Featherstone Rovers

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Featherstone Rovers
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Club information
Full nameFeatherstone Rovers Rugby League Football Club
Nickname(s)The Colliers
Short nameFeatherstone Rovers, Fev
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Founded1902;119 years ago (1902)
Website featherstonerovers.co.uk
Current details
Chairman Mark Campbell
Coach James Webster
Captain James Lockwood
Competition Championship
2019 season 5th
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Away colours
Championships 1 (1977)
Challenge Cups 3 (1967, 1973, 1983)
Other honours 2

Featherstone Rovers are a professional rugby league club in Featherstone, West Yorkshire, England, who play in the Championship. [1] [2] Featherstone is a former coal mining town with a population of around 16,000 and Rovers are one of the last "small town teams" which were common in rugby league in the early 20th century. The club has produced many junior players who have gone on to play for Super League clubs. Their local rivals are Castleford and Wakefield Trinity, and in the Championship, Halifax.


The club have won the Challenge Cup three times, in 1967, 1973 and 1983, and been League Champions once, in 1977.


1889–1902: Origins

Featherstone Trinity RUFC were formed in 1889. Featherstone Trinity played their first game on the New Inn fields against Castleford Mill Lane Rovers. The following season in 1890, Featherstone went 19 games without defeat. [3] They dropped the Trinity to become simply Featherstone RUFC in 1894. Featherstone voted to join the Northern Union in 1898 and became the town's first rugby league team. Featherstone played in the following competitions the Charlesworth Cup (1889 to 1905), the Dunhill Cup. (1890 to 1894) and the Yorkshire Second Competition (1898 to 1902). They folded in 1902.

1902–1945: Foundation

A new club, Featherstone Rovers, was formed in the Railway Hotel in 1902, reformed in 1906 and joined the Northern Union in 1907. Initially the club played in the Dewsbury, Wakefield & District League (1919 to 1921) as well as the Yorkshire Combination (1905 to 1912) and The Yorkshire Junior Cup (1909 to 1921). The club was originally made up of local miners and between 1912 and 1913 played at the Featherstone Main Colliery Welfare Ground. In 1913 Featherstone Rovers merged with Purston White Horse.

To bolster the ranks of the war time league, Featherstone Rovers along with Brighouse Rangers and St Helens Recs were promoted from district leagues to join the senior clubs for the duration of the conflict, although Featherstone only lasted one season.

After the First World War, Featherstone took part in the Leeds & District League (1913 to 1921) and the Wakefield & District League (1919 to 1921).

Featherstone became a semi-professional club on 14 June 1921, beating Bradford Northern in their first game as a senior club. Their first game at Post Office Road attracted 4,000 fans. The finished 24th in their first season. They then finished 12th, 23rd, 17th, 15th, 11th and 3rd in 1927–28

Rovers reached the Championship final after just seven seasons, losing 11–0 to Swinton in the 1928 final. Rovers ended the 1928–29 season finishing 25th, although they reached a cup final, beaten by Leeds in the Yorkshire Cup decider. The 1930s were a poor decade for Featherstone, finishing in the bottom half of the league in every season, and finishing bottom three times.

Rovers' first major silverware was won in 1939–40, when they lifted the Yorkshire County Cup. They finished 7th in the Yorkshire Emergency War League both in 1939–40 and 1940–41. The counties united in 1941–42 and Rovers finished 12th. They were a mid table side during these few years finishing 8th, 13th and 14th.


As Rovers emerged from the Second World War in 1945, results were not as good as hoped finishing 13th in the first season post-war, they then finished in bottom few places in the league for the next few years. After two seasons in charge, former player Bill Sherwood gave way to a new coach, and the committee decided to go for a big name, which turned out to be Stan Smith.

Rovers made a bright start and won their opening three fixtures, however, after beating Batley in November, Rovers lost 24 straight games and won only once more in the rest of the season, by which time Stan Smith had left the club. Bill Sherwood re-assumed the coaching role for three more seasons until 1951.

Eric Batten came in as player-coach in the summer of 1951. From rock bottom strugglers, Featherstone were gradually transformed into a fit and competitive side, capable of matching the best in the league on their day. Rovers' first visit to Wembley Stadium was in the 1952 Challenge Cup Final, the first to be televised. They were defeated 18–10 by Workington Town in front of a crowd of 72,093.

In the summer of 1956 Rovers allowed Batten to leave the club and appointed a new coach, Bill Hudson. Hudson left towards the end of the season in March. The explanation being that Hudson could no longer commit himself to the job having moved out of the local area. Rovers decided against appointing a new coach mid-season and played out the 1956–57 season without a coach.

