Gary Hetherington pays tribute to Maurice Lindsay

Following the news of the death of former Wigan Chairman Maurice Lindsay at the age of 81, Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington has paid his own tribute.

He commented, “The sad passing of Maurice Lindsay marks the end of an era for one of Rugby League’s legendary and most charismatic characters.

“Maurice will be remembered for his time and success at Wigan in the 1980s, how he rejuvenated the club and how he presided over the historic introduction of Rugby League to Sky Sports and the birth of Super League in 1996. 

“Maurice had plenty of critics during his time in the game, anyone who has a vision and has a strong will to lead will always find people who believe they could do different or better. But his record of success not just on the field with Wigan but the profile that side brought to the game should never be underestimated as their players and indeed the Chairman himself became household names across the country. I am sure the Wigan club will pay a fitting tribute at the Challenge Cup Final in a couple of weeks, a day that was so synonymous with Maurice during his time at the club.

“On a personnel level, I had many battles with Maurice but I always believed he had the best interest of the game at heart and he achieved a great deal. It is true that he ruled by fear and favour and generally got things done but it was hard to fall out with him for long. In later life he has suffered from ill health and I have kept in touch with him, chatting only a couple of weeks ago. He was chirpy and as opinionated as ever and I was sad to hear of his passing. Whilst he had no family, Rugby League was his family and we have lost one of our own today.”