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Keighley RLFC

When I started KBGS in September 1959, one of the 'local heroes' was Terry Hollindrake' who, on many occasions used to come across to the Alice Street gate, after he had finished cleaning the windows of 'Ledas', to chat to many of his adoring supporters.

How many of us remember the 'tag-line': 'TAYLORS FOR MEN OF THE NORTH' being emblazoned across the full length of the front of the 'scrattin shed' at Lawkholme?

Although I realise that Keighley (now Cougars) is a Club playing 'the other code', I believe that many ex-KBGS 'Old Boys' supported, and still continue to support, Keighley on a regular basis.

At KBGS, Gilbert was a stickler for 'The Rules of the Game' and imposed them with an 'iron rule', as many of us will remember.

'Rules' are there to be obeyed and applied in a standard and fair manner in every game, be it professional or amateur, no matter what the sport.
For those of you who might be interested, Keighley (Cougars) RLFC have found themselves being relegated (partly because of their inability to win sufficient games) but also because of the Rugby Football League's failure to apply their own Rules to Clubs that break them.

Consequently, for reasons unknown, points that had been deducted for Clubs (Batley and Doncaster) that ignored/broke the Rules have been reinstated.
As fellow Keighlians, if you agree that Rules are set for a reason and without them there is no point having them, could I ask you to sign the Petition for fairness to be applied by the Rugby Football League to all Club as opposed only to certain Clubs.

Why should a Club (Keighley) that did not break the Rules be penalised when those that did (Doncaster and Batley) go unpunished and benefit from cheating?
This Season in particular, because promotion to and from Super League (from which Keighley were denied their rightful place in 1995) has been reinstated, and funding of Championship Clubs for next Season is based on their final league position, it is critical that the Rules are applied as they were designed to be and on a 'fair' basis.

You can, if you believe that every Club, team, and individual should be treated according to the Rules of their sport and that those who cheat must face the consequences, sign the petition by copying the following link:

http://www.change.org/p/the-rugby-football-league-reinstate-keighley-cougars-to-the-rl-championship-after-the-failure-to-enforce-punishment-on-clubs-guilty-for-a-serious-breach-of-league-rules-directly-led-to-the-relegation-of-keighley-cougars-rlfc?share_id=AEbGdeNnJc&utm_campaign=share_button_action_box&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1959 - 66

Current location (optional) Shoreham-by-Sea

Re: Keighley RLFC

Quite right. Signed.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 54-59

Current location (optional) United Kingdom

Re: Keighley RLFC

Thanks, David, for making us aware of this petition.
Signed and added this comment "If the game has rules they are there to be followed. You can not pick and choose when to apply them and when not to. I am a Leeds RLFC supporter who returned to watching RL after quitting in protest at the abandonment of relegation. If this decision stands I shall quit permanently. It is a disgrace."

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1958-65

Current location (optional) Leeds

Re: Keighley RLFC

Yes I picked up this fiasco from the on line Keighley News. Hop ethey manage to stay up. Will sign up too.
Terry Hollindrake lived down Clarendon St. Our house faced straight down clarendon from Malsis Road.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Keighley RLFC

Whats the latest re their appeal to avoid relegation ?

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Keighley RLFC

I understand that Barrow are dragging their feet about the actual wording for the Agenda items for the 'EGM', however, the Club have managed to have the matter added to the Agenda for the RFL's AGM which is being held tomorrow afternoon.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1959 - 66

Current location (optional) Shoreham-by-Sea

Re: Keighley RLFC

Readers of this thread will be saddened to learn of the passing of Terry Hollindrake who, throughout the nineteen-fifties, was a high scoring,very popular member of the Keighley RLFC team. In '55 he became the first (and possibly only) home-grown international Keighley produced, playing against New Zealand in the final test of the series, at Headingley. I saw that match on a very damp, miserable day, and it was an equally miserable day for Hollindrake who only touched the ball about three times, being consistently ignored by his centre partner, Lewis Jones.

Hollindrake, at the age of 19, in his first full season (1953), perhaps more importantly had the honour of scoring a couple of tries against formidable Wigan at Lawkholme Lane when Keighley beat them for the first (and possibly only) time in their history. I think I am right in saying (it's a long time ago!) that that was Keighley's best season ever in the days when the League was still all one. They lost their first six or seven games but then signed scrum half, Dai Jenkins (from Leeds, was it?), who proved to be the perfect partner for Mel DeLloyd - they developed a phenomenal understanding, and were deadly from scrimmages anywhere near their opponents try line. Their style seemed to wake up prop forward, Chris Brereton, known as an intelligent but rather lazy player, and the three of them seemed to galvanize the rest of the team, and they hardly lost a match the rest of the season.

Terry was not an OB of KBGS but attended Eastwood School and may well be remembered there by our Seeley brothers, and others. The funeral will take place on Friday, 13 February, at Keighley Shared Church (is that the former Parish Church?), at Church Green.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Keswick, Cumbria

Re: Keighley RLFC

Terry was a great player who returned to play his first Club in the late 60's and still had his old magic.

I remember asking him about his ony international game at Headingley to which he gave an interesting response:

He caught the train from Keighley to Kirkstall and walked up the hill to the ground with his boots in a brown paper carrier-bag. He was not recognised as a player at the 'Players' Gate' and had to pay at a turnstile to even get into the ground. Once inside he made his way to the changing rooms where he was completely ignored by his (so-called) fellow-players, who seemed to resent his selection, which was also the case on the pitch.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1959-66

Current location (optional) Shoreham-by-Sea

Re: Keighley RLFC

Attended Terry Hollindrake's funeral on Friday. A full house gave a great man a wonderful send off. Terry's granddaughter Brogan sang a wonderful, tearful rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow. He would have very proud.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1959-1964

Current location (optional) Keighley