Posts archive for October, 2016

Burke’s World Cup dream

OLDHAM prop Joe Burke moved a step nearer to realising his ambition of playing for Wales in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in the southern hemisphere when helping John Kear’s men to beat Italy 20-14 in Monza on Saturday.

A substitute, Burke suffered a smashed nose, but returned to the field after treatment as Wales scored 14 unanswered points to qualify for the trip Down Under next autumn.

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Fay Bowden dies, aged 83

FAY Bowden, well known to thousands of rugby league fans in Oldham as a former stewardess of the old social club at Watersheddings, has died, aged 83.

Widow of the late Jack Bowden, a former vice-chairman of Oldham RLFC and a committee man for more than 12 years, Fay had Oldham Rugby running through her veins.

Born in South Wales, she moved to Rochdale as a baby when her dad, Billy Moore, a prop-forward with Bridgend RU Club, signed for Rochdale Hornets during the depression of the 1930s.

After a couple of seasons at the Athletic Grounds, he was transferred to Oldham, for whom he played 158 games between 1937 and 1947. Thus was spawned young Fay’s love of rugby league and the Oldham club, which was to last a lifetime.

In 1952 she married into another rugby league family, brothers-in-law Eddie and Colin Bowden both playing professionally and Eddie winning international honours.

Jack, whom she first met when she was 14, was on the ginger group that swept into power at Oldham RLFC in 1970 when nine new officials were elected to the committee of the then members’ club under the leadership of former Rochdale Hornets chairman Arthur Walker.

In the main, that group was to govern the club for the best part of 20 years until members voted to launch a limited company in 1989.

For five of those years Jack and Fay ran the Watersheddings social club as steward and stewardess; roles in which they became familiar faces to thousands of fans and firm friends of hundreds.

Fay’s funeral will take place at St Patrick’s RC Church next Friday, November 4, at 10am prior to committal at Greenacres Cemetary.

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…And then there were 20

ADAM Neal’s signing takes to 20 the number of players already contracted to Oldham RLFC for the club’s 20th anniversary season, which starts next February.

A programme of pre-season warm-up games will be staged in January, but details have not yet been announced.

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England win bid to stage Rugby League World Cup in 2021

  • 31 match tournament due to be held at twelve stadiums across the country
  • Women’s 2021 World Cup and Wheelchair 2021 World Cup also awarded to England
  • England beat off competition from the USA/Canada, who have been awarded the 2025 World Cup

The RFL is delighted to have been informed this morning that England’s bid to host the Rugby League World Cup in 2021 has been successful.

The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) announced earlier today that England had beaten off competition from the USA/Canada to host the 31 game Men’s tournament alongside the Women’s and Wheelchair tournament in five years’ time.

Speaking following the announcement, Chairman of the RFL, Brian Barwick, said: “The news today that England has won the right to host the Rugby League World Cup in 2021 is transformative for our sport.

“Our commitment to grow the game internationally, attract more spectators than ever before and put on the biggest and best event in the sports history has clearly been recognised by the RLIF.
“With a sold out game between England and New Zealand this weekend in the Ladbrokes Four Nations it is clear that there is a real passion for international Rugby League in this country. The UK has a proud reputation for delivering world class sporting events and the Rugby League World Cup in 2021 will round off an incredible decade of major events in our country that began with the London Olympics in 2012. The hard work starts now, but we are confident that we can deliver.

“Finally, we would like to thank the government for their steadfast support for the bid. Their pledge to help financially support the staging of this event and their commitment to provide up to an additional £10m investment in infrastructure for the sport of Rugby League, has undoubtedly helped to bring yet another iconic world class sporting event to this country.”
The tournament will benefit from central government backing with up to £15m pledged to help support the hosting of the Rugby League World Cup in 2021 and a further £10m to support infrastructure for the sport and grow the game across the country.

Speaking following the announcement, Minister for Sport, Tracey Crouch, said: “I am delighted that England has been chosen to stage the Rugby League World Cup in 2021. The government is investing up to £15 million to put on a world class show and up to a further £10 million into the game’s infrastructure as part of the Northern Powerhouse agenda – and to help Rugby League grow outside its traditional home.
“The tournament will be a fantastic festival of rugby, enjoyed by a million spectators, and bringing economic benefits to host towns and cities. I look forward to working alongside the RLIF, RFL and UK Sport on an outstanding event.”

England Captain, Sam Burgess, said: “The bid that England put together sounds fantastic for the sport. The idea of playing alongside my brothers and teammates not only on home soil, but in the country’s most iconic venues in front of packed out crowds is something I have dreamed of doing again. I would love to see the Rugby League World Cup move to another level and I’m certain that hosting it in England will help succeed in doing this.”

England Head Coach, Wayne Bennett, said:
“The Rugby League World Cup feels like it is on the verge of transforming itself from a major to a mega event. It has the potential to sit alongside some of the world’s biggest events and it’s clear from England’s bid that they have the capability, backing, funding and expertise to do just that. Hosting the World Cup in England in 2021 is exactly what the sport needs to be doing and I’m glad to see that this country now has the opportunity to deliver on its ambitious plans.”

The 2016 Ladbrokes Four Nations featuring England, Australia, New Zealand and Scotland starts on Friday, October 28 and more than 50 per cent of tickets are priced at £25 or less. Buy tickets here or call the Rugby League Ticket Hotline on 0844 856 1113 (calls to this number will cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.)

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Launch of new kit and leisure-wear deal

OLDHAM Rugby League Club have completed a kit and leisure wear deal with world-wide manufacturers Kappa.

This well-known Italian brand, launched in Turin in 1967, spans the globe and is regarded by Roughyeds as the perfect fit for an ambitious club that is working hard to make progress on and off the field.

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