During the years leading up to the First World War Oldham enjoyed one of its most successful playing periods and was never far away from the honours.
Oldham Rugby League Heritage Trust Merchandise
NOW AVAILABLE! WATERSHEDDINGS MEMORIES
Watersheddings Memories, the latest book from the Heritage Trust is a magnificent collection of greyscale photographs and images all of which are centred in and around the famous old ground that was for so long the home of Oldham Rugby League Club.
As you would expect there are many fantastic photographs of rugby league action but that is not all. The ‘sheddings was also witness to lots of other activities. Did you know, for instance, that international soccer stars Tom Finney, Bill Shankly, Stan Mortensen and Jack Rowley played there and that an England women’s soccer side took on the French? That Great Britain rugby league hard man Don Vines wrestled the Outlaw and that famous league stars Jim Sullivan and Gus Risman played pro baseball in the stadium?
But, first and foremost, Watersheddings was famous for being the home of Oldham Rugby League Football Club and for over a century was graced by the most famous players of the sport, both professional and amateur. Thousands of us, some scattered to the four corners of the earth, will each cherish our own memories, whether it might be a packed to the rafters, thrill-a-minute Tuesday night cup replay or queuing at half-time for a plastic cup of lukewarm coffee in the driving rain.
Its a big book. 400 pages x A4 hardbacked. Available from Oldham RL Club, Oldham Evening Chronicle, local branches of Asda, W.H. Smith and Waterstones or send a cheque for £20 made payable to Oldham RL Heritage Trust, 158 Balfour St, Oldham OL4 1NS and we'll get the book to you.
Compiled by Steve Brown, Mick Harrop, Michael Turner and Brian Walker
Michael Turner's 'OLDHAM RLFC, THE COMPLETE HISTORY' is now back in stock.
This excellent book includes a comprehensive history of the club plus profiles of 100 of its greatest players, reports on top matches, club records and the playing stats of every player who has donned the red and white hoops between 1895 and 1997.
See the contact page for Michael
Turner's e-mail address or phone 0161 620 6005.
KIWIS, KANGAROOS & ROUGHYEDS by Michael Turner
A full and comprehensive account of all the matches Oldham RLFC have played against the international touring teams of Australia and New Zealand. Complimented throughout by a vast collection of fabulous images many published for the first time.
From the visit of the New Zealand Maoris in 1889 right up to the Roughyeds playing a Manly district team in 2003.
£20 including post and packaging. Click onto contacts to order.