John Hammond RIP

September 12th 2022

It is with sadness that the ORLFC Players Association passes on the news of the death of former Oldham and Rochdale Hornets scrum-half Johnnie Hammond, who died on September 12th at the age of 77.

He made his Oldham debut in the Law Cup game on August 10, 1975 against Hornets, no doubt enjoying the 29 – 2 victory for the Roughyeds against his former club. He went on to make four senior appearances for Oldham, his home-town club, as well as captaining the ‘A’ team to a Lancashire Shield triumph in 1975-76 in which they beat Salford 32 – 17 in a two-leg final with the second leg watched by an enthusiastic crowd at Watersheddings.

They reached the final again the following year, ending up as runners up to Wigan.

John Hammond Cert
John lifting the Lancashire Shield in April 1976 and receiving his Heritage Certificate on July 10th 2022.


John recently attended the Oldham v Rochdale game where he received his Oldham Heritage Certificate (number 784) from the Players Association chairman Mike Elliott.

The sincere condolences of the Oldham Rugby League Heritage Trust are sent to John’s family and friends.