Date published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

SO what is ‘Joining Jack’ and who is Phil Mayall ?

‘Joining Jack’ (in the fight to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy) is a charity established by former Wigan player Andy Johnson and his wife Alex who, in October, 2011, were told that their four-year-old son Jack had this incurable muscle wasting disease.

Many famous people have got behind fund-raising which will go towards research into finding a cure for DMD. You may have seen Super League players, for example, joining their fingers together over their heads when they have scored a try — a sign that they are involved in ‘Joining Jack’.

Phil Mayall is working hard to support the charity as a former amateur rugby league player himself with Waterhead and Saddleworth Rangers and now, as a resident of Wigan, a Warriors supporter.

He will be running in the Liverpool marathon on October 14, with all his sponsorship going to ‘Joining Jack’, but in the meantime donations can be made on-line at

You can also get all the information you need about the charity by going on-line to

Says Phil: “I was born and bred in Oldham and I supported my hometown club all my young life up to the time when I got married and moved to Wigan.

“My daughter is involved in ‘Joining Jack’ through school and I felt that, as the charity is being embraced by the wider rugby league family and community, it would be nice to go back to my roots and involve my home-town club.”

But there’s more than that to Phil’s involvement with the Roughyeds. Let our club chairman Chris Hamilton take up the story.

Said Chris: “For some time now Phil, a chartered surveyor, has been a key member of the team we have put together to assist the club on ground development at Whitebank.

“He puts in a lot of time and expertise on this project, for which I am very grateful.

“Without his invaluable assistance we would not be making the progress we are, albeit that from a fan’s perspective there is frustration because there is nothing sufficiently tangible to see just yet.

“This will be changing soon and when it does it will reflect the enormous amount of work which has been undertaken to date.

“We are working hard towards being in a position in which we can then update supporters in relation to ground development work.

“The ‘Joining Jack’ charity has become synonymous with Rugby League in the past few weeks and we hope people will donate generously to assist Phil in raising as much money as possible for the charity.”

Added Phil: “I’m a chartered surveyor with Muse Developments based in Salford Quays.

“I’ve still got a big soft spot for Oldham Rugby, and I always will, and when I heard of Chris’s trials and tribulations about the ground I wondered if I could help in any way, so I gave him a call.

“If nothing else it made me feel less guilty about being an Oldhamer born and bred and now watching Wigan.

“Happily, it soon became clear when we talked that I probably would be able to help so that’s how I come to be involved. I’ve been able to help him on various aspects of the project and I will be delighted to carry on doing so. It’s my way of putting a little bit back into the club I always supported as a boy and the club I still watch out for if only from a distance.”


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