Harold Moxon took over and Rovers finished 8th in the league, up from 15th the previous season. In subsequent years, Rovers came 13th, 5th, 9th, 3rd and 11th. The club had previously managed a top ten finish on just three occasions (in 1928, 1955 and 1956). Rovers managed four Challenge Cup semi-finals in five years but lost all of them. They did, however, win the Yorkshire Cup in 1959 after a tight victory over Hull; the last time Rovers ever won that famous old trophy before it was abandoned in 1993. Just eleven days after that success, Rovers beat Australia 23–15 in a tour match.

In 1959, the club's record attendance was set at 17,531 for a third round Challenge Cup match against St. Helens. This was more than the population of the village of Featherstone

Moxon's coaching career ended in the summer of 1963.


Johnny Malpass took over as coach of the Featherstone Rovers in August 1963. In his first season, Malpass steered Rovers to fourth in the table, other highlights that year included beating the Australian tourists for a second successive time. The next seasons Rovers finished 15th and Malpass quit as coach after a heavy defeat by St Helens in the play-offs.

Laurie Gant took over from Johnny Malpass as Rovers coach in the summer of 1966. Rovers finished 20th in the league in 1966–67 but Rovers' won the Challenge Cup in 1967. Despite their lowly league position they defeated Bradford Northern, Wakefield Trinity, Castleford and Leeds to get to Wembley Stadium. Barrow provided the opposition in the final where a crowd of 77,000 paid a then record £54,435 to watch the game. Rovers won the match 17–12. Only Widnes in 1937 had accomplished the feat from a lower position in the league table. Featherstone Rovers also reached the final of the Yorkshire Cup but were beaten 25–12 by Hull Kingston Rovers.

In 1968–69 the side finally began to put together some consistent league form and finished 7th followed by 8th the following year and a Yorkshire Cup final defeat 12–9 to Hull. Rovers featured in a 1969 BBC documentary 'The Game that Got Away' which profiled the state of rugby league in 1969 and the on and off-field fortunes of Rovers.


They reached the Yorkshire Cup final again in 1970, losing to Leeds 23–7.

Peter Fox took over as coach mid-season from Laurie Gant in December 1970. He won only six games of his first 22 in charge but Rovers recovered to finish seventh in the league the following season.

This was followed by a then best ever finish of second in 1973. Rovers repeated the feat of six years earlier, when Bradford Northern were beaten 33–14 in the 1973 Challenge Cup final. Cyril Kellett's 8-goals for Featherstone Rovers against Bradford Northern in the final is still a record that has only been matched by Iestyn Harris for Leeds Rhinos against London Broncos 1999 final.

The following season Rovers dropped back to eighth but enjoyed a Wembley return to the 1974 Challenge Cup final. Following a defeat by Warrington, Fox left and was replaced by former player Tommy Smales.

In 1974–75 Tommy Smales quit due to the pressures of work, and Rovers turned to Keith Goulding. They then finished 8th, 4th and were runners up again in 1975–76, pipped by just a single point to the title, coach Keith Goulding leaving mid-season to be replaced by another Tommy Smales, unrelated to the coach of the same name who had been in charge of Featherstone a few years earlier.

Keith Cotton took over, as Smales stepped down, in the summer of 1976. Rovers were crowned Division One champions in 1976/77, their greatest season, winning 21 games out of 30 and finishing 5 points clear of nearest rivals St Helens. They also reached the Yorkshire Cup final, losing to Leeds 16–12.

In 1977–78 Rovers finished 7th and again reached the Yorkshire Cup final but were beaten 17–7 by Castleford. Head coach Keith Cotton quit and Keith Goulding filled in for the rest of 1977–78. Rovers persuaded veteran forward Terry Clawson to take on the player-coach's role. Rovers won just two of their first ten games. A heavy loss at Rochdale convinced everyone it was time for a change and Clawson quit. He was replaced by former club loose forward Tommy Smales. They were relegated only two years after their title win.

1980s and early 1990s

Featherstone won promotion from the Second Division in 1980 under coach Paul Daley. Featherstone Rovers secured the first ever British rugby league shirt sponsorship deal during the 1981–82 season. LinPac Packaging appeared on the Featherstone Rovers jersey and were the main sponsor of the club until 1989. Daley resigned in January 1981 despite Rovers winning ten of their opening 16 fixtures and in came Vince Farrar. Featherstone did just enough to stay up in the end finishing just two points ahead of relegated Halifax.

