Keighley loses a legend

John Burke cropKeighley Cougars is sad to announce former Keighley player John Burke has died in Wakefield.

Former Keighley prop John Burke died on Sunday 9th June in Durkar, Wakefield. John joined Keighley from Leeds and making his debut in September 1972 and played 103 games including the famous 1976 Challenge Cup semi-final against St Helens scoring 8 tries and 1 drop goal . He went onto Castleford in 1978 and then to Wakefield Trinity where he was voted player of the year in 1978-9. Late in his career he got a Great Britain call up touring Australia in 1979.

Gary Moorby of the Keighley Ex-players Association remembers Burke, “”John Burke was a legendary figure. He had a fearsome reputation as a hard man prop who never took backward steps on the field of play and commanded huge respect from opponents. However, off the field he was a quiet family man who liked to keep away from the spotlight. I remember having a chat with him in the bar many years ago at Keighley and was really surprised by his quiet demeanour. I am just glad I never had to face him on the pitch.”

Also Keighley legend Terry Hollindrake is not well after falling ill two weeks ago. We hope to have further news soon.

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