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Funeral arrangements for Kevin Taylor

The funeral of former Oldham RLFC star Kevin Taylor, who died last week at the age of 73, will be held at Oldham Crematorium, Hollinwood, at 3pm on Wednesday, April 1.

Due to current coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations, only ten people will be allowed inside the Crematorium. There will be eight close family members plus Kevin’s lifelong pal Bob Henthorn and another member of the Oldham Past Players’ Association, still to be decided.

The family hope that, especially in view of the restrictions on attendance, lots of Oldham fans, and others, will hold Kevin in their thoughts and prayers from 3pm onwards on the day of the funeral.

Anyone wishing to send a sympathy card, message or letter to the family can send it to Bob Henthorn at 109, Rosary Road, Fitton Hill, Oldham OL8 2SB and he will pass it on.

Kevin, who died at his home in Garden Suburb, Oldham, where he lived alone, played in 429 games for Roughyeds in the 1960s and 1970s before being transferred to Leigh for £5,000.

In the days when scrums were contested, the hooker’s main job was to win the ball, and results often depended on which hooker ‘won’ the scrimmage, Kevin’s partnership with his open-side prop Ken Wilson was legendary in Watersheddings folklore.

He and Harry Ogden, who also made 429 appearances, were joint third behind full-back Martin Murphy (462) and Welsh wing Mike Elliott (446) in the club’s list of those who played in most post-war matches.

Picture courtesy of Oldham RL Heritage Trust



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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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