For anyone with Oldham RLFC at heart this is a truly great read and I would urge you to buy it. I was lucky enough to have seen this team play and I cannot say that I have ever seen better. Of course it was a different game so you can't always compare, but for speed, strength, guile and pure entertainment brought about by an open style of rugby. I think they call it expansive these days, but whatever you call it, it was sheer brilliance. For anyone who thinks more people watch Rugby League today just look at the attendances at the games that are highlighted, anything from 15000 to 26000 against teams that weren't in the top half of the league. This was not just Oldham who had these gates but they were replicated to a great extent right across the board, not just at half a dozen games each week and the rest with little more than 1000 or even less. No one will ever convince me that Rugby League is thriving outside of Wigan, Leeds, Warrington and perhaps two or three other clubs.
Anyway rant over, just buy the book and enjoy it and sample the atmosphere of 1950s Watersheddings. Incidentally my dad's in one of the pictures sat on the disabled forms at pitch side..