2021 away kit remembers glory days past

Date published: 23 February 2021


Oldham Rugby League has turned back the clock 30 years in launching its 2021 replica away shirt - a throwback to a fabulous 1989-90 season when the then Second Division side became headline-hitting cup giant-killers.

With Tony Barrow as coach and Mike Ford as captain, they were involved in 15 cup-ties, many of them televised; went desperately close to reaching Wembley for the first time; stunned First Division big guns Wigan, World Club Champions Widnes and St Helens in major cup upsets; and finished off by coming from 29-8 down to beat Hull KR 30-29 in a Second Division Premiership final at Old Trafford.

Few of their many achievements that year, though, could eclipse their 16-4 third-round Silk Cut Challenge Cup win at Naughton Park against a star-studded Chemics outfit that had beaten Aussie title-holders Canberra Raiders at Old Trafford only a few months earlier to become World Champions.

The Roughyeds back-three forwards, Keith Newton, Shaun Allen and Aussie blond-boy John Cogger, a snip of a buy from Runcorn, would have cost significantly less in total than any one of numerous world stars that played for the Chemics, as they were then known.

Rough-and-ready Roughyeds succeeded where Mal Meninga's Canberra had failed on a day which will never be forgotten by the many Oldham fans in a crowd of 12,000.

Fast-forward more than 30 years and the present-day club says it is a joy and a privilege to recall those great achievements of yesteryear by offering an away kit in blue and white and with a similar design to that of 1989-90.

A similar home kit, but in red and white hoops, was launched in December.

Prices are the same - £38 for children and £45 for adults - and sizes range from 26 (small youths) to 52 (5XL).

They won't be in stock at the club for three weeks, hopefully sooner, but Roughyeds are now taking online pre-orders with payment and shirts will be despatched as soon as they arrive.

To buy, fans should go to the Roughyeds' website and follow the links. 


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