Joe Warham RIP

Date published: Monday, September 9, 2013

IT is with deep sadness that we record the death of former Oldham player Joe Warham, who passed away in Leeds at the age of 93.

A winger, he signed for Oldham from Swinton in 1949, scoring 69 tries in 124 appearances before leaving to become player-manager at Rochdale Hornets in 1953.

He later began a long association with the Leeds club, for whom he became a director and filled many more roles in his many years at Headingley.

Joe made his Oldham debut at Liverpool on January 29, 1949 and although playing occasionally at left wing and at stand off, it was at right wing that he excelled, finishing top scorer in his first three full seasons with the club.

His best try haul came in season 1951-52 when he scored 25 times, helping Oldham to finish fifth in the table — the best league placing the club had achieved in 20 years.

A gentleman on and off the field, and a player who was always quick to acknowledge the efforts of his centre Billy Mitchell, Joe played his last game for the club at Fartown against Huddersfield, scoring a try in a 27-20 defeat on August 22, 1953.