Reg Farrar

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Seventy-five years have come and gone since the Oldham record for tries in a season was set in 1921-22 and with the current reduced fixture lists this seems to be a record that will last for all time. The holder of the honour …. Reg Farrar.

Reg signed for Oldham from the Halifax Old Boys Rugby Union club, playing his first match against Huddersfield on October 23rd, 1920. Reg set the trend on his debut by scoring the only try in a 5 – 5 draw against the “Fartowners”. He played centre that day and also for the next few games, but it would be on the wing that he would make his mark. His determined running was supplemented by an ability to leap over would-be tacklers. The following season Reg was installed on the left wing to great effect and his record breaking 49 touchdowns were complemented by 33 goals which meant he topped the Oldham tries and goals list. The club finished at the top of the league table but missed out on the Championship title when losing to Wigan in the top four play off final. For Reg there was the consolation of leading the tries and points chart for the whole of the Rugby League.

The rest of his career was greatly disrupted by injury and the next two seasons saw him making only 13 senior appearances. When Jack Corsi was injured early in 1925, Reg was selected to take his place and returned to his old form, helping the club to win through to the Challenge Cup Final. Corsi returned to fitness just in time for the final and this left the committee with a selection dilemma. They chose to keep Farrar and Corsi on the wings and switch Sid Rix to centre, to the exclusion of the unfortunate Alan Woodward. The decision, however, proved to be well founded with Reg being the hero of the final, scoring one try, making two others and kicking two goals from the touchline in the 16 – 3 victory over Hull K.R. at Headingley.

More injuries followed and it looked like his career was over, but after two and half years out of the game he made a comeback in 1929, showing the same old style by scoring twelve tries in ten games at the end of the 1928-29 season.

Reg finally called it a day in 1930. Amazingly his career ended exactly as it had begun with him scoring the only Oldham try in a 5- 5 draw ! This time the match was against Leigh at Watersheddings on September 6th, 1930.

