Listen to McCormack on big game commentary

Date published: 01 May 2021

Steve McCormack, son of a former Oldham centre and head coach of Scotland from 2004 to 2017, will be at Bower Fold later today (Saturday) to do the summarising for Our League's streamed, live coverage of the Betfred Championship game, Oldham v Halifax Panthers.

In Oldham's previous home games this season, former Roughyeds players Darren Abram and John Fieldhouse have put on the headphones, but McCormack can at least claim his dad, Jim, played at Watersheddings, making 165 Oldham appearances between 1965 and 1972.

At the age of 28, Steve became the youngest coach in Super League when he was appointed Salford boss in 2001 and he later coached several clubs, including Whitehaven, Widnes, Barrow and Swinton Lions.

He won three coach-of-the-year awards in National League One and Championship One, with Whitehaven in 2004 and 2005 and with Swinton Lions in 2011.

At international level, he coached Scotland in three World Cups during his 13 years at the helm.

He's currently Welfare and Development Manager of Rugby League Cares, having initially joined the charity as Transition Manager in 2019 after a spell as Player Welfare Manager at Wigan Warriors, his home-town club.

The Oldham squad is likely to include six Wigan-born players in Liam Bent, Ben Holcroft, Max Roberts, Callum Green, Declan Gregory and 19-year-old on-loan prop Jack Bibby, a third-year Academy player at Warriors and a product of Shevington Sharks.

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