Trinity ‘father figure’ tributes

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A RUGBY legend who nurtured younger players has died aged 81.

Wakefield Trinity centre Don Froggett played 219 games for the club, scoring 284 points between 1948 and 1959.

Mr Froggett, who represented Yorkshire 12 times and played once for England, had been suffering from cancer and died last Saturday after a short illness.

Fellow Trinity legends say he acted as a mentor for younger players even well after he was forced to retire through injuries.

Neil Fox said Mr Froggett was “one of the bravest centres in Rugby League”.

Mr Fox added: “I started playing at 16 and Don was like a father figure to me. The experience he passed on to me and everyone around him was invaluable.

“He put 100 per cent into his attack play as well as his defence. He was a whole-hearted player and a very nice man off the field as well.”

Another former Trinity player Ken Rollin said he would never forget his first match with Mr Froggett, when the team beat Leeds in the Yorkshire Cup in 1955.

Mr Rollin, of Water Lane, Middlestown, said: “Don had the heart of a lion, he was fast, courageous and loyal. Unfortunately he was the unluckiest player with injuries in Rugby League.”

Mr Froggett became a prison officer in Wakefield after he retired as a player.

He lived on Agbrigg Road with Dorothy, his wife of 56 years.

She said: “Don was a wonderful husband and father. He was a very nice gentleman who always helped others and we will all miss him.”

Mr Froggett also leaves daughters, Ann and Christine, and three grandchildren.