OLDHAM Rugby League Club’s popular end-of-season Awards Night is back.
It didn’t happen in 2020 because of Covid restrictions and the fact that the season was curtailed in its infancy, but the club can announce that, for the first time since the autumn of 2019, the Awards Night this year will be held at the Oldham Event Centre, Boundary Park on Saturday, October 23, 7pm for 7.30pm.
The venue forms part of the North Stand at Boundary Park and claims on its website to be “Oldham’s premier venue for events, conferences, functions, weddings and exhibitions.”
Tickets, priced at £15 per head and including potato-pie supper, are available NOW via the Roughyeds' ticket page.
Players will be in attendance, as will Brian McDermott and Brendan Sheridan, who had the coaching reigns in the latter part of the 2021 season.
Two years ago, when Roughyeds were celebrating promotion to the Betfred Championship, full-back Ritchie Hawkyard won two awards — the then coach Scott Naylor’s top gun prize and the players' player-of-the-year award.
The former award was sponsored by the Heritage Trust and presented by the Trust’s Michael Turner.
Hawkyard’s second trophy, voted on by his peers, was sponsored by the Past Players and presented by that association’s secretary Joe Warburton and the then club captain Gareth Owen.
For the second year in a row, back-row forward Liam Bent was named the Supporters' player of the year, an award sponsored by ORSA and presented by its chairman, John McAndrew.
Chris Williams, a masseur in the 2019 match-day backroom team, was named Club-person of the Year, sponsored by Pam Taylor and LTS and presented by Pam.
Finally, the Unsung Hero prize went to 71-year-old Peter Gray, the club’s official video operator who filmed every home game for use by both the RFL and the club’s coaching staff.
Fans are able to vote for their 2021 player of the year at this voting page.