The club is saddened to hear the news that Hunslet Hall of Fame prop forward Ken Eyre has sadly passed away.
Ken was a professional rugby league player during 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, Ken Eyre made his debut for Hunslet in the season 1958-59 and went on to play at representative level for Great Britain before moving to local rivals Leeds RL. As a child Ken represented Bewerly Street school, Hunslet Schools’ R.L. and Yorkshire Schools R.L.
Ken Eyre won a cap for Great Britain while at Hunslet in 1965 against New Zealand.
Ken Eyre represented Yorkshire while at Hunslet against New Zealand at Castleford in 1965, against Lancashire at Swinton in 1965, and against Cumberland at Headingley in 1965.
Ken Eyre played in Hunslet’s 16-20 defeat by Wigan in the 1965 Challenge Cup final during the 1964–65 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 8 May 1965, and played in Leeds’ 11-10 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the 1968 Challenge Cup “Watersplash” final during the 1967–68 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 11 May 1968.
Ken Eyre played in Hunslet’s 22-44 defeat by St. Helens in the Rugby Football League Championship final during the 1958–59 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford, and played in Leeds’ 16-14 victory over Castleford in the Rugby Football League Championship final during the 1968–69 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 24 May 1969.
Ken Eyre played in Hunslet’s 12-2 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1962 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1968–69 season at Headingley Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 27 October 1962, and in the 8-17 defeat by Bradford Northern in the 1965 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1965–66 season at Headingley Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 16 October 1965, and playedin Leeds’ 11-10 victory over Castleford in the 1968 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1968–69 season at Belle Vue, Wakefield on Saturday 19 October 1968.
Ken Eyre made his debut for Hunslet in the season 1958-59, he was transferred from Hunslet to Leeds in September 1966 for a fee of £5,950.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this sad time. RIP Ken.
Thank you he will always be with us.