Rovers heritage remembered with Barraclough family presentation

Featherstone Rovers programme editor Chris Heinitz (left) presents heritage certificates to Jane Ratcliffe and David Barraclough, grandchildren of former Rovers player Ernest Barraclough. Picture: Carol Austerberry.
Featherstone Rovers programme editor Chris Heinitz (left) presents heritage certificates to Jane Ratcliffe and David Barraclough, grandchildren of former Rovers player Ernest Barraclough. Picture: Carol Austerberry.

A presentation was made at Featherstone’s Big Fellas Stadium on Sunday to the family of Ernest Barraclough who played in Rovers’ first match as a professional club in 1921.

Prop forward Barraclough featured in a 17-3 win at Bradford Northern.

He went on to make 435 appearances for the club in a 13-year career. It is the most ever appearances by a Rovers forward and only five behind the club’s all-time appearance total by Jim Denton.

Barraclough’s granddaugter Jane Ratcliffe recently contacted Rovers to try to find out a bit more innformation about her grandfather.

Jane and her brothers David and Ian Barraclough attended Sunday’s home match against Batley Bulldogs as guests of the club.

They were accompanied by several of Ernest’s great grandchildren and partners and family friends.

Jane and David were presented with copies of Ernest’s Rovers heritage certificate on the pitch at half-time.

Everyone who has played first-team rugby for Featherstone has been awarded a Rovers heritage number.

Barraclough has been awarded heritage number one.

The heritage numbers are part of the extensive work that has been carried out to document the club’s playing history.

The line-ups, scorers and result of every match since Rovers turned professional has been documented along with the full playing record of everyone who has appeared for the club.