FORMER Leeds and Great Britain coach Maurice Bamford has died at the age 83.

The Leeds-born Bamford is perhaps best remembered for transforming the fortunes of Halifax but in a 16-year career he coached at a host of other clubs, including Bradford Northern where he was assistant to Peter Fox from June 1977 to February 1978.

He has also coached at Dewsbury, Bramley, Huddersfield, Wigan, Keighley and Workington, in the professional ranks, and had spells in the amateur game with Dudley Hill and Stanningley among other clubs.

A statement from Leeds said: "It was with much sadness that the club has learned of the death of former head coach Maurice Bamford, after losing his long battle with cancer."

Bamford coached Wigan for 12 months from 1981-82 and was in charge twice at Headingley, from 1983-85 and 1986-88.

He was Great Britain coach between 1984 and 1987 and, after retiring, began a new career as an author and match reporter.

A Leeds spokesperson said: "On behalf of everyone associated with the club, we send our deepest sympathies to Maurice's family and friends."

The Rhinos players will wear black armbands in Sunday's game against London Broncos at the Magic Weekend as a mark of respect.