Obituary — Roy Anderson

TRIBUTE: A minute's silence was held for Roy Anderson.
TRIBUTE: A minute's silence was held for Roy Anderson.

A MINUTE’S silence was held before Dewsbury Rams’ match against Toulouse last Saturday in memory of former club vice-president Roy Anderson, who passed away last week aged 77.

Having helped run the supporters club in the 1960s, Mr Anderson moved onto the committee and became vice president of Dewsbury RLFC in the early 1970s, a position he held on the club’s greatest day, when they won the Championship in 1973.

Mr Anderson was a founder playing member of Shaw Cross Boys Club, when he played alongside the great Mick Sullivan.

A winger and goakicker, Mr Anderson later joined Huddersfield, where he played mainly in the second team.

He left Huddersfield to serve in the RAF at Driffield for his National Service, during which time he took a keen interest in boxing, another sport in which he excelled, winning several amateur titles.

Mr Anderson became a professional boxer for a time but returned to rugby league and signed for Hull Kingston Rovers.

Originally from Batley Carr, before moving to Leeds Road and later Hanging Heaton, Mr Anderson was also heavily involved in greyhound racing.

He was a champion owner and trainer and later became head judge of the Greyhound Breeders Forum, the equivalent of Crufts.

Mr Anderson ran a successful painting and decorating business – Anderson and Marriott Limited – and it was through a business associate that he became involved in the former Chickenley Cricket Club, who he sponsored and later became chairman of during the club’s heyday in he mid 1980s.

Mr Anderson continued to have a keen interest in boxing and in the final week of his life, son Harvey, took him to watch the Gary Sykes title fight and he was extremely proud to have witnessed the Dewsbury champion live.

Mr Anderson leaves a wife Joan, along with children and grand children.

His funeral will take place on Tuesday March 29 at St Mary’s Church, Luddenden at 1.45pm, followed by a committal at Dewsbury Crematorium.

Refreshments will then be available at Shaw Cross Club for young people in Leeds Road.