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Kenneth "Ken"/"Kenny" Eyre (born 11 November 11, 1941) is a former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, playing at representative level for Great Britain, and at club level for Hunslet, and Leeds, as a prop, i.e. number 8 or 10, during the era of contested scrums. As a child Ken represented Bewerly Street school, Hunslet Schools' R.L. and Yorkshire Schools R.L.

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International honours

Ken Eyre won a cap for Great Britain while at Hunslet in 1965 against New Zealand.

County honours

Ken Eyre represented Yorkshire while at Hunslet against New Zealand at Castleford in 1965, against Lancashire at Swinton in 1965, and against Cumberland at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds in 1965.

Challenge Cup Final appearances

Ken Eyre played right-prop, i.e. number 10, in Hunslet's 16-20 defeat by Wigan in the 1965 Challenge Cup Final during the 1964–65 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 8 May 1965, in front of a crowd of 89,016, and played right-prop in Leeds' 11-10 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the 1968 Challenge Cup "Watersplash" Final during the 1967–68 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 11 May 1968, in front of a crowd of 87,100.

Championship Final appearances

Ken Eyre played in Hunslet's 22-44 defeat by St. Helens in the Rugby Football League Championship Final during the 1958–59 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford, and played in Leeds' 16-14 victory over Castleford in the Rugby Football League Championship Final during the 1968–69 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 24 May 1969.

County Cup Final appearances

Ken Eyre played right-prop, i.e. number 10, in Hunslet's 12-2 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1962 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1968–69 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 27 October 1962, and in the 8-17 defeat by Bradford Northern in the 1965 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1965–66 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 16 October 1965, and played right-prop, i.e. number 10, in Leeds' 11-10 victory over Castleford in the 1968 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1968–69 season at Belle Vue, Wakefield on Saturday 19 October 1968.

Club career

Ken Eyre made his début for Hunslet in the season 1958-59, he was transferred from Hunslet to Leeds in September 1966 for a fee of £5,950 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £232,800 in 2014). He broke his arm 4 times in his opening season at Leeds.

Genealogical information

Ken Eyre's marriage to Betty (née Musgrave) took place in September 1962 in Leeds District. They had two children; Maxine Eyre, and Steven Rhys Eyre (birth registered during in July→September 1972 (age 44–45) in Leeds district), and two grandchildren; Rebecca and Caitlin Lauren.

References

Ken Eyre Wikipedia


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