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Castleford says farewell to a legend, Trevor Briggs

5 years ago By Stephen Ball

It is still difficult to come to terms with the utmost shock and profound sadness following the death of Trevor, a truly well-respected local legend.

He was a true gentleman in the widest meaning of the word and our club has lost a mainstay for years as a player and committee member.

Trevor was known throughout the town through his service in the police and his rugby both at Castleford RL and Castleford RUFC.

He first played at Kippax RLFC and then joined Castleford in July 1964 for whom he made 338 appearances. He used his speed when featuring at winger in his 13 years with the club, scoring 92 tries and his career highlights included his presence in the teams that won the Challenge Cup in 1969 and 1970 and the BBC2 Floodlit Trophy in 1965. Over time he moved to full back and was captain in season 1973/74. He was voted the ‘Number Six’ winner when Castleford beat Blackpool to win the John Player Trophy in 1976/77.

He was recognised as a tremendous player and a great club man and this continued and his reputation grew at Castleford RUFC.

Playing in the days when using an assumed name was required he took to union like the proverbial duck and made his mark immediately and to good effect for years to come. It is hard nowadays to imagine how he got away with it as his turn of speed and his ‘debonair charm’ stood out. After a series of bad injuries he continued to serve his club with distinction and he was a major influence in guiding the club through many a storm, never being one to flinch from getting stuck in when there was a trench to dig or a post to paint or a burger to flip and we recognise that the club would not be where it is today without so many years of loyal service. The club and his many team mates and friends have lost a true friend.

Trevor was a great family man and whilst we feel a deep loss of a friend it will be nothing to that felt by his family and our heartfelt sympathy goes out Kath, the girls and his dearly loved grandchildren.

Trevor’s funeral service will take place at Kippax Parish Church at 12.30 pm on Wednesday 23rd October. Fans and friends are invited to attend to pay their respects to the Castleford legend and to celebrate his life and achievements. The service will move to Pontefract Crematorium at 2.00 pm followed by the wake at Kings Croft Hotel.

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