It is with deep sadness that we share the news, that we have lost one of the Blaydon Rugby Football Club family; Jim Huxley

It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Jim Huxley, passed away on Monday 1st July, aged 86.

There are certain losses that rock the very foundation of a rugby club and this is certainly one of those. Jim for many years was Mr Blaydon RFC, contributing massively to the development of the club for over 60 years as a player, First Team Manager, Fixture Secretary, various roles on the Executive Committee including Club Secretary, Chairman and President. Whenever Blaydon was mentioned, the first name that sprang to other clubs’ minds, was Jim.


Jim’s achievements were substantial. Blaydon’s famous car boot sales, helping secure the Lottery Grant to build the new club house, the first team pitch stand, squash courts, floodlights are all things that Jim was central to. Long before league systems, Jim was instrumental in securing top class fixtures for Blaydon with the likes of Jed-Forest, Jordan Hill, Gosforth and Rosslyn Park as well as Hawick for the opening of the floodlights at Blaydon.


Jim represented Blaydon RFC as a player in the late 1960s and 70s joining the club whilst a pupil at Blaydon Grammar School aged 16.


Jim even had a short spell as a referee, during which time he caught the ball and scored a try on one occasion. Arguably his finest moment on the field!


Jim’s loss will be felt throughout the club, the county and widely throughout the game overall. His passion and commitment for Blaydon Rugby and also Whickham Cricket Club was immense. Local sports clubs need people like Jim Huxley.


Our thoughts are with his wife; Margaret and sons; Gareth & Jonny, who were all at his side at the time. He will be greatly missed.


Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as they are available.


Blaydon RFC