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Frank Foster dies, aged 79

​TOUGH-GUY forward Frank Foster, who transformed Oldham’s fortunes in his one and a half seasons at Watersheddings in the early 1970s, has died in Barrow, aged 79.

A formidable opponent, he was renowned as one of the hardest and meanest forwards of his era, while possessing sublime ball-handling skills and the strength to hold off defenders while slipping defence-splitting passes to supporting colleagues.

In short, Frank Foster will go down in Oldham RL folklore as a forward to match post-war Roughyeds greats such as Derek Turner, Don Vines, Charlie Winslade and Sid Little.
He came from Barrow in January, 1972 in the twilight of his career and at a time when Oldham were struggling in the bottom four of a one-division set-up.

They had won only six, and drawn one, of the 21 league games they had played so far that season but with Foster as pack leader; the equally experienced Cliff Hill at outside-half and the innovative Graham Starkey as coach they lost only one more game out of 13 . . . and that was in the last minute at Warrington.

At the end of Foster’s first season, by which time Oldham had moved 15 places up the division, local historian Mike Turner wrote: “In more than 35 years watching Oldham no player has ever made the same immediate and positive impact.”

Foster had previously played for Workington, Hull KR and Bradford and he only managed 47 appearances at Oldham before hanging up his boots at the end of the 1972-73 season and returning to Barrow as coach.

Details of his funeral will be given as soon as they are known.

In the meantime the deepest condolences of all at Oldham RLFC go out to Frank’s family and friends.



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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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