It gives me great sadness & regret to inform all members and close friends that Jack Hirst, president, legend of Oulton Raiders has passed away. (Friday 19th October 2012)
I would like to take this moment to inform all parties that Jack Hirst was one of legends to create Oulton Raiders, and president our club. Jack played at a professional level in his early days.
Jack Hirst’s playing career started at Hunslet in the 1950’s before he was transferred to Castleford where he enjoyed a successful playing spell lasting over eight seasons along with the likes of Alan Hardisty , Keith Hepworth, John Sheridan, Bill Bryant, Peter Small and Jonny Ward and were coached by Harry Street. They finished fourth in the League in the 1962/63 season the highest placed in the history of the club. The following season Jack was part of the team that lost 7-5 to Widnes in the Challenge Cup semi final replay at Wakefields Belle Vue ground in front of a 28,700 crowd after drawing at Swinton in the first meeting of the two clubs. Jack went on to have brief spells at Wakefield, Bradford and Bramley before joining up with former team mate Ken Hindley who was the Player Coach at Oulton Miners Welfare, now Oulton Raiders and was part of the team that won the Leeds & District Burton Cup in 1967. Jack left Oulton and went on to coach West Grange Social Club in the Leeds & District Sunday League before returning as a committee member and was Chairman shortly after Oulton joined the National Conference League in 1992 he was joined by son John who
was a player and then coach at the club and eldest son Neil was Treasurer, grandsons Jonnathan and Liam also came through the Junior section to play in the First Team. Latterly Jack went on to become President of the club which he held until he passed away in the early hours of Friday 19th October 2012.
Please Note Funeral Details:
Funeral of Jack Hirst will be held at Rothwell Church on Tuesday 30th October at 11AM then after at the Hare and Hounds public house.