Les McIntyre is known as the doyen of rugby league administrators to emerge from NSW Country Rugby League.
In Canberra he is affectionately known as the “Founding Father of the Raiders”. McIntyre was chairman on the inaugural Raiders’ board in 1982 and remained in this position at the time of his induction.
His rugby league roots trace back to the 1930’s when he was a player with the Queanbeyan United Blues. However, he turned his focus to administration where he transformed the Blues into the most dominant club in Country NSW and was the driving force behind the establishment of the Queanbeyan Leagues Club.
McIntyre launched the successful bid for Canberra to become the NSWRL’s 14th club in 1982. Les always had the vision of the Canberra region developing into the rugby league capital of the world and he went a long way towards achieving that goal when the Raiders won premierships in 1989, 1990 and 1994.
Les McIntyre has been awarded Life Membership with seven organisations – Queanbeyan United Junior Rugby League Club, Queanbeyan United Senior Rugby League Club, Monaro Division of the NSW Country Rugby League, Queanbeyan Leagues Club, Canberra Raiders and NSW Rugby League.
Les was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in January 2008.
Born: 17 May 1915
Deceased: 22 February 2009