Gordon Haynes RIP

Date published: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

IT is with much sadness that we record the passing, aged 86, of the former Oldham and Swinton loose-forward Gordon Haynes.

The former Orford Tannery (Warrington) junior joined Oldham from Swinton during the 1959-60 season to replace Len McIntyre who, earlier that season, had filled the No 13 jersey, but had then moved to the front-row to play at hooker, where he became something of a Watersheddings legend.
Gordon Haynes made his Oldham debut against Dewsbury at Wateersheddings on December 19, 1959 in a league championship match which Oldham won 46-7.
He only played 11 first-team matches in the famous red and white hoops because he was plagued by knee problems which resulted in him leaving the club at the end of his debut season.
Earlier in his career, while at Swinton, he played for a Rugby League X111 against New Zealand at Odsal and for Great Britain against France, also at Odsal, although at that time, 1955-56, Test caps were not awarded for matches against the French.
While his playing career at Watersheddings was curtailed early, due largely
to knee problems, Gordon Haynes had already built a distinguished rugby
league career as one of the best ball-handling
loose-forwards of his era in the British game.