Halbro North West Leagues Providing grass roots rugby since 2002

R.I.P Brian Ball


It is with regret we’ve got to announce the passing of our friend Brian Ball. Brian was a unique character and 100% embedded in our sport. We first met him when we were forming the West Lancashire section of our Associations of Referees, he was probably the first to offer help as we moved into the West of our area of the Leagues.

Meeting in the first instance at the Ruskin Park Club, he was obviously going to be a major help to us as we were developing the thinking of neutral referee cover for all of our sides in the North West Leagues and particularly the ones outside the scope of our two valuable, efficient North West Societies – Liverpool and Manchester and District.

Brian immediately offered to Referee every weekend without any hesitation. Remarkably he travelled by bus and in some instances train. There was a method in his “madness” he could safely enjoy after match festivities and in some instances enjoy the hospitality of some Club members who might offer him a bed for the night.

He was indeed a character of the game and a thoroughly decent man.

He will be missed by all and particularly for his involvement with us in the Halbro North West Leagues.

Thank you Brian.

The Leagues’ Committee.