Watersheddings

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Watersheddings
Full name Watersheddings
Location Oldham, Metropolitan Borough of Oldham
Capacity 9,000
Record attendance 28,000
Construction
Built 1889
Opened 1889
Closed 1997
Tenants
Oldham Rugby League Club (1889-1997)

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

Reportedly the highest professional RL ground in the UK at 770 ft above sea level, which would also list it as the highest ground of any professional sport in the UK.

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)

In 1904 Watershedding was selected to host the very first Rugby league International between England and Other Nationalities on New Year's Day 1904 but the game was cancelled due to a frozen pitch,the game was moved to April and Central Park, Wigan.

The stadium, in its time, played host to many Australian and New Zealand national teams who played tour games against Oldham, the first being against the 1907 touring New Zealand team, the last being against Australia in 1986.

game Date Result Attendance
1 23 November 1907 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham def. New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand 8-7 12,000
2 26 December 1908 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham def. Australian colours.svg Australia 11-5 15,000
3 11 November 1911 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham def. Australian colours.svg Australia 14-8 10,000
4 26 November 1921 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 16-5 15,344
5 16 January 1922 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham def. Australian colours.svg Australia 15-5 6,000
6 23 October 1926 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham def. New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand 15-10 16,000
7 2 November 1929 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 18-10 19,284
8 9 September 1934 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 38-6 5,000
9 6 November 1937 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 10-6 12,265
10 25 October 1947 New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand def. Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 18-8 17,239
11 4 December 1948 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 27-7 14,798
12 29 September 1951 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham def. New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand 21-18 15,174
13 15 September 1952 Australian colours.svg Australia drew. Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 7-7 19,620
14 29 October 1955 New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand def. Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 15-13 14,700
15 7 November 1956 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham def. Australian colours.svg Australia 21-2 8,956
16 3 October 1959 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 25-14 17,621
17 4 September 1961 Oldhamcolours.svgRochdale colours.svg Oldham & Rochdale XIII def. New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand 10-8 8,795
18 5 October 1963 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 12-4 11,773
19 31 August 1965 New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand def. Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 5-2 10,333
20 11 November 1967 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 18-8 3,329
21 27 October 1971 New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand def. Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 24-13 1,872
22 19 October 1973 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 44-10 2,770
23 4 November 1975 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 20-10 3,675
24 4 November 1986 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham 22-16 5,678

In the 1914/15 season Watershedding was selected to host the Challenge Cup final

year Teams Score Team Venue Attendance
1914–15 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 37–3 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Watersheddings, Oldham 8,000

In 1912, the stadium achieved its highest ever attendance of 28,000 against Huddersfield.

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 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