Johnny Whiteley MBE – A Hessle Road lad that became a sporting legend. He was my father’s sporting idol and I grew up hearing many a stories about Gentleman John as a Hull FC player. Like many others in Hull he trained my cousin and uncle at his Eureka gym and he made a lasting impression on them like he did everyone he met.
I had the pleasure of meeting him on many occasions and he always had the personality to light up every room he entered.
He was a sporting legend as a player, captain and coach at Hull FC and a coach at Hull KR and notably as the Great Britain coach that won the Ashes in Australia. He was enormously respected on both sides of the rugby league divide in Hull and the River Hull by both black and whites and red and whites alike. Johnny was a true gentleman and notable legend of our great city. RIP, Johnny.