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Full name Watersheddings
Location Oldham, Metropolitan Borough of Oldham
Capacity 6,000
Built 1889
Opened 1889
Closed 1997
Oldham Rugby League Club (1889-1997)

Watersheddings is an area of Oldham, in Greater Manchester, England.

Historically in Lancashire and lying on the A672 (Ripponden Road) approximately 2 miles north east of Oldham town centre it is home to Oldham Cricket Club whose ground situated on Broadbent Road is called "The Pollards".

Until 1998 Watersheddings was the site of a rugby league stadium which also housed a greyhound racing track.

Oldham Football Club (more commonly known as Oldham Rugby League Football Club) moved from their Clarksfield Ground and played their first match at the new Watersheddings stadium on 28 September 1889 against Swinton. (Oldham lost)

The club left Watersheddings in 1997 and, now called Oldham Roughyeds, moved to Oldham Athletic AFC's Boundary Park stadium before they moved to Whitebank Stadium in 2010

The Watersheddings floodlights were used for the first time on Wednesday 20 October 1965, when a crowd of 6,333 attended an under-24 international between Great Britain and France. Great Britain recovered from a 5–2 half-time deficit to win 12–5.

The artist James Fitton (1899-1982) was educated at Watersheddings Board School.[1]


  1. ^ Lewis, Bex. "James Fitton (b.1899; d.1982)". Keep Calm and Carry On and other Second World War Posters. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  • Roughyeds - The Story by Brian Walker published by the Oldham Rugby League Heritage Trust