OLDHAM RLFC has launched its 2021 blue and white replica away shirt which, like the red and white home shirt, is a throwback to the 1989-90 season when Roughyeds, then in the Second Division, were headline-hitting cup giant-killers.

They were involved in 15 cup-ties, many of them televised, and went desperately close to reaching Wembley for the first time.

Oldham stunned First Division big guns Wigan, Widnes and St Helens in cup-tie spectaculars and finished it off with a never-to-be-forgotten 30-29 win against Hull KR in the Second Division Premiership final at Old Trafford.

Widnes were World Club Champions, fielding a team of glittering stars, when unfashionable Oldham turned them over 16-4 on their own patch in the third round of the Challenge Cup on February 25, 1990.

A squad that included half a dozen Oldhamers got to within 80 minutes of Wembley with four goals by Duncan Platt and tries by John Henderson and Keith Newton – just one of many big-game victories that made 1989-90 a season to remember even now, more than 30 years later.

Roughyeds management say it's a joy to keep those memories alive with this year's replica jerseys, both home and away versions of which are based on the designs worn by John Cogger and Co in a season when Roughyeds not only won promotion, but came within a whisker of reaching Wembley and earned the respect of the entire rugby league.

And after that fabulous comeback to win the Second Division Premiership against Hull KR they later met fans outside the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the company of the Mayor, Councillor Elsie Shaw, and the leader of the council, Councillor John Battye.

The club has kept those memories alive with the launch of the home kit in December and now they've taken it a stage further by launching the away kit on similar lines, only mainly in blue and white as opposed to red and white.

Prices are the same – £38 for children, £45 for adults.

They are due to be in stock within the next three weeks, hopefully sooner, but fans can order and pay online now and shirts will be despatched as soon as they arrive.

Like all clubs, Roughyeds are in need of financial support and backing from fans; more than ever before given that behind-closed-doors rugby is due to start soon with no income through the turnstiles but a lot of expense to meet broadcasting costs.

Fans can buy by going to the club website and following the links.