Rovers made a poor start in the league were facing relegation when Vince Farrar was sacked in November 1982. Allan Agar joined Featherstone as captain-coach in December; Featherstone Rovers won the Challenge Cup as underdogs on 7 May 1983 beating Hull F.C. 14–12 in front of an 84,969 Wembley crowd. Steve Quinn secured their victory with a late penalty goal.

The following season (1984–85) saw a slight upturn in the club's fortunes whilst off-field the town struggled through the miners' strike of 1984–85. The club allowed pass holders in for that season free with the understanding they would pay for their passes when the strike had ended. David Hobbs was sold to Oldham to balance the club's books, but it was an uphill battle. When the following season started in a similar vein, a heavy defeat at Wigan triggered the resignation of Allan Agar.

George Pieniazek arrived as replacement, Rovers had started the 1985–86 season badly but managed to stay up under their new coach. Rovers started the next season badly as well and Pieniazek was sacked in November. Paul Daley came in as coach for the second time but failed to turn the team around mid-season and Featherstone Rovers were relegated in April 1987 for the second time in their history.

Peter Fox returned to the club for a second spell as coach in 1987 and stayed until 1991. They won promotion at the first attempt in 1987–88 before finishing 6th on their return to the top-flight. Featherstone sold Post Office Road to the local council in February 1988. In 1989 Rovers reached the Yorkshire Cup final for the 10th and last time losing 20–14 to Bradford Northern. Another successful league campaign in 1990–91 saw Rovers finish 7th and go to the semi-finals of the Premiership with a famous win at all-conquering Wigan.

Not long into the following season, Fox accepted the offer of a job at Bradford, the club turned once again to former captain-coach Allan Agar. Rovers struggled for consistency through the rest of 1991–92 and then were relegated on points difference through a remarkable combination of results on the final day of the season. Steve Martin became the coach and Rovers won the Second Division title in 1992–93.

They finished 11th in their return to the top division in 1993–94. Martin was sacked and replaced by David Ward. Despite finishing 11th in the league, and appearing in the Challenge Cup semi-final, Rovers were demoted in 1995 to make way for the new "Super League".

1996–2006: Summer era and financial difficulties

In 1996, the first tier of British rugby league clubs played the inaugural Super League season and changed from a winter to a summer season. [4] When a Rupert Murdoch-funded Super League competition was proposed, part of the deal was that some traditional clubs would merge. Featherstone Rovers were asked to merge with local rivals Castleford and Wakefield Trinity to form a new club, Calder, which would compete in the Super League. Trinity's shareholders voted 2:1 in favour of a merger but Featherstone's members voted against by a large margin and this was resisted. [5]

In 1995 Rovers finished 11th in the 16-team First Division but were effectively relegated to make way for London Broncos and Paris Saint-Germain. They reached the semi finals of the Challenge Cup in 1995 before losing to Leeds 39–22. They finished 5th in the 1st Division of the centenary season of 1995–96, followed by 4th in the first summer season. A poor start to the 1997 season led Ward to offer his resignation, which the club reluctantly accepted.

Steve Simms came in as coach and after finishing 7th in 1997, Featherstone went within a whisker of gaining Super League status in 1998. They were beaten 24–22 by neighbours Wakefield Trinity in the promotion-deciding inaugural First Division grand final. [6] When it became apparent that funds would not be available to continue the push for Super League in 1999, Simms resigned.

Assistant coach Kevin Hobbs took over; at the beginning of the 1999 season a new side had to be built. A decent start saw Rovers win five straight league games, but then lose the next three. After defeat at Doncaster, Kevin Hobbs quit his post, citing verbal abuse his family had received from some fans.

Peter Roe was in charge of Featherstone from 1999 to October 2001, before leaving to take charge of Wakefield Trinity. Under him, Rovers finished 5th in 1999 and 2000 and 4th in 2001. He was replaced by his assistant Ian Fairhurst.

After finishing 5th again, in November 2002, Featherstone went into administration, owing the Inland Revenue £97,000 and with total debts of £403,000. [7]

In September 2003, Andy Kelly's contract was not renewed following their failure to reach the National League One play-offs for the first time in six years, finishing 7th. [8]

Rovers again finished 5th in 2004, and after heroically beating Hull Kingston Rovers 19–18 in the play-offs, lost to Whitehaven in the Final eliminator.

