Roughyeds newsround

Date published: Monday, April 12, 2010


1 — The club is planning to run a supporters’ bus to the Carnegie Challenge Cup tie at Hunslet on Sunday, but it must have at least ten bookings before it can be given the green light. Price per head will be £7.50 and the bus will leave Mecca Bingo at 12.45pm and the Black Horse on Ripponden Road at 1.00pm. Bookings as soon as possible please to the club on 0161 628 3677 or to Joyce on 0161 665 1832.

2 — John Power will be representing the Roughyeds when he rows in the Carnegie Challenge on Thursday to raise funds for the RFL Benevolent Fund. Roughyeds will also have a team in this huge fund-raiser for the Benevolent Fund, or Try Assist as it is now called, and it will comprise five young players from the reserve team, namely Alistair Williams, Michael Ward, Ben Marsden, Austen Barrowclough and Marc Kellett. You can sponsor John and/or the Roughyeds boys via John’s just-giving site at

3— The Cardigan branch of the Roughyeds’ Supporters’ Club was well represented at our game in Neath on Sunday against South Wales Scorpions. All five of its members were at the game, sporting their Roughyeds colours. Unlike most of their fellow fans they had had only a two-hour drive to what for them was very much a ‘home’ match. “We rely on the club website now to keep in touch with Roughyeds,” explained the branch’s senior member Fred Hoddinott, “so to be able to see the team in action so relatively close to home is a dream come true. We wouldn’t have missed it for the world.”

Fred and his wife Lesley and family left Oldham four years ago to relocate to West Wales, but they still have friends back in Oldham among the Roughyeds faithful. At the game were Fred and Lesley; son-in-law Robert Mansfield; grand-daughter Georgia Mansfield; and nine-year-old grandson Joseph Mansfield, who dashed to the game after playing rugby union for Cardigan earlier in the day.

Fred was keen to find out all he could about our proposed move to the White Bank Stadium and he will be keeping in touch with events as they unfold via this website of course. Anyone in Oldham wishing to make contact with the Hoddinott family can do so via their business website at (holiday cottages to hire).