Another of the few last remaining links with the old Hunslet (Parkside) RL CLUB was severed when Lily Newbound, wife of the late, great Sammy passed away last week at the grand old age of 94. For those who may not have heard of Sammy, he was a man with the physique of a Greek God, hard as nails on the field and yet the most affable of men when off it. And with the fresh complexion of a much younger man on which a smile was never far away. When Hunslet were on the attack a few yards from the line the crowd would shout: “Give it to Sammy”! He usually responded with an almost unstoppable dash over the line.
When phoning Lily to offer my condolences on the death of her husband, I was surprised to learn she had remembered a rather amusing incident in Whitelock’s bar, where Sammy, Eddie Bennett , Cec Thompson and myself were having a drink after playing in a match at Headingley. Two ladies arrived outside the entrance, each wagging a finger at the two of the most feared forwards in Rugby League, who were then led away holding hands with their spouses. Then to round off the occasion as it were, dear old Cec after clearing all the bar sandwiches, declared:” I’ll have to get off Ernie. I’m still bloomin’ starving”! Simple events but wonderful memories were created at such times. RIP Lily, reunited with Sammy!