Keighley Cougars are sad to announce the sudden passing of David Kirkley age 72.
David was dearly loved by all the board, staff players and supporters at the club.
He was a part of the volunteer backroom staff that made gameday work so well.
From video man, photographer, testimonial committee member, journalist, kitman, caterer to painter David has been involved in many roles at the club.
Nothing was too much trouble for David and he had been involved longer than most of us can remember.
The players will wear black armbands on Sunday and hold a minute’s applause in respect to an absolute gentleman and true stalwart of Keighley Cougars.
David you will be sadly missed by everyone at Cougars, and we will forever be grateful for all your efforts.
Our thoughts are with David’s friends and family at this time.
Shattered to hear this …I was in touch with him only two weeks ago about Keighley RLFC archives. David and I were proud to be honoured as ‘Supporters of the Year’ in 2000. We had worked together to found Keighley’s ‘Hall of Fame’ and developed it over a two year period. We’d worked together on the programme , too (He was ‘Billy Boff’ – the anorak’s anorak’) David was Keighley through-and-through! He deserves to be remembered as a lifelong servant of the club!
we were very good friends of david so sad to hear of his passing, what a fabulous human being, he supplied me with a photo of my dad he was in the choir eastwood school i never knew, he gave me a laminated photo and did not want any payment just to see me very happy was all he wanted what a lovely man, miss him lots, as he had many photos of eastwood school and punishment books as well, very well liked by anyone and every body he came in contact with miss you lots fondest memories