Nigel Marland RIP

Date published: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
IT is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Nigel Marland in Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester where he had been a patient on the acute coronary care unit for several weeks.
Nigel, who was 65, was a devoted and dedicated volunteer worker for Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd.
Said club chairman and personal friend Chris Hamilton: “This is tragic news in respect of someone who, from a club perspective, was heavily involved in many different aspects of everything we do at the club.
“He was a massive supporter home and away. And while his support of the club gave him immense joy, in return he put a tremendous amount into everything he did on behalf of his beloved Roughyeds.
“His passing is a huge loss to the club and a devastating blow.
“On a personal note I was very close to Nigel. Over the years I knew him, I like to think we became very close. He was someone who was always there for me to talk to when I needed it. He was always mindful to express his own opinion because he was such a genuine person.
“He was a very close and dear friend and I will miss him terribly.”
A lifelong supporter of Oldham Rugby, Nigel became heavily involved as a volunteer worker for the club when he retired from teaching 14 years ago. A large slice of his teaching career was spent at Hathershaw School where he specialised in the teaching of mathematics and became a head of year and, ultimately, deputy head.
He has worked tirelessly for the rugby club since 1999 in a variety of capacities. At the time he was taken ill last November, he was chairman of ORSA (Oldham Roughyeds’ Supporters’ Association), match-day PA announcer at Whitebank, editor of the match-day programme and instigator and organiser of ORSA’s Squad Strengthener fund, which has helped to pay for the signing of several players over the past two years.
Away from Oldham RLFC, he was a towering figure in local amateur dramatics as one of the leading lights at The Lyceum Theatre on Union Street where he was Artistic Director for many years.
He was well known locally not only as a renowned Pantomime Dame in various local productions over the years, but also as a man steeped in amateur theatre with the expertise and knowledge not only to act but to direct and produce, which he did extensively at The Lyceum and also at theatres in Rochdale and Mossley.
Details of Nigel’s funeral arrangements will be given on this website as soon as they are known.