Robert Irving

Profile

Signed from the St Joseph’s amateur club in Huddersfield in January 1965, when still only sixteen, Bob had a meteoric rise to senior status in the Oldham side and was in the first team before the end of the 1964-65 season.

Bob was a second row forward whose greatest asset was his powerful surges when in possession. One of the truly great “running” forwards to have played for the club, he would not have been out of his depth in any of the teams from more illustrious periods in the history of Oldham RLFC.

Honours came quickly and he was soon representing Great Britain Under 24’s against the French. Yorkshire county selection followed and by the time he left to join Wigan in 1973, he had won eleven full Great Britain caps. He was also selected for the 1970 tour to Australia and New Zealand. This was achieved despite the 1969-70 season being the worst in the history of the club and his inclusion speaks volumes for the form and dedication of the player in such adverse circumstances.

One match that will always stand out in the memory was a Challenge Cup second round replay against Bradford on “leap” day (Feb 29th) 1968. Northern were the form team at the time and in front of over 18,000 spectators, Bob turned in a super show to run in two tries, in a famous 12 – 2 victory.

Career Games

Opposition Venue Date Competition
Oldham v Keighley Home February 13, 1965 League Championship
Liverpool City v Oldham Away February 27, 1965 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home March 6, 1965 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home March 13, 1965 League Championship
Keighley v Oldham Away March 20, 1965 League Championship
Oldham v Huddersfield Home March 27, 1965 League Championship
Oldham v Blackpool Borough Home April 3, 1965 League Championship
Oldham v Workington Town Home April 5, 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
Hull Kingston Rovers v Oldham Away April 24, 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
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home September 6, 1965 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home September 11, 1965 Lancashire Cup
Blackpool Borough v Oldham Away September 13, 1965 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home September 16, 1965 Lancashire Cup
Workington Town v Oldham Away September 18, 1965 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home September 25, 1965 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away October 6, 1965 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Huddersfield Home October 9, 1965 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home October 22, 1965 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away October 28, 1965 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away November 13, 1965 League Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home November 20, 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 Hunslet Home February 1, 1966 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away February 9, 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
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 Hull FC Home August 27, 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
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
Warrington v Oldham Away November 18, 1966 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away November 22, 1966 BBC
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
Oldham v Warrington Home December 31, 1966 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away January 14, 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
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
Oldham v Halifax Home March 27, 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
Hull FC v Oldham Away August 26, 1967 League Championship
Oldham v Whitehaven Home September 2, 1967 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home September 16, 1967 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away September 23, 1967 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home September 30, 1967 League Championship
Oldham v Hull Kingston Rovers Home October 3, 1967 League Championship
Oldham v Bradford Northern Home October 14, 1967 League Championship
Oldham v Blackpool Borough Home October 28, 1967 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away November 7, 1967 BBC
Oldham v Australia Home November 11, 1967 Tour Match
Oldham v Salford Home November 13, 1967 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away November 17, 1967 League Championship
Oldham v Hull FC Home November 25, 1967 League Championship
Liverpool City v Oldham Away December 2, 1967 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away December 16, 1967 League Championship
Batley v Oldham Away January 6, 1968 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home January 20, 1968 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away January 22, 1968 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away January 26, 1968 League Championship
Hunslet v Oldham Away February 3, 1968 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Batley Home February 14, 1968 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home February 17, 1968 League Championship
Bradford Northern v Oldham Away February 24, 1968 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Bradford Northern Home February 29, 1968 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Workington Town Home March 9, 1968 League Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home March 16, 1968 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Hull Kingston Rovers v Oldham Away April 6, 1968 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home April 8, 1968 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home April 12, 1968 League Championship
Oldham v Blackpool Borough Home August 10, 1968 Friendly
Huddersfield v Oldham Away August 17, 1968 League Championship
Oldham v Blackpool Borough Home August 19, 1968 League Championship
Oldham v Featherstone Rovers Home August 24, 1968 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away August 28, 1968 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away August 31, 1968 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away September 6, 1968 Lancashire Cup
