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For those who might not have seen one of the threads in the main "General Rugby League" section of this forum, they have asked for any unusual or unique facts about clubs. They actually just asked for Super League clubs and started with Hull KR and Catalan but we in the lower leagues are just as important to RL so I have submitted the following ....

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1: Oldham trialed two American Football players.

In 1971 Chris Machedo and Sam Moore signed as trialists for Oldham and played a few games in the "A" team (For the younger folk on here, that's not the one with Mr.T but what reserve teams were called at the time). Sam Moore was then selected for a first team game at home to Blackpool and twice tried an American Football type throw, high and far across the field to the winger. However, both were intercepted and resulted in tries for Blackpool who eventually won the game. Moore and Machedo didn't appear for training the following week and were never seen again.

2: Signing of Olympic shot-putter Arthur Rowe.

Arthur Rowe had represented Great Britain in the shot put at the 1960 Olympics in Rome but then gave up his amateur status by signing for Oldham at Rugby League. His first appearances for the "A" team drew thousands of spectators and at 26 years of age, 6' 2" tall and weighing over 18 stones he played on the wing where he scattered opponents when in possession and taking several players to tackle him (Those who saw him make a comparison to Jonah Lomu). However, after a handful of games Arthur decided the game was too tough for him and left the club. With no longer being an amateur he could then not go back to athletics and became a regular on the professional Scottish Highland Games circuit and where he was eventually crowned World caber-tossing champion.

3: Oldham have won every match they have ever played on a certain date of the year.

Since RL began in 1895 Oldham have played 6 matches on 29 February - and won them all !   They have played on that date in 1908, 1936, 1964, 1968, 1976 and 2008 and have a 100% record. In fact the points they have conceded in each of those games are 2,5,7,2,5,8 .... which equals 29 !!!

4: The most-prolific try-scoring debut in RL history.

On 31 October 1908 winger James Miller made his debut for Oldham in an away game at Barry, South Wales but only due to their usual International winger George Tyson having been selected to play for Lancashire the same day. Oldham defeated Barry 54-0 with debutant Miller scoring 7 tries - still an Oldham club record for most individual tries in one game. However the next week Tyson was back in his usual position and Miller again in the reserves. In fact Miller was unfortunate with injuries and made only four more appearances for Oldham, scoring just two more tries - ironically both in the return fixture at home to Barry on New Year's Day 1909.

5: Oldham RL and Oldham Athletic - a shared but unwanted record.

Since the RL Challenge Cup Final was moved to Wembley in 1929, Oldham RL club have appeared in seven semi-finals and have lost each one of them - the most semi-finals any club has appeared in without ever playing at Wembley. Similarly Oldham Athletic have appeared in three FA Cup semi-finals and never won through to the final - and although sharing that record with Norwich and former club Swifts, it is also the most any club has played in without reaching the decider.

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On 26/03/2020 at 12:19, RL does what Sky says said:

1: Oldham trialed two American Football players.

In 1971 Chris Machedo and Sam Moore signed as trialists for Oldham and played a few games in the "A" team (For the younger folk on here, that's not the one with Mr.T but what reserve teams were called at the time). Sam Moore was then selected for a first team game at home to Blackpool and twice tried an American Football type throw, high and far across the field to the winger. However, both were intercepted and resulted in tries for Blackpool who eventually won the game. Moore and Machedo didn't appear for training the following week and were never seen again.

Following on from the above story, here is a photo of the two American players, although the report says they were from a USA Rugby Union club. Sam Moore, who played one game for the Oldham first team, is second left. On the right is the then Oldham secretary Kevin Wilkinson who was also well-known on the local cricket scene and looks to also be trying to teach the Americans about that game too.

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