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Ex-Oldham prop Alan Ogden dies in Australia

SAD news has reached us from Australia of the death of former Oldham prop Alan Ogden, who was in his early seventies and had been suffering from Alzheimers for a few years.

Local lad Alan, a strong front-row forward with a good pair of hands and a good footballer, emigrated to Perth, Western Australia when his playing days were over.

After 63 games for his home-town club, he was transferred to Leigh for £5,000 in 1971, which was a lot of money back then.

We were informed of Alan’s passing by Brian ‘Joey’ Anglin, another local lad who played at Watersheddings and then also emigrated Down Under as so many members of the Oldham rugby league community have done over the last 50 years.

‘Joey’ Anglin is in touch on Facebook with Craig Halstead, who has written two books on Oldham RLFC in the past three years.

Two other messages of condolence come from David Walker, yet another local lad who played at Watersheddings, and from family member Brenda Murray of the Murray family that will forever be etched into the annals of the rugby league folk of Oldham, going back to the 1950s.

Said David:

“I knew Alan since we were both kids. He lived at Strinesdale, me at Moorside. I played a few ‘A’ team games at Oldham, me as hooker, Alan as a great prop-forward.”

Brenda said:

“After much suffering, RIP Allan. Sister-in-law Brenda, brother-in-law Dennis and the Murray family.”

Alan played football as a youngster, turning to rugby league in his late teens.

He signed for Oldham from the St Anne’s club and made his senior debut in the second-row against Castleford at home in a BBC Floodlit Trophy game on November 23, 1965.

Cas won 6-4 and Oldham lined up like this: Tomlinson; Sims, McCormack, Crowther, Simms; Warburton, Canning; Mumberson, Taylor, Wilson, Ogden, Burns, Parker. Subs: Elliott, Fletcher.

He faced tremendous competition from more experienced props like Ken Wilson, Charlie Bott, Alf Mumberson and. later, Danny Gardiner and Geoff Fletcher, but he was named as sub 11 times in the early part of the 1966-67 season before making his first start in a league game against Leigh at Watersheddings on December 17, 1966.

Oldham won 14-5 with this team: Murphy; Elliot, Holroyd, Collins, Dolly; Warburton, Canning; Wilson, Taylor, Ogden, Smethurst, Irving, Parker. Subs: Buckley, Hill.

One of his non-playing sub inclusions that same season was in the Lancashire Cup final against Wigan at Swinton. Wigan won a thriller 16-13 on October 29, 1966 with Roughyeds full-back Stan McLeod, a former Wigan player, stopped inches short of the Wigan line in the dying seconds.

Team: McLeod; Dolly, McCormack, Donovan, Simms; Warburton, Canning; Wilson, Taylor, Fletcher, Smethurst, Irving, Mooney. Subs: Holroyd, Ogden.

The sincere condolences of everyone at Oldham RLFC are sent across the world to the Ogden family.



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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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