Cup-winning rugby hero dies

A WAKEFIELD Trinity legend who rose from the mines of Crofton to lift the World Cup died last Saturday.

John 'Joby' Shaw, who spent nine years playing as a hooker for Trinity, was part of the Great Britain team who won the Cup in 1960 and the Ashes in Australia in 1962.

Mr Shaw grew up on Fourth Street, in Crofton, where he worked as a miner at the Nostell pit before signing for the club in 1950.

After making 194 appearances for Wakefield Trinity and scoring 35 tries, he switched to Halifax RLFC in 1959.

He died at Pinderfields Hospital, aged 76.

Neil Fox MBE, who played alongside Mr Shaw, and said he was one of the best hookers of his time.

He said: "Joby was one of the fastest players around and did more than what was expected of a hooker.

"He was a good lad as well."

Lifelong friend Dave Bean said Mr Shaw was respected and


He said: "He was a bit of a one-off character, very loud and confident – you tell straight away when Joby was in the room.

"But he was a very good man and everyone had a lot of respect for him. The fact he had grown up in the mines and worked his way up to lift the Rugby World Cup was such a great story for everyone back at home."

Mr Shaw's funeral will take place at Pontefract Crematorium, on Tuesday at 10.30am.