Boults battles on

Date published: Friday, April 19, 2013

THE remarkable resilience of Oldham prop Jason Boults  — and his value to the Roughyeds — is underlined again in RFL statistics released today.

They show the ever-reliable Boults as having the longest run of consecutive appearances among all players in Kingstone Press Championship One.
Having missed only four games in the last three years, the 29-year-old unsung hero of the Roughyeds’ front-row has played in each of Oldham’s last 44 cup and league games.
He last missed a game on May 27, 2011 when Oldham were beaten 18-16 by Swinton Lions at The Willows.
Dave Ellison, now at Oxford, and Liam Gilchrist were starting props on that occasion with Luke Stenchion and Luke Sutton backing up from the bench.
It was a rare rest for the former Bradford Bulls academy and Halifax forward, who is in his seventh season at Oldham with a total of 162 Roughyeds appearances on his CV.
Since the new Oldham club was formed in 1997 only two players have played in more games than that —- Neil Roden, approaching 300, and John Hough on 228.
No one has appreciated Boults’s contribution to the Roughyeds’ cause over the years more than club chairman Chris Hamilton.
He said: “Jason is your archetypal players’ player. And his record of consistency is all the more remarkable because he plays as a prop where the physical side of the sport is at its fiercest.”
Hot on Boults’s heels are Stephen Welton of Gateshead Thunder (43 games); Tommy Johnson and Andy Moulsdale of North Wales Crusaders, each on 26; and Jason Payne of Gateshead, with 23.
Next up for Boults, on April 28, is a head-to-head with several forwards who were his team mates at Whitebank last year, but are now playing for Tony Benson’s Oxford.