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Thought it was time we had a separate thread to mark the passing of those from other sports who may necessarily be celebrities.

Beginning this thread with the tragic death of 20 year old rugby league player Archie Bruce, found dead in his hotel room in France the morning after the scrum half made his debut for Batley Bulldogs off the replacements bench in their Championship match against Toulouse.

Archie had previously played in the National Conference League for Dewsbury Moor Maroons, who will be dedicating their 2nd teams game against Milford Marlins on Thursday to their former player.
From their Facebook page:
'BBC are broadcasting live from 6:30pm (presumably on Look North) let show what Dewsbury Moor family is all about. There will be a minutes applause before game. Can people get there for 6:30 pm please as we are trying to get game a 7pm KO (7:30pm is the scheduled KO time). There will be a place to pay respects and leave flowers. There is no attendance charge for the game but some junior players will be going round with buckets to collect for Archie's benevolent fund'.


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Another loss to rugby league...

One of rugby leagueís characters, Gary Cooper, has died, aged 80. A full-back or centre, Cooper had considerable success as a player for Featherstone Rovers and Wakefield Trinity in the 1950s and 60s, and went on to coach York. The brother of former Hull chairwoman Kath Hetherington - therefore Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetheringtonís brother in law - Cooper joined Rovers from Featherstone Juniors in 1958. He went on to make 187 appearances for the club, scoring 43 tries and nine goals, and was captain for a spell in 1960.

He was a Great Britain tourist in 1962, making 16 appearances though not featuring in the Test side, and was signed by Trinity in 1966 for a £3,000 fee. Cooper played in Trinityís 1967 Championship final win over St Helens, and received the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man of the match when Wakefield retained the title by beating Hull KR the following year. He also played in the 1968 'Watersplash' Challenge Cup final defeat by Leeds at Wembley.

After hanging up his boots, Cooper coached York. Initially, Cooper was assistant coach to Tommy Harris then, between 1974 and 1976, head coach. Cooper took York to a Challenge Cup quarter-final against St Helens at Clarence Street, where his enthusiasm was infectious and regularly brought big gates to the city. He was also able to bring some world class players to York such as Great Britain forward Terry Clawson, the legendary Neil Fox, RU British Lion Bryan West and the much travelled Geoff Clarkson.

And a loss, on August 13, to both rugby codes...

Steve Booth, a mercurial half-back or wing, who played league for Huddersfield and Doncaster then union with Leicester and Bath, has died, of heart disease, at the age of 42. Tragically, Booth died the day after proposing marriage to long-time girlfriend Danielle Watts. Pontefract-born Booth, who had complained of heartburn in the days before he collapsed, joined Leicester in 2000 and went on to score 26 tries in 71 appearances for the Tigers. He helped Leicester win the Premiership twice and the Heineken (European) Cup twice. Booth spent the 2005 season with Bath. He represented England 'A'. Leicester head coach Geordan Murphy described Booth as a "real entertainer on the pitch" who could "score tries from nothing". Murphy added: "He came in from rugby league but settled in quickly, and he played the best rugby of his career at Leicester in a very successful team." Booth leaves Danielle and their children, Maisie, nine, and Jack, five.


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Hunslet Rugby League Club have paid tribute to their legendary former scrum-half Alf 'Ginger' Burnell, who has died at the age of 95. A member of the club's Hall of Fame, he made 351 appearances in the myrtle, white and flame during the immediate post-war era. Burnell played for Great Britain in three Tests, was capped by England on four occasions and represented Yorkshire five times. He retired in 1958, going on to run three Leeds pubs and become a gifted artist.

https://www.hunsletrlfc.com/...urnell-dies-aged-95/


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Motor racing driver Anthoine Hubert has died after a high-speed incident at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.

From the BBC Sport website:

Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert has been killed in a crash at the Belgian Grand Prix, motorsport's governing body the FIA has said. The Frenchman, who was 22, suffered a huge impact from the car of American Juan Manuel Correa at about 170mph at the Raidillon swerves.

