Peter Smethurst

Profile

The word “character” was never more aptly applied to a Rugby League player than when associated with Peter Smethurst, a man who was always quite prepared to speak his mind on the subject of the game he loved and always guaranteed to give maximum effort on the field of play.

One of the most popular players ever to pull on an Oldham shirt, Peter arrived from Swinton in September 1961. Originally a centre, most of his games with the “Roughyeds” were in the second row, although he did strike up an excellent three-quarter partnership with Trevor Simms in the 1963-64 season, which realised 41 tries between them.

Peter played the game hard and fair, with no quarter asked or given. His trademark being to emerge from under two or three defenders after the most crunching tackle, only to be seen supporting a wide and cheeky grin. Always leading by example, he captained the side in the 1966 Lancashire Cup Final against Wigan, when only a desperate last ditch tackle on Oldham full back Stan McLeod in the final seconds right under the posts prevented the cup from coming to Watersheddings.

Leaving to join Salford in 1967, he went on to play in the Leigh side that won the Challenge Cup in 1971. He then returned to Oldham as assistant coach to Frank Myler in the early 1983 and eventually took charge of the team himself for a brief period in the 1983-84 season.

Career Games

Opposition Venue Date Competition
Oldham v Barrow Home September 30, 1961 League Championship
Oldham v Workington Town Home October 7, 1961 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home October 21, 1961 League Championship
Huddersfield v Oldham Away October 28, 1961 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away November 4, 1961 League Championship
Oldham v Hull FC Home November 19, 1961 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away November 25, 1961 League Championship
Oldham v Whitehaven Home December 2, 1961 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away December 9, 1961 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away December 16, 1961 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away January 6, 1962 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home January 20, 1962 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away January 27, 1962 League Championship
Liverpool City v Oldham Away February 3, 1962 League Championship
Oldham v Hull FC Home February 10, 1962 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Leigh Home February 17, 1962 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away February 24, 1962 League Championship
Oldham v Workington Town Home March 3, 1962 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Leigh v Oldham Away March 10, 1962 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home March 17, 1962 League Championship
Hull FC v Oldham Away March 24, 1962 League Championship
Oldham v Liverpool City Home March 31, 1962 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home April 5, 1962 League Championship
Oldham v Hunslet Home April 7, 1962 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home April 14, 1962 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away April 20, 1962 League Championship
Oldham v Blackpool Borough Home April 21, 1962 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away August 11, 1962 Law Cup
Whitehaven v Oldham Away August 18, 1962 Western Division
Oldham v Barrow Home August 21, 1962 Western Division
Whitehaven v Oldham Away September 7, 1962 Lancashire Cup
Barrow v Oldham Away September 15, 1962 Western Division
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home September 18, 1962 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home September 22, 1962 Western Division
Leigh v Oldham Away September 29, 1962 Western Division
Oldham v Huddersfield Home October 13, 1962 Division 1
Leeds v Oldham Away October 20, 1962 Division 1
Wigan v Oldham Away November 3, 1962 Division 1
Huddersfield v Oldham Away November 17, 1962 Division 1
Oldham v Leeds Home November 24, 1962 Division 1
Wakefield Trinity v Oldham Away December 1, 1962 Division 1
Oldham v Castleford Home December 15, 1962 Division 1
Leigh v Oldham Away March 2, 1963 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Featherstone Rovers Home March 9, 1963 Division 1
Workington Town v Oldham Away March 16, 1963 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Hull Kingston Rovers v Oldham Away March 23, 1963 Division 1
Oldham v Wigan Home April 6, 1963 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Workington Town Home April 9, 1963 Division 1
Swinton v Oldham Away April 12, 1963 Division 1
Oldham v Hull FC Home April 15, 1963 Division 1
Bramley v Oldham Away April 19, 1963 Division 1
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away August 24, 1963 Division 2
Oldham v Leigh Home August 27, 1963 Division 2
Liverpool City v Oldham Away September 2, 1963 Division 2
York v Oldham Away September 14, 1963 Division 2
Blackpool Borough v Oldham Away September 16, 1963 Western Division
Oldham v Whitehaven Home September 18, 1963 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Barrow Home September 21, 1963 Division 2
Blackpool Borough v Oldham Away September 28, 1963 Division 2
Leigh v Oldham Away September 30, 1963 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Australia Home October 5, 1963 Tour Match
Oldham v Doncaster Home October 12, 1963 Division 2
Barrow v Oldham Away October 19, 1963 Division 2
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home October 26, 1963 Western Division
Doncaster v Oldham Away November 2, 1963 Division 2
Oldham v York Home November 9, 1963 Division 2
Whitehaven v Oldham Away November 16, 1963 Division 2
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home November 23, 1963 Division 2
Barrow v Oldham Away November 30, 1963 Western Division
Bramley v Oldham Away December 7, 1963 Division 2
Oldham v Dewsbury Home December 28, 1963 Division 2
Oldham v Blackpool Borough Home January 4, 1964 Western Division
Oldham v Salford Home January 25, 1964 Division 2
Dewsbury v Oldham Away February 1, 1964 Division 2
Keighley v Oldham Away February 8, 1964 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Leigh v Oldham Away February 15, 1964 Western Division
Oldham v Blackpool Borough Home February 22, 1964 Division 2
Oldham v Featherstone Rovers Home February 29, 1964 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Batley v Oldham Away March 7, 1964 Division 2
Hunslet v Oldham Away March 14, 1964 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Barrow Home March 21, 1964 Western Division
Oldham v Leigh Home March 28, 1964 Western Division
Salford v Oldham Away March 30, 1964 Division 2
Hull Kingston Rovers v Oldham Neutral April 11, 1964 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Hull Kingston Rovers v Oldham Neutral April 15, 1964 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Hull Kingston Rovers v Oldham Neutral April 20, 1964 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away April 24, 1964 Western Division
Leigh v Oldham Away April 27, 1964 Division 2
St Helens v Oldham Away May 1, 1964 Western Division
Oldham v Whitehaven Home May 2, 1964 Division 2
Oldham v Bramley Home May 6, 1964 Division 2
Oldham v Swinton Home August 29, 1964 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away September 4, 1964 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Liverpool City Home September 12, 1964 League Championship