Career Games

Opposition Venue Date Competition
Oldham v Huddersfield Home October 23, 1920 League Championship
Huddersfield v Oldham Away October 30, 1920 Friendly
Oldham v Barrow Home November 6, 1920 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away November 13, 1920 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home December 25, 1920 League Championship
Oldham v Broughton Rangers Home December 27, 1920 Friendly
Oldham v Warrington Home January 1, 1921 League Championship
Oldham v Hull FC Home January 3, 1921 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home January 8, 1921 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home January 22, 1921 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away January 29, 1921 League Championship
Oldham v Batley Home February 5, 1921 League Championship
Halifax v Oldham Away February 12, 1921 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Recs Home February 19, 1921 League Championship
Oldham v Elland Wanderers Home February 26, 1921 Rugby League Challenge Cup
St Helens v Oldham Away March 5, 1921 League Championship
Huddersfield v Oldham Away March 12, 1921 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Broughton Rangers Home March 19, 1921 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away March 23, 1921 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away March 25, 1921 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home March 26, 1921 League Championship
Huddersfield v Oldham Away March 28, 1921 League Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home April 11, 1921 League Championship
Leeds v Oldham Away April 23, 1921 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away May 7, 1921 Infirmary Cup
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home May 13, 1921 Infirmary Cup
St Helens v Oldham Away August 27, 1921 League Championship
Oldham v Broughton Rangers Home September 3, 1921 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home September 10, 1921 League Championship
Oldham v Hunslet Home September 24, 1921 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away October 1, 1921 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home October 3, 1921 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home October 8, 1921 League Championship
Hull FC v Oldham Away October 10, 1921 League Championship
St Helens Recs v Oldham Away October 15, 1921 League Championship
Oldham v Keighley Home October 29, 1921 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away November 5, 1921 Lancashire Cup
Halifax v Oldham Away November 12, 1921 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home November 19, 1921 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Australia Home November 26, 1921 Tour Match
Warrington v Oldham Neutral December 3, 1921 Lancashire Cup
Salford v Oldham Away December 7, 1921 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home December 10, 1921 League Championship
Keighley v Oldham Away December 17, 1921 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away December 31, 1921 League Championship
Oldham v Hull FC Home January 2, 1922 League Championship
Oldham v Bradford Northern Home January 7, 1922 League Championship
Oldham v Australia Home January 16, 1922 Tour Match
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away January 21, 1922 League Championship
Oldham v Halifax Home January 28, 1922 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away February 4, 1922 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home February 11, 1922 League Championship
Oldham v Featherstone Rovers Home February 18, 1922 League Championship
Elland v Oldham Away February 25, 1922 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Bradford Northern v Oldham Away March 1, 1922 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away March 4, 1922 League Championship
Oldham v Huddersfield Home March 11, 1922 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Warrington Home March 18, 1922 League Championship
Oldham v Huddersfield Home March 20, 1922 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away March 25, 1922 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Widnes Home April 1, 1922 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home April 3, 1922 League Championship
Hunslet v Oldham Away April 5, 1922 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Recs Home April 8, 1922 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away April 14, 1922 League Championship
Huddersfield v Oldham Away April 17, 1922 League Championship
Oldham v Huddersfield Home April 22, 1922 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Neutral May 6, 1922 League Championship
Oldham v Huddersfield Home September 16, 1922 League Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home September 23, 1922 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home November 18, 1922 League Championship
Oldham v Hull FC Home December 2, 1922 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away March 24, 1923 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away March 30, 1923 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away April 14, 1923 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home December 29, 1923 League Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home January 1, 1924 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away January 12, 1924 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home January 19, 1924 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away January 26, 1924 League Championship
Oldham v Hull FC Home February 2, 1924 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home February 21, 1925 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away March 5, 1925 League Championship
Oldham v Batley Home March 7, 1925 League Championship
Oldham v Featherstone Rovers Home March 14, 1925 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Salford Home March 21, 1925 League Championship
Oldham v Huddersfield Home March 23, 1925 League Championship
York v Oldham Away March 28, 1925 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Neutral April 4, 1925 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Broughton Rangers Home April 7, 1925 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away April 10, 1925 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Recs Home April 11, 1925 League Championship
Huddersfield v Oldham Away April 13, 1925 League Championship
Hull Kingston Rovers v Oldham Neutral April 25, 1925 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Dewsbury v Oldham Away August 29, 1925 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home September 5, 1925 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away September 12, 1925 Infirmary Cup
Oldham v Warrington Home September 19, 1925 League Championship
Rest Of Lancs v Oldham Neutral September 22, 1925 Friendly
Leigh v Oldham Away September 26, 1925 League Championship
Oldham v Hunslet Home October 3, 1925 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home October 10, 1925 Lancashire Cup
Hull FC v Oldham Away October 12, 1925 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away October 17, 1925 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home October 19, 1925 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Wigan Highfield Home October 24, 1925 League Championship
Broughton Rangers v Oldham Away October 31, 1925 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home November 2, 1925 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Dewsbury Home November 7, 1925 League Championship
St Helens Recs v Oldham Away November 14, 1925 League Championship
Batley v Oldham Away November 21, 1925 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home November 28, 1925 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home December 19, 1925 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away December 26, 1925 League Championship
Oldham v Hull FC Home January 1, 1926 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home January 2, 1926 League Championship
Oldham v Batley Home February 6, 1926 League Championship
Huddersfield v Oldham Away February 20, 1926 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home February 27, 1926 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Wigan Highfield v Oldham Neutral March 27, 1926 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Swinton v Oldham Away April 2, 1926 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home April 3, 1926 League Championship
Oldham v Huddersfield Home April 5, 1926 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away February 23, 1929 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Huddersfield Home March 2, 1929 League Championship
Featherstone Rovers v Oldham Away March 9, 1929 League Championship
Oldham v Hull FC Home March 16, 1929 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Recs Home March 23, 1929 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away March 29, 1929 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home March 30, 1929 League Championship
Oldham v Broughton Rangers Home April 6, 1929 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home April 13, 1929 League Championship
St Helens Recs v Oldham Away April 22, 1929 League Championship
Oldham v Hunslet Home August 31, 1929 League Championship
Huddersfield v Oldham Away September 4, 1929 League Championship
Dewsbury v Oldham Away September 7, 1929 League Championship
Oldham v Broughton Rangers Home September 9, 1929 League Championship
Oldham v Huddersfield Home September 14, 1929 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away September 21, 1929 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home November 11, 1929 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Salford Home December 14, 1929 League Championship
Wakefield Trinity v Oldham Away December 21, 1929 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home December 25, 1929 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away December 26, 1929 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home December 28, 1929 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home February 15, 1930 League Championship
Leeds v Oldham Away April 21, 1930 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away August 30, 1930 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home September 6, 1930 League Championship
Huddersfield v Oldham Away September 10, 1930 Friendly