In 2005, David Hobbs was appointed coach of Featherstone Rovers half-way through the season after Gary Price left, he failed to save Rovers from relegation to National League Two.

In late 2006, the "Friends of Featherstone" were formed, their main aim being to provide money for contracts for players to ensure that Rovers gained promotion to National League One. The money raised enabled Rovers to sign players such as Paul Handforth, Chris Ross, Tom Haughey, Jamie Field and Loz Wildbore.

Their first season in the third tier of Rugby League was not a success, finishing 4th and losing to Swinton in the play-offs.

2007–2008: Promotion to the Championship

In 2007 after finishing runners up in the league to big spending Crusaders, Rovers won promotion back to National League One (The Second level on the pyramid) from National League Two after a two-year absence with a 24–6 win over Oldham at Headingley. [9]

Featherstone finished 8th on their return to the second tier of Rugby League.

As of the start of the 2009 season clubs wishing to participate in the Super League competition have to gain a licence granted by the Rugby Football League removing promotion to and relegation from the top tier. Featherstone did apply for the first round of licences though with the popular view this would not be successful and could be used as a learning experience for future bids. In July 2008 the RFL made its decision selection all current Super League teams plus two from the National Leagues, Salford and Celtic Crusaders.

In November 2010 it was announced by Rovers that they would not be applying for a super league licence for the 2012 season. Although Rovers have ambitions to play in Super League, they say they are not yet in a position to apply for a licence. They accept they have to increase their support base before they are able to make a realistic application. [10]

2009–2013: Daryl Powell era

Daryl Powell was appointed coach in September 2008 and gave Rovers a fantastic end to the 2009 season. After finishing 6th and only just getting in the play-offs Rovers beat Sheffield Eagles and Widnes away before a cruel 32–30 loss in the final eliminator to Halifax.

In 2010, Rovers finished first in the league table with a 100% away record and claimed the League Leaders' Shield. They reached the Championship Grand Final by beating Halifax 46–16 in the semi-final. They went on to lose the final to Halifax 23–22 in extra time. [11] The close season saw the departure of club chief executive Andy Prout to be replaced by Stuart Sheard. [12]

In 2011 Featherstone went one better than 2010 by beating Sheffield Eagles 40–4 in the Grand Final at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington as well as retaining the League Leaders' Shield in the regular season.

On 14 April 2012 Featherstone beat their local rivals Castleford 23–16 in the Challenge Cup 4th Round. The victory, the first for a lower-league side over a Super League club since Barrow defeated Cas in 2010, was televised nationally on Sky Sports. Rovers hosted Cup holders Wigan in the fifth round, putting up a competitive display, and making Wigan work hard before succumbing to a 32–16 defeat. They reached the final of the Northern Rail Cup for the first time, losing to Halifax 21–15. They won the League Leaders' Shield for the third year in a row, before losing in the grand final 20–16 to Sheffield Eagles.

2013 started brightly, challenging for the title again with impressive league wins against rivals Halifax and Batley as well as a memorable narrow Challenge Cup defeat by Super League London Broncos. Daryl Powell, the most successful coach in the clubs recent history, left the club on 5 May.

2014–present: Super League bid

After Daryl Powell left, a string of coaches followed. Ryan Sheridan was in charge for 8 games, before Sean Long took over as football manager with Danny Evans as first team coach. Together they helped the club win the League Leaders' Shield again before losing the play off semi final in extra time to Batley. John Bastien then took over for 2014 but was sacked after 11 games and a number of poor performances.

In mid 2014 the RFL announced a new structure in place for the 2015 season. Super League would be reduced to 12 teams, with 12 teams in the Championship and 14 in League 1. Promotion and relegation would be brought back via a 'qualifier' league at the end of the season where the bottom 4 teams in Super League and top 4 teams in the Championship would play each other to determine who will be in Super League the following season.

Andy Hay was appointed as head coach in May 2014. Despite off-field turmoil, he managed to guide the club to 2nd place in the league and a place in the Grand Final against Leigh, although they lost 36–12. An inconsistent run of results led him to be sacked in July 2015.

Jon Sharp took over and having missed out on the top four, won the Championship Shield in his first year in charge, defeating London Broncos 36–4. In 2016, Rovers finished in the top 4, although they lost all 7 games in the qualifiers. Rovers again reached the top four in 2017, however Sharp was sacked with one game remaining in the regular season.

Jon Duffy was unveiled as head coach in July 2017.

