Halifax RLFC tribute to former player Danny Jones

Cougars Coach Paul March and the Tributes to Danny Jones in Terry Hollindrake Stand. Picture Bruce Rollinson
Cougars Coach Paul March and the Tributes to Danny Jones in Terry Hollindrake Stand. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Halifax RLFC have paid tribute to former player Danny Jones who died on Sunday.

The world of rugby league was stunned when Wales half-back Jones - aged just 29 - passed away after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest when playing for Keighley Cougars in their League 1 away game against London Skolars.

Michael Steele from Halifax RLFC said: “Danny joined Halifax through its academy from local Club, Ovenden ARLFC, as a talented teenager, and progressed to captain of title winning junior sides before achieving the rare distinction of playing in the blue and white hoops of his home-town club.

“He represented Halifax in two spells and was rightly proud, also, to represent Wales. At Keighley he was a worthy opponent with the disturbing ability to score against his former club

“He was a larger than life character, as befits a half back, and was universally respected throughout the game.

“He will be sadly missed.

“Halifax RLFC sends its condolences to Danny’s family and friends. They’ve lost a star.”

Danny Jones was hurt early in the match, collapsed after being taken off, was treated by the match doctor and paramedics at the ground but died later in London’s Royal Free Hospital.

Halifax-born Jones, who leaves a wife and five-month old twins, played more than 150 games for Keighley in two spells with the West Yorkshire club.

Keighley Cougars head coach Paul March has confirmed that Danny’s family have requested for the game to go ahead this Sunday.

The club will contribute a third of the gate monies from Sunday to his family and all fund raising within the ground that day will be exclusively for the benevolent fund that has been set up.

To donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/dannyjones29