Thursday 27 June 2013 Written by: Adam

John was a life-long member and vice president of Gosforth RFC as well as being a long serving member of the Northumberland Referees Society.

An active referee for many years, John has acted as the referee liaison officer at Newcastle Falcons since the game turned professional in 1995.

Newcastle Falcons team manager John Stokoe said: “I have known John for many years, on both a personal and professional level. John was a fantastic servant to the club, working as a volunteer he did everything for the love of the club and rugby in general. He will be sorely missed.”

The club would like to take this opportunity to pass on its sincere condolences to John’s family and friends at this difficult time.