Blackpool Borough v Oldham Away September 9, 1968 League Championship
Hunslet v Oldham Away September 14, 1968 League Championship
Oldham v Workington Town Home September 16, 1968 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Wigan Home September 21, 1968 League Championship
Doncaster v Oldham Away September 28, 1968 League Championship
Oldham v Huddersfield Home October 5, 1968 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away October 9, 1968 Lancashire Cup
Featherstone Rovers v Oldham Away October 12, 1968 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away October 15, 1968 BBC
Oldham v Widnes Home October 19, 1968 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Neutral October 25, 1968 Lancashire Cup
Salford v Oldham Away October 30, 1968 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away November 9, 1968 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home November 15, 1968 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away December 1, 1968 League Championship
Oldham v Hunslet Home December 7, 1968 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away December 20, 1968 League Championship
Oldham v Whitehaven Home December 22, 1968 League Championship
Oldham v Huyton Home January 4, 1969 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away January 8, 1969 League Championship
Huyton v Oldham Away January 11, 1969 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home January 18, 1969 League Championship
Oldham v Hull Kingston Rovers Home January 25, 1969 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Leigh v Oldham Away February 1, 1969 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home February 25, 1969 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Workington Town Home March 1, 1969 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home March 3, 1969 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home March 8, 1969 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home March 11, 1969 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away March 18, 1969 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away March 28, 1969 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home April 7, 1969 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home April 15, 1969 League Championship
Oldham v Doncaster Home April 17, 1969 League Championship
Leeds v Oldham Away April 25, 1969 League Championship
Halifax v Oldham Away August 2, 1969 Friendly
Oldham v Blackpool Borough Home August 9, 1969 Friendly
Oldham v Swinton Home August 16, 1969 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Warrington Home August 23, 1969 League Championship
Bradford Northern v Oldham Away August 27, 1969 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away August 30, 1969 League Championship
Oldham v Keighley Home September 6, 1969 League Championship
Blackpool Borough v Oldham Away September 8, 1969 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away September 13, 1969 League Championship
Oldham v Huyton Home September 20, 1969 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home September 22, 1969 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away September 26, 1969 League Championship
Oldham v Workington Town Home October 4, 1969 League Championship
Keighley v Oldham Away October 11, 1969 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home October 13, 1969 BBC
Barrow v Oldham Away October 24, 1969 League Championship
Oldham v Whitehaven Home November 1, 1969 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away November 8, 1969 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away November 11, 1969 BBC
Oldham v Widnes Home November 16, 1969 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away November 22, 1969 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home December 13, 1969 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away December 26, 1969 League Championship
Oldham v Huddersfield Home January 10, 1970 League Championship
Huddersfield v Oldham Away January 17, 1970 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home January 24, 1970 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away January 31, 1970 League Championship
Oldham v Blackpool Borough Home February 7, 1970 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Wigan Home February 21, 1970 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Salford v Oldham Away February 27, 1970 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away March 13, 1970 League Championship
Batley v Oldham Away March 15, 1970 League Championship
Huyton v Oldham Away March 18, 1970 League Championship
Oldham v Blackpool Borough Home March 23, 1970 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home March 27, 1970 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away March 28, 1970 League Championship
Oldham v Bradford Northern Home April 3, 1970 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home April 6, 1970 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home April 10, 1970 League Championship
Oldham v Batley Home April 15, 1970 League Championship
Oldham v Hunslet Home August 26, 1970 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home August 29, 1970 Lancashire Cup
Huddersfield v Oldham Away September 2, 1970 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away September 5, 1970 League Championship
Blackpool Borough v Oldham Away September 7, 1970 League Championship
Oldham v Bramley Home September 12, 1970 League Championship
Doncaster v Oldham Away September 19, 1970 League Championship
Oldham v Whitehaven Home September 21, 1970 League Championship
Oldham v Dewsbury Home September 26, 1970 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away September 30, 1970 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away October 3, 1970 League Championship
Oldham v York Home October 10, 1970 League Championship
Huyton v Oldham Away October 17, 1970 League Championship
Huddersfield v Oldham Away October 23, 1970 BBC
Oldham v Wakefield Trinity Home October 26, 1970 League Championship
Oldham v Blackpool Borough Home November 2, 1970 League Championship
Wakefield Trinity v Oldham Away November 14, 1970 League Championship
