Fogarty goes to Rangers

Date published: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A CONTRITE Matthew Fogarty’s request to be released by Oldham RL Club has been granted.

The young centre’s future with Roughyeds has been hanging in the balance for several weeks because he has not been turning up for training.

He then made disparaging remarks about club chairman Chris Hamilton on an internet chat line.

“I have received a full, written apology,” said the Roughyeds’ chief, “so on the back of that we have freed him to play for Saddleworth Rangers, which is what he wanted.”

He added: “We wish Rangers well in their battle to stave off relegation and we hope Matthew can help them to do it.”

Fogarty (20), who was at Salford City Reds before joining his hometown club two years ago, scored a try for National Conference premier division side Saddleworth in their 32-28 defeat at Skirlaugh on Saturday.

He has given some eye-catching performances for Roughyeds, but he has not figured in the side for many weeks and he has been known to incur the wrath of coach Tony Benson and the club more than once for breaches of discipline.

Carl Sneyd, the Waterhead centre who looked good on debut in the Roughyeds’ reserve team’s superb 30-30 draw with Featherstone last week, has signed for Oldham on amateur forms so that he can continue to play for the Peach Road outfit.

He has signed for Oldham to the end of the season under an arrangement which enables him to double-up by playing for both clubs.

Said Hamilton: “Carl was keen to see out his commitments with Waterhead. We fully support and appreciate that stance, but we have been able to reach an agreement in which everyone wins.”

Roughyeds wish to make it clear that they will not be running the proposed new amateur club for children aged six to 11 in the Whitebank–Limehurst Village area, but merely helping to get it established.

They similarly helped Fitton Hill and Hathershaw Bulldogs to get off the ground a few years ago.

Various agencies with whom the club is in contact on community work in the area around Whitebank believe a junior rugby league club would be beneficial to the district.

Roughyeds chairman Chris Hamilton said: “We have been asked several times to oversee such a venture and help to get it off the ground and that is what we are trying to do.

“The children involved will be from the Limehurst Village area and will be new to the sport.

“The club will be run and administered by local people, many of whom attended an inaugural meeting last Friday.

“A second meeting will take place next Monday, July 30, for adults and children, starting at 6pm.

“Several volunteers have already come forward.”