Squad Strengthener Updates

Date published: Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Oldham Roughyeds Supporter Association (ORSA) will continue to run the Squad Strengthener scheme for the forthcoming 2014 season, despite having to come to terms with the loss of their Chairman, the late Nigel Marland.

Nigel will be very sadly missed by us all, not only as a very good friend but for his boundless enthusiasm and leadership for which he is irreplaceable. It was Nigel who had instigated the successful Squad Strengthener fund at the start of the 2012 season as a way the fans could be involved in supporting the strengthening and development of the squad. He was totally committed to the scheme and even during his failing health, he expressed his regret at being unable to pursue the organisation of the fund for the 2014 season. However, we assured him that we would take care of matters and that is precisely what we are now doing.  

 During the 2013 season the contributions made to the scheme, were used to support the Club with a number of loan signings, which the coaching staff deemed necessary to bolster the young and developing squad of players they had assembled. Loan signings from clubs in the higher divisions, inevitable come at some substantial cost, so the assistance from our fund was valuable and much appreciated by the Club. The 2014 fund will be available as it was previously, to support the strengthening of the squad, whether any signing is on a loan agreement or a more permanent basis.

 The scheme is run independently of the Club, by members of ORSA and every pound contributed is used for the purpose of squad strengthening. As in 2013, the scheme will be run on a ‘player share’ basis with every share costing just £5. Any number of shares may be purchased, the minimum being 1 but there is definitely no maximum!!

Payment may be made by cash/cheque or by Standing Order and all payments are logged and receipted by the Treasurer. Every share purchased qualifies for an entry in a prize draw to be held early in the season and despite the scheme being run independently of the Club, the prizes will be provided by the Club in appreciation of the contributions from the fans.   

 The Club has been successful in retaining most of last season’s squad, despite some of them arousing interest from other clubs. That alone has come at a cost, as it has led to some enhancements of contracts. Apart from that, there will once again, be substantial travelling costs and the expenditure incurred in the running of an under-20’s squad, so any assistance our loyal fans can offer the Club will be of great value. With that in mind, we hope to gather as much support as possible as we look forward to the challenges of another season in Championship 1.

 All enquiries should be directed to:

Sheila Somerville (ORSA Treasurer), 48 Great Meadow, High Crompton, Shaw, Oldham, OL2 7PX

Tel. 01706 844810             Email: g.s.somerville@ntlworld.com