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Wests Tigers would like to extend its condolences to the family of John “Spook” Spencer following his recent passing.

The Balmain great passed away on Thursday, aged 74, after battling a long illness.

A hard-working back-rower, Spencer was one of the heroes of the Balmain “Miracle of 1969”, where the Tigers upset South Sydney to claim the premiership.

Spencer played for New South Wales in 1969 before becoming the captain of the club during the mid-1970s.

Following his stint with Balmain, he took on a player-coach position with Waratah Mayfield in the Newcastle competition in 1976.

He was inducted into the Balmain Tigers Hall of Fame in 2011.

The thoughts of all at Wests Tigers are with John's family at this time.