VALE JOHN EARLE
VALE JOHN EARLE
THE board, staff, coaches and players of the Wynnum Manly Seagulls pass on their condolences to the family and friend of former Seagulls Colts manager John Earle, who sadly passed away on Tuesday after a long battle with illness.
John was a passionate rugby league man, who enjoyed a stellar playing career in his native England.
A no-nonsense prop, John spent the majority of his career at Warrington, with whom he played a Challenge Cup final at Wembley in 1975.
In 1978, he played his first game for Blackpool Borough against the touring Australian Kangaroos, whose squad included legendary names like Fulton, Cronin, Eadie, Peponis, Raudonikis, Reddy, Rogers.
It was the first game of the Australians’ tour, and the Kangaroos won the match 39-1.
John moved to Australia in 1989 and devoted his energy to the development of young players in the game he loved.
He coached Griffith University’s rugby league team, and was the manager of both the Queensland and Australian Universities teams, before joining Wynnum Manly as Colts manager.
He lost his long battle with brain cancer on December 15. John’s funeral will be held on December 22.
John is survived by wife Lynne, daughters Vicky and Gemma and grandchildren Sam, Cooper, Bailey and Evie May.
Wynnum Manly Seagulls chairman Scott Thornton said rugby league had lost one of it’s proudest servants.
“The Wynnum Manly Seagulls pass on our most sincere sympathies to John’s family and friends for the loss of a great man, and much-loved member of the Seagulls community,” Mr Thornton said.
“John was a well-liked and well-respected member of our club and helped lay the platform for future success with his work with junior players.
“His family should be very proud of what John was able to achieve in his rugby league career as a player, coach and manager both here and in England. His passing is sad news for the club and the game.”