Historic day for Scholarship side

Date published: Saturday, June 25, 2011

DON’T forget that today (Saturday) is an historic one for Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd given that we are launching our new scholarship under-18s side in their game at Whitebank against Workington Town, which kicks off at 2.30pm.

We have had some good publicity in the build-up to the game, notably in Thursday night’s Oldham Evening Chronicle, and we are urging as many fans as possible to get to the ground to offer their support to these very keen youngsters, who have been training with us for several months under the direction of Phil Costin.

They have been looking forward to this day for a very long time and it would be very encouraging for them to run out to good support from a decent following.

In recent weeks the boys have been training twice a week, most of them making a 70-mile round trip or more — a big commitment not only from them but also from parents, family friends and others who assist in the travel and driving.

About an hour or so before the game we have arranged for a squad photograph to be taken because this is not only a landmark for each of the boys but also for the Roughyeds club.

Admission to today’s game is £4 adults and £2 concessions. The bar in the social club will be open from 1pm and, as usual, refreshments will be available inside the ground before and during the game.

We are now operating at three levels — under-18s scholarship, the Reserves who are going well under John Hough in the under-23s Reserve Championship and the first team under Tony Benson in Co-operative Championship One.

You may have read that the Reserves won at York on Thursday night to record their fourth win in a row and to consolidate their position in the top three.

The senior side goes to Gateshead Thunder tomorrow (Sunday) and if you are looking for transport it would be a good idea to ring The Junction Inn, 13 Ripponden Road, Oldham on 0161 633 2759 or you could email them to: junctioninn@hotmail.co.uk

Mike Nuttall and Mark Corbett, who have taken over the pub, are planning to run transport to every away game, the cost to depend on how many bookings they get.

They are also planning to operate free return buses between the pub and Whitebank for all home games, including the reserves and the scholarship games.

They are working hard to develop The Junction — situated near the junction of Ripponden Road and Huddersfield Road across from Hill Stores — into a “rugby pub” and to that end they have acquired a lot of club memorabilia; they plan to show as many RL games as possible on TV; they have become membrs of the Oldham Rugby Supporters’ Association (ORSA) and they are sponsoring our two recent signings, Mark McCully and Bruce Johnson.

Since we signed Mark and Bruce we have acquired the services on loan of two young players from Leeds Rhinos, Callum Casey and Danny Bravo, both of whom are in line to make their first-team debuts at Gateshead tomorrow.

Thunder, incidentally, have done a similar deal with Castleford Tigers to sign up two youngsters on dual registration in Clarke Thompson, a 19-year-old prop, and Jonny Payne.