Keeping links withTrinity’s past players

OPPOSING captains Alan Hardisty (Castleford, right)) and Neil Fox (Wakefield Trinity) in action in a 1969 derby match.

OPPOSING captains Alan Hardisty (Castleford, right)) and Neil Fox (Wakefield Trinity) in action in a 1969 derby match.

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RUGBY players who have worn the Wakefield Trinity shirt are being asked to join a group to celebrate their memories.

The club has set up a Past Players Association for anyone who has ever played for the rugby league team.

And the association is hoping to organise a past players dinner in the near future and will hold other events throughout the year.

Some legends of the game have already signed up, but the club still wants to hear from any person who had a professional contract, even if just for one season.

Terry Crook, 65, of Outwood, played for Trinity between 1966 and 1978 and has put forward his details for the association.

He said he used to be a member of a similar association at the club, but numbers dwindled.

Mr Crook said: “I would encourage any past players to come along. It brings together so many happy memories.

“Nothing beats walking in to a room of past players and recognising familiar faces and reminiscing about old stories.

“I am fortunate that I am still meeting a lot of people who I used to play with or against and we have some great fun.

“The club currently has some big ideas for going forward and has made some good signings, so it is also an opportunity for us to support the club’s current players.”

The club already has a database of some names and contact details, but nowhere near the thousands who have played at Belle Vue.

’Cats chief executive James Elston said: “There’s a lot of excitement about this coming season and the years ahead for the club with the move to Newmarket but we’ve always been very conscious of ensuring we keep our links with our history and the people that have made this club so famous in years gone by.

“The past players have given so many people in the city great memories over the years and we want to make sure they can still be a part of the club as we move forward. The Past Players Association is a great way of doing that.

“It’s also a fantastic way to bring people together who may not have seen each other for a number of years and can share some of the great stories that they’ll no doubt have, so we’d encourage as many as possible to get in touch to be part of it.”

Any ex players should send their details to alicescruton@wakefieldwildcats.co.uk or find out more by contacting the club on 01924 211611.