Super League clubs to pay tribute to Birkenshaw's Max

Max Blakeley tragically died on Saturday aged 32.
Max Blakeley tragically died on Saturday aged 32.

Super League players will join supporters in a minute's applause in memory of Birkenshaw Bluedogs player Max Blakeley, who tragically died after coming off the field on Sunday.

The applause will take place before all rugby league matches this weekend, including Birkenshaw's own game against Dewsbury Celtic, which the club announced will go ahead in Max's memory.

The game will take kick-off at 3pm as part of the club's annual gala, with matches from different age groups going ahead.

Proceeds from the day will go to Max's family or a charity of their choice.

Max, 32, also played for Cleckheaton RUFC during the winter and has been described as a 'club stalwart'. A specially-arranged 'Masters' game between members of Birkenshaw and Cleckheaton clubs will kick-off shortly

Birkenshaw Bluedogs Club Chairman Adam Lincoln said “We are all incredibly shocked and saddened at the loss of our friend and team-mate, however we strongly believe that Saturday’s event should take place in Max’s honour.

"Max died playing agame he loved, and we believe that he would want the day to go ahead.

"Coming together on Saturday, as a club and a community, will be a wonderful way to say his name, honour his memory and continue to support all those affected by this tragedy”.