Maureen Woodhead RIP

Date published: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
IT is with deepest regret that we record the passing of Maureen Woodhead, one of the club’s most dedicated supporters and volunteer workers.
Active wherever and whenever work needed to be done on the Roughyeds’ behalf, she was known to hundreds of supporters at Whitebank as simply ‘Maureen’, a fan who worked tirelessly behind the scenes and who was one of those people who could always be relied upon to roll up her sleeves and get stuck in.
Until her health began to deteriorate some months ago, one of her many regular tasks was to sell Golden Gamble tickets on match days — a labour of love that brought her into contact with both home and away supporters and endeared her to those who appreciated her loyalty and commitment and her longevity of service to the Oldham club.
Maureen, who was 75, had been ill for a long time, but whenever she could she still got to some games last season, with Peter, her husband of seven years.
She died last weekend after her condition deteriorated severely and she was taken to the Royal Oldham Hospital by ambulance from her home in Canal Street, Chadderton.
Her sister Lynn said: “Our dad took us to Watersheddings when we were all children and Maureen loved rugby right from the start. She remained a fan of he Oldham club for the remainder of her life. You could even say that rugby was her life.
“She didn’t drive but that never stopped her getting to matches and it didn’t matter whether it was home or away, first team, reserves or academy.
“As she got older her interest in the club got stronger and stronger and she loved to do all she could to help. That was Maureen.”
Peter has received messages of support and sympathy from the club, from ORSA (Oldham Roughyeds’ Supporters’ Association) and from lots of fans, many of whom were her friends.
Funeral arrangements are not yet finalised, but as soon as they are they will be posted here on the club website.