Widely considered to be one of the best rugby players to ever grace the field, we’re delighted to be joined by sporting legend and Yorkshire’s own Ellery Hanley during this year’s festival.

Throughout his 19-year professional career, Hanley played for teams including Bradford Northern, Wigan and Leeds while winning 35 caps for Great Britain and a further two for England. Hanley’s prowess on the field and off was legendary, earning him the nickname ‘Mr Magic’ and inspiring countless stories that are joyfully shared by fans and fellow players to this day.

Hear some of these stories first hand as Hanley joins us for an in-depth discussion about his prolific life and career. An unmissable opportunity to spend the evening with a sporting icon.

To book for this event you’ll be taken through to the Bradford Theatres website. Please note that the £2 booking fee will be deducted at the point at sale.

About The Speaker

Ellery Hanley

Ellery Hanley MBE is an English former rugby league player and coach. Over a nineteen-year professional career (1978–1997), he played for Bradford Northern, Wigan, Balmain, Western Suburbs and Leeds. He won 36 caps for Great Britain, captaining the team from 1988 to 1992, and two for England.

About The Chair

Ralph Rimmer

Ralph Rimmer was appointed CEO of the Rugby Football League in July 2018, having taken the role on an interim basis in January 2018. He has been a member of the RFL Board since 2013 after joining the organisation as Chief Operating Officer in October 2010. He has a wealth of experience at every level of the game, coupled with extensive knowledge in stadia and leisure development. He began his professional career within the sport in South Yorkshire in 1991 as a Development Officer with Doncaster. He then took up a similar role with Sheffield Eagles three years later, going on to become General Manager and then Chief Executive of the then Super League club, overseeing the club’s historic Challenge Cup Final Victory over Wigan at Wembley in 1998. He has since gone on to be the Chief Executive at Huddersfield Giants and managed the Ireland National Team from 1997 to 2002.