Founders’ Walk

Date published: Monday, July 20, 2015

CHAIRMAN Chris Hamilton will lead Oldham Rugby League Club’s contingent in the sport’s Founders’ Walk which hits this area on Wednesday.
Accompanied by John McAndrew, chairman of ORSA (Oldham Roughyeds’ Supporters’ Association) and Mike Travis, lifelong fan and currently the club’s official match-day timekeeper, Chris will walk from Rochdale Asda to Waterhead Park, where he will join up with Oldham fans, and others, who will be taking part in the local leg of the Walk from Waterhead down to Hathershaw College.

Roary, the Roughyeds’ mascot, might also be taking part.

The Walk is to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the birth of Rugby League at the historic meeting at the George Hotel, Huddersfield in 1895 when 22 clubs, of which Oldham was one, broke away from the Rugby Football Union to form the Northern Union, which later became the Rugby Football League.

Organised in association with the sport’s charity, Rugby League Cares, the Walk takes place over six days this week and takes in the original home stadiums of the 22 pioneer clubs.

Said Chris: “It would be great to see lots of Oldham fans taking part, whether it be from the day’s starting point at Rochdale or on the local leg, starting at Waterhead Park.

“Rugby League Cares helps lots of people who fall on difficult times and and I’m sure the Rugby League family will rally round, as they always do.”

Time of departure from Rochdale Asda is 9.30am with events kicking off at Waterhead Park at 12.30pm.

For more information on the route or to register for the Founders Walk, please visit www.rugbyleaguecares.org/founders_walk_2015 or email Katharine.Irwin@RLCares.org.uk