Former Riverina identity John Yates, died yesterday aged 86.
John played football with The Rock-Yerong Creek and later became involved in the club’s administration. He moved on to assume the presidency of the Farrer Football League and guided the organisation from the VCFL to affiliation with the revised NSW Football League.
He subsequently became president of the then NSW Country Australian Football League, then a commissioner with the NSWAFL and later its Chief Commissioner.
John suffered a stroke some years ago and together with his wife, Judy, moved from their country sheep stud of Aberdeen to Wagga.
He was a committed football person and did much to promote the game throughout the state and his presence and influence will be sorely missed.