An FIA statement said that Hubert was taken to the medical centre after the incident, and died at 18:35 local time. Correa was taken to Liege hospital and is in a stable condition, the FIA said. The race was stopped after the crash and cancelled within a few minutes when the potential seriousness of the accident became clear. Formula 2 have announced that Sunday's sprint race at Spa has been cancelled "out of respect", while the Formula 3 race will go ahead.

Hubert, who drove for the BWT Arden team, was lying eighth in the championship and had scored two wins this season, in Monaco and France. He was also was part of Renault F1's young driver programme. Renault said in a statement: "Anthoine was a member of the Renault Sport Academy and raced in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, the final ladder to F1. As reigning GP3 champion and member of the Equipe de France, FFSA (French Federation of Motorsport), the Frenchman was a huge talent who also brought great energy and positivity to his championship, his teams and the Renault Sport Academy. His smile and sunny personality lit up our formidable group of young drivers, who had formed tight and enduring bonds. His strong results in F2 this season, including wins on home soil in Monaco and France, inspired not just the other recruits but also the wider Renault Sport Racing group."

Other racing drivers and teams from across motorsport have paid tribute on social media. Former F1 driver Fernando Alonso posted on Twitter: "What a sad afternoon. I have no words. It hurts the heart. Rest in peace, champ." Lewis Hamilton wrote on Instagram: "This is devastating. God rest your soul Anthoine. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family today. If a single one of you watching and enjoying this sport think for a second what we do is safe your hugely mistaken. All these drivers put their life on the line when they hit the track and people need to appreciate that in a serious way because it is not appreciated enough. Not from the fans nor some of the people actually working in the sport. Anthoine is a hero as far as I'm concerned, for taking the risk he did to chase his dreams. I'm so sad that this has happened. Let's left him up and remember him. Rest in peace brother." Alfa Romeo's Antonio Giovinazzi said on Twitter: "We are boys who, with great sacrifice, chase their dreams. But we are first and foremost professionals. Anthoine was all this, but above all he was one of us. At this terrible time my thoughts are with his family and all the people who love him."


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Former Great Britain (one cap, versus Russia), Norwich (1954, 1958-60), Yarmouth (1959-60), Cradley Heath (1960, 1966), Sheffield (1961-65) and King's Lynn (1967-72) speedway rider Clive Featherby has died, in Brisbane, at the age of 86. King's Lynn-born Featherby was noted as a rider of great determination. He retired from speedway in 1972, later moving to South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Son Craig, also a speedway rider, was killed in 1983, when with Milton Keynes, in a track crash at Peterborough. Neil, another of Featherby's three sons, told edp24.co.uk: "He was a totally different person away from the track. They called him a Jekyll and Hyde character. He would do anything for anyone - apart from when you were on the same race track as him. On the track, he gave it his all." Featherby leaves three sons, two daughters, 12 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.


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Chester Williams, the only black member of South Africa's 1995 rugby world cup winning team, has died aged just 49. He becomes the fourth member of that Sprinbok side to die at such a tragically young age following the death of James Small two months ago and earlier losses of Joost van der Westhuizen and Ruben Kruger.


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Pakistani test cricketer Abdul Qadir has died of a cardiac arrest aged 63. The leg-spinner played 67 tests and 104 One Day Internationals for his country.


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Former Ryder Cup golfer Brian Barnes has died aged 74 from cancer after a short illness. He was best known for beating Jack Nicklaus twice in a day during the 1975 match against the United States.

Barnes played for Great Britain & Ireland and then Europe in six Ryder Cups between 1969 and 1979 and won 20 professional titles. Born in Surrey, he represented Scotland in team events and recorded three top-10 finishes at the Open Championship.


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Another boxer has sadly lost his life in the ring. American Patrick Day, 27, suffered brain injuries after being knocked out in the 10th round of his fight with Charles Conwell in Chicago on Saturday night and died four days later.


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Former Canterbury, Rye House and Hackney speedway rider Ted 'Hurricane' Hubbard has died at 70. He had liver cancer.

