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.

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Oldham Evening Chronicle