Oldham v Keighley Home November 21, 1970 League Championship
Batley v Oldham Away November 29, 1970 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away December 12, 1970 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home December 19, 1970 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away December 26, 1970 League Championship
Oldham v Huyton Home January 9, 1971 League Championship
Oldham v Batley Home January 16, 1971 League Championship
Leeds v Oldham Away January 23, 1971 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Halifax v Oldham Away January 30, 1971 League Championship
Keighley v Oldham Away February 6, 1971 League Championship
Oldham v Huddersfield Home February 10, 1971 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home February 13, 1971 League Championship
Dewsbury v Oldham Away March 13, 1971 League Championship
Oldham v Workington Town Home March 17, 1971 League Championship
Oldham v Doncaster Home March 20, 1971 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home April 9, 1971 League Championship
Hunslet v Oldham Away April 10, 1971 League Championship
Bramley v Oldham Away April 17, 1971 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away April 23, 1971 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away August 8, 1971 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Barrow Home August 21, 1971 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away August 25, 1971 League Championship
Hunslet v Oldham Away August 28, 1971 League Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home September 1, 1971 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home September 8, 1971 League Championship
Leeds v Oldham Away September 11, 1971 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away September 15, 1971 BBC
Widnes v Oldham Away September 24, 1971 League Championship
Oldham v Featherstone Rovers Home October 2, 1971 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away October 8, 1971 League Championship
Oldham v Blackpool Borough Home October 23, 1971 League Championship
Oldham v New Zealand Home October 27, 1971 Tour Match
Oldham v Widnes Home October 30, 1971 League Championship
York v Oldham Away November 21, 1971 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home November 28, 1971 John Players Top Tries
Oldham v St Helens Home December 4, 1971 League Championship
Oldham v Bradford Northern Home December 12, 1971 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away January 1, 1972 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home January 8, 1972 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away January 15, 1972 League Championship
Featherstone Rovers v Oldham Away January 22, 1972 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home January 29, 1972 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Warrington v Oldham Away February 12, 1972 League Championship
Blackpool Borough v Oldham Away February 26, 1972 League Championship
Oldham v Doncaster Home March 4, 1972 League Championship
Doncaster v Oldham Away March 18, 1972 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away March 22, 1972 League Championship
Oldham v Whitehaven Home March 25, 1972 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home April 5, 1972 League Championship
Bramley v Oldham Away April 10, 1972 League Championship
Huyton v Oldham Away April 13, 1972 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away April 22, 1972 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home August 12, 1972 Law Cup
Huddersfield v Oldham Away August 19, 1972 League Championship
Oldham v Whitehaven Home August 23, 1972 League Championship
Oldham v Workington Town Home August 26, 1972 League Championship
York v Oldham Away August 28, 1972 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away September 1, 1972 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Hull FC Home September 10, 1972 League Championship
Huyton v Oldham Away September 17, 1972 League Championship
Hull FC v Oldham Away September 24, 1972 Players No.6 Cup
Wigan v Oldham Away September 29, 1972 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home October 3, 1972 BBC
Oldham v St Helens Home October 7, 1972 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away October 14, 1972 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home October 21, 1972 League Championship
Hull FC v Oldham Away November 17, 1972 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home November 25, 1972 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away December 1, 1972 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away December 5, 1972 BBC
Oldham v Salford Home December 13, 1972 League Championship
Dewsbury v Oldham Away December 17, 1972 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away December 26, 1972 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away December 31, 1972 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away January 6, 1973 League Championship
Oldham v York Home January 14, 1973 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away January 19, 1973 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home January 28, 1973 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Leigh v Oldham Away February 4, 1973 League Championship
Oldham v Blackpool Borough Home February 11, 1973 League Championship
Hull FC v Oldham Away February 17, 1973 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Widnes v Oldham Away February 25, 1973 League Championship
Castleford v Oldham Away March 3, 1973 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Barrow Home March 11, 1973 League Championship
Blackpool Borough v Oldham Away March 18, 1973 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home March 21, 1973 League Championship
Oldham v Dewsbury Home April 1, 1973 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home April 8, 1973 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away April 13, 1973 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away April 21, 1973 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home April 23, 1973 League Championship
Dewsbury v Oldham Away April 29, 1973 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away August 12, 1973 Law Cup
Leeds v Oldham Away August 18, 1973 Division 1