Hamilton for Pride in Oldham award

Date published: Tuesday, October 11, 2011

ROUGHYEDS chairman Chris Hamilton has been nominated for a ‘Pride in Oldham’ award in the professional category.

An Oldham man born and bred, Chris was one of four founder members of Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd, following the decision of the Oldham Bears board of directors, with the approval of shareholders, to take the original Oldham club into voluntary liquidation because of massive debts.

He has had an unbroken association with Roughyeds, at the top level, since day one, as chairman and CEO for most of the last 14 years and as chief executive in the short period when he wasn’t the chairman.

As the man at the helm he has kept the club alive despite enormous obstacles and setbacks, the biggest caused by the fact that the club led a nomadic existence from its first season in 1998 until part way through the 2010 season when it finally got a place to call home within the borough, namely at Whitebank. It was only recently that all legalities were completed, with the assistance of Oldham Council.

It is a source of great pride within the club that, unlike many of its rival clubs, Roughyeds have never suffered points deductions or other penalties for insolvency issues, such has been the club’s resilience in facing up to its financial problems and responsibilities.

It was this resilience which led to Chris being nominated for an Oldham Evening Chronicle ‘Pride in Oldham’ award by Mr David Wright of Business Support Solutions.

Said Mr Wright: “I nominated Chris for his unstinting dedication in the face of all obstacles and regular setbacks. Many lesser characters would have given up well before now.”