Former BARLA and Huddersfield & District League Chair and Vice Chair of the Pennine League Billy Gill passed away aged 93 on Friday 12th April and his funeral will be held at Huddersfield Crematorium on Friday 3rd May at 10am.

Billy played rugby league for his home town club Huddersfield RLFC or ‘Fartown’ as they were known in the fifties.

The game of rugby league was a huge part of his life and he dedicated many years of commitment to the amateur game in various roles.

Those included being one of the founder members of Huddersfield St Josephs ARLFC in the fifties along with the first secretary and founder of BARLA in 1973 Tom Keaveney MBE, Bernard Brown and Martin Kennedy.

This resulted in Billy coaching the clubs first ever team the Under 19’s side and now has a pround history in the amateur game.

BARLA send their condolences to Billy’s family and friends and all those who knew him in both the professional and amateur game

BARLA Chair Sue Taylor MBE,

“I have known Billy many, many years and worked with both him and Tom Keaveney MBE during my various roles and involvement with the Huddersfield & District ARL and Pennine League and saw him at many functions.

“He is a sad loss for the whole game of rugby league in general and my thoughts and those of my husband John and the BARLA Board of Management are with his family and friends.”


Steve Manning

BARLA Media Manager