Big day fro the Cowburns

Date published: Thursday, August 8, 2013
OLDHAM-born Phil Cowburn is expected to play full-back for Gloucester All Golds in Sunday’s crucial clash with table-topping Roughyeds at Whitebank.
The 22-year-old student, raised in Royton, has been an Oldham supporter since he was a boy and is a former school mate of Roughyeds’ forward Michael Ward.
Cowburn’s father George, who lives in Thornham, is still a Whitebank regular, home and away.
In his junior school days Phil was a Roughyeds’ ball boy; an active member of the Junior Roughyeds; and club mascot for the day in the Northern Ford Premiership final of 2001 against Widnes Vikings at Spotland for the right to go up to Super League.
A dozen years on, he was Gloucester’s full-back when Oldham beat them 36-0 in Cheltenham last April, and he is likely to keep that role on Sunday at Whitebank in the return game.
Since then, All Golds have strengthened significantly and have picked up two wins plus three bonus points in defeat.
Among recent recruits are Danny Nicklas, a half-back who had trials at Hull KR; Nev Morrison, a centre from Sheffield Eagles; Chris Vitalini, a prop who has played for Italy; and hooker or half-back Steve Parry from South Wales Scorpions.