Posted 14 December 2010 - 10:36 PM
The book is selling out very fast, and the retailers are all reporting brisk sales.
The club have recently sold out their stock, but will have books back in stock tomorrow.
The trust have received some great press reviews and Harry Edgar writing in the RL Journal, has praised the book as well. Here is what he had to say..........
GENUINE coffee-table books for Rugby League fans in Britain are as rare as Ashes victories have become - but this magnificent tome from Oldham truly sets a new standard.
"Watersheddings Memories " is a high-quality, large-format, landscape shaped, hardback of 400 pages - all filled with evocative black and white photos tracing the history of events at the ground that was the home of rugby in Oldham from 1889 up to its demise in 1997.
It is a wonderful collection of pictures wliich cover not just Rugby League, but various other sporting activities - among them cricket and soccer, plus professional baseball which saw League legends Jim Sullivan and Gus Risman play this supposedly "American" game at Oldham, and wrestling as ex-Oldham, Wakefield and St.Helens hard-man Don Vines took on an opponent dubbed as "The Outlaw."
But they are just fascinating sideshows to a story that is first and foremost about Oldham Rugby League Club. What could be better than the host of images of all those generations of players wearing the famous red and white hoops with navy blue shorts - classic Oldham - as their story is brought vividly to life. And there are also lots of memories of amateur Rugby League at Watersheddings, especially the famous Standard Cup Finals.
Watersheddings, perched high in the foothills of the Pennines, was a cold place to go in the winter, but it had a great atmosphere in the days when its stands and terraces (covered on all four sides) were packed in their thousands to watch Oldham in their glory days, especially the 1950s. Those Oldham fans who experienced
that will treasure this book - those too young to have been there in person will now have a chance to soak up some of that evocative atmosphere and keep turning back for more in its pages.
"Watersheddings Memories" is the latest book to be compiled and produced by the Oldham Rugby League Heritage Trust, and what a magnificent job they are doing. The compilers of this book: Steve Brown, Mick Harrop,
Michael Turner and Brian Walker, truly have produced something very special. And it is a source of wonder to all other publishers how they manage to make such a large and impressive volume available at only £20. The answer, of course, is sponsorship, and the Heritage Trust do a fine job in recruiting sponsors for their publications - with a very special thank-you to the main sponsors of this new book, Melvyn Lord and Reddish Demolition of
Oldham. Their support has helped make this book possible and it is good to know that Oldham's Rugby League heritage is being preserved and in such good hands.