Roy Exley, 28th Feb 1933 - 19th Feb 2019

Roy Exley

The Club is sad to announce the passing of Roy Exley.

Roy joined the club in the early 1960's having previously played for Goole Grammar School Old Boys, a forerunner of the Goole club today. During his playing days at Goole he was a member of the team which won the Yorkshire Cup in 1956 when they defeated Old Ponfretians 6-0 at Selby.

It is interesting to note that whilst playing for G.G.O.B. Roy did his National Service. In a strictly non-professional era, Goole would pay his travel expenses to come and play at weekends. Such was his value to the club.

Roy is best remembered by the more senior members of the club, many of whom played with him. A very fine back row player, he brought skill and experience to a very youthful Beverley side in a way very instrumental to our early success.

In subsequent years, Roy always managed to get down to Beaver Park on several occasions each season. He would stay for a couple of hours after the match and enjoy a pint or two with his good friend, Keith Lenton.

Roy's son, Mark played for Beverly Colts in the 1980's.

The club wishes to express its condolences to Roy's family.

R.I.P. Roy

Mike Archibald

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