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At the Monthly All Party Parliamentary Rugby League group Meeting at Westminster, the groups chairman Lord Lofthouse was taken aback when BARLA Chair Spen Allison bestowed the BARLA Life Membership to his Lordship, for his outstanding support and guidance to BARLA and the amateur grassroots of the game.
Lord Lofthouse who was President of BARLA for a record 11yrs has played a major role in bringing together the professional and amateur arms of the game.
First through the RFL Joint Policy Board and the ultimately the unification agreement with each party recognising the others sovereignty.
A Featherstone Rovers supporter from the age of six, in his early days after the Second World War he played for his beloved Rovers. He played his last game of amateur rugby league at the age of fifty, a true league man.
Lord Lofthouse who resides in Pontefract takes great pride in Featherstone Rovers five visits to Wembley and winning three of them with players drawn mainly from that local area.
Lord Lofthouse said on receiving the honour,