Sad news from South Wales

WE have been asked by the family of the late Charlie Winslade to inform her many friends; remaining relatives; and others with fond memories of the Fabulous Fifties, that Charlie’s widow Hilda has passed away at the age of 85.

She died in Bridgend, South Wales after suffering from dementia for more than ten years.

The sincere condolences of everyone at Oldham RLFC are extended to Nicola and Vanessa, the daughters of Hilda and Charlie, and to their extended families.

In the early days of their marriage, Charlie and Hilda, an Oldham girl born and bred, lived in Ryeburn Street, Greenacres.

Her funeral service will be in Bridgend at 3.15pm on June 5.

Anyone wishing to contact the family is asked to ring son-in-law Jay Winslade-Gregory on 07427765567 or drop a line to: 20, Wernlys Road, Pen-y–Fai, Bridgend, South Wales, CF31 4NS.

Older Oldham supporters don’t need any reminding of Charlie Winslade’s wonderful and never-to-be-forgotten contribution to the Roughyeds story.

He made 358 Oldham appearances, gave 11 years of wonderful service to the club and as one of the most popular members of the great 1950s Oldham side he formed a dynamic second-row with Sid Little.

He signed from Welsh RU club Maesteg in January, 1950 and was virtually a Watersheddings ever-present for the next glorious decade.

Like many of his Oldham team mates of that era he won every honour in the domestic game apart from a Challenge Cup medal.

He moved to Warrington in 1961, but there was always a special place in the hearts of Charlie and Hilda for her hometown club and when Charlie died in 1993 he had a funeral service at St Thomas’s, Moorside and his ashes were scattered at Watersheddings.

There is now an avenue named after him, Winslade Close, on the site of the old ground.

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