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Mayor’s Consort is no stranger to rugby league

​JUST a reminder to ‘Roary’s Pride’ members and parents that the new junior supporters’ club is having its second meeting in the Vestacare Stadium social club this coming Saturday, June 22, starting at 9am.

Guests of honour will be The Worshipful The Mayor and Mayor’s Consort of Oldham Metropolitan Borough, Councillor Ginny Alexander and Adrian Alexander, her husband.

David Murgatroyd, leader and organiser of ‘Roary’s Pride’, said:

“We will be honoured and privileged to have the Mayor and her Consort with us on June 22.”

Adrian Alexander, the Mayor’s husband and Consort, is best known locally as a former Oldham councillor and as a prominent member of the local Labour Party.

It wasn’t always so. Between 1979 and 1983 he was an Oldham RLFC forward of some repute, playing 80 games for the Roughyeds after making a big name for himself in rugby union.

This former Thames Valley Grammar School boy was captain of Harlequins with England under-23s and Barbarians honours already on his CV when he turned pro for Oldham and signed only a few days after his fellow Londoner and rugby union ace Bob Mordell.

A full England cap was imminent for ‘Alex’, as we called him in those days, at the time he came north and his signing caught the headlines on the back pages of national newspapers and occupied many column inches, writes ROGER HALSTEAD.

He was an Oldham councillor from 2011 until earlier this year and in 2014 he persuaded his Oldham-born wife Ginny to become a councillor.

The rest, as they say, is history.


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