Lydden-born Hubbard's racing career spanned the 60s, 70s and 80s. After retirement, during which he ran a wholesale potato farming business in his native Kent, he had a spell as team manager of Sittingbourne, then based at Iwade.

Hubbard's career highlights include making the National League Riders' Championship rostrum in 1974, 1976 and 1979. He rode in the British League (Division One) while with Hackney and was National League (Division Two) Canterbury's No 1.

He leaves a widow, Jeannette, two children, four grandchildren and a great-grandson.


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Former St Helens Rugby League Club coach Mike McClennan has died at 75. He had severe dementia.

The popular New Zealander coached Saints between 1990 and 1993. During that spell, they won the Premiership (beating local rivals Wigan at Old Trafford) and the Lancashire Cup. McClennan, who succeeded Saints legend Alex Murphy in the Knowsley Road hot seat, was noted as an innovative coach.

Saints chairman Eamonn McManus told sthelensstar.co.uk: "He was a great man and a true gent. His time as coach at St Helens will be remembered with respect and fondness, and he has a permanent place in our history. He always remained passionate about St Helens and followed our fortunes throughout his life."

As a full-back or centre with Ponsonby Ponies, McClennan won two New Zealand caps in 1971. He was later an assistant coach to New Zealand under Graham Lowe, the ex-Wigan boss. McClennan coached Tonga at the 1995 World Cup tournament together with New Zealand clubs Mount Albert Lions and Northcote Tigers. During the 1980s, he steered Mount Albert to five Fox Memorial Grand Final victories. In 1989, Northcote won the Premiership under his guidance. McClennan's son, Brian, coached New Zealand, NRL club New Zealand Warriors and Leeds Rhinos. McClennan leaves Brian and Maureen, to whom he was married 58 years.


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'Split' Waterman, a big name from speedway's post-war golden era, died earlier this month (October 8). He was 96.

In a racing career spanning 1947-62, New Malden-born Waterman - real name Francis - rode for England, Wembley, Harringay, West Ham, Wimbledon, Southampton, New Cross, Ipswich and Belle Vue. He represented England in more than 30 Tests and captained the national team during the 1953 Test series against Australia. Waterman's numerous other honours include twice finishing runner-up in the World Championship (he rode in five World Finals) and being a leading light in the Wembley team that won the National League (top tier) title in 1947 and 1949, when crowds of 80,000 watched the club's home meetings. In 1948, Wembley lifted the National Trophy and Waterman topped the podium in the prestigious London Riders' Championship. Waterman took up speedway while serving with the Army in Italy. His nickname derived from splitting his leathers down the back in a fall. After retiring from speedway, Waterman was drawn into crime. He served two custodial sentences. Waterman was living in Spain when he died.

The Daily Telegraph carried an obituary on October 23:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/...-matinee-idol-looks/


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Another loss to boxing recently was the passing of Scottish cuts man Benny King, who died on 17th October aged 78. He was a familiar face in the corner at many fights with his white moustache and glasses.


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Former Great Britain rugby league forward Hugh Waddell has died at the age of 60.

Irvine-born Waddell, a prop or second row, played also for Scotland, Blackpool, Oldham, Leeds, Manly, Sheffield, Wakefield, Egremont, South Wales, Rochdale, Swinton, Carlisle, Barrow and Border Eagles. He won five Test caps, touring with the Lions in 1988.

Famously, Waddell, originally a footballer, asked Blackpool Borough for a trial while on holiday in the resort.

Leeds pay the following tribute:

https://www.therhinos.co.uk/...01/hugh-waddell-rip/

The Headingley club's players association tweeted: Saddened to hear the news that former Leeds RL player Hugh Waddell has passed away. He would've been 61 this month. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Former Great Britain, England, Ireland, Leeds, Wigan and Oldham prop Barrie McDermott tweeted: Saddened to hear the passing of Hugh Waddell. I watched Hughey from the terraces as an Oldham RLFC fan and when I was older I was lucky enough to play against him, a kind hearted, lovely man who was a gentleman off the pitch and a fierce competitor on it.


