Rugby league to honour Jones

Published: Wednesday 6th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Keighley’s players have been offered counselling ahead of what is sure to be an emotional League 1 game against Coventry on Sunday.

The match was in doubt following the sudden death of popular half-back Danny Jones, who suffered a suspected cardiac arrest during last Sunday’s game at London Skolars.

However, it will go ahead at the request of Jones’ family, who will be among an expected bumper crowd at Cougar Park as fans from across the game prepare to pay their respects to the Welsh international, who leaves a wife Liz and five-month-old twins.

Some of the Keighley players were said by club chairman Gary Fawcett to be “in two minds” about playing but the decision was taken out of their hands following the family’s request and he expects them to be able to get their heads around the game.

However, Fawcett warns that it could take some time for the Keighley players and officials to fully come to terms with the enormous tragedy.

“I think they will be up for this game but they might not be as up for the following game,” Fawcett said. “They’ll be pumping on adrenalin maybe on Sunday but we just need to make sure they are all okay.

“The guys from the benevolent fund and player welfare side of the RFL are coming down to offer counselling to the players that need it and indeed the management staff that need it.”

Keighley intend to retire Jones’ number six jersey and will rename their main stand at Cougar Park after the player who scored more than 1,000 points in two spells for the Cougars after starting out at his home-town club Halifax.

A minute’s silence will be observed at all rugby league matches across the country this week as a mark of respect.

Meanwhile, the fund established to support Jones’ family has smashed through the £50,000 mark and will be boosted by revenue generated at Sunday’s match.

Published: Wednesday 6th May 2015 by The News Editor

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