Kit sponsors and manufacturers

YearKit ManufacturerMain Shirt Sponsor
1990–1992EllgrenCopy Consultants Group
1992–1994Beazer Homes
1995–1996RJB Mining
2001 Patrick
2002–2003 ISC UK Coal
2004–2005 Kooga Unison
2010 Macron Harris Construction Management
2015-2016XBladesLinpac Packaging
2016–2018 ISC
2018–Steeden SportsKLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST (Linpac Packaging)


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Late 2008 saw a major announcement in the history of Featherstone Rovers, a possible move away from Post Office Road. Featherstone are in a rare situation, that they own an expanse of land around the current stadium. The proposed development would include a supermarket, community sports facilities and a purpose-built 12,000 capacity stadium though this could be reduced to a 6,500 modular design. Should it be needed the capacity can be increased to the required 12,000 if the club bid successfully for 2015 or 2018. Though more recent plans on the website state that the club "see the provision of a 21st century stadium through the enhancement (and movement!) of the existing Post Office Road pitch, development and provision of new stands and integral function and educational suites which will enable us to build on our existing and unique award winning community programmes." [13]

Colours and badge


Featherstone's traditionally playing colours are navy blue and white. They usually play in navy blue and white hoops.



Featherstone used the town's coat of arms as their badge until 2009 when a new club crest was introduced. The new badge was less traditional with a pirate, the club's mascot and Rovers underneath in the club's colours. In 2014 the club reverted to using the town's coat of arms but had it in blue and white with the year the club was founded, 1921 within it.

2021 Squad

* Announced on 25 January 2021:

2021 Featherstone Rovers Squad
First team squadCoaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coach

  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)

Updated: 25 January 2021
Source(s): 2021 Squad Numbers

2021 transfers


Fa'amanu Brown Canterbury Bulldogs 1 YearAugust 2020
Frankie Halton Swinton Lions 2 YearsSeptember 2020
Harvey Spence Leeds Rhinos 1 YearSeptember 2020
Joe Summers Castleford Tigers 1 YearSeptember 2020
Jacob Doyle Castleford Tigers 1 YearSeptember 2020
Craig Kopczak Wakefield Trinity 2 YearsNovember 2020
Junior Moors Castleford Tigers 2 YearsJanuary 2021


Conor Carey AustraliaN/AJuly 2020
Alec Susino AustraliaN/AJuly 2020
Louis Jouffret Ottawa Aces 1 YearAugust 2020
Brandon French ReleasedN/ASeptember 2020
Bradley Wright ReleasedN/ASeptember 2020
Nathan Wright ReleasedN/ASeptember 2020
Jack Richardson ReleasedN/ASeptember 2020


Hall of Fame

The following players have been inducted into Featherstone Rovers' Hall of Fame. The number in brackets indicates the year in which the player was inducted.

Club captains

Season (From)Season (To) captain Vice-captain
2018present James Lockwood
2017–season Misi Taulapapa Ian Hardman
2016–season Tim Spears Ian Hardman
2015–season Tim Spears, and Paul Sykes
2014–season Tim Spears
2013–season Liam Finn
2006–season Stuart Dickens
2005–season Nathan Sykes
2004–season Ian Tonks
2002–season Richard Chapman
2001–season Danny Evans
2000–season Matt Lambert
1999–season Carl Hall
1998–season Shaun Irwin
1995–96 season 1997–season Steve Molloy
1994–95 season 1995–96 season Mark Aston, and Steve Molloy
1993–94 season 1994–95 season Richard Gunn
1992–93 season 1993–94 season Richard Gunn, and Mark Wilson
1985–86 season 1991–92 season Deryck Fox
1984–85 season 1985–86 season Terry Hudson, and Deryck Fox
1982–83 season 1983–84 season Terry Hudson
1981–82 season 1982–83 season Keith Bell Peter Smith
1980–81 season 1981–82 season Mick Morgan Peter Smith
1979–80 season 1980–81 season Keith Bell
1978–79 season Terry Clawson, and Keith Bell
1977–78 season Vince Farrar, and Terry Clawson
1975–76 season 1976–77 season Vince Farrar
1974–75 season John Newlove, and Vince Farrar
1972–73 season 1973–74 season John Newlove
1970–71 season 1971–72 season Cyril Kellett
1966–67 season 1969–70 season Malcolm Dixon
1965–66 season Don Fox Malcolm Dixon
1963–64 season 1964–65 season Don Fox
1962–63 season Gary Cooper Don Fox
1961–62 season Joe Mullaney Don Fox
1960–61 season Joe Mullaney Colin Clifft
1959–60 season Joe Mullaney
1958–59 season Don Fox, and Joe Mullaney Clifford "Cliff" Lambert
1956–57 season 1957–58 season Unknown
1955–56 season 1956–57 season Donald "Don" Metcalfe
1954–55 season 1955–56 season Unknown
1950–51 season 1953–54 season Eric Batten
1949–50 season 1950–51 season Jimmy Russell
1948–49 season Walter Best
1940–41 season 1947–48 season Unknown
1939–40 season Wilf Pearson, and Harold Moxon
1929–30 season 1938–39 season Unknown
1928–29 season Ben Gronow
1902–03 season 1927–28 season Unknown



