John’s involvement in Canberra’s local Rugby League spans around 40 years. John has been an integral part of the Canberra Raiders amazing 34 year history.
Prior to his involvement in the Canberra sporting scene, John captain coached the Army Rugby Team, the Saigon Warriors, in the Saigon Rugby competition while on active service in the Australian Army serving in Vietnam in 1969/70
After joining the Queanbeyan Leagues Club Board of Directors in April 1978, John was appointed Chairman in 1988, and remains in that role.
In 1981 John became the inaugural club secretary (later General Manager) at the Canberra Raiders, after his father Les McIntyre, who was the Raiders first Chairman, successfully campaigned to have the Raiders accepted into the then NSW Rugby League competition.
In 1991 John stood down from this role, but remained with the Raiders as a consultant to the new club management.
When the Raiders joined the Super League in 1997 John was appointed to the club’s finance committee and held a role with Super League as the game looked to develop in the South Pacific region.
In the 2001-02 off-season John conducted negotiations with News Ltd on behalf of the Raiders Club Group to buy back control of the Raiders football club.
John was appointed Raiders Chairman in April 2002, a role he held with the Club until he retired from the position at the end of the 2013 season. He remains Chairman of the Raiders Group of Companies, and since 2014 John has remained part of the Raiders in an official role as Club Patron.
John has left a lasting legacy at the Raiders, and has been involved in many of the Raiders greatest achievements including the club’s three premierships in 1989, 1990 and 1994.
Born: 26 July 1940