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Platt, Joseph (c. 1862–1930), businessman and rugby administrator, was a farmer's son born in Royton, near Oldham, Lancashire. He trained as a land surveyor and built up his own substantial business in Oldham. He was a modest, unassuming, even self-deprecating man, but forthright, determined, and energetic. These personal qualities won him great respect and much popularity. His business acumen and administrative skills gained him a directorship of the ...