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Congrats to Rangers — 91 years young

CONGRATULATIONS are due to Saddleworth Rangers on reaching their 91st anniversary.

If you’re thinking it strange that that they should be celebrating 91 years when they did little to recognise 90 not out that’s because Covid was at its worst this time last year and any recognition had to be put on hold.

So its 91, not 90 — and as club president and acting chairman Terry Flanagan MBE says in a superbly professional, limited edition Anniversary brochure:

“The last ten years have been a whirlwind of progress at Rangers with giant strides being made, all down to the brilliant effort by committee, members, sponsors and supporters.”

Kevin Fitzpatrick, one of several Rangers lads who went on to play for their hometown senior club, Oldham RLFC, and now a leading North-West radio and TV journalist, can be mighty proud of his career in journalism — and of his efforts in putting together such a distinctive and polished Rangers brochure.

Sponsored by chartered accountants, James Scott, and beautifully illustrated with pictures old and new, it’s a snip at £5 for anyone with Rangers connections or indeed anyone with an interest in rugby league in the Oldham area.

Roughyeds will be well represented at the Rangers' celebration dinner at the White Hart, Lydgate on Friday, as will other local rugby league organisations, just as they were at the Oldham Players' Association’s annual dinner at St Herbert’s on Broadway and again at the Roughyeds' Awards Night at the Oldham Event Centre at Boundary Park last Saturday.

Rugby Oldham were there, represented by chairman Mike Kivlin and his wife Sue and by secretary Ian Wilson and his wife Joy; as was the Players' Association (secretary Joe Warburton and Tony Finan) and the Heritage Trust (Mike Turner and his wife Mary).

Said Joe, whose Players' Association will have two tables at the Rangers' dinner:

“These are difficult times for rugby league and we must all pull together and support each other for the future well-being of rugby league in our town and surrounding districts.”

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