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|The trustees have decided that the club's Hall of Fame which currently
only includes ten players should be extended to nineteen. That was
the easy decision! Deciding on the nine was a nightmare. The record
books confirm that the Oldham club has developed well over 100 international
players, dozens and dozens of county representatives and has had thousands
of players passing through its ranks. From the early pioneers such
as Bill McCutcheon who became the club's first ever international when
selected to play for Wales at union (the club itself was then a member
of the English Rugby Union) right through to when John Hough became
the first player to sign for the restructured club in 1997 is still
to this day pulling on the Oldham shirt as many as perhaps 120 players
were up for consideration
Six of those selected are members of that very small group of players who have each played 400 or more first team matches and join Joe Ferguson and Martin Murphy who were inducted earlier. The six are (in date order)
|Sid Little was included on the basis that after Alan Davies, Derek
Turner and Andy Goodway (who again are already members) he is our most
capped Great Britain player and Alex Givvons was chosen for his long
service to the club.
Last, but by no means least, is Terry Flanagan, Great Britain international, tourist and who is the club's youngest ever captain.
(1950 - 1961)
Davies is regarded by many supporters as the best player ever to
have played for Oldham RLFC and the fact that he is the most capped
player in the history of the club would certainly add weight to the
joined Oldham from Leigh amateur club Dootsons in July 1950
and made his senior debut on September 9th in the 35 - 8 victory
over Wakefield, on the left wing.
He was the complete Rugby League player, capable of displaying all the skills associated with top class threequarter play. He had a good eye for an opening and enough pace to capitalise on the opportunity and also a good handler and passer of the ball with strength and determination to make the half chance into a score. On defence he was equally resolute with great timing allied to hard and decisive tackling.
Alan played in all the successes of the 1950's for Oldham and captained the side in the 1954-55, Championship Final at Maine Road against Warrington. Considered extremely unlucky to miss out on the 1954 tour, he won 20 Great Britain caps, scoring eight tries and strangely enough two goals for his country (one more than he kicked for Oldham), played many times for Lancashire and got his deserved place on the 1958 tour "Down Under". Add to this the fact that he is the leading, all time, try scorer for the club and it is easy to see why he was elected as an original member to the Oldham RLFC "Hall of Fame".
Appearances: 391 Tries: 174 Goals: 1 Points: 524
(1955 - 1959)
John Etty was born in the Yorkshire wool town of Batley and would give just under ten years great service to the "Gallant Youths", before he was lured over the Pennines to assist Oldham. Although his favourite and most effective position was on the wing, he often played at centre for Batley, this being so that the tall, well-built threequarter would be able to take on more defensive duties. While at "The Mount" John represented Yorkshire County and a British Empire Xlll.
So it was
that after joining Oldham in January 1955, he played eleven
games in the centre position, with only reasonable success.
The following season he was switched to the wing with immediate
effect. His barnstorming runs down the flank made him a great
favourite with the Watersheddings fans. The 1956-57 season
was a personal triumph for John, when he established the
Oldham post war try record with 43 touchdowns, which included
two in the Championship final against Hull at Odsal and one
in the Lancashire Cup Final triumph over St Helens.
John has recently published his autobiography called "A Rugby League Winner" and, considering that while with Oldham and later at Wakefield he won every domestic honour the game had to offer, the title is most appropriate.
Appearances: 150 Tries: 90 Goals: 0 Points: 270
(1899 - 1923)
can be no doubt that any player in the whole history of Oldham RLFC
has made his presence felt or left an impression quite like Joe Ferguson.
A native of 'Ellenboro', Cumberland, Joe signed for Oldham in time for the 1899 season, after having been invited by the club to attend the previous season's Challenge Cup Final. This was when Oldham defeated Hunslet and the effect was enough to convince the young Ferguson his future lay with Oldham in the face of competition from Halifax.
Joe was a forward, this being in the days when the individual "pack" positions were much less defined than they are today, but as the game evolved he became a front row man, playing both hooker and prop. A strong robust performer on both attack and defence, he was also a fine goalkicker and on no fewer than eleven occasions he was the top Oldham marksman and would occasionally play at full back. Always a player for the big occasion, he once landed a mighty drop goal from the half way line, to clinch a 4 - 3 victory over Swinton in the Lancashire Cup Final of 1910.
had the distinction of representing his country at 15, 13 and
12-a-side Rugby Football, the latter being an experimental
idea played at Wigan against Other Nationalities in 1904. Surprisingly
he never got to play in a test rated international, but he
did captain "England" to victory over the 1907 New
Zealand tourists despite the fact that the "All Golds",
won the test series against the full British team. Joe was
also an automatic selection for the first tour in 1910, but
declined to go for business reasons.
