“Come dine with US !”

Date published: Tuesday, November 4, 2014
AUTUMN is traditionally the season for rugby dinners and we have TWO coming up at Whitebank later this month.
First up, on Saturday, November 22 is a sporting dinner — for men and women — to mark the testimonial of Neil Roden, a player who gave absolutely fantastic service to our club and who was still heavily involved up to the end of last season as our reserve-team coach.
His record speaks for itself — 296 games (a club record), 113 tries (another club record) and a player who joined us as a 19-year-old in 2000 and is still here as a member of the backroom staff, now aged 34.
How’s that for service ? How’s that for loyalty ?
Fans now have the opportunity to repay all that ‘Rats’ has given the club over more than a decade by supporting him at his dinner, which will include a three-course meal for £25 a head. Guest speaker will be Andy Gregory, the former Wigan and Great Britain scrum-half, widely regarded as one of this country’s best post-war half-backs.
Hosting the event will be Radio Manchester’s Jack Dearden, himself an Oldhamer, and there will be a full review of Neil’s brilliant Roughyeds’ career.
There isn’t a lot of time, so pick up the phone as soon as possible and ring either Neil Roden on 07919446600 or ORSA chairman John McAndrew on 0161 633 1791 to book your tickets and arrange to make your payment.
Next up, a week later on Saturday, November 29, is the club’s annual end-of-season dinner and presentations evening which is traditionally a superb evening’s entertainment for all Roughyeds’ supporters and especially for those diehard fans who backed the boys at every game, starting with that abandoned contest in the freezing Welsh Valleys on March 2 and ending with Grand Final defeat by Hunslet in heartbreaking circumstances at Headingley Carnegie on October 5.
Arguably the biggest social gathering on the Oldham RL calendar, this is also for mixed company and also includes a three-course meal for £25 a head, 7pm for 7.30pm.
There will be a full review of the season, in which Roughyeds were proud to be the only side unbeaten at home in Kingstone Press Championship One, and numerous presentations made to players, headed by coach Scott Naylor’s choice as player of the year and the supporters’ choice as player of the year, for which you can vote online now on the appropriate form.
This is also your chance to meet the players, check up on who has signed again for the new season in the 14-club Kingstone Press League One, and listen to the prize winners being interviewed on stage and looking ahead to 2015.
Definitely, an occasion not to be missed. For tickets, more information or general inquiries about the dinner ring Janet at the club on 0161 624 9630, extension 70552. You go through to Oasis Academy Oldham, but then key in the extension number to go through to the Oldham RLFC office.