Lifelong fan passes away, aged 93

OLDHAM RLFC is sad to learn of the passing of one of its longest-serving supporters in 93-year-old Ernest Ogden of Moorside.

He passed away peacefully in the Royal Oldham Hospital on November 1, after a short illness, and his funeral service will be at 10.30am on Tuesday, November 14 at St Thomas’s Church, Moorside and later at Oldham Crematorium.

Born in 1924, he was taken to Watersheddings as a small boy, by his father, ultimately becoming a regular season-ticket holder and ultimately a life member. He remained a fan until the day he died.

In recent years he was unable to go to matches on a regular basis, but he managed two trips to Bower Fold, Stalybridge last season and he never missed listening to the commentaries of all other home games on Oldham Community Radio.

He also supported the club with membership of its Club Cash lottery, which provides vital income all the year round.

During the club’s great days of the 1950s, he worked at Platts alongside many other fans and some members of the club’s committee.

At home in Haven Lane back then, his next door neighbour was a senior member of the committee, Fred Ashworth, and directly across the road lived former player Edgar Brooks, who had played nearly 300 games for his home-town club before and after World War 2.

Edgar’s wife, Jean, was the daughter of Joe Ferguson, whose 627 Oldham appearances between 1899 and 1923 stands as a club record to this day.

Ernest would talk of those days with pride, often telling friends: “I had Oldham Rugby at work, at home and at Watersheddings. We had quite a little Oldham Rugby gathering on Haven Lane and I loved every minute of it.”

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