Harry Jepson, English rugby league administrator, Died at 96


Harry Jepson was born on February 4, 1920,in Hunslet, Leeds, and died on August 29, 2016.

was a rugby league administrator and president of Leeds Rhinos.

Harry received his educated at Cockburn High School and subsequently worked for Leeds City Council.

After completing his army service in the Second World War with the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and the Royal Army Service Corps, he returned to Leeds and trained as a teacher.

Jepson first teaching appointments was at Bewerley Street School where the headmaster, Edgar Meeks, was also the chairman of Hunslet RFC.

He was a life-long fan of Hunslet and through Meeks, Harry became involved with the administration of the Hunslet club, first as assistant secretary and from 1963 club secretary.

At the time of maintaining his teaching career, Jepson moved from Hunslet to Leeds at the request of the Leeds chairman, Jack Myersclough.

Harry Jepson was an inaugural member of the Rugby Football League board of directors and was the chairman of the Rugby League Council when the decision to found the Super League was taken.

For his services to rugby league, Harry Jepson was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday honours list in 1996.

Shortly before his death, Harry was made an honorary Doctor of Education by Leeds Beckett University.

Harry Jepson passed away at 96 years old.