It is with great sadness that BARLA have been made aware of the passing of their 87 yrs old  BARLA Patron and President of Halifax District League  Maurice Oldroyd yesterday.

A fan of his beloved ‘Fartown’ Huddersfield Giants Maurice was involved in the amateur game as a player, coach, referee, administrator, paid administrator, Chief Executive and Chair of BARLA, which on the 4th March later this year celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

Maurice was passionate about the BARLA and championed it throughout his life which came through to anyone he met in this country and throughout the world promoting the game of rugby league.

BARLA Chair Sue Taylor,

“On behalf of BARLA I send out my condolences to Adam and his family at this sad time at the passing of his father Maurice who will be sadly missed by those he knew in this country and farther afield, who knew him from the tours that BARLA went on and his time on the Rugby League International Federation as it was then known.

“Maurice was a larger than life character and in his various roles within BARLA, he was a continuous attendee at BARLA Board Meetings until Covid curtailed them and always just happened to be one of the last persons to leave the BARLA office following those meetings.”

BARLA President Spen Allison,

“I was saddened and shocked when I was informed of the passing of Maurice and I knew that he was in hospital and hadn’t been well. I had gone to see him a few times during which he talked about BARLA with pride and the tours that he had been involved with and gone on.

“Maurice was only the second person to be given the honour of Patron of BARLA following on years later from the late Tom Mitchell of Cumbria.

“Maurice was a well loved stalwart of BARLA and will be missed by the many who knew. My thoughts are with Adam and his family at this sad time.

Steve Manning

BARLA Media Manager