The Barrow Island Rugby League club’s name comes from the name of club legend John Jefferson

The mainstay of BARROW Island for many decades, John Jefferson was on the verge of tears last Saturday when a new course was officially named in his honor, the Rating Lane course now known as John Jefferson Park.

The newly laid land took over eleven years to build, with John the Lighthouse and a group of other club officials and volunteers.

Obstacles have preceded them, but their hard work has paid off with a pristine playing surface.

In post-game presentations against Egremont, former coach Joe Elliott surprised John by unveiling the sign, which will be erected at the front door.

John, also known as ‘Mr Barrow Island’, said: “I was stunned I never saw it coming, but it’s a great honor.

“A few years ago I suggested that we change the way the Rating Lane board was hosted, which had seen better years – I had a sponsor in mind, but Joe and the late Chris Johnson got me. says: “Everything is in hand, let him do it to us. ‘

“I want to thank the many sponsors over the years as well as the family and volunteers who without them we would not function.”

At the opening, video clips were shown by former Leeds and Great Britain captain Kevin Sinfield, who John coached at Lancaster at the age of 16, as well as Sky expert TV Barrie McDermott and St Helens stars Kyle Amor and Morgan Knowles, who is a Barrow Island Product.

John has been involved in the rugby league for almost 60 years, starting his career with the Barrow Island Under-19s at the age of 17. He progressed in the open age squad before having a spell with Brittania.

He then returned to the island where his coaching career began, taking charge of the Under-11s, before being assistant coach of the Barrow Raiders under Paul Kavanagh in the 1991-92 seasons.

While with Barrow, he saw his son-in-law, skipper Neil Shaw, win the Man of the Match award in a draw with Keighley.

John’s grandson Ryan currently plays for Paul Crarey’s team.

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