No charge for Owen and Middlehurst

ROUGHYEDS have received a double tonic ahead of the Bank Holiday Monday clash with Sheffield Eagles at Bower Fold (3pm kick-off).

Hooker Gareth Owen and second-row forward Gary Middlehurst, who were both sin-binned in the second half at Bradford, will receive no further sanction from the RFL.

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Songs of Praise

THERE will be a big rugby league slant on this Sunday’s ‘Songs of Praise’ TV programme on BBC 1 at 5.15pm. It will feature the story behind the recruitment and formation of the Fans’ Choir, which will sing the traditional Wembley hymn, ‘Abide With Me’ on the famous pitch before the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final between Hull FC and Warrington Wolves.

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Steve Gartland

THE life of former Oldham, Rochdale Hornets and Swinton Lions player Steve Gartland, who died last week aged 45, will be celebrated at Wembley tomorrow during the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final between Warrington Wolves and Hull FC.

In the sixth minute of the game, a crowd expected to top 80,000 will stand and do an impromptu minute’s applause in memory of Steve, who also had close connections with the Mayfield amateur club in Rochdale.

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Sheffield game takes us down memory lane

PHIL Joy will make his 100th appearance for the ‘new’ Oldham club on Monday . . . just 20 years and four days after Scott Ranson scored a try hat-trick for the ‘old’ club in the last competitive game to be played at Watersheddings.

And what links ‘old’ and ‘new’ ? Sheffield Eagles, the opposition on both occasions.

Back in 1996, the last match of the inaugural Super League summer season on August 25 coincided with the end of serious rugby in the famous, yet by then run-down old stadium.

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Will the “dog” bark and snarl ?

OLDHAM RL fans hope Mark Aston got it right when he said: “The team we play on Monday have a bit of dog and fight in them.”

Roughyeds didn’t do much barking and snarling when beaten 82-0 at Bradford, but Scott Naylor expects them to show their teeth against Aston’s Sheffield Eagles at Bower Fold on Monday (3pm kick-off).

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Grimshaw signs new deal

DANNY Grimshaw, a senior citizen of the Oldham squad at the age of 30, has signed a new one-year deal to keep him at the club for a second season.

The former Hunslet Hawks half-back, who is currently being rested because of a long-standing groin problem, has played most of his 19 games for Roughyeds this year in the centre, demonstrating a willingness to move out of his comfort zone for the benefit of his team and his club.

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Sinfield joins RFL as Rugby Director

The RFL are pleased to announce that Kevin Sinfield MBE has joined the governing body in the role of Rugby Director starting on Thursday, September 1, 2016.

Sinfield will split his time between the Performance & Development department at Red Hall, the RFL’s headquarters in Leeds, and with the Commercial, Marketing and Communications teams based at Media City UK in Manchester.

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Club apology after 82-0 defeat

OLDHAM Rugby League Club have apologised to supporters, sponsors and other stakeholders for the team’s “unacceptable” performance in last Sunday’s 82-0 hammering by Bradford Bulls at the Provident Stadium.

Bradford’s full-time professionals ran in 15 tries — five of them by centre Kris Welham —- to inflict Oldham’s biggest defeat since they were smashed 84-0 at Widnes in 1999.

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Winger Jamel signs new deal

DESPITE that 82-0 hammering at Bradford, winger Jamel Chisholm is confident that Oldham RL Club will do enough over the remaining four games of the season to stay clear of the Championship Shield’s bottom two.

“I know that mathematically we can still be caught, but for me the win at Swinton Lions cliched our survival,” said the 23-year-old former Leeds Rhinos junior, latest of Scott Naylor’s men to sign a new one-year contract to cover 2017.

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Spencer pulls no punches

LEE Spencer pulled no punches when describing how rock-bottom Roughyeds slumped to a heavy 82-0 defeat at Bradford.

“They were beaten before they went out —- and as a coaching team we were disgusted by the players’ attitude out there,” said assistant coach Spencer, speaking on behalf of the Naylor-Spencer-Carey coaching triumvirate.

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