Lawkholmers to Cougars - A Rugby League History

HARRY MYERS
The only player ever to wear a Keighley shirt and gain the epithet 'legendary'
was the great but tragic half-back Harry Myers. He was born in 1875 at Horsforth
and played first for Bramley with such distinction that he was selected for the
Yorkshire side who won the rugby union County Championship going on to wear
county colours 28 times. When Bramley opted to join the Northern Union in 1895
Harry left the club, hoping to further his International career at union.
Keighley moved in quickly for for him and he joined us in 1897 becoming
inspirational in the club's success winning the Yorkshire number 2 competition
that year. In 1897 Harry became the only Keighley player ever to play for
England at Union. When lack of decent competition forced Keighley to join the
Northern Union in 1900 Harry decided to stay at Lawkholme captaining the club to
the second division championship in 1902-3. Playing at Crown Flatt, Dewsbury in
November 1906 Harry went into a tackle with forward Fred Richardson and
collapsed with a terrible back injury. He was transferred to Keighley's Victoria
Hospital where, bravely facing up to his injury, he died six weeks later. Over
1,000 mourners attended his funeral on 23rd. December 1906 at Utley Cemetery
where a new gravestone was added shortly after his inclusion into the Hall of
Fame by collections on the evening and a generous donation from his
granddaughter.