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  1. Mine was a 1960 Austin Mini (NEY 406). I bought it in 1969. Cost me £45. A front wing was rotted and one headlight was higher than the other. The sills were solid fibre-glass. The battery fell through the rusted 'well' in the boot. The subframe collapsed. I painted the roof with white Dulux paint and it rained on it. That gave it a vinyl 'textured' appearance. The hinges rotted off the quarter 'wings' and the doors wouldn't close without slamming them. There was holes in the footwells and you could see the road surface through them. Everything that could fall off it, did do. A bit like a circus clown's car. It was completely unroadworthy, but it was my first car bought with my own money and I loved it !
  2. And sadly 121 years later history repeated itself. When they write a history of Oldham in the future they will say "The housing estate to your left was Watersheddings, once the much loved home of Oldham RLFC. In 1997 they played their last ever match here (on a cold, frosty and foggy winter's day) against Swinton RLFC". If only we could turn back time ? ?
  3. ArthurO

    The Final

    Could the Golden number have been 18-14 ? ?
  4. ArthurO

    The Final

    What can I say that hasn't already been said ? Roughyeds. Luv ya forever.
  5. Well. Now we know. Whatever the result against Hunslet, if we're going to go up, we're going to have to do it the hard way. Those early season results e.g. Workington at home, have come back to haunt us.
  6. Excellent result. Keeps us snapping at the heels of Whitehaven.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Keighley 12 - 52 Oldham. A most excellent result Dudes !
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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. ?
  14. ArthurO

    Law Cup

    I hate Holdsworth. And I will continue to do so until my dying day !
  15. 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.
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