Sun 04 Aug 2019 21:28

One of Pocklington's longest serving members, former player and North Dalton farmer, Peter Nettleton, has died suddenly at home aged 79

'Netty' arrived at Percy Road from school in 1958 after he had already made a name for himself as an incisive wing threequarter at Pocklington School.

He went on to play on the wing for Pocklington throughout the 1960s, his distinctive high-stepping style which enabled him to make big strides, either forward or sideways, bringing him hatfuls of tries for Pock and gaining him East Yorkshire XV representative honours.

After his notable first team career he then dropped down a couple of levels to captain the Pilgrims in the early 1970s; and he gave even longer service on the club committee. As Pocklington RUFC treasurer from 1966-72 Peter kept a tight rein on the club's finances during a period that saw significant extensions and improvements to it's facilities.

Though rugby was his favoured game, he was also a useful cricketer in Pennant Alliance and local village cricket.

Despite declining health and an increasing stoop in recent years, Netty hardly missed a first team game or an annual dinner up to the end of last season, and he was discussing his long involvement with club officials just a few weeks ago.

Our condolences go out to his family. His funeral will be at All Saints Church, North Dalton, on Thursday 15 August at 10.30 am.

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