Funerals of Oldham Rugby stalwarts to take place this week

THE FUNERAL of former Oldham RL player Ray Clark takes places on Friday, January 27 (2pm) at St Patrick’s Church, Oldham.

It will be followed by committal at Oldham Crematorium with a wake afterwards at the Waterhead Club.

Ray, who lived in Moorside and had a lengthy association with Saddleworth Rangers, died suddenly at the age of 72.

The former loose forward signed for Oldham from Warrington during the 1968/69 season in an exchange deal that took the Watersheddings loose forward and vice-captain Arthur Hughes to Wilderspool.

Ray played 95 matches in the Oldham first team, scoring 19 tries, and in 1971 he was selected at loose forward for Lancashire against Yorkshire in a county championship game at Leigh. Lancashire lost 42-22, Ray scoring one of Lancashire’s four tries.

And the funeral of another former Oldham RL player also takes place on Friday.

Roughyeds have also been saddened to learn of the death of former forward Terry Ramshaw at the age of 74.

Signed from Hull KR, Terry made 32 appearances in 1975/76 and the following season shared temporary coaching after the death of Jim Challinor.

Terry also played for Bradford, Wakefield, Halifax and Salford.

His funeral is at 11.40am at Pontefract Crematorium followed a wake at Featherstone Rovers.


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