OCTOBER 20TH 1978 - JUNE 2ND 2010
Garry and Roz Purdham
About Garry Purdham
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Garry Purdham’s devotion to his family and working life on the farm was matched only by his absolute dedication to the sport he loved.

As Ged Stokes, his former Workington coach, stated whilst paying tribute to Garry in June: few men managed to strike the balance between home life, work and play as perfectly.

The 13-a-side code is such an integral part of the Cumbrian way of life that Purdham was always going to make his mark within his local community.

He stood out from the beginning and his myriad, admirable qualities as a footballer ensured that it would only be a matter of time before he was more widely respected, further afield.

He began to get noticed beyond the confines of Egremont when selected for the BARLA Youth team that opposed a strong France outfit in the winter of 1996. It was his 5th minute touchdown that put Great Britain on their way to a 20-12 victory at Whitehaven, in December of that year.

Four months later, he had moved from second-row to loose-forward for the return meeting at the Charlety Stadium, Paris, when a French side containing Julien Rinaldi, Eric Anselme, David Ferriol and Laurent Frayssinous exacted revenge.


Garry Purdham Tribute

To know, like and love Garry Purdham was a very easy thing to do, but to describe him accurately is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do.

Garry’s life was happy – in all areas – a status that very few people ever achieve. Garry’s priorities and focus in life were his family and friends, his work and job on the farm and, of course, his Rugby.

I don’t know how he did it and fitted everything in, but Garry was committed and successful in the things that he loved.

Garry farmed every day of his working life – alarm going off at 5.30am and coming home at 6.30 at night – long, long hours but he loved it and he wouldn’t have chosen anything else. Garry died on the farm doing the job he loved – he was in the RIGHT place at the wrong time.

Rugby was another huge source of pleasure and enjoyment in Garry’s life – he was good at it, achieved success and made fantastic lifelong friends who miss him terribly.

Egremont – Whitehaven – Workington – it didn’t matter who it was, he was committed and gave 110% in every training session and game he played in.


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Rugby League fans leave Cumbian legacy

RUGBY league fans in Cumbria and throughout the game have helped to leave a lasting legacy in memory of the late Garry Purdham after it was revealed that this years England v Cumbria clash raised over £76,000 for his family.


Quins’ England hopefuls keen to honour Garry

Harlequins RL players and England squad members Tony Clubb and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook are eager to pay their respect to Garry Purdham in the Cumbria v England memorial match at Whitehaven’s Recreation Ground on Sunday October 3. Named in Steve McNamara’s initial fall-out squad for the Four Nations tournament, both players are team-mates of Garry’s brother Rob Purdham, who will captain the Cumbria side, and they tell SLTV just how much this match means to them.


England star Harrison hoping for Cumbrian highlight

Proud Cumbrian Challenge Cup winner Ben Harrison is promising that England will deliver a performance of the highest calibre when they face his home county in the Garry Purdham Memorial Match at The Recreation Ground on Sunday week. The 22-year-old Barrow-born back rower was one of the stars of the Warrington Wolves team that won Rugby League’s most famous trophy for a second successive year at Wembley last month and is looking forward to making an emotional return to Whitehaven.