How others see us

Date published: Friday, December 10, 2010

IT is often interesting to look at how others see us and that is once again the case for anyone purchasing the Gillette Rugby League Yearbook 2010-2011.

Produced by the publishers of League Express, and now in its 15th year, the Year Book has an in-depth statistical section; chapters on every major competition; and a record of every game in Super League, the Challenge Cup, the Championship, the Championship One and the Northern Rail Cup.

And this, in part, is how the Year Book sums up the Roughyeds’ 2010 campaign:

OLDHAM were forced to don the bridesmaid’s dress yet again as a fourth consecutive Grand Final loss ended a campaign of much achievement in ultimate disappointment.

Still, there was much to admire about Oldham’s 2010 season under the popular (Tony) Benson, not least the emergence of a host of talented young players such as Joe Chandler, Chris Clarke, Danny Whitmore and Ben Heaton.

Centre Mick Fogerty and front-rowers Dave Ellison and Jason Boults were among others to impress, while scrum-half Gregg McNally made a significant late-season impact on loan from Huddersfield Giants.

Full-back Paul O’Connor was one of the stars of the entire competition, earning a nomination for Player of the Year and a place in the Rugby League World team alongside Fogerty and the ever-reliable and influential Neil Roden at stand-off.

But undoubtedly the biggest news of the club’s season was their move to their own ground at Whitebank, giving hope that they could lay firm roots in the town after years of switching around various venues.