RUGBY LEAGUE’S QUALITY STREET GANG 13 – TERRY OGDEN PT 1

Former Salford Prop Forward, Terry Ogden, Looks Back At His Time As A Player At The Willows During The Seventies

CONTENTS

Pt 1  His Early Rugby Career

Pt 2 He Recounts The Story Of Salford’s Rebirth

Pt 3 He Relates The History Surrounding The Willows Social Club

Pt 4 He Remembers Players From The ‘Team Of Stars’

Pt 5  His Post Rugby League Life                                               

Part 1 His Early Rugby Career

Even had his parents known before he was born, that former Salford prop forward, Terry Ogden, was going to become a professional rugby league player, they could not have chosen a more fitting place to have lived and brought him up than where they happened to be living, at the time, as he explains:

“I was born in Adlington Street, Oldham, under the shadow of what was then the West Stand of Oldham Rugby League Club’s former ground, The Watersheddings.  My mate’s father held a role in the backroom staff, and he provided us with the first rugby ball I ever played with, which turned out to be just the casing of one stuffed with newspapers, with no bladder to it.

“It did the job though because by the age of sixteen I was having trials with Oldham.  I’d started off playing rugby union as a result of it being taught at my secondary school, and I even went on to play it at club level before changing to league with Greenacres ARLFC, where some of my friends were playing.

“I played second row or loose forward in what was a really good side, and it was from there that I ended up being picked up, by Oldham, for trials in their ‘A’ team.  You were always assured that you would be in the team, whenever they happened to be playing at places like Workington or Whitehaven, or any other equally far-flung place. 

“There were no motorways then, of course, so you had to wend your way through all the narrow winding lanes, which ensured that travel sickness took the edge off everybody’s performance before we even got there.  The first team, by comparison, went on the train, and, on occasions, even stayed overnight in Keswick.

“I signed for them on my seventeenth birthday, in 1957, and, with them having such a great team in those days with the likes of Frank Pitchford, Derek Turner, and Frank Stirrup, it took me some time to break into the first team.  My idol was right centre, Alan Davies, who later came to play with us at Salford while I was there, as also did Charlie Winslade, who became a good friend of mine as we used to travel to away games together.

“In 1961, Huddersfield came in to try to sign me, but we couldn’t agree terms, which was rather unfortunate because they then went on to become Challenge Cup runners-up to Wakefield, at Wembley, and then beat them the following week, in the Championship Play-offs Final.  To cap that, when I did eventually join them the following season, we were knocked out of the Cup in the first round, at home, against Whitehaven of all people.  I think we had been a little over-confident.

“The start of 1963 was the winter of the Big Freeze, which decimated fixtures for up to three months, with temperatures not climbing above zero for almost the whole time.  We did manage to get an odd match in here and there, but it seemed an extremely long time before things got back to normal.

“During my time at Fartown, I became very great friends with Aiden Breen, whom I first met at one of our stay-overs in Keswick.  He later became PA to Brian Snape, after Brian had become Chairman of Salford in 1964, and consequently signed for them.  He then encouraged me to go down to watch a match at the Willows, which I did for a game against Keighley.

“I felt that there was a really good team spirit among the players and they had a few of note, such as prop Albert Halsall, stand-off Jackie Brennan, scrum-half Terry Dunne, and loose forward Arthur Hughes who actually played against us in the Challenge Cup semi-final for Warrington, from where we went on to play at Wembley.

“Money was very tight at Salford at the time, so in order for a deal to be agreed with Huddersfield, a player-exchange had to be arranged with my moving to Salford, and a Salford winger moving across to Fartown.”