Appearances: 627 Tries: 58 Goals: 540 Points: 1,254
(1951 - 1961)
Bernard Ganley signed for Oldham originally as an amateur in August
1950, turning professional one year later. His father Bert had played
for Leigh, Huddersfield and Leeds. Bernard was, of course, a full
back, but had played at half back in his amateur days with the Leigh
debut came in the match against Liverpool Stanley on March
3rd, 1951, his contribution being two goals in a 16 - 3 victory
over the Merseysiders. A humble beginning to a truly remarkable
career. The following 1951-52 season saw Bernard become the
first Oldham player to land over 100 goals, finishing with
a total of 106.
Bernard played in all the Cup Final wins in the 1950's and not surprisingly scored in each one, with his kicking expertise being supplemented by a rare try in the 1957 Lancashire Cup Final victory over Wigan. He gained county honours and three full Great Britain caps, all against the French. His debut yielded him five goals and another try ! The second appearance saw Bernard again creating records, with ten goals as the French were demolished to the tune of 44 - 15 at Wigan.
There have been many great goal kickers in Rugby League, but for the Oldham fans there has never been anyone to compare with "The Maestro". Bernard was the most lethal of marksmen and broke many the heart of opposing teams and their supporters, with his deadly accuracy, whether it was part of a runaway win or tipping the balance for a single point victory.
Appearances: 341 Tries: 15 Goals: 1,358 Points: 2761
(1980 - 1985+1993 - 1994)
Goodway came to the club early in 1979, after being spotted playing
for Castleford amateur team Redhill against Saddleworth Rangers.
This was when Oldham were recruiting the lads that were to become
the all-conquering Colts team.
He made his debut at Bramley in the last game of the 1979-80 season, but did not play in the first team again until the second division Championship winning 1981-82 campaign, when he gained a reputation as a rugged "tearaway" of a second row forward. Andy was quite at home in the higher league and won Great Britain Under 24 honours in January 1983. Full international selection soon followed and he went on to win 11 caps during his first spell with Oldham, including all the tests on the 1984 tour and had the honour of being Great Britain captain in 1985.
left for Central Park later that year, where he enjoyed tremendous
success in the Wigan team of "all stars". Later he
had a short spell at Leeds, before returning to Watersheddings
for the 1993-94 season. Andy's experience was to prove a vital
factor in the club surviving that term back in the first division
and he finished the season as assistant coach to Bob Lindner.
When the famous Australian decided his future lay back home,
Andy was offered the job of first team coach at Oldham. This
he accepted, hanging up his boots in the process and on very
limited resources he steered the club into a position in "Super
Appearances: 136 (incl 11 sub) Tries: 31 Goals: 0 Points: 113
(1913 - 1925)
Hilton was one of the greatest forwards ever to play for Oldham RLFC.
A local man, he joined the club from the local "Healey Street" team in November 1913, making his senior debut on December 15th against Leeds at Watersheddings.
In his younger days he was a vigorous, robust player with a deceptive turn of speed and capable of crunching tackles. As he matured he would go on to become a fine loose or second row forward, excelling in both the domestic and international arenas. In later years the bulkier Hilton would fill in at prop forward, but retained the skills and fitness to still shine in the back row when required.
Selected for the 1920 tour, he enjoyed a marvellous trip and is probably the Oldham player to make the biggest impact "down under". Herman played in all six tests, scoring two tries, in the "Ashes" winning third Australian match in Sydney and adding a further score in the second Kiwi test, in Christchurch. His personal favourite international appearance came in the match that decided the "Ashes" once again, when the Kangaroos of 1921-22 came to Britain. This was the third test at Salford on January 14th, 1922. A bruising encounter which the "Lions" won 6 - 0. Herman was again on the score sheet, taking a pass from the "prince of centres", Harold Wagstaff to dive over, taking two Australians with him as he crossed the line.
