Mike Atherton Failsworth 1968-
Cricketer, broadcaster and journalist

Clem Beckitt 
Oldham 1906-1937
Speedway Motorcycle rider, he started work as a blacksmith and supplemented his income by joining the Circus and riding the wall of death

Paul Edwards 
Shaw and Crompton 1947
Footballer played for Manchester United, Oldham Athletic and Stockport County

Des Foy    Oldham 1963-
International Rugby player who played for among others Widnes and Oldham, represented Great Britain

Barrie McDermott Oldham 1972-
Rugby league player who played for among others Oldham and Wigan, represented Great Britain

David Platt
Chadderton 1966-
Footballer now Coach played for among others Manchester United, Crewe Alexandria, represented England

Kevin Sinfield
Oldham 1980-
Rugby league player who played for Leeds Rhinos, represented England and Great Britain

Henry Taylor 
Hollinwood 1885-1951
Swimmer - Olympic triple gold metalist in 1906.  Joined the Navy in 1915 and took part in the Battle of Jutland

Kevin Thaw
Uppermill 1967
Alpinist, climber who climbed Peak District, Yosemite, Mount Everest among others