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Batley Rugby League Mourns the Passing of Legendary Icon, John Etty

Mar 2, 2024
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It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we bid farewell to one of Batley Rugby League’s most beloved icons, John Etty, who passed away at the grand age of 97.

His legacy as a legend in the world of rugby league will forever be etched in the annals of Batley Bulldogs history. A stalwart of the game, John’s contributions to Batley RLFC were immeasurable.

His remarkable career spanned 346 games for the club, during which he showcased his exceptional talent and unwavering dedication to the sport. With 94 tries to his name, John’s prowess on the field was matched only by his passion for the game and his steadfast commitment to his team.

Inducted into the Batley RLFC Hall of Fame, John’s name became synonymous with excellence and sportsmanship. His leadership both on and off the field served as an inspiration to generations of players, coaches, and fans alike.

His legacy continues to inspire and motivate all those who have had the privilege of witnessing his remarkable achievements. Beyond his remarkable sporting career, John was known for his kindness, humility, and genuine camaraderie.

His warm smile and infectious enthusiasm endeared him to all who had the pleasure of knowing him. His presence lit up the clubhouse and brought joy to the hearts of his teammates and supporters alike.

As we mourn the loss of a true rugby league legend, we extend our deepest condolences to John’s family, friends, and loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time, and we share in their grief as we come together to honor John’s memory and celebrate his extraordinary life. Though John may no longer be with us in body, his spirit lives on in the hearts and minds of all who had the privilege of crossing paths with him.

His legacy will continue to inspire and uplift us, reminding us of the values of sportsmanship, teamwork, and perseverance that he embodied throughout his illustrious career.

As we reflect on John’s life and the indelible mark he left on the world of rugby league, let us take comfort in the knowledge that his legacy will endure for generations to come. May his memory be a blessing and a source of comfort to all who had the privilege of knowing him.

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