ROARY’S Pride, the junior supporters' club that was forced to hit the buffers because of Covid-19, the pandemic and the various lockdowns and restrictions over the last two years, will be back soon.
David Murgatroyd, who runs the club with his son Nathan, has confirmed that the hugely popular ‘Pride’ club for youngsters from babies up to and including 15-year-olds, will be up and running again as soon as Covid restrictions permit.
“We can’t wait,” said David. “Pride made a terrific impact in 2019 and then along came the pandemic and we had no option but to close down and take a back seat.
“We are now looking forward to a fresh start in the club’s 25th Anniversary season and we are aiming to make Pride bigger and better than before — a must for all juniors with a love for Roughyeds.”
Membership, and attendance at meetings and functions, will give juniors access to the players and other club ‘insiders’ and priority will be given to Pride lads and lassies for appointments as match-day player escorts, flag bearers and mascots.
Arrangements will be made for young fans to join and pay an annual membership fee online and in the meantime David and his helpers will set about the task of buying goodies bags, as they did two years ago.
Membership will include branded Roary’s Pride merchandise, including the goodies bag, badge, wrist band and club scarf with Rugby Oldham, the Supporters' Trust, again expected to sponsor Pride, as they did last time.
Plans are being made to take Pride members on a tour of Oldham Civic Centre, but it can’t happen until current Covid restrictions are over
“As Oldhamers, we have an awful lot of which to be proud in our town and borough and when the very being of our young supporters' club is all about Pride — in ourselves, in our town, in our club, in our squad and in our team — it seems appropriate to have a look at what the Civic Centre has to offer.”
Roary’s Pride activities will be widely and regularly reported on the Roughyeds' website and its social media platforms.
More information, including details of how to join, will be made available soon when Roary’s Pride — named after the parent club’s much loved and revered lion mascot — is ready to be re-launched.