The sincere condolences of everyone at the Oldham Rugby League Heritage Trust are extended to the family of former Roughyeds winger Billy Patterson, who has died at his home in Bredbury.
Billy played 72 senior games for Oldham between 1960 and 1965, mostly on the wing but occasionally at full-back.
Oldham-born, Billy will be remembered fondly by older supporters as a brave-hearted player who never let his lack of weight stop him from giving 100% effort in the Roughyeds’ cause.
He scored 29 tries and kicked 12 goals for a total of 111 points.
Roger joined Oldham from the Spotland Rangers amateur club in 1972.
A hooker, he spent his first few seasons at Watersheddings in the shadow of Kevin Taylor who was the regular Watersheddings number nine for more than a decade During his spell in the Oldham ‘A’ team, Roger was in the side that won the Lancashire Shield against Salford in 1976.
From then on Roger had an extended spell in the senior side and amassed a total of 122 appearances, scoring nine tries and four drop goals. Included in the appearance total was being an ‘ever-present’ in 1977-78 when he played in all 33 matches.
A popular player on and off the field, Roger joined Warrington after impressing in a trial period in September 1982.
The condolences of everyone at the Oldham Rugby League Heritage Trust go to the O’Mahoney family.