Prestigious Waterhead Warriors’ Hall of Fame delight for father and son

FATHER AND son Jack and Ian Ogden are the latest inductees into Waterhead Warriors’ Hall of Fame.

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Jack and Ian Ogden

There were tears and emotional scenes when their pair were honoured for their long service to the club.

Jack and Ian had no inkling what lay in store at the club’s annual ball, this year held in-house at its Peach Road headquarters, when they were presented with their green jackets.

They became only the sixth and seventh inductees, an indication as to how special an award it is.

Ian, (57), from Watersheddings, has been involved at Waterhead for 43 years as a player and committee member – he currently also runs the gym at the club.

And though scrum-half Ian spent five years as a professional at Oldham RL, he still trained with the club when Ken Wilson was coach.

Ian, who works as an inspector for United Utilities, said: “I never went away and this is the best club in England, indeed the world, as everyone looks after one another.

“If you work hard you get what you deserve as we have seen with Kevin (Sinfield) and all the other lads who have gone on to play in the Super League, more than any other club has produced.”

Ian added the youth set up at Peach Road is something the club can be rightly be proud of, and it remains as successful as it ever has been. Youngsters train from the age of four and begin playing games at U7 level.

However that has not been the case elsewhere as Ian can remember the halcyon days when Waterhead fielded three senior sides – today it is one, and that has struggled in recent seasons following two relegations to the third division of the National Conference League.

Ian believes that is about to change with a new regime in charge at the club.

He said: “We have catching up to do after bad times when senior players left for other clubs.

“Quite a few are coming back and things are looking good for the forthcoming season.”

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(L-R) Terry O’Connor, Annie Ogden, Jack Ogden, Barrie McDermott, Ian Ogden, club chairman Tommy Howe, and Kevin Sinfield

Ian took up rugby aged nine at Derker Junior School and was in the U16 town team that went on tour to Catalan and included Paddy Kirwin, Terry Flanagan, Martin Foy and Steve Molloy.

He is still playing and later this year will be doing so Down Under. He is in the Great Britain Masters team that will play Tests against Australia and New Zealand, games that will coincide with the RL World Cup being hosted by those countries.

Father Jack, (82), was not a player and his involvement began when Ian joined the club as a 14-year-old.

He has served the club in various capacities, including being a trustee, and he was a key figure in a number of building projects that have extended the clubhouse over the years.

Though originally from Derker, Jack and wife Annie, who is also an avid rugby follower, now live in Blackpool.

There were tributes on the night to Jack and Ian from former Waterhead players Sinfield and Barrie McDermott and also from Terry O’Connor.

McDermott and Terry O’Connor, the former England, Great Britain and Ireland prop/second-row forward, compered the ball.

The other Waterhead members inducted to the Hall of Fame are Ken Wilson, Norman Pickering, Alan Booth, Kevin Hobson and Jimmy Green.

 

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