Brian Holland RIP

Date published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
IT is with deep sadness that we record the passing of Brian Holland, a lifelong Oldham RLFC supporter, who was a seat season-ticket holder with his wife Carol until the end of last season.
Brian, who was 76, died in the Royal Oldham Hospital a few days ago after a long illness and a brave battle against Parkinson’s disease.
The funeral will be on Monday, April 7 at Oldham Crematorium at 2pm.
Brian was a staunch supporter of Oldham RLFC for nearly 70 years, having been taken to Watersheddings by his dad when he was a small boy.
In turn, he introduced both his wife and daughter Caroline to rugby league and in particular to his beloved Oldham club, which he supported through good times and bad throughout his life.
Said Caroline: “He used to talk all the time about the great Oldham team of the fifties, but he was passionate about the club all his life and through thick and thin.
“I used to go with him all through my teenage years. Mum went with him before they were married and she has been going with him again for the past ten to 15 years, right up to the end of last season when they had seats in the stand.
“Oldham Rugby was a massive part of his life.”
His passion for the club was recalled by Mike Turner, a founder member of the Oldham RLFC Heritage Trust and author of that fabulous book ‘Oldham RLFC – the complete history’.
Said Mike: “Brian was extremely supportive of the Heritage Trust and of all our publications and helped us in many ways and with the offer of photographs and anecdotes.
“He also helped me with my book about the Beatles. They only did one show in Oldham and that was at the Astoria in February, 1963. Brian dug me out a photograph of the Astoria.
“But Oldham Rugby was his passion. He was a great chap — always helpful and always ready to have a chat about the team and the club.”
The club sends its sincere condolences to Carol, their daughter Caroline, grand-daughter Alexandra and to the rest of the family.