Batley RL mourns a true great

ONE of Batley's greatest players, winger Norman Field, has died at his home in Torquay after a lengthy illness.

Field, who hailed from Huddersfield, was a speedy and powerful runner and made his name in a side which included such as Jim Etty, Joe Ireland and Peter Fox.

His powerful play earned him a place in the Great Britain side and he played in the team beaten by Australia at Wembley in 1963, Batley's first Great Britain representative for 35 years.

Since the war the only other Batley player to gain such an honour has been Carl Gibson.

After quitting rugby league Mr Field moved to Torquay and ran a hotel there for some years.