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  1. Sean Quinlan

    I have just read that Sean Quinlan has died at the age of 83 and I feel a true sense of loss, not least because he was a good player but one who suffered ill luck with a series of serious injuries. I also feel somewhat disloyal because as a young boy brought up on Dick Cracknell and John Etty on the wings it was always a disappointment to me when one or other was replaced by Sean, or anyone else for that matter. I long since realised that I was foolish in this regard for Sean was a really excellent player who, had he had any luck at all, may well have eclipsed one or even both of these players. Yet another link with our rugby past has left us and if his family read our forum then please accept my heartfelt condolences. I wish Sean could have realised his full potential with us.
  2. Watersheddings Memories (book)

    great a browse and a bag of chips
  3. Watersheddings Memories (book)

    I have been to Oldham Library today and they have five copies across the borough but none for sale. However they have just emailed me to tell me that the library service have a bookshop in the market hall that sells off old library books. I never knew that before and I go in there regularly. Unfortunately they don't keep records of books in there for sale electronically so they have advised me to call in and have a look. Next time I am up there I will call in.
  4. Watersheddings Memories (book)

    If you mean the magic or myth book they do indeed have one or two in. There are also copies of Craig Halstead's books in as well
  5. Watersheddings Memories (book)

    Tried Waterstones and WH Smiths in Oldham today but unfortunately they have none left and Waterstones confirmed that it is out of print. I'll keep my eyes and ears open for you
  6. Watersheddings Memories (book)

    I'll try Waterstones and WH Smith's in Oldham for you and if it's in I'll get it for you and let you know.
  7. Boxing day rugby

    I don't I used to have to turn out feeling bloated and with a headache. I do miss going to watch games though. All the old traditions have gone. Another I didn't like was playing on NewYears Day. I had to stay in the night before. But again I enjoyed watching games. Can't remember the number of times I have stood somewhere with the worst hangover ever and been just glad of the fresh air, even though my mates used to ply me with whisky from their hip flasks. I was as bad because I had mine as well. Hair of the dog and all that. Great times sadly missed
  8. Oldham Evening Chronicle

    It's a bit like losing a limb or something. In days gone by I used to rush home on Monday after work to read the back page news then the match report inside, then I said hello to the wife. I would then look forward eagerly to the two page spread on Wednesday and finally the match preview on Friday. Rogers reporting was fantastic and before him so was that of, was it, Bill Doran? Now I'll never know who I know who has died etc and all the other local news and sport. I hope it does come back but I fear it will be totally different to what we are used to and quite possibly only two days a week like the Rochdale Observer. I will really miss it and hope the clubs website produces a good match report each week.
  9. Deeply saddened

    Thanks for that Sheddings. I had a feeling Jack Keith must have passed away but honestly can't remember reading about Derek Turner. Either way the news about both of these is very sad indeed. I know John Etty is still around and I used to have letters from him until fairly recently. However I moved house and he won't have my new address and sadly I cannot find his address which I seem to recall was in Fleetwood. I had a few tussles with Chris Hesketh way back in time. Nice bloke and sad to hear that but then found it is only very recently that he died.
  10. Deeply saddened

    Sadly Syd Little died last week and not one mention has anyone given to this apart from the article in the Chron. I know that many of the people who use this forum are probably too young to have seen him but I can tell you this if you didn't and you think you have seen the best in second row forwards think again because Syd was fantastic and far better than most of those who have followed with, possibly, just a few exceptions. I feel privileged to have seen him at his very best and proud to have spent time talking to a hero at the 50th anniversary dinner in 2007. He was a real gentleman who had lots of time to talk to the old fans from that era and he leaves a great void in my heart and mind as one by one the great team of the 50s leaves us all behind. Still they must be forming up a formidable squad up there. If I am right the team could read something like, Ganley, Cracknell, Davies, Noon/ Ayres, O'Grady, Stirrup/Kellett, Pitchford, Jackson, Vines, Little, Winslade. I am not sure whether, Jack Keith is still with us or Derek Turner. If they are then they need to be careful because the squad needs a hooker and a loose forward. For people like me it's sad to see what the club has come to but at least people in my age group are the lucky ones we have seen it all and been there, done that and have the rugby shirt. Syd Little RIP
  11. The George Tyson

    Wilf Briggs was indeed a really good player but he also had the ability to frustrate at times and I recall many conversations at work on Mondays after a match when half the group said he was brilliant and the other half found reason, often unfounded, to complain. I liked him anyway
  12. The George Tyson

    I first started supporting Oldham rugby in 1954 when my father took me to my first game. I was immediately hooked and have followed ever since. During my time I have been fortunate to see the great team of the fifties and many more through the following decades and although I have been told stories about many of the players who wore the Oldham shirt long before I started watching them this is the first time I have ever heard of the other George Tyson. Given that we have a George Tyson currently playing for us I am surprised that no one has mentioned this before as we have many historians who support the club. Anyway with apologies to all those to whom this is not news I will tell you about the other GT. George Tyson was born in 1879 in Oldham. He is described as a speedy and elusive winger who topped our try scoring list in 1907, 1908 and 1909. He played at County and international level and scored the winning try against the Aussies in 1908 at Villa Park in Birmingham. In his 246 appearances for Oldham he scored 111 tries and 4 goals. He became landlord of the Farmers Boy on Huddersfield Road in 1910 and was also known as a ferocious tackler. I hope the current George Tyson sticks around as long and scores many more tries like his predecessor. Anyway just a bit of information which I hope you will forgive me for introducing on this very interesting forum.
  13. Yed Memories

    Too many to put them all down on here but the funniest for me was watching Oldham play Wigan from the Hutchins stand upstairs on a very foggy day with a good friend. We couldn't see the other end of the pitch and followed the game by listening to the groans and cheers from the crowd up there and also watching the Wigan fullback, Colin Tyrer I think it was, pacing side to side across the halfway line. Oldham were losing by one point at the time when drop goals counted two. Suddenly out of the mist appears Frank Foster, realising he didn't have the pace to go round Tyrer he attempted a drop goal from 30 yards out but it fell short then then ran over the dead ball line. The referee was nowhere to be seen and I and my mate, followed by a few others raised our arms and all shouted "Yeeessss" The referee then appeared through the mist and hearing our shout raised his white handkerchief and assuming our shouts suggested the ball had gone over he awarded the goal putting Oldham in the lead which somehow we held on to, to win the game. I will always remember Tyrer arguing with us and calling us all sorts of unsavoury names. That was the day me and my mate beat Wigan, with Frank Fosters help of course, and also helped by a blind referee.
  14. Dewsbury Rams

    When will Chapell be available or has he just come to sit out the season. I am (was) expecting him to be one of our major players this year but it has all gone very quiet about him.
  15. The Bradford Thread

    It is one of the main reasons why I fell out with rugby league. What happened to Oldham and what has happened to subsequent clubs is absolutely disgraceful and is nothing short of total mismanagement. The RFL have no idea at all. Rugby League does not need Bradford any more than it needs Oldham, Swinton, Dewsbury, Whitehaven and Workington etc. The problem is it in't about history or tradition its all about whether your face fits or not . It has become a Mickey Mouse sport and is therefore the main reason for my lack of interest and until there is more consistency and fairness in the game I will find it difficult to find the passion that I once had for the game. There is no doubt in my mind thst the only fair thing to have done was to allow Bradford into Championship 1 with no central funding or the first year and let them work their way up the ladder as we have had to do