Whitehall stalwart is honoured by the league

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Whitehall Warriors ARLFC’s Jack of All Trades and master of plenty, Richard Ingham was a major award recepient at last Friday evening’s Pennine Amateur Rugby League’s Annual Prize and Presenation Dinner at the Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford.

The dinner was attended by a record 283 diners and the largest amateur rugby league competition now stretches from Doncaster and York in the east to Oldham and Rochdale in the west.

Hands on president Stuart Brown and his wife Carol of Pennine Trophies Ltd, Heckmondwike, presided over a very well run evening along with chairman David Ingham and secretary Sue Taylor who is standing for chairman of BARLA this Sunday at their AGM.

It was the suggestion of Richard Ingham, son of the club’s PRO and former secretary-treasurer Eileen Beaumont, to form the Warriors when she and her husband David Beaumont split from Greetland All Rounders.

Eileen revealed: “He lives and breathes the Warriors - it is so important to him. He has also been a very keen Keighley Cougars fan for about 20 years.

“Richard trains regularly and will play if needed, but he spends more time trying to make sure we have a team each week, texting the lads to make sure they are available, picking some of them up and taking them to training and back and also to matches. He collects the meat raffle from his dad’s butcher’s shop and helps with the selling of raffle tickets.”

Phil Hodgson, amateur RL correspondent for the League Express, which is published from Wellington House in Thornton Square, Brighouse, and the Echo’s own Dave Parker were awarded the Media Award for the 2012-13 season.