It is perhaps appropriate that on August 29th 2020, exactly 125 years since the formation of the Northern Union / Rugby League at the George Hotel in Huddersfield, Joseph Platt the first secretary of the then new sporting body was inducted into the Rugby League – Roll of Honour. He is the first person to be posthumously so honoured.
Joe served as secretary of the league for 25 years and was an official / vice president at Oldham for over forty years having first being elected to the committee in 1885
The Oldham Chairman Chris Hamilton was there to receive the award from the CEO of the Rugby Football League, Ralph Rimmer at the special 125th anniversary event at the George Hotel.
History tells us that Joseph Platt was a tireless worker on behalf of Oldham F.C. and all things Rugby League and the award is long overdue.
The Infirmary Cup (Law Cup) was first contested between Oldham and Rochdale Hornets in May 1921. The trophy was donated by the Rochdale MP, the Right Hon A. J. Law with the proceeds of the match being given over to the infirmaries in the two towns.
After a 0 – 0 draw at the Athletic Grounds on May 7th, Oldham became the first recipients by winning the replay 12 – 2 at Watersheddings on May 13th with Joe Ferguson the first winning captain to hold the cup aloft.
The competition would subsequently become a pre or early season event and when, as in 1954 and 1976, the match ended in a draw the cup was retained by the current holders.
Watch this space for further updates and Law Cup facts.
The Heritage Trust were saddened to learn of the death of former Roughyed Tommy Parker.
Tommy was signed from the Lock Lane amateur club in Castleford during the 1959-60 season and made his senior debut on April 18th 1960 in a 36 – 8 home victory over Whitehaven, playing at loose forward. Most of Tommy’s 21 first team games for Oldham saw him at the back of the pack with a few in the second row. His final first team match was in the 8 – 15 home defeat to Swinton on April 28th 1962.
Strangely enough we had three “Parkers” on the books in the early 1960s: Dave, Peter and Tommy none of them related.
The sincere condolences of the Oldham Rugby League Heritage Trust are offered to Tommy’s family and friends.
Due to a decision by the Rugby League Record Keepers club to include some fixtures from the 1918-19 season as senior matches, Joe Ferguson, Oldham’s record appearance maker has had his total increased to 631.
There were four matches played in March / April 1919 that originally had their status changed from senior fixtures to “friendlies”. However, for record keeping purposes these games have now been declared good to count towards official statistics.
The matches were as follows:
St Helens Recs.
March 15th 1919
April 18th 1919
April 19th 1919
April 21th 1919
Joe played in all four matches and the other players affected are as follows:
4 matches: Alf Wood, Jim Parkinson, Danny Thompson, Rod Marlor and Herman Hilton.
3 matches: Tom Fitton, Ernest Forshaw, Harry Carter and Bill Biggs.
2 matches: Billy Hall, Evan Davies, Ned Thomas and Tom Taylor.
1 Match: George Cook, Joel Tetlow, George Evans, Robert Duff, Hallam Fenton, Dave Holland, Jack Wiltshire and J Foster.
These are the points that have been added to their totals:
Alf Wood: 7 goals – 14 points.
Jim Parkinson & Herman Hilton: 3 tries – 9 points.
Tom Fitton & Danny Thompson: 2 tries – 6 points.
Evan Davies, Ned Thomas, Joe Ferguson, Ernest Forshaw, Bill Biggs & Jack Wiltshire: 1 try – 3 points.
It is with sadness that Heritage Trust learned the news of the death of former Oldham player Alan Taylor at the age of 68.
After originally signing for Wigan, when turning professional from the Widnes Rugby Union club, Alan came to Oldham from Swinton in 1981 when Frank Myler took over the coaching job at Watersheddings.
Between 1981 and 1985, he scored 15 tries in 75 appearances, most of them at full-back. He was a tough, talented player who also turned out at stand-off, loose-forward and on the wing.
In 1981-82, his best season, he scored ten tries in 35 games as the Roughyeds won the Second Division championship at the first attempt under the new coaching duo of Myler and Peter Smethurst.
After a spell working away as a teacher in the Bahamas, Alan returned to captain the Roughyeds for the 1984-85 season when Oldham finished fifth in the old first division, their best return since the heady days of the late 1950s.
The sincere condolences of everyone at the Oldham Rugby League Heritage Trust are sent out to the Taylor family.
The Heritage Trust are sad to report the death of former Oldham player Vince Kenny.
Vince, regularly known as Vinny, was signed from the Folly Lane amateur club in Swinton at the start of the 1961-62 season.
