Pennine League club Queensbury are paying their own tribute to former player Martin Potts.
The 42-year-old former Bradford Northern colt died from motor neurone disease aged 42 in November, 2008.
And Championship Division side Queensbury, the club where he last played his rugby and has his ashes scattered, are doing their bit towards remembering Potts by having their first team play in the Motor Neurone Disease Association’s colours of orange, yellow, green, pink and blue.
A total of 19 shirts are available, and let’s just say that first-team coach Andy Senior will be very disappointed if one of his charges mistakes an opponent for a team-mate when offloading!
Potts played 19 matches for Northern as a full back in four seasons, making his debut in 1985.
With his chances limited by the formidable presence of Keith Mumby, Potts’ childhood hero, he left to play for Doncaster and Barrow before coming back into the amateur game with Clayton before joining Queensbury in 1995.
Senior said of the thriving Hill Top club: “We currently run three open-age sides (the A team are in Division Three and the B team in Division Seven) and we are the only club in the winter leagues to run three teams, thanks to a successful junior set-up led by Alan Turner and Jean Brearley.
“The new clubhouse is around 75 per cent completed and we have a plan in progress to upgrade and increase the number of pitches.
“On completion of the new clubhouse and pitch project, the club will have the proper facilities, and plan to run teams during the summer months also.”
The junior teams are under-eights, 12s, 13s, 15s and 17s, and a girls’ team, who all currently play in the summer leagues.
The first team are coached by Gregg Worthington, Senior and Steve Crossley, the second team by ex-Dudley Hill coaches Danny Whiteley and Martin Palmer and the third team by Andrew Barraclough and Andy Thornton.
Current club sponsors are local businesses, including Mark Bradley Auto’s, Queensbury Conservative Club and Peter Smiths Bookmakers.