Tributes paid to brilliant dad who was a lifelong Wakefield Wildcats fan

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Touching tributes have been paid to a devoted dad and rugby fan who followed his team during their glory years.

Maurice Whiteley, of Flanshaw, lost his battle to cancer on Monday, December 22, only weeks after being diagnosed .

The 83-year-old, a lifelong Wakefield Trinity Wildcats fan, died at Wakefield Hospice.

His son, Steve Whiteley, 60, of Selby, said: “He was a brilliant dad and a massive rugby league fan.

“From the age of four all I remember is being bundled into the car with my brother, going up and down the country to watch the team.”

Mr Whiteley travelled home and away during the club’s golden era in the 1960s, where they won several Challenge Cups and league championship titles.

He grew up in Lupset and was married to Joan, who passed away 18 years ago.

Mr Whiteley was a police officer for more than 30 years and later worked in security.

His passion for rugby league also saw him become involved in East Moor Dragons.

His son Steve played for the first team alongside Nigel Bell, who played 358 times for Wakefield Trinity.

Mr Whiteley’s youngest son Lee still plays for East Moor and his eldest son Malcolm was a grade two referee.

Steve said: “Until recently when he was struggling to walk, he would always go up and watch my brother. Rugby was a big part of his life.”

After learning of Mr Whiteley’s death, Wakefield Wildcat’s tweeted: “It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing of Maurice Whiteley. An extremely passionate Trin fan for many year. RIP. All at WTW.”

Mr Whiteley leaves behind his children Steve, Janice, Michael and Lee, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.