Tributes as one of Sussex’s ‘best ever’ players dies

Crawley, Uckfield and Sussex rugby star Brian York SUS-151222-131121002
Crawley, Uckfield and Sussex rugby star Brian York SUS-151222-131121002

Tributes have been made to former Crawley Rugby Club star Brian York who has died of cancer aged 63.

He played for Crawley, Uckfield and Sussex in the 1960s and 70s as a second row lock and had trials for England.

Crawley president Dave Wilson said: “Brian was a superb rugby and basketball player.

“He was one of the best players ever to have played for Crawley. He was a big lad and his handling skills were very good.”

Brian’s wife Clair said: “He will be sorely missed after contracting such a devastating cancer which spread so aggressively and rapidly due to asbestos exposure.”

Brian also leaves three sons and two grandchildren. His funeral will be held at Kent and Sussex Crematorium on December 29 at 12.15pm.