Grand Final T-shirts

Date published: Wednesday, September 15, 2010

ROUGHYEDS are to recognise the club’s magnificent achievement in reaching the Championship One Grand Final for the fourth year in a row by selling specially-designed Grand Final T-shirts.

All red in colour, they carry the humorous message on the front: “Oldham RLFC — annual end-of-season trip”. Wording on the back reads: “2010 Warrington, 2009 Warrington, 2008 Warrington, 2007 Leeds”.

These are references, of course, to the Roughyeds’ Grand Final appearances against Featherstone Rovers in 2007 at Headingley and against Doncaster and Keighley Cougars respectively at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in 2008 and 2009.

For the first time this year, Roughyeds have two weeks to prepare for the final at the Halliwell Jones on Sunday week, September 26 (3.05pm kick off) against York City Knights or Blackpool Panthers who battle it out at York on Sunday for the right to take on Tony Benson’s boys on the big stage.

The longer period for Roughyeds between qualifying and appearing in Co-operative Championship rugby’s end-of-season triple header gives more time for marketing and off-field preparation as well as providing an extra seven days for Tony B to get his squad into shape.

“We’ve had the time this year to commission special T-shirts which reflect how well Roughyeds have done to reach four Grand Finals running,” said club commercial manager Rachael Marsters. “That alone is a terrific record — and one which deserves some recognition — no matter what happens in this year’s final.

“We’ve had no new replica kit this year, but the T-shirts will go some way to compensating for that and it will look fantastic if loads of our supporters are wearing them on the day.

“We will have an army of fans in red and white and this year, for the first time, we’ve got a ground and a clubhouse from where fans can give the team a send-off and then welcome them home — hopefully with the trophy and promotion in the bag.”

T-shirt delivery is expected by the end of this week, but orders are being taken now at the Roughyeds’ office in Lansdowne Road, Chadderton (tel: 0161 628 3677) and a sample T-shirt (see accompanying images) is available for viewing.

They are priced at £12.99 and are available in children’s sizes (all sizes from ages 3 to 11) and adults sizes from extra small to XXL.

The office in Lansdowne Road is open — for the sale of Grand Final tickets as well —- as follows: Wed, Sep 15, to 5pm; Thurs, 9am to 7pm; Friday, 9am to 5pm; Saturday, 10am to noon.

Monday, Sep 20, 9am to 7pm; Tuesday, 9am to 5pm; Wed, 9am to 5pm; Thurs, 9am to 7pm, Friday, 9am to 5pm.