Jerry Garbutt RIP

Lewis Jones and Jerry Garbutt in action against Australia at Headingley in 1952

It was with deep sadness that Leeds Rhinos today learned of the passing of our oldest player, Jerry Garbutt, on 7th May 2021, aged 95.

Winger Garbutt, heritage number 879, signed for Leeds in 1951 from the Castleford area making his first appearance for the club in the pre-season Lazenby Cup match against Hunslet at Parkside on 11th August 1951.

He made his full debut against Hull Kingston Rovers at Headingley on 3rd November 1951, marking his arrival with a try in a 33-22 win.

The following season he scored two tries in a home win over Doncaster and crossed for another try against his home town team when Leeds ran out 23-2 winners at Castleford.

On 22nd November 1952 he featured for Leeds against the touring Australian Kangaroos side.

His final try for Leeds came away at Leigh in September 1953 and he ended his time at the club with a record of victory every time he scored. In total, he made ten appearances.

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

The club also learned this week that lifelong fan David Grant had died. David was a sponsor of the club for over twenty years and was a familiar face at Rhinos games both home and away. We would like to send our sympathies to David’s friends and family.

Jerry and David. Rest in peace.