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    Oldham RLFC. Proud to say that I watched Ganley and the great team of the '50s.

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  1. On a plastic football (soccer) pitch. somewhere ? And there's two blue and yellow tackle bags omitted from your photo ? ?
  2. I'll guess and say it'll be a local lad from one of our local amateur sides.
  3. Funny you should say that, 'cause me and my dear old dad (God bless him) did exactly the same thing. I suspect that we must have followed your red and white shirts or your scarves streaming from the back windows of your car on countless occasions. If you got lost on the way to away games, then guess what ? So did we ! It was always an adventure. Great days, especially if we won. If only we could turn back time.
  4. Hi, Cornish. I've completed your questionnaire as requested and the new stadium for Cornwall at Threemilestone, if/when they finally build it, would be really convenient for me ! !
  5. They do say that "Time heals all" but, no matter how many years pass, the heartache never gets any less. What happened to our great club was unforgivable and, like you Jim, I shall NEVER forget.
  6. I think he reminds me of someone who's second name is 'Holdsworth'
  7. RL. From that photo of the team in 1963, a few personal memories of mine about some of those players: Geoff Robinson: was a 'big' bloke, yet he used to live in one of the three, really, tiny white cottages near Hey Church on Stamford Road, Lees. Occasionally he would walk up to Watersheddings with the crowds of men, including me and my dad, who also walked along Stamford Road from Lees and Springhead on match days. Dennis Wright: A 'Gentleman'. Vince Nestor: I had the pleasure of sitting next to and talking to him about the 1950s team on the very sad occasion that we both
  8. Errr ! I thing 'he' had more skill than ''she' had ! ? That said, John Cogger was always great fun to watch. Although he had No. 13 on his back, he wasn't the most 'technical' loose forward I've ever seen. He seemed to have a 'roving commission'. He was all over the pitch and spent as much time in the 'backs' as he did in the 'forwards'. He was fast, quick off the mark and always instantly recognisable with his long blond hair flowing behind him. None of his team mates seemed to know what he was going to do when he got the ball in his hands i.e. pass, run or even kick it.
  9. In the early 1950s my dad used to carry me on his shoulders from Ashes Lane in Springhead and I used to sit with many other little boys on the lower (wooden) steps of the Hutchins Stand. He could then keep an eye on me during the 'A' team and 'First' team games as he stood with his brothers (Sam and Harold) whilst they were in the Herbert Street stand. As the years went by and I got older, I progressively 'graduated' up each wooden step until I was able to assume my rightful place, upstairs, with the other 'big lads' at the front, directly behind the 'sticks'. I spent countless years
  10. You're absolutely correct. The South African was indeed John Winton. I'd forgotten about him. My memory must be getting 'dim'. That said after Leeds beat us (sadly) 13-0 in the 3rd Round of the Challenge Cup in 1968, I then reluctantly decided to support our 'conquerors'* during their semi-final game against Wigan at Station Road and then subsequently all the way down to Wembley against Wakefield. The 'Watersplash Final'. What a game that was. It was one of those once in a lifetime "I was there" moments. And I was there ! That said, if that game had been anywhere other
  11. Nope. He wasn't the best defensive fullback we've every had. Nobody can beat Martin Murphy in that department. However Murphy, unfortunately, couldn't kick the ball. Dyson on the other hand, could. He kicked over 200 goals at an average of more than three in every game he played. However, Frankie Dyson was a player of his time. He could tackle when he had to but, it's fair to say that he was a 'stout lad' and, physically he was built more for 'comfort rather than speed'. As a result, in a foot race I never remember him actively chasing and catching any opposition player that didn't h
  12. Not that it happened very often but, the 12 players in front of Ganley knew that if any opposition player broke through our defensive line that, unless that opposition player deliberately chose to run straight into Ganley in order to be tackled then it was a stone-cold, cast-iron certainty, he would score a try. As you say Bernard Ganley could never be classed as a great full back. But, then again, as player he wasn't (much) expected to tackle. He had one job and one job only. To kick goals. And at that specific job, at that moment in time, the records show that he was the best
  13. Duncan Platt ? A better full back than Martin Murphy ? ? ? I watched both of them from the start, to the end, of their playing days for the Roughyeds. I'll give you a clue: One of then has been inducted into the ORLFC 'Hall of Fame' and the other one hasn't.
  14. Lord Platt ? Or, do you mean Laurie Platt ? ?
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