Fond farewell to Jack the tenacious Trinity tackler

Former Trinity player Jack Marston, bottom left, who has died aged 65.
Former Trinity player Jack Marston, bottom left, who has died aged 65.

A former Wakefield Trinity player who was renowned for his fearless tackling has lost his battle with cancer.

Jack Marston was a centre for the club between 1969 and 1973 and played alongside Trinity greats Dave Topliss and Neil Fox.

Mr Marston played more than 100 games for the club, scoring 35 tries, before playing for Bradford and York.

He also represented Yorkshire, but remained modest about his achievements.

The father-of two died last Wednesday, aged 64, at St Gemma’s Hospice, in Leeds.

His brother Brian Marston, 63, of Roundhay, Leeds, said: “He was a very hard working man, but never showed off about his achievements. His children didn’t even know he played for Yorkshire until I brought it up one day.

“When he first signed for Wakefield he would fill a sack with four or five bricks, then put them on his back and go for a 15 mile run. He did it so he could get strength in his legs.

“He was well-known for his tackling in the days when they had massive forwards. The crowd appreciated his tackling. He was also a great family man and a sociable person.”

Mr Marston grew up in Fitzwilliam and attended Hemsworth Grammar School. He signed for Trinity in 1969 from Hemsworth Miners Welfare and played 105 games.

He gained a reputation of being a powerful and strong running centre and a fearless tackler and was instrumental in guiding Trinity to the inaugural Players No.6 Trophy Final in January 1971.

Mr Marston’s funeral will take place at Lawnswood Crematorium, Otley Road, Leeds, at 2.20pm on Friday, March 22.

Money, in lieu of flowers, can be donated to St Gemma’s Hospice.