy was denoted by the Rochdale MP, the Right Hon .A J Law, and the seeds were sown for what was to eventually become the Law Cup.

The first game, on this day in 1921, ended in a 0-0 draw at the Athletic Grounds and there was a replay at Watersheddings a few days later.

Oldham won this one 12-2 and captain Joe Ferguson had the honour of being the first player to hold aloft the trophy that was to later become known as the Law Cup.

If you fancy a tipple today raise a glass to the Law Cup and to those with the foresight to get it going exactly a century ago. Like so many things in rugby league it has stood the test of time.

Let’s remember that when next we are going head to head with our derby rivals from just down the road.


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