RIP Billy Patterson

​THE sincere condolences of everyone at Oldham RLFC are extended to the family of former Roughyeds winger Billy Patterson, who has died at his home in Bredbury.

Billy played 72 senior games for Oldham between 1960 and 1964, numbering Brian Lord, Alan Davies, John Noon , Vinnie Nestor and Keith Holden among the centres he partnered.

Oldham-born, Billy will be remembered fondly by older supporters as a slightly-built winger with the heart of a lion and amazing courage.

He scored 29 tries and kicked 12 goals for 111 points and was a classic example of the player who performed ‘well above his weight’.

The funeral will be at Stockport Crematorium this Thursday, October 11 at 1.45pm.

John Watkins and Bob Henthorn will be present to represent the Oldham Players’ Association, whose annual dinner will be on Friday, November 2 at the St Herbert’s Function Room, Broadway, Chadderton.

Malcolm Lord will MC the evening; Lee Briers will be guest speaker; and comedy will be provided by Mick Martin.

For tickets contact Bernard Halford (07714-520063) or John Watkins (07974-612038).

On the following Friday, November 9, Oldham RLFC will stage its annual Player Awards Night at the Vestacare Stadium when fans and players can look back together on the 2018 season and look ahead to 2019, which will be Scott’s seventh season in charge.

For tickets, priced £12.50 including hot supper, ring Anne Kearns on 07811-988426 or go to the Oldham RLFC online store to buy on-line.

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