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  1. Excellent result. Keeps us snapping at the heels of Whitehaven.
  2. Sadly, we played them again the cup the year after that, they gave us a right pasting. I think what mick hornet meant to say, Tangle, is that "99 times out of a hundred a full time outfit will beat part timers." A betting man will always back the full time professionals when playing against part timers.
  3. ArthurO


    Workington. Never an easy place to go to and come away with a win. Brilliant result especially as it cancels-out our loss against them in the first game of the season.
  4. Keighley 12 - 52 Oldham. A most excellent result Dudes !
  5. And I was there too. We knocked Jonathan Davies about fearfully that day, but fair credit to him he never took a step backwards and he never complained. As for Offiah, he was sickened by the hammering we gave him every time he touched the ball. By the end of the game, he couldn't wait to get off the pitch in order to get away from it. Brilliant tactics that day by Oldham's coach. Happy days. If only we could repeat that historic result ! And I shall continue to hate Holdsworth 'til my dying day.
  6. Not the high scoring victory we would have preferred and I don't suppose Scott Naylor would have been too impressed, either. But it goes to show that none of the opposition in this league are going to 'roll over' just because they are playing us. However, as they say "A win's a win" and it's another two, precious, league points in the bag.
  7. Yes. All of the above, but it was mainly rank bad management. At the end of the phenomenally successful years of the 1950s what did we get ? A new stand in 1960 at the Pavillion/Wattersheddings end of the ground. Investment after that for the next 37 years ? Nothing. Nowt. Not a penny. All the money just disappeared into thin air. And during that same 37 years there were some horrendously expensive and bad signings such as Geoff Shelton and Bob Lindner (to name but two) and the sale of our best players such as Andy Goodway, Chris Joynt, Tommy Martyn and Barrie Mac., for a fraction of their true value. Who knows what happened to the training ground and the greyhound track ? After our last game against Swinton I looked in the players' changing/first aid rooms under the main stand. Small, no heating, cold, cracked tiled floors, a battered old leather treatment bench, water was dripping everywhere through the ceilings and there was dark-green mould growing on the ceiling and walls. You wouldn't have treated an injured dog in there. Our beloved stadium had sadly become a run-down and decrepit relic. If it had been developed into a big, modern, stadium as it should have been with all the land that was available, it was ideally placed on the main road and rail links over the Pennines almost exactly half-way between rugby heartlands of Lancashire and Yorkshire. All the semi-finals and International matches could have been played there. I still get depressed thinking about how it all went wrong. I hate what happened to Watersheddings as much as I hate Holdsworth. And I shall continue to do so until my dying day.
  8. Without wishing to give too much away in this friendly, the ideal result in a hard and close-run contest between us and Newcastle would be a narrow win for us. Say, six points. With exactly the same winning margin again and again whenever we play them throughout the season. ?
  9. ArthurO

    Law Cup

    I hate Holdsworth. And I will continue to do so until my dying day !
  10. And, by sheer coincidence, I was thinking today about a souvenir photograph that I kept for more than 45 years from the day it was printed. It was a black-and-white, double centre-fold picture, in a national newspaper (Daily Mirror ?) of three Oldham forwards laying in deep snow, purportedly in 'training' for the C.C. third round game against Leeds in 1968. The names of those three players were, in order, Geoff Fletcher, Bobby Irving and ...............Alan Ogden. So sad. Another great Oldham player is no longer with us. RIP Alan.
  11. ArthurO

    Dave Parker

    I'm so sad to read of the passing of Dave Parker. He followed-on from our other great loose forward, Rocky Turner. Dave was an elegant, thoughtful and skillful player. I believe he would have played for Great Britain more often in the 1960s had he not been playing at the same time as the other great loose forwards of that era, Don Fox, Dave Robinson and Laurie Gilfedder. I also believe that he would have led us out to victory at Wembley in 1964 had he not been 'targeted' and badly injured by his opposite number, Harry Poole in the second replay against HKR. Dave Parker. RIP.
  12. Bower Fold. Sunday 2nd April 2017. Let's hope for a repeat performance !
  13. As a matter of interest, Rob, if you substitute the words 'Swinton' with 'Oldham' and 'Station Road' with 'Watersheddings', I think that many Roughyed supporters would agree with your heartfelt comments. I know that I do, just as my late father also did.
  14. Ah. Terry Fogerty. I was at Springhead school with Terry in the 1950s. He was a big lad. Literally 'head and shoulders' bigger than any of the other lads in his age group. He learned his rugby 'trade' at Saddleworth Rangers and Halifax signed him straight from school at the age of 16. He went on to be a brilliant ball-playing second rower. I never understood why he slipped underneath Oldham's scouting 'net' and went over the Pennines to 'Fax. I wished he could have played in our pack along side Bobby Irving. What a partnership that would have been.
  15. Andy. Charlie joined us from Whitehaven in the late 1960s. He was a brilliant ball-playing second rower and played for us in the 1968 Lancashire Cup final, on a Friday night, at Central Park against St Helens. I remember jumping about wildly when we scored first (penalty goal). Unfortunately that was as good as it got. We didn't score again and suffered a bit of a 'pasting' by the final whistle. It was a long, and quiet, journey back to Waterhead on the supporters' coach, that night. Charlie was an electrician by trade and he sadly died as a result of an accident whilst working on the construction of the Channel tunnel in 1990. His name is one of the eleven men featured on a memorial.
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