Flying Oldham’s flag at WembleyDate published: Monday, August 24, 2015
Adie is well known to Roughyeds fans at Whitebank, but come Saturday he will appear on a rather bigger stage when he flies the flag for Oldham RLFC at the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final between Hull KR and Leeds Rhinos at Wembley.
He recalled: “I wasn’t particularly interested before then, but I’d be about 21 at the time and the club appealed for volunteers to clean the stands at Watersheddings.
“Two of us turned up and they gave us a ticket for the next home match against Castleford. It was a brilliant game; absolutely enthralling; I was hooked for life and I’ve watched Roughyeds regularly ever since.”
A member of the site maintenance team at Oasis Academy Oldham, Adrian succeeded Paul Hulbert as Oldham kit manager and he says it was the best decision he ever made.
“In fact, when I was asked if I’d be interested by Chris Hamilton (club chairman), I snatched his hand off,” said Adrian.
“Nearly two full seasons into the job, I can’t believe how brilliant it is. We’ve got a great chairman, a great set of lads, a fantastic coaching and backroom staff headed by Scott and ‘Spanner’ and some great supporters, of which I am one.
“If it’s left up to me, it will be a long time before anybody else gets the kit manager’s job at Whitebank, I’ll tell you.
“As for the Wembley trip, I’ll be proud and privileged to fly the flag for this club, for this town and for this great sport.
“Had anyone told me, all those years ago when I was cleaning the stands at ‘Sheddings, that one day I would be representing the club on the pitch at Wembley before a Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final I would have said they were crackers.”
* Niel Wood, project manager and consultant to the RFL on the sport’s 120th Anniversay celebrations, wishes to publicly thank Oldham Council and its rep Cameron Boland for their ‘outstanding’ help and co-operation in assisting with the Founders’ Walk as it passed through the borough.