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Spanish tennis player Andres Gimeno has died, aged 82.
He only won one Grand Slam, the French Open in 1972, becoming the oldest ever (still) first time winner in the professional era.
This was largely because he had turned professional for his peak years, prior to the sport going 'open' in 1968.


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Former rugby league player Sean Day has died at 56 after a long battle with cancer.

Day made his name as a goalkicking winger with St Helens, whom he joined in July 1984 from the Culcheth Eagles amateur club. Playing outside legendary Australia centre Mal Meninga, Day helped Saints lift the Lancashire Cup in 1984, a final - watched by 26,000 at Central Park - in which he scored a try and kicked five goals. His debut season, a landmark campaign for Saints after years in the doldrums, brought 12 tries and 157 goals from 36 outings. Day kicked four goals in the 1985 Premiership final win over champions Hull KR at Elland Road. After losing his place to Australian Ross Conlon, he later spent time on loan at Runcorn Highfield. Day played his final game for Saints in March 1986.

As a student at the University of Liverpool between 1983 and 1986, I saw a fair bit of St Helens (including the 1984 Lancashire Cup Final), and remember Day well. He was an uncomplicated, natural goalkicker who, unusually, played with his socks rolled down.


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Raymond Poulidor has died aged 83.
Perhaps the best cyclist never to win the Tour de France, finishing second twice and third five times.
He was unlucky to be in the shadow of first Jacques Anquetil, and then Eddy Merckx.
Poulidor did have one Grand Tour victory, the 1964 Vuelta.


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Former Great Britain, Doncaster (1956-61), Hunslet (1961-66) and Castleford (1966-75) prop forward Dennis 'Big Den' Hartley has died. He was 83.

He played almost 600 games of professional rugby league. With Cas, for whom he made 268 appearances, Hartley helped win the Challenge Cup in 1969 and 1970, and the BBC2 Floodlit Trophy in 1966 and 1967. Earlier, he was part of the Hunslet team (the last great Hunslet team, sadly) beaten narrowly by Wigan in the 1965 Challenge Cup final, widely regarded as one of the best finals of all time. He made 205 appearances for the Parksiders. Hartley won 11 Great Britain caps, and featured in the 1970 Ashes series victory. After retirement, he coached Castleford's colts team.

Castleford's tribute...

https://www.castlefordtigers.com/article.php?id=6682

From the Yorkshire Evening Post:

https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/...ennis-hartley-996975

Rugby League Lions tweeted: Really sad to hear of the passing of Rugby League Lion number 302 Dennis Hartley. Dennis, a member of Great Britainís 1970 Ashes-winning side, was 83. Our thoughts are with Big Denís family at this sad time.


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Former Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter Harrison Dillard has died at 96. He won the 100m at the 1948 London Games.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/...t/athletics/50447600


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Former Belle Vue Aces speedway rider of the 1950s, Peter Williams, has died [age unknown].

Williams was a team-mate of the legendary Peter Craven, who won the world title in 1955 then again in 1962.

https://bellevue-speedway.com/news/peterwilliams


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Former Great Britain rugby league forward Hugh Waddell has died at the age of 60.

Irvine-born Waddell, a prop or second row, played also for Scotland, Blackpool, Oldham, Leeds, Manly, Sheffield, Wakefield, Egremont, South Wales, Rochdale, Swinton, Carlisle, Barrow and Border Eagles. He won five Test caps, touring with the Lions in 1988.

Famously, Waddell, originally a footballer, asked Blackpool Borough for a trial while on holiday in the resort.

Leeds pay the following tribute:

https://www.therhinos.co.uk/...01/hugh-waddell-rip/

The Headingley club's players association tweeted: Saddened to hear the news that former Leeds RL player Hugh Waddell has passed away. He would've been 61 this month. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Former Great Britain, England, Ireland, Leeds, Wigan and Oldham prop Barrie McDermott tweeted: Saddened to hear the passing of Hugh Waddell. I watched Hughey from the terraces as an Oldham RLFC fan and when I was older I was lucky enough to play against him, a kind hearted, lovely man who was a gentleman off the pitch and a fierce competitor on it.


