Welcome to Rugby Oldham



5th DECEMBER 2013

Keeping you in touch with all the latest happenings, our new issue of the newsletter will arrive at your door step in the next few days.

The online version will be avalable early next week, once our mebers have had their chance to view it.


1st DECEMBER 2013

With Christmas just a couple of week away, we have just the present for all your Roughyeds family and friends.

Alll our merchandise is now available at just £10 per item, and if you are in the local area one of santas helpers (well one of the hard working board members!) will deliver the presents to your home.

See here for further information


Iain Taylor headed up supporters’ trust Rugby Oldham as Chairman from its early days – it began  in 2005 - as a members-run voluntary organisation that aimed at lobbying, both to generate a ground dedicated to playing rugby league in Oldham and at increasing the general health of the game in the town. A great job he has made of it too. However, he has recently decided that it is time to hand on the responsibility to someone else, though Iain will continue to work as a member of the trust’s board, and remains wholeheartedly committed to the organisation’s objectives.

The photo shows Iain, Geoff, Tim and Mike as they formally exchange roles

He will be replaced by Geoff Cooke, who is of course well known in both sporting and educational circles in the town. Geoff first began to support Oldham RLFC in 1968, and his long association with the club has included stints as fanzine ‘Roughyed’ editor during the 1990s and club match programme editor during the late ‘90s and early 2000s. He was also a founder member of Rugby Oldham.
Among several other jobs, Geoff has been membership secretary of the trust for most of its duration, but that role will now be taken on by another long-term supporter, Mike Kivlin. In addition, well-known local solicitor Tim Hughes has been appointed vice-chair of the trust, in order to strengthen its decision-making abilities as it faces up to the challenges likely to lie ahead of it.



Founded in 2005, Rugby Oldham – a rugby league community trust - is dedicated to enhance the future of rugby league at all levels in and around Oldham.

Backed by our members our primary aim was initially to attempt to develop a dedicated pro-am community rugby league stadium in the town - a project on which Rugby Oldham board members worked tirelessly. That changed in May 2007 when Bill Quinn, chairman of Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd, announced that the club had made the decision to investigate the ground issue themselves - music to the ears of all local rugby league fans now that this vital issue had now been placed firmly and officially on the club’s agenda.

However, the situation changed again in autumn 2009, with the sole-owner and Chief Executive Chris Hamilton in talks about the club playing on a ground in the borough other than Boundary Park, and the Trust hopefully becoming involved once again in helping in this process

The Trust has been very active within the Oldham Amateur League and Oldham Service Area scenes too.

The Rugby Oldham Tri-Team Challenge Trophy was introduced for the 2007/08 winter season and competed by the town’s three National Conference sides, Saddleworth Rangers, St Annes and Waterhead. The success of the tournament was spectacular, heavy press and TV coverage ensuring big crowds for all matches. The Trust was active too on both the junior and youth fronts, joining forces with the Oldham Service Area, promoting and sponsoring tournaments and cup finals.  

The Roughyeds broke new ground when the club announced that it would be forming a team to compete in the RFL Reserves First Division (each team to include a minimum of nine U21 players) during the 2008 season, with this exciting new venture being sponsored by Rugby Oldham. League supporters throughout the town have shared a concern that in recent years many talented local youngsters have had to turn to out-of-town professional clubs to progress their rugby league. We agree with the club’s directors that in the not too distant future an Oldham first team could take to the field made up primarily of local born and bred talent. The launch of the Reserve side is the first step towards making this a reality.

Rugby league is a community sport, we are a community trust. The real key to our success is you ---- members of the rugby league community. By becoming a member, you, your family and friends will give us strength going forward.

We have purposely set our membership fees at a low level (as low as £10 per annum) as we desperately don’t want to exclude anybody that wants to join our cause. That said, there will be the option to make additional donations – both via the membership form and a Paypal facility which is available on our donations page.

Finally, we hope that the website will allow us the opportunity to keep you bang up to date with what’s happening with the Trust. In becoming a member of Rugby Oldham – a rugby league community trust, you will be making a significant contribution to the long-term future of rugby league at all levels in Oldham…..together we make all the difference!