Blackpool Borough v Oldham Away September 14, 1964 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away September 19, 1964 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away September 21, 1964 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Whitehaven Home September 26, 1964 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away October 3, 1964 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home October 10, 1964 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away October 17, 1964 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home October 24, 1964 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away October 31, 1964 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home November 7, 1964 League Championship
Huddersfield v Oldham Away November 14, 1964 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home November 21, 1964 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away November 28, 1964 League Championship
Hunslet v Oldham Away December 5, 1964 League Championship
Oldham v Hunslet Home January 2, 1965 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away January 9, 1965 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away January 30, 1965 League Championship
Hunslet v Oldham Away February 6, 1965 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Wigan v Oldham Away February 20, 1965 League Championship
Liverpool City v Oldham Away February 27, 1965 League Championship
Oldham v Blackpool Borough Home April 3, 1965 League Championship
Oldham v Workington Town Home April 5, 1965 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away April 9, 1965 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home April 13, 1965 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away April 16, 1965 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away April 17, 1965 League Championship
Oldham v Dewsbury Home April 19, 1965 League Championship
Oldham v Oldham Past Home May 29, 1965 Benefit Match
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home August 14, 1965 Law Cup
Oldham v Warrington Home August 21, 1965 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away August 25, 1965 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away August 28, 1965 League Championship
Oldham v New Zealand Home August 31, 1965 Tour Match
Oldham v Blackpool Borough Home September 4, 1965 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home September 6, 1965 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home September 16, 1965 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Salford Home September 25, 1965 League Championship
Leeds v Oldham Away December 11, 1965 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home December 18, 1965 League Championship
Hunslet v Oldham Away January 1, 1966 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home January 8, 1966 League Championship
Oldham v Hunslet Home February 1, 1966 League Championship
Oldham v Halifax Home February 5, 1966 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away February 9, 1966 League Championship
Halifax v Oldham Away February 19, 1966 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away February 26, 1966 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Leigh Home March 4, 1966 League Championship
Liverpool City v Oldham Away March 12, 1966 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home March 22, 1966 League Championship
Oldham v Whitehaven Home March 26, 1966 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away March 31, 1966 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away April 8, 1966 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away April 11, 1966 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home April 16, 1966 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away April 22, 1966 League Championship
Oldham v Workington Town Home April 23, 1966 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away April 30, 1966 Top 16
St Helens v Oldham Away May 7, 1966 Top 16
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away August 13, 1966 Law Cup
Hull FC v Oldham Away August 20, 1966 League Championship
Oldham v Blackpool Borough Home August 23, 1966 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home September 2, 1966 Lancashire Cup
Salford v Oldham Away September 9, 1966 League Championship
Blackpool Borough v Oldham Away September 12, 1966 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away September 15, 1966 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Whitehaven Home September 17, 1966 League Championship
Halifax v Oldham Away September 24, 1966 League Championship
Blackpool Borough v Oldham Away September 27, 1966 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Wigan Home September 30, 1966 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home October 4, 1966 BBC
Liverpool City v Oldham Away October 8, 1966 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home October 14, 1966 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away October 22, 1966 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Neutral October 29, 1966 Lancashire Cup
Leeds v Oldham Away November 5, 1966 League Championship
Oldham v Liverpool City Home November 11, 1966 League Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home November 25, 1966 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away December 3, 1966 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home December 10, 1966 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away December 14, 1966 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home December 17, 1966 League Championship
Huddersfield v Oldham Away December 24, 1966 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away December 27, 1966 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home December 31, 1966 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away January 14, 1967 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home January 21, 1967 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away January 27, 1967 League Championship
Huddersfield v Oldham Away February 4, 1967 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Workington Town Home February 11, 1967 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home February 17, 1967 League Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home February 25, 1967 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Widnes v Oldham Away March 3, 1967 League Championship
Oldham v Huddersfield Home March 11, 1967 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away March 18, 1967 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away March 24, 1967 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home March 25, 1967 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away March 31, 1967 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home April 7, 1967 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away April 15, 1967 Top 16
Oldham v Swinton Home April 18, 1967 Top 16
Blackpool Borough v Oldham Away August 12, 1967 Friendly
Oldham v Liverpool City Home August 15, 1967 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home August 19, 1967 Lancashire Cup
Bradford Northern v Oldham Away August 23, 1967 League Championship
Oldham v Whitehaven Home September 2, 1967 League Championship