In 1924-25 having played prop for most of the season he was reinstated at loose forward to great effect and from that position captained the team to success in the Challenge Cup Final against Hull K.R. He then suffered a serious illness in the close season and, although attempting a short comeback, he decided to call it a day, having played his last match in November 1925, against Wigan.
Appearances: 253 Tries: 40 Goals: 1 Points: 122
(1965 - 1973)
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
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.
Appearances; 296 (incl 3 sub) Tries: 80 Goals: 0 Points: 240
(1966 - 1982)
in early December 1966, Martin Murphy made his debut against his
home town club of Leigh just a few weeks later. When the slightly
built full back took the field on that chilly December Saturday afternoon,
I am sure none of the 2,866 spectators present gave him much chance
of lasting the game out, never mind the whole season. As it happened, "Murph" didn't
play the whole game having to retire after taking a crunching tackle
from opposite number Colin Tyrer, which left him needing stitches
in his mouth, but typical of his courage he came back to finish the
game was typical of the resolve of Murphy, who went on to finish
that season and embark on a career that would span three decades
of great service to the "Roughyeds".
by Lancashire, he also made one appearance for England, scoring
a last gasp try to clinch a 11 - 9 victory against the French
in Perpignan, on January 19th, 1975.
Appearances: 462 (incl 7 sub) Tries: 52 Goals: 0 Points: 156
(1951 - 1960)
in Leigh, Frank Stirrup came to Oldham from Salford in November 1950,
making his senior debut on January 20th, 1951 in the match against
Belle Vue Rangers. In that first match Frank played scrum half, but
whether it be at the base of the scrum, stand off, wing, or full
back, one thing was certain Frank would always give 100 % effort
for the "Roughyeds". He could play scrum half to Daley,
then stand off to Pitchford, then deputise at full back for Ganley,
embracing each role with enthusiasm and the natural Stirrup rugby
flair and belying his slight stature by demonstrating tremendous
courage when called upon to defend.
ball handler of sublime skill, he became known as "Mr
Football", his sleight of hand exchanges, especially with
Frank Daley, became legendary at Watersheddings.
Considered desperately unlucky never to represent his country, Frank did play for Lancashire and was a most popular club captain in the Championship winning season of 1956-57, having been the first Oldham skipper to lift a major trophy for over 20 years, after the Lancashire Cup Final success over St Helens at Swinton, on October 20th, 1956.
There were few, if any, players who left such a lasting impression on the Oldham supporters of being a Rugby League Football "entertainer", as did Frank Stirrup.
Appearances: 224 Tries: 49 Goals: 8 Points: 163
(1955 - 1958)-
Derek "Rocky" Turner, came to Oldham from Hull K.R., playing his first match against Hunslet on September 3rd, 1955. A loose forward of immense power and fearless determination, Derek was seen by many as the last piece required to complete the puzzle that became the great team of the 1950's.
A born leader, with never a backward step, he demonstrated a terrific work rate on both attack and defence, giving everything in the eighty minutes while inspiring others to do the same and was always a thorn in the side of the opposition. Although it is interesting to note that he was never captain while at Watersheddings.
An integral part of the mid to late 1950's success of the club, his big regret was that the club never reached Wembley. Still history remembers Derek as one of the great Wembley captains after he led Wakefield Trinity to success at the famous London stadium in 1960-62-63. The Yorkshire team instantly recognising his leadership qualities.
Derek won eleven caps during his time with Oldham and was selected for the 1958 tour only to withdraw because of injury. He would realise this ambition after his move to Wakefield on the 1962 tour.
Appearances: 134 Tries: 35 Goals: 1 Points: 107
(1891/92 + 1906/07)
Arthur Lees, born in the village bearing his surname, joined Oldham in 1892 when it was still a member of the English Rugby Union.
He made his senior debut at the age of eighteen and by the time of the ‘breakaway’ to form the Northern Union (which in turn would become the Rugby Football League) he was the regular half back partner to English union international Harry Varley.
He was promoted to club captain in 1899 and that season became the first captain of a Lancashire club to hold aloft the Challenge Cup when Oldham beat Hunslet in the final. He played for Lancashire, both before and after the ‘breakaway’, and in the 1907 Challenge Cup final against Warrington.
