Tributes paid to Wakefield Trinity legends

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Tributes have been paid to two former Wakefield Wildcats who died just a week apart.

Wakefield Trinity legends, Gerald Lockwood and Les Chamberlain have died aged 87 and 81.

Mr Lockwood, of Lupset, was a former full back and one of the clubs oldest surviving players.

He signed for Trinity in January 1956 from Halifax, joining his brother, Eric.

He was an accomplished goal kicker, scoring 39 goals in 14 games during his first season.

Two of his most notable appearances were in the rugby league Challenge Cup quarter final when he kicked two goals in the narrow 10-14 defeat to Barrow in front of a 20,514 crowd, followed by a 5-9 defeat at Keighley a fortnight later, kicking a single goal, when a sixteen year old Neil Fox made his debut.

Mr Lockwood was forced into early retirement after breaking his leg and he became a plumber.

Before the injury ended his career Mr Lockwood scored 39 goals in 15 games for the club.

Trinity historian Lee Robinson said: “Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are sad to learn of the loss of one their former players.

“The club’s thoughts are with Gerald’s family and friends.”

Les Chamberlain signed for the club in December 1955 and was part of the Trinity team during the glory years of the 1960s.

He assisted the A team in 1956 when they won the League and Cup double.

And the following season he won a Yorkshire Cup winners medal.

He was also in the side which played in Trinity’s first ever Championship Final at Wembley in 1960.

He scored 14 tries in 110 appearances between 1955 and 1961 and also received five winners medals in a Trinity shirt.

Mr Chamberlain was part of a trio of Trinity players who married three sisters in the 1950s.

He married Lily Geary in 1959 with Lily’s sisters, Molly and Peggy marrying Trinity players, Stan Smith and Albert Firth.

Mr Robinson said: “Les was a devoted family man and on the eve of his death he sat with his family reliving the 1960 Challenge Cup Final.

“He was part of the glory years of the 1960s.

“On behalf of everyone connected with the club, we would like to send our deepest sympathies to Les’ family and friends at this sad time.”