Johnny Whiteley’s memorial service to be broadcast on radio station

Last month rugby league legend John Whiteley sadly passed away at the age of 91.

He spent the entire of his playing career with Hull FC scoring over 150 tries for the Black and Whites whilst gaining international honours with Great Britain and England.

The loose-forward played in three consecutive Yorkshire Cup Finals in the 1950s before winning the league in the 1955-56 season repeating the feat in 1958

Made Hull skipper in 1957 it was a sign of the leader he would become taking the reigns as coach in 1965 before spending time as Hull KR coach in 1970. Around this time he also helped oversee the last time a Great Britain team won the Ashes in Australia.

Clearly a rugby league legend, Hull FC gave him an apt tribute ahead of their Round Two fixture with St Helens with a heart warming poem read by the Hull FC chaplain ahead of the game.

Tomorrow, his memorial is set to take place at 12:45 celebrating his life and rugby league career. This will take place at Hull’s stadium with members of the public able to attend with details available here.

For those not able to attend, coverage of the memorial will be available on BBC Radio Humberside from 12pm. The service will feature readings from Adam Pearson, Neil Hudgell, Keith Tindall, and Tony Collins, as well as live performances from the All For One choir.

Club Chaplain Rev. Tony Cotson will lead the service whilst Mike White and Gwilym Lloyd will present the service on the radio.

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