Leigh Centurions pass on sincere condolences to the family and friends of Kevin Flanagan, who has died aged 74 after a 15-month battle with cancer, the Oldham RLFC website reports.
Kevin played four games on loan to Leigh from Rochdale Hornets in 1973. The late Les Pearce brought him in to add experience to a young side and he made his debut in a 26-8 defeat at Wakefield Trinity on 9 December 1973. His final game in the Cherry and White was on Boxing Day when Leigh went down to a 29-7 home defeat by Warrington.
A skilful, ball playing back row forward who started and finished his professional career with hometown Oldham, he came from a noted RL family and had a long association with the community game..
His father Bill had been a fine hooker for Oldham and Belle Vue Rangers in the 1940s and early ’50s while younger brother Terry became an Oldham star loose forward and GB tourist in 1984. Terry’s son Mark recently retired after a notable career in Super League and in the NRL with Wigan, St Helens, Salford and Wests Tigers.