Taxi for Roughyeds!

Date published: Wednesday, February 2, 2011

TAXI for Roughyeds!

That’s the call from Cartax Radio Cars of Lees who have become Oldham Rugby League Club shirt sponsors for the first time since Farooq Usaf and Iltaf Hussain became directors of the company three years ago this week.

“I’m a big Manchester City fan,” said Farooq, “but I’ve followed the ups and downs of the Roughyeds and I’ve been hugely impressed by their efforts to succeed against all the odds.

“We had also heard about all the hard work Chris Hamilton had put in over a long number of years and we felt it would be nice to get involved and to help.

“We were in the right place at the right time to lend a hand, and it seemed appropriate for a local taxi company to join forces with a local sporting club, especially one that is striving so hard to get where it wants to be.”

Farooq watched his first-ever live game of rugby league when Roughyeds beat Whitehaven to lift the SEAT Trophy and he will be at Whitebank again on Sunday when the 2011 season kicks off in earnest with the visit of Hunslet Hawks (3pm kick off) in the group stage of the Northern Rail Cup.

“I like my football,” he added, “but I thought the sheer effort the rugby players put in, as part-timers, was truly phenomenal. And to see them mingling with the fans in the club after the game provided a great atmosphere. It was my first time at a Roughyeds game, but it certainly won’t be my last.”

Cartax have agreed a one-year shirt sponsorship deal, but they hope it will be merely the start of a long-term partnership with the club.

Added Farooq: “Depending on how our company does over the next 12 months we might want to do a bit more in the way of sponsorship for 2012.”

Roughyeds chairman Chris Hamilton said he was very pleased to secure a deal for Cartax Radio Cars to go on the shirt. He added: “Farooq has supported us in different ways prior to this deal.

“When the opportunity arose for him to support us more and get involved on a formal basis he was only too keen to do so. Needless to say we hope it will be a long and successful relationship.”

Cartax Radio Cars are based in Lees, but they cover the whole of the Oldham borough — and beyond.