ORSA cheque

Date published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
OLDHAM RL Club’s assistant boss Lee Spencer, who was at Salford amateur club Folly Lane for 21 years as player and coach, single-handedly raised £600 when he joined forces with other Folly Lane stalwarts on a coast-to-coast sponsored cycle ride from Morecambe to Bridlington.
Everybody else’s sponsorship went to the amateur club, but ‘Spanner’ Spencer split his equally between Folly Lane and ORSA, the Oldham Roughyeds’ Supporters’ Association.
He then asked Folly Lane treasurer Steve McCormack and two of his former team mates at the amateur club, Warren Hope and Andy Wareing, to hand over the £300 cheque on his behalf.
Andy crashed in a forest near York, while taking part in the 170-mile event, and suffered a compound fracture of the upper arm.
“It was a tough ride, but it was for two very good causes,” said ‘Spanner’. “ORSA helps us out a lot and I felt it would be nice to give something back and to show how much ORSA is appreciated by myself, Scott (head coach Naylor) and the boys.”
Said ORSA chairman Nigel Marland: “This was a fantastic gesture by Lee. How many coaches would do something like that for their club’s supporters’ organisation ?”
Their latest donation paid for the provision of ice baths for the players to enable them to recover quickly after the home game against Gloucester in time for the Rochdale derby clash at Spotland only four days later.
Left to right: Roary (Roughyeds’ mascot), Grant Somerville (ORSA), Warren Hope (Folly Lane), Andy Wareing (Folly Lane), Sheila Somerville (ORSA), Steve McCormack (Folly Lane).