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Ken Eyre RIP

6th September 2018 | 12:55 pm

By Phil Daly

It is with much sadness that the club has learned today of the passing of 1968 Challenge Cup and 1969 Championship winning front rower Ken Eyre, aged 76.

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It is with much sadness that the club has learned today of the passing of 1968 Challenge Cup and 1969 Championship winning front rower Ken Eyre, aged 76.

Ken was in Hunslet’s 1959 Championship Final teams whilst only 18, and had represented Great Britain and appeared at Wembley by the time he joined Leeds in September 1966. A series of arm injuries failed to subdue the hard grafting Eyre, and he went on to gain all the domestic honours available in a fine Leeds career. In total, 121 appearances brought ten tries plus two Yorkshire caps to go with his Test appearance against New Zealand in 1965.

He was joined at Leeds for the 1966-67 season by his brother Albert, who signed from Keighley, and the pair would play alongside each other at Wembley in the Watersplash Final the following season.

In 1968, he helped end a decade absence for the Yorkshire Cup at Headingley as part of the side that defeated Castleford at Wakefield in the final. That would prove to be just a taster though for Leeds fans as they finished the year with the club’s second Championship success, defeating Castleford once again, this time at Odsal.

Up until 2014, Eyre was one of only 21 players in the club’s history who possessed a winners medal with Leeds for the Challenge Cup and Championship Final.

Very fast for a big man, he became a key member of the glorious Leeds team of the late 1960s. He left Leeds in September 1970 to join Keighley.

On behalf of everyone connected to the Leeds club, we would like to pass on our deepest condolences to Kenny’s family and friends at this time.

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