After topping 400 first team matches he continued to serve the club as a committee member.
(1925/26 - 1939/40)
Jack Read had represented Gloucestershire at union before signing for Oldham.
He made his debut against Hull on New Years Day 1926, the first of 463 first team matches that include the 1926 and 1927 Challenge Cup finals.
forward with a tireless work rate, Read was selected to play for
the British RL X111 in 1936
and is second only to the great Joe Ferguson on Oldham’s
all-time appearance list.
(1926/27 - 1938/39)
Fred Ashworth, a strong running and fierce defending Cumbrian forward, joined Oldham in1926.
still only a teenager he was immediately installed in the first
team pack where he would
represent the Roughyeds for the next twelve years.
He played 436 times for Oldham and thirteen for Cumberland.
After his retirement as a player he continued to serve the club as a member of the committee.
Born in Newport, Alex Givvons came to Oldham from the Cross Keys union club in 1933.
A speedy, agile and enthusiastic halfback who eventually made the transition to loose forward and gained Welsh international honours. Six times he represented his country (always finishing on the winning side) and twice toured France with the British R.L. Xlll. After a spell with Huddersfield, Alex returned to Watersheddings where he ended his playing days.
He played in a total of 241 first class matches for the Roughyeds, continuing to give many more years service as a member of both the coaching and back room staff. In January 1995, sixty-two years after his arrival in Oldham, he performed the unveiling of the initial Oldham R.L. Hall of Fame.
(1940/41 - 1955/56)
Harry Ogden joined his hometown club in 1940, at the age of sixteen.
He made his debut against Broughton Rangers the same season, a remarkable achievement for so young a prop forward, and was still wearing the number eight shirt in 1955 when Oldham faced Warrington in the Championship final at Maine Road.
A first team regular until a serious leg injury sustained at Workington in 1956 curtailed his career. When one considers that his early games for the club were in the disrupted wartime period of 1940-45, Ogden’s 429 appearances is a truly remarkable achievement.
He was selected for the British Rugby League Xlll to tour France in 1946 and played in the 1954 Lancashire Cup final against Barrow.
(1951/52 - 1958/59)
Born near Carlisle, Sid Little an ex - R.A.F. pilot and both Harlequin and Cumberland union player, joined Oldham in1952.
A fast second row forward, he would form a tremendous back row partnership with ball-playing Charlie Winslade in the fabulous team of the 50’s. He made his try scoring Great Britain debut in the third test against Australia at Swinton in 1956 when the Lions secured the Ashes, the first of ten consecutive international appearances, including a trip to Australia for the 1957 World Cup.
Also made eight appearances for Cumberland at league. In later life Little was awarded the OBE for services to youth.
(1962/63 - 1978/79)
Seventeen-year-old Welsh union back Mike Elliott joined the Roughyeds in 1962.
Occasionally a centre, but best remembered as a right-winger who was the Roughyeds’ leading try scorer on six occasions, and whose 153 touchdowns has been bettered by only two other Oldham players.
His total of 446 appearances is the most by any Oldham three-quarter.
Still lives in the town.
(1962/63 - 1976/77)
Oldham born Kevin Taylor signed for Oldham shortly after his 16th birthday and made his debut at Castleford in1963.
A hooker of the highest calibre, he was selected for the England Under-24’s in 1965 and went on to represent Lancashire and England.
He was an excellent player in the loose, noted especially for his support play, which twice led to him being the club’s top try scorer.
A model of consistency, Kevin ended his Roughyeds career at Salford in1977 but only after he had 429 games under his belt.
(1979/80 - 1988/89)
Terry Flanagan joined the Roughyeds in the summer of 1979. Signed from Saddleworth Rangers, he was soon making his presence felt in the first team as a clever, ball-playing, loose forward.
In his first season he made 24 appearances, helping the team to promotion and the following season became the youngest ever Oldham club captain whilst still only nineteen.
He represented Great Britain at Colts and Under 24 levels before winning the first of his four full caps in 1983. Selected for the 1984 tour, but during the Australian leg was troubled with injuries, recovering in time to force his way into the test team in New Zealand and went on to be awarded ‘man of the match’ in the game against Papua New Guinea.
During his ten years at Watersheddings he played in 281 first class games for Oldham scoring 41 tries and also represented Lancashire on two occasions.
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