Len McIntyre

Date published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012

It is with regret that the club records the recent death of former Oldham RLFC’s international and county hooker Len McIntyre at the age of 78. The funeral service will take place this Friday the 3rd of February at Wigan Crematorium, Cemetery Rd, Ince, Wigan, WN3 4NN at 12-30pm.

Signed by Oldham from the Barrow club in 1959 he made his debut in a league match at Whitehaven on the 28th of February that year progressing to play in a further 211 first team matches scoring 29 tries and kicking one drop goal – but what a goal! For those of a certain age he is still revered for kicking that last minute drop in the 1964 Challenge Cup semi against Hull KR at Headingley to square the scores at 5-5 and keep the Roughyeds’ Wembley dream alive.

Whilst at Oldham ‘Mac’ was selected to play for the Rugby League X111 international side against the 1961 touring New Zealanders staged at Manchester’s White City Stadium, twice for Lancashire and in 1963 played in the second Test against Australia at Swinton.

His previous clubs include St. Helens where he played in the 1956 Challenge Cup final 13-2 victory against Halifax at Wembley and later that year against Oldham at Wigan in the 10-3 Lancashire Cup final defeat, Liverpool City, Wigan and Warrington.