Roughyeds book marks club’s 20th anniversary

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has helped Oldham Rugby League Football Club to mark its 20th anniversary by writing an introductory article in a new book.

‘Roughyeds – Against All The Odds’ chronicles the club’s history, which was celebrated at a special gala dinner at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham on November 3.

Mrs Abrahams said: “It was such a pleasure to rub shoulders with many great people who’ve been part of the Roughyeds’ story over the last 20 years.

“The atmosphere at the dinner was amazing and it was so much fun listening to the many stories being shared between supporters past and present.

“As I said in the book, Rugby League is interwoven into Oldham life and adds to our rich history. It is a part of our community and I very much look forward to the next 20 years and beyond.”

Chris Hamilton, Chairman of ORLFC, said: “This latest book by Craig Halstead is another cracker.

“The title underlines the obstacles the club has had to overcome just to exist. And the tales, reminiscences and memories of so many people who have been directly involved with the club will bring our adventure against all the odds back to life for all Oldham RLFC fans.

“It’s a great read and a must for Roughyeds fans young and old.”

Craig Halstead, the book’s author, said: “It was with great pleasure that I accepted an invitation by Chris Hamilton to tell the story of the club’s fortunes over the last 20 years.

“I thoroughly enjoyed talking, among others, to past and present Oldham players who have worn the jersey with pride and passion.

“Through them, I have attempted to give an insight into what the club has achieved and what it has had to overcome since it was launched in 1997.

“My thanks to everyone who has contributed and best wishes to the club for the next 20 years. Happy reading. Hope you enjoy the memories!”

‘Roughyeds – Against All The Odds’ costs £12.95 and can be ordered from the London League Publications Ltd website – – or by emailing:


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