Keighley Cougars stalwart who ‘enriched’ people’s lives

Former Keighley Cougars secretary, Bettie Spencer, who has died at the age of 87

Former Keighley Cougars secretary, Bettie Spencer, who has died at the age of 87

First published in News

A stalwart of Keighley’s rugby league club has died.

Bettie Spencer, who was 87, was the secretary for many years.

But she also performed numerous other tasks at the Lawkholme club, which she avidly supported.

Her late husband, Bill, was also a long-time supporter and director.

Glowing tributes were paid to Mrs Spencer this week.

Former club chairman, Colin Farrar, who first met her in 1978 when he was asked to join the board, said: “Bettie was the company secretary, but I soon understood just how important she was to the club alongside her financial responsibilities.

“Supported by her sister, Freda, she helped with the players’ food, attended to all visitors on match days and assisted her husband with the bars, as well as making sure the pitch was right. In fact, there was very little Bettie was not involved with at the club.

“She was a real stalwart and will be long remembered, especially by the players, past board members and fans.”

Mr Farrar added Mrs Spencer also went on to work for him at England Worthside, Haworth Old Hall and finally Colin Farrar Brewery Services, where she was still putting in weekly stints up to a fortnight before her death.

“She enriched my life and those of many others – she will be remembered as a real lady, who lived her life to the full,” he added.

Mrs Spencer was also actively involved with Keighley’s swimming club for many years and enjoyed line dancing.

She was also an active member of St Mary’s Church in Riddlesden, where her funeral service will take place at noon on Wednesday.


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