Roland Barrow dies

Date published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

FORMER Oldham RL threequarter Roland Barrow, who played on the wing in the 1955 Championship final against Warrington at Maine Road, Manchester, has died. He was 82.

His funeral service will be held at Oldham Crematorium at Hollinwood tomorrow (Thursday) at 10.30am. He leaves two sons, Dave and Billy, and a daughter, Ann.
He turned pro for the Watersheddings club in the early part of the 1953-54 season from Oldham Rugby Union club and featured in 49 first-team games, scoring 24 tries, before he signed for Huddersfield, where he was to play for eight seasons, during the 1955-56 season.
He made an immediate impact in the talented and exciting Oldham side of that period, playing at centre against Barrow in the Lancashire Cup final of 1954 and on the wing, outside Dick Cracknell, in the side beaten 7-3 by Warrington in the Championship final at the end of that season. 
A crowd of 49,000 saw scrum-half Frank Pitchford score Oldham’s only try against a Brian Bevan try for Warrington and two Harry Bath goals.
The Oldham team that day was:¬†Stirrup, Barrow, Cracknell, Davies, O’Grady, Daley, Pitchford, Ogden, Keith, Jackson, Winslade, Little, Goldswain.