OCTOBER 20TH 1978 - JUNE 2ND 2010
Garry and Roz Purdham
Lynch eager for memorial match honour

Bradford Bulls captain Andy Lynch is eager to impress former coach Steve McNamara to warrant selection for England in the Garry Purdham memorial match on Sunday October 3 at Whitehaven’s Recreation Ground.

The Bulls prop was one of four Bradford players to be named in Steve McNamara’s initial fall-out squad for the Four Nations tournament in Australia and New Zealand this autumn.

Before they travel Down Under, the England side will be playing in a memorial match against Cumbria with all proceeds from the match going to the young family of Garry Purdham, who tragically lost his life in June.

“It will be a great honour to be selected for the Garry Purdham memorial match against Cumbria in October,” said Lynch.

“I know his brother Rob, and it would mean a lot to be part of such a special tribute to the memory of Garry. Rob will be captaining the Cumbria side and I would love to play against him in the commemorative game.

“The match will pay great homage to Garry Purdham and his family.”

The late back-rower’s three former clubs, Egremont Rangers, Whitehaven and Workington Town, have formed a committee to organise the match and Lynch knows how much this game means to the area.

“Cumbria is a breeding ground for Rugby League talent, so to play such a remarkable game in the county will be great for the area,” said the Bulls prop. “I hope that lots of people will come and support the match.

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