Some lovely comments on the Barrie Mac tweet that I can only echo. He really was one of the nicest blokes you'd ever meet off the field, would do anything for anyone. but was as tough as they come on the pitch.

I was fortunate to have seen his debut for Blackpool Borough as a trialist at Crown Flatt in, I think, 1983 and within 12 months he was pulling on an England shirt at Ebbw Vale against Wales (a game memorable for me as Borough had a representative in both sides which I suspect was a one off in the clubs history). Graeme Johns, a classy former Swinton full back, subbed for Wales in that game , in a team also containing the ultra mecurial Danny Wilson (Ryan Giggs' father) who had one of the most outrageous sidesteps I've seen to this day.

I also saw the game the Barrie MacDermott mentions when Hugh helped bottom Div 2 Blackpool to a 32-26 win at Watersheddings against an Oldham side who on paper should have absolutely destroyed the Borough, but Hugh was absolutely immense, scoring the winning try with the last play of the game as he jinked (yes, a prop with a genuine sidestep!) his way over from around 30 yards. That was his second of the game.

I also remember bringing him and his partner Elaine back to our house after a game at Borough Park so they could watch the video of the Wales England international at Ebbw Vale, that my Dad had managed to tape off some very snowy coverage on S4C! I regularly travelled on the team bus to away games in those days and Hugh was always so self deprecating, witty and humble.

One final story from Jan 1985. Borough away at Southend Invicta. The game was played on a near frozen pitch at Roots Hall in front of 85 spectators. Having come all that way although the pitch was clearly unsafe both sides agreed to play and referee John Holdsworth agreed. Former Wigan centre Steve Brennan scored two tries on his Blackpool debut but then broke his leg in an awkward fall on the hard ground. Hugh played his normal game and just carried on like it was a bog at Mount Pleasant or similar. Borough won comfortably 27-2.

As was customary on Southern trips, we'd picked up Hugh and Elaine from Staffordshire at some daft unearthly hour and returned them to their car in the evening to go home to Burton on Trent. When we got back to where they had parked, Elaine hadn't turned the headlights off and the car having been there for over 12 hours the battery was completely flat, so Hughie and a few of the lads push started the car. Afterwards he let on that he'd played in a fair amount of pain for much of the game and ended up going to hospital the next day only to find out that played the match and then push started the car with a cracked shin bone.

They weren't joking when they said he was tough.

A lovely, lovely man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.


**just as a footnote, although he had previously played football, when he came to Borough for a trial he was actually playing Rugby Union for Burton on Trent.


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Some lovely memories, Andy.

Good to see Burton RUFC did not forget Hugh once he departed for rugby league. They observed a minute's silence in his memory on November 16 before their Peel Croft league game against Doncaster Phoenix.

Earlier, they tweeted: Shocked to hear the news that Hugh Waddell has sadly passed away. A fine player of both codes of the game, but achieving huge success in rugby league. He will be greatly missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this very sad and difficult time.


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Some lovely memories, Andy.

Good to see Burton RUFC did not forget Hugh once he departed for rugby league. They observed a minute's silence in his memory on November 16 before their Peel Croft league game against Doncaster Phoenix.

Earlier, they tweeted: Shocked to hear the news that Hugh Waddell has sadly passed away. A fine player of both codes of the game, but achieving huge success in rugby league. He will be greatly missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this very sad and difficult time.


Thanks, FL, had to shared for posterity. I was deeply saddened by his passing as I knew the guy so well in his time at Blackpool. He really was an absolute gent and a lovely fella.


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Former Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter Harrison Dillard has died at 96. He won the 100m at the 1948 London Games.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/...t/athletics/50447600


He also won the 110m hurdles at the 1952 Olympics, the only man to achieve this double.


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Free solo climber Brad Gobright , 31, has fallen a thousand feet to his death. The BBC piece (below) includes a nice tribute from Alex Honnold, another climbing superstar.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/...d-us-canada-50592646


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