Your Shed memories

Last night on Facebook and Twitter you gave us your memories from The Shed and told the Red Devils what it means to you.
Now we want you to post your favourite images from The Shed on our Facebook and Twitter posts as we continue our push to fill The Shed ahead of our pivotal Super 8s game against Wakefield on Friday 1st September.
Below are a sample of some of your memories and who they were from:
“So many memories there. Good and nail biting but most of all being able to watch them with my Dad who is sadly no longer with us! I know he will be very proud in what we have achieved this year, watching down as I say with the best seats in the house.” – Natalie Trousdale (Facebook)
“Vs Wire 2007 when we were already relegated, non stop singing for 80 minutes Shed was bouncing. Special night even though we were down Sending Castleford down the year before as we finished in the play offs again top atmosphere. Friday nights were special at that place.” – James Reid (Facebook)
First game I was only four being lifted over the turnstiles and sitting next to the dugout on the grass had the bug ever since that was fifty years ago.” – Graham Smith (Facebook)
“It had atmosphere..no matter the weather or the results the shed was always bouncing…old-school rugby league.” – @RobnCaz (Twitter)
“I remember my 1st game I was watching Salford vs Leigh and Des Drummond started a melee on the pitch and all 26 players were involved! Madness but great all at the same time lol.” – Anthony Halliday (Facebook)
Absolutely knocking wigan out of the cc the party after the game in the willows the fans mixed with the player’s it was like we had actually won the cup atmosphere was electric one of my best memories.” – Ann Whincup (Facebook)
Winning the league in 75-76 season.” – Michael Brett (Facebook)
“Warrington at home in 2006 was a great night the shed was bouncing that night we won 35-34 on are way to a 5th place finish! The Wigan cup game was a great day! I didn’t always stand in the shed my dad used to take me in the corner between the north and main stand he loved it there. Club end under the old scoreboard sometimes as well.” – Paul Whiteside (Facebook)
Salford 5-2 London. No tries scored. Absolutely poured it down. Memorable despite the odd scoreline.” – Alan Walker (Facebook)
“My first game I can remember in the shed was against Halifax in 2002 the same year we was relegated. Still had me hooked.” – Jordan Healey (Facebook)
Tickets are on sale for our game against Wakefield and can be purchased over the phone, at the club ticket office or online via the club website. Season ticket holders are reminded that their tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.

Wakefield Wildcats 32- 18 Salford Red Devils

The Red Devils were defeated by the Wakefield Wildcats on Saturday, who continued their Easter weekend success and added a third consecutive win to their haul.
Wakefield were able to score twice in the opening ten minutes on the back of errors by the Salford side. Jacob Miller spotting a gap in the defence first and then a powerful break through the line by Captain Danny Kirmond with an offload to Sio to score. Liam Finn successfully converted both tries.
The Wildcats were dominant in the opening part of the game but an error by former Red Devil Ben Jones-Bishop 10m from their own line gifted Salford the position for Gareth O’Brien to score.
For twenty minutes, neither side were able to score despite numerous errors by both teams. Until O’Brien found the end of a Dobson offload to link with Matt Sarsfield to score. O’Brien successfully kicked his second conversion to level the scores.
Another error by the Red Devils, this time by Murdoch-Masila gave Wakefield the ball possession metres from the try line. Tom Johnstone scored his first try of the game, as he beat Josh Griffin to a Jacob Miller high kick in the corner. Liam Finn missed the conversion but Wakefield took the lead once again at half time as the score sat at 16-12 in favour of the home side.
The Red Devils had shown real spirit to come back from 12-0 down in the first half and there was a real chance to lessen the gap between the sides but Wakefield were first to score in the second half as Tom Johnstone crossed for his second of the game in the left corner, Finn converted.
Salford responded well as Justin Carney scored on the right, with Dobson converting to take the points difference to just 4 once again. Niall Evalds had a real chance as he broke down the right wing and was tackled 20m out but the Red Devils couldn’t capitalise on the position. Junior Sa’u made a fantastic break down the left wing but dropped the ball just short of the line which proved somewhat pivotal for the visitors. Wakefield responded to the near miss, as Reece Lyne caught the Red Devils defence unaware with a great dummy to score before Tom Johnstone completed his hat trick to take the final score to 32-18.
Salford: O’Brien, Carney, Sau, Jones, J. Griffin, Wood, Dobson, Kopczak, Tomkins, G. Griffin, Murdoch, Sarsfield, Flanagan.
Replacements: Evalds, A. Walne, J. Walne, Forster.
Tries: O’Brien, Sarsfield, Carney
Goals: Dobson, O’Brien (2)

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