poignant occasion

Date published: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

THE ashes of lifelong Oldham RL fan Frank Coverley were spread on Whitebank to start a new chapter in the ever-developing story of the club’s new home and its links with the community.

Frank, of Broadway Street, Oldham, was a keen supporter of the club, home and away, until shortly before he died, aged 83.

His brother Joe said: “He hardly ever missed a game, and he was just as keen on getting to Whitebank as he used to be when going to Watersheddings.

“We knew he wanted his ashes to be spread on the ground, that’s why we approached the club.”

Alison Bentley, his niece, added: “He never married, so Oldham Rugby was everything to him.

“In his latter years he got a big-screen television so he could watch rugby league from all around the world in style, but he always insisted that nothing could compare with watching Oldham at Whitebank.”

The small service, led by club chaplain, the Rev Tony Ford, was the first of its kind since the club moved into its new home on the edge of Limehurst Village two years ago.

Club chairman Chris Hamilton, who was also present, said: “The club was privileged to be involved with such a poignant occasion.

“It was a reminder of what it means to a club and its supporters to have its own ground.”