LONG-serving and popular Keighley RLFC forward Jimmy Bardgett has died aged 86.

Mr Bardgett was born in Keighley in 1932 the son of John and Sarah later attending St Anne's School and went on to play for rugby league local side Prince Smiths.

He made his professional debut in the second row for Keighley on December 22, 1951 at Oldham.

He put in sterling service for his home-town club, playing alongside the likes of Terry Hollindrake, Len Ward, Geoff Crewdson, Derek Hallas, Roy Bleasby, and Joe and Sid Phillips.

Mr Bardgett played his last game for Keighley on April 2, 1960 at Hunslet following 113 appearances and scoring two tries for the club.

Keighley Cougars paid tribute, tweeting:"We are saddened to hear of the passing former player Jimmy Bardgett.

"Jimmy was a forward who played for the club during the 1950s, our thoughts go to his family and friends at this difficult time."