28th March 2019, 10:24 | Oldham
OLDHAM RL Club described its big Community Day as a 'ROAR-ING' success.
It attracted the best crowd for a London Skolars game since 2010 while more than 50 young people signed up for Roary's Pride at the launch of the Roughyeds' new members' club for junior supporters.
Chairman Chris Hamilton, coach Scott Naylor and the club's new management team gave the event a big thumbs-up, capped off by a team performance which took Oldham to second in Betfred League 1 thanks to a 34-4 win against the Skolars.
Chris was "delighted" with the turn-out of 200 children from local schools as part of The Oldham Pledge initiative; the numbers who were flag-bearers and player escorts; and the initial popularity of Roary's Pride.
Roary carried out his duties brilliantly and won over a lot of new young fans.
Sponsored by Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre, the lion mascot will front the new under-16s club.
He was pictured with the club's longest-serving fan, 90-years-old Clarice Stevens and the youngest, baby Edward McGrane, who was only 20 days old.
Bailey Howell (14), who designed the new Roary's Pride logo at Co-op Academy, Failsworth was in the hospitality suite with his mum and a family friend, as guests of the club.
After having his picture taken with man of the match Lee Kershaw and champagne-moment winner Phil Joy, Bailey said: "We've had a great day. I really enjoyed the game. It was my first time but I'm sure it won't be my last."
David Murgatroyd, a lifelong fan and management-team member who will run Roary's Pride with his son Nathan and 19-year-old Sophie Nixon, said the launch surpassed all expectations.
Lots of people, including adults, had their faces adorned with an imprint of Roary's paw.
Said David: "What a fantastic launch it was, brilliant ! I would like to thank everyone who helped to make it such a super occasion, especially Sophie and Roary. "
To sign up a young person for Roary's Pride ring the club on 07904 898177 for a membership form and return it with the £10 membership fee. More details are given on the club website.