AHEAD of tomorrow’s Law Cup derby against Rochdale Hornets at the Crown Oil Arena (3pm kick-off), Hornets have signed two more players from Thatto Heath — Kenny Hughes and Jamie Tracey.
Neither is included in Rochdale’s 20-man squad for tomorrow but the signings will be of interest to Roughyeds supporters nevertheless, particularly that of hooker Hughes, who played more than 150 games for Oldham over many years before leaving for #North Wales Crusaders at the end of the 2018 season.
Tracey, also a forward, stands 6ft 3 in and tips the scales at 17 stones.
The Hornets squad includes six trialists — Liam Aspin, Ben Forster, Joe Hartley, Adam Jackson, Daniel Nixon and Matthew Whitehead, whose dad, Sean, played for Hornets and later had two spells as a director of Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd.
Squad: Ainscough, Aspin, Bloomfield, Ben Calland, Carr, Forster, Fowden, Freeman, Hartley, Hesketh, Jackson, Lea, Marriott, Nixon, Penkywicz, D Sheridan, L Sheridan, Symes, Talu, Whitehead.
From about 1.15pm onwards there will be a function in the lounge hosted by ‘Braddy’ and in the form of a reunion of the Rochdale and Oldham teams that met in a Second Division game in 1989 in front of a crowd of more than 8,000.
The Oldham full-back that day was Gary Hyde, who will be interviewed on stage by ‘Braddy’.
The Past Players’ organisations of the two clubs will also be well represented, the Roughyeds contingent including Kevin Taylor and Adrian Alexander.
Several members of the Hornets 1989 team are expected to be there, including John Woods, Neil Cowie, Martin Hall, Paul McDermott and Chris Myler, who had also played for Oldham.