Bradford Dudley Hill and the local rugby league community are mourning the death of long-serving life member Monty Denton, who recently passed away after a short illness, aged 75 years.

Monty started his long playing career as a second-rower at Dudley Hill in 1955 when the club was based at the Imperial Hotel, Tong Street.

After a short spell with Wyke in the middle 1960s, which led to two Odsal Bradford Cup appearances, he returned to Hill and was a leading figure in the club’s acquisition of the Neil Hunt Memorial Ground at Parry Lane.

He played his last game against Reckitts of Hull on September 1, 1979 in the match to open the ground.

Monty continued to play a huge part in Hill’s development, both as a coach and backroom stalwart as they became one of the top ten elite amateur clubs in the county, joining the Conference in 1986.

Dudley Hill secretary Andy Harland said: “Monty knew his stuff. A key student of the game, he had a great tackling technique and who could ever forget his outrageous dummy?

“He always stayed behind to clear up and sort out the kit after games. He was a great sportsman, recognising talent and good play, and the game will be poorer for his passing. However, he has left a legacy that will last for many years.”

His funeral takes place on Monday (2pm) at Dewsbury Crematorium followed by a reception at the Bradford Dudley Hill clubhouse, Parry Lane, to which all are invited.