Nigel’s ashes

Date published: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The ashes of the late Nigel Marland have been scattered at the Whitebank Stadium, home of his beloved Oldham Rugby League Club.

During a private family service, led by the club chaplain, the Rev Tony Ford, ashes were spread on the centre line with the remainder interred near the spot at the side of the pitch where Nigel stood at home games to make announcements over the public address system.
“This was Nigel’s wish. He loved the club. It was his second home,” said his brother John.
Also attending the service were John’s wife Gail, their son Jack, Gail’s sister Kay Broughton, Nigel’s lifelong friend Mike Russell, Oldham RLFC chairman Chris Hamilton and the Rev Ford’s wife Denise.
Said Mr Hamilton: “Nigel had made it clear that this was what he wanted — a sign of his love and affection for the club.
“It was an honour to be at the service, which was led beautifully by Tony and was a fitting tribute to a man who will be deeply missed.”
Nigel, who died in January, aged 65, was a retired school teacher who had a lifelong involvement with Oldham RLFC and The Lyceum Theatre, Union Street, where he was artistic director for many years.
He was chairman of the rugby club’s supporters’ association (ORSA), editor of the match-day programme and organiser of a fans’ Squad Strengthener appeal which helps the club to fund the signing of players.