A winger, Vince played in the Law Cup charity match against Rochdale on August 12th 1961 as a trial and was signed straight away. He made a try scoring start to his Oldham career in the match against Halifax the following week.
Vince played 14 matches in the first team scoring eight tries.
His uncle also called Vince Kenny, a stand-off half, played for Oldham from 1939 to 1948 and his brother Peter played for Swinton.
The sincere condolences of the Oldham Rugby League Heritage Trust are offered to all of Vince’s family and friends.
We are saddened to report the death of former Oldham winger Ian Holland, aged 74.
Ian signed for Oldham from Salford in January 1974 making his debut in the 6 – 5 defeat at home to Hull KR on January 6th with Oldham’s points coming from a try by David Treasure and a goal from Phil Larder. Tony Wainwright was his centre that day and amongst his team-mates were “Hall-of-Famers” Martin Murphy, Kevin Taylor and Mike Elliott. In all he made 28 appearances for the Roughyeds spread over the second half of the 1973-4 season and the first half of the following campaign.
Known as an aggressive, hard tackling wingman, Ian scored seven tries and 22 goals in 28 appearances for Oldham. He went on to subsequently play for Swinton, Barrow and Rochdale where he ended his career having captained the Hornets for a spell.
The condolences of everyone at the Oldham Rugby League Heritage Trust go to the Ian’s family and friends.
The Heritage Trust were saddened to learn of the recent death of former Oldham full-back Brian Curry, who had played for Oldham in the mid 1960s. Brian was aged 84.
The Roughyeds acquired Brian from Huddersfield, his home-town club, where he signed in 1957 at just seventeen years of age. Initially as understudy to Frank Dyson, he spent his best years at Fartown where he also ended his career having made 212 appearances scoring 1,003 points.
Oldham paid Huddersfield £5,000 for Brian who made his debut on September 2nd 1966 in a Lancashire Cup victory over Swinton at Watersheddings. The Roughyeds won 16 – 13 with five goals from Brian the telling factor.
In all he would make 53 appearances for Oldham scoring three tries and 145 goals. He later joined Blackpool Borough before returning to Huddersfield where he went on to join the coaching staff.
The sincere condolences of everyone at the Oldham Rugby League Heritage Trust are sent out to all of Brian’s family and friends.
The Heritage Trust and the whole of the Rugby League fraternity
will be sad to learn of the death of the Widnes and Great Britain legend, Frank Myler.
A World Cup winner with Great
Britain in 1960, he remains the last person to captain
the Lions to Ashes success over Australia
back in 1970.
Truly one of the ‘greats’ of the game, Frank captained both
Widnes and Great Britain and enjoyed a successful spell at St Helens and
briefly with Rochdale Hornets. Originally a super quick stand off, he later
became equally at home as a centre. He also coached at Rochdale as well as at
Swinton and his home town of Widnes.
However, for the fans of the Roughyeds it will be Frank’s tenure at
Watersheddings that will be best remembered.
He arrived at Oldham for the
start of the 1981-82 season when Roughyeds were in the Second Division, having
been relegated the previous season.
Promotion was secured and the club reached the semi-final of the
John Player trophy, only losing out to the crack Hull F.C. outfit. In the
following years the club went on to have its most successful spell since the
heady days of the late 1950s. Frank was appointed coach for the 1984 tour to
Australia and New Zealand and duly
selected five Oldham players; Des Foy, Andy Goodway, Terry Flanagan, Mick
Worrall and Ray Ashton, a record for the club.
The condolences of everyone at the Oldham Rugby League Heritage
Trust go out to Frank’s friends and family.
The decision to suspend all competition was a difficult one for
everybody, but the correct decision was made.
many, there will be far greater concerns than the club at this time, but we
know how strong our bond is with supporters.
local community and family are at the core of our values as a club, but they
feel more important than ever at this moment.
plan is being implemented to protect both playing and non-playing staff from
the virus, to attempt to ensure the club survives the uncertainty, but
uncertainty is the only answer that we currently have and it will test our
resolve to the limit. Our loyal fan base will be vital during this period.
Season ticket holders and lottery members, I cannot thank you enough.
continued support will be critical throughout this period devoid of game-day
income and we urge you to continue showing your support whilst we are not
willing to support the club during this period can do so by joining our
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associated with the club are going to carry on doing the best we can. Whether
you’re social distancing, in self-isolation or just trying to act more
conscientiously, continue to be your best self. Act with kindness, stay
connected to those vulnerable or lonely and stay responsible.