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Raymond Fletcher - RL Journalist, statistician and author.


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#1 Old Frightful

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 12:32 AM

Sad news I learned late yesterday with the passing of the former Yorkshire Post RL correspondent and all round good RL guy Ray Fletcher.

 

His reports of matches were the first ones I sought out as a teenager following RL in the late seventies in the days well before the worldwide coverage of the internet.

 

Not sure if he was born in Hull but he certainly went to the Boulevard School as a kid and was a lifelong Hull FC supporter.

 

Don't know if any of you will recall but Dave Woods gave him a mention during the commentary of the Hull v Wire cup semi final, saying Ray was very ill but would be thrilled with Hull FC's performance that day.

 

His passion for the game in general is highlighted in the following obituary. 

 

http://www.superleag...mourns-death-of

 

RIP Ray.


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#2 deluded pom?

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 06:13 AM

Condolences to Ray's family and many friends within RL. RIP Ray.

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#3 Bomballey

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 06:54 AM

Rest in peace. Sit and enjoy the sight of the white clover...

Condolences to Ray's family and friends.

I read hundreds of his articles as a kid. As OF has mentioned, he was THE voice of RL for a long time.

God bless

#4 FlattenedbyWard

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 09:02 AM

Very sad news indeed. I couldn't count how many of his match reports, interviews and articles I must have read over the years.

 

All ways spot on, well written, expertly researched and educational to all who read them- Sports journalism at its best.

 

The Game has lost a great asset indeed.

 

My deepest condolences to his family.



#5 chuffer

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 09:32 AM

I have a Rothman's RL yearbook from the 1987-1988 season, the first year I got into the sport......I'd never put the thing down, loving to read about all the different team's colours, grounds and stats from the season.

 

RIP Ray



#6 Griff

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 11:32 AM

Very sad news.  I've read hundreds of thousands of his words.


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#7 Ullman

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 01:01 PM

Really sorry to hear the sad news. Ray Fletcher was the reason I used to buy the Yorkshire Post. As has been said, he was a lifelong Hull supporter. I remember him saying he still liked to be called a 'black and white ####' by former Rovers director Percy Johnson whenever they met.

 

A great loss to the game, my thoughts are with his family and friends.


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#8 Ullman

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 01:10 PM

Sad news I learned late yesterday with the passing of the former Yorkshire Post RL correspondent and all round good RL guy Ray Fletcher.

 

His reports of matches were the first ones I sought out as a teenager following RL in the late seventies in the days well before the worldwide coverage of the internet.

 

Not sure if he was born in Hull but he certainly went to the Boulevard School as a kid and was a lifelong Hull FC supporter.

 

Don't know if any of you will recall but Dave Woods gave him a mention during the commentary of the Hull v Wire cup semi final, saying Ray was very ill but would be thrilled with Hull FC's performance that day.

 

His passion for the game in general is highlighted in the following obituary. 

 

http://www.superleag...mourns-death-of

 

RIP Ray.

I dare say he was born in Hull, mate. I remember him saying he went to Chiltern Street Infants, which was about as close to the back of the Threepenny Stand as you could get (unless you lived down Roy's terrace).


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#9 Ullman

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 01:11 PM

Rest in peace. Sit and enjoy the sight of the white clover...

Condolences to Ray's family and friends.

I read hundreds of his articles as a kid. As OF has mentioned, he was THE voice of RL for a long time.

God bless

Nice thought, well said.


"I own up. I am a serial risk taker. I live in a flood zone, cycle without a helmet, drink alcohol and on Sunday I had bacon for breakfast."


#10 HKR AWAY DAYS

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 02:23 PM

To absent friends...



#11 marklaspalmas

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 02:53 PM

The quality of the Rothmans Yearbook was testimony to his hard work and dedication.

 

RIP


 

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#12 Griff

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 11:49 AM

He was a stickler for accuracy.  In 1997, when we had that World Club Championship, I sent him a cutting from a Sydney newspaper.  You'll recall that the UK clubs in the bottom half of the draw had byes in weeks when they weren't playing because there were 10 Aussie clubs and 12 UK clubs.  Anyway, the Aussie paper's league table gave the UK teams points for the bye weeks.  Ray had a dicky-fit and called me about it, saying he needed to check the competition rules with the RFL to make sure the Rothmans was right.

 

Anyway, the UK tables turned out to be right.  No points for a bye.


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