THE heartfelt condolences of everyone at Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd go to the family of Tony Barrow jnr, who has died in his home town of St Helens after a long illness. He was 45.
Lots of fans will remember the days when a teenaged Tony signed for the ‘old’ club at Watersheddings at a time when his dad, Tony snr, was head coach during a highly-successful period — one of the best and most exciting since the club’s great days of the 1950s.
The Barrow family made a huge contribution to Oldham Rugby during those years, Tony snr being largely responsible for the arrival at the club of the then unknown youngsters Tommy Martyn and Chris Joynt.
On leaving Watersheddings, Tony jnr. went on to play for Swinton.
‘Young’ Tony, as everyone in Oldham knew him, has been battling against a brain tumour since last year and his passing was confirmed by a support group who had been raising funds and awareness of glioblastoma multiforme, the disease from which Tony suffered.
He lived in the Thatto Heath district of St Helens with his wife Ann-Marie and two children. He was a great supporter of the Steve Prescott Foundation throughout his illness and, with Ann-Marie by his side, he even ran the St Helens 10K.
The condolences of everyone at the Oldham club, chairman Chris Hamilton, coach Scott Naylor, staff, players and supporters are sent to Tony’s family at this very sad time.