BATTLE IN BATLEY officials are bidding to launch a brand-new charity following the success of Ryan Glynn’s big night at the Frontier.
Huge funds were raised for recovering amateur rugby league talent Ryan Gylnn, who suffered horrific spinal injuries during a Shaw Cross Sharks National Conference League fixture back in March, as a four-figure crowd packed into the Bradford Road venue.
Rugby league players from across the district – and even beyond it – became stars of the canvas for one night only in Glynn’s aid, contesting a total of 15 brilliant bouts.
Event organiser Mick Turner worked tirelessly in the build-up and has since spoken of a new fund, which could be accessed by current or prospective clubs in the area for development or to help support injured players.
“It was an absolutely brilliant event and it was quite a spectacle,” said Turner, who became a grandfather just hours after its completion.
“I want something to come of this, perhaps a charity for rugby league in the district.
“It showed what can be achieved when clubs come together as one rather than working against one another. Every local team was represented.
“We are now looking at raising extra funds by running two or three events, like the one we just had, every year. It was a major success, there were over 1,200 people in there.
“(Shaw Cross founder) Dougie Hird said it the greatest sporting spectacle he has ever witnessed and it would be great to name the charity after him.
“He won’t be around forever and he has worked tirelessly in the local area. I’d love it to be done in his honour.”
Both Glynn and members of his family were ringside and former Dewsbury RL hero Mike ‘Stevo’ Stephenson was on hand to compere an auction, while the infamous Mickey Vann acted as a referee.
Professionals from Batley’s Central Boxing Club judged the contests, the last of which saw Dewsbury Ram Jamaine Akaidere score a jaw-dropping knock-out victory over Batley Bulldogs rival Danny Maun.
Turner, though, has moved to thank those who competed, claiming Glynn was left speechless by the rugby players-turned-boxers’ endeavour.
“The money raised on the night will go towards helping Ryan overcome the injuries he suffered. He could barely contain his emotion.
“I was very impressed by the standard of boxing, everyone took it very seriously. I thought the Nathan Hadfield-Johnny France fight was awesome and there was some huge drama between Jamaine Akaidere and Danny Maun, which didn’t end well for Danny!
“But none of that matters in the grand scheme of things, it was all about Ryan – I am glad something good could come out of all of this.”