Wakefield Trinity greats help launch new club book

Danny Kirmond, Martyn Sadler, Mike Rylance, David Hinchliffe and Neil Fox
Danny Kirmond, Martyn Sadler, Mike Rylance, David Hinchliffe and Neil Fox

Some of Wakefield Trinity’s greatest ever players helped launch a new book about the history of the club.

Hundreds of supporters attended the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Saturday to get their copy of Trinity: A History of the Wakefield Rugby League Club 1872–2013.

The book, written by Mike Rylance, traces the evolution of the club from its beginnings as a church team to the multi-million pound business of the Super League and Wildcats era.

It pays tribute to all the great teams, from the Yorkshire Cup-winning side of 1879 to the glorious 60s, and includes more than 100 photographs

The launch was attended by past players Neil Fox, Harold Poynton, Ian Brooke, Ken Rollin, Geoff Oakes, ex-coach Peter Fox and Terry Crook.

Mr Rylance said: “I wanted to give a complete picture of the club, not just about brilliant players – and there have been many – or great teams, stirring victories or disappointing defeats.

“Above all else I wanted to remind readers of the great importance of this club to the city. Trinity is, by a very long way, Wakefield’s major sporting institution, which has carried the city’s name far and wide.”

Mr Fox also talked about how he first joined the club and why they were so successful.

Former Wakefield MP David Hinchliffe, who recently published a book on the 1968 ‘Watersplash’ Wembley final, also talked about his joy of watching the club.

It was also attended by current captain Danny Kirmond, who praised the “sense of community” at the club.

The book is now available from the club shop in the Ridings Centre.