It’s got Wickes name on it

Date published: Tuesday, July 20, 2010

DIY and Trade giants Wickes — slogan, ‘It’s got our name on it’ — are the latest company to nail down a sponsorship deal with Oldham Rugby League Club.

New pre-match warm-up tops to be worn by the promotion-seeking Roughyeds players will carry the company title in keeping with the Wickes catch-phrase.

And the club will get special deals on materials needed for the ongoing refurbishment of the Roughyeds’ new home at Whitebank Stadium.

“Wickes donated gallons of paint when we were looking for help and rushing to get the ground looking spick and span for the first game in May,” revealed Roughyeds’ commercial manager Rachael Marsters.

“The night before that York game, when staff and fans worked until it went dark to get the ground ready in time, we made five or six visits to Wickes and that was the start of a relationship that has developed rapidly.

“The company has helped us in many ways over the past two and a half months and we are delighted to announce that the partnership will continue, cemented by the new deal incorporating sponsorship of our warm-up tops.”

The deal was endorsed when Rachael and the Roughyeds’ Oldham-born centre Mick Fogerty met Wickes staff and were shown around the company’s Larch Street warehouse, off Manchester Road, which opened last December.

Said store manager Lee Ashworth: “We were impressed by the way Roughyeds tackled their Whitebank project. I’ve been down there a couple of times to see the work that is being done.

“It’s a new venture for the club, as it was for us when we moved across town from Ellen Street to open our new store here a few months ago.

“We were keen to get involved with the community and we are looking forward to an ongoing relationship with Roughyeds which I feel sure will be of mutual benefit.”

On the day Roughyeds were in the store, warehouse staff Carl Kay and Matt Wood were keen to talk rugby with Fogerty, while Samaira Iqbal, the store’s adviser on kitchens and bathrooms, made tentative plans with Rachael to visit Whitebank to watch her first game of rugby league.