Peter Hartley – A man of rugby


Peter Hartley – RIP

Yesterday brought the sad news of the death of one of the truly decent rugby chaps out there – Peter Hartley of Wharfedale RFC.  As referees, we come across decent people all over the country, but on my few trips to Wharfedale I met Peter and on each occasion, I knew Id met one of the best.

Always passionate about his club, always willing to discuss matters, always pleaseant in demeanour.

Rugby Times reports that he has been associated with WRFU for over 45 years holding the position of first team captain, coach, first team manager, chairman of rugby – and those were just the official titles. In recent years he was also an England Counties XV selector.

I know he will be sorely missed and at 3pm tomorrow, I will stop what I’m doing and remember him. I’m sure their game against Cambridge tomorrow will be a typical Wharfedale event and they’ll send him off in style.

Thanks Peter – you were a good chap!