YearCoachPlayedWonLostDrawnWin %Honours
1921–45 Billy Williams 6922174433231.367%Yorkshire Cup Winners (1940), Championship Final Runners-up (1928), Yorkshire Cup Runners-Up (1929)
1945–48 Bill Sherwood 813049237.047%
1947–48 Stanley Smith 40634015%
1948–51 Bill Sherwood 1233582628.46%
1951–56 Eric Batten 210102100848.57%Challenge Cup Runners-Up (1952)
1956–57 Bill Hudson 412021048.78%
1957–63 Harold Moxon 26416491962.12%Yorkshire Cup Winners (1959)
1963–66 John Malpass 1236655253.66%Yorkshire Cup Runners-Up (1963)
1966–70 Laurie Gant 17110074758.48%Challenge Cup Winners (1967), Yorkshire Cup Runners-Up (1966, 1969, 1970)
1971–74 Peter Fox 1528960358.55%Challenge Cup Winners (1973), Challenge Cup Runners-Up (1974)

Championship Runners-Up (1973)

1974 Tommy Smales 734042.86%
1974–76 Keith Goulding 513217262.75%
1976 Thomas Smales 16114168.75%Championship Runners-Up (1976)
1976–77 Keith Cotton 573718264.91%Championship Winners (1977), Yorkshire Cup Runners-Up (1976, 1977)
1977–78 Keith Goulding 21136261.90%
1978 Terry Clawson 1349030.77%
1978–79 Thomas Smales 22615127.27%
1979–81 Paul Daley 543517264.81%Division 2 Winners (1980)
1981–82 Vince Farrar 652340235.38%
1983–85 Allan Agar 1044553643.27%Challenge Cup Winners (1983)
1985–86 George Pieniazek 371122429.73%
1986–87 Paul Daley 23716030.43%
1987–91 Peter Fox 1528066652.63%Division 2 Premiership Runners-Up (1988), Yorkshire Cup Runners-Up (1989)
1991–92 Allan Agar 271214144.44%
1992–94 Steve Martin 764429357.89%Division 2 Winners (1993)
1994–97 David Ward 803839347.50%
1997–98 Steve Simms 573224156.14%First Division Grand Final Runners-Up (1998)
1998–99 Kevin Hobbs 1899050%
1999–01 Peter Roe 805323466.25%
2001–02 Ian Fairhurst 20118155.00%
2002–03 Andy Kelly 482721056.25%
2003–05 Gary Price 542426444.44%
2005–08 David Hobbs 935138454.84%National League 2 Grand Final Winners (2007)
2008 Danny Evans 834137.50%
2008–13 Daryl Powell 13710430375.91%Championship Winners (2011), Championship League Leaders (2010, 2011, 2012)

European Club Challenge Winners (2012), Championship Grand Final Runners-Up (2010, 2012)

Northern Rail Cup Runners-Up (2012)

2013 Ryan Sheridan 862075%
2013 Danny Evans 862075%Championship League Leaders (2013)
2014 John Bastian 1174063.64%
2014 Danny Evans 1100100%
2014–15 Andy Hay 412713165.85%Championship Grand Final Runners-Up (2014)
2015–17 Jon Sharp 704227160%Championship Shield Winners (2015)
2017-2018 John Duffy 382312160.53%Championship Shield Winners (2018)
2019Ryan Carr342113061.76%Championship Grand Final Runners-Up
2020 James Webster


Super League era

SeasonLeague Play-offs Challenge Cup Other competitionsNameTriesNamePoints
DivisionPWDLFAPtsPosTop try scorerTop point scorer
1996 Division One 201226557371264thR4
1997 Division One 208111408395177thQF
1998 Division One 3017112779613354thLost in FinalR4
1999 Northern Ford Premiership 281918714466395thLost in Week 2R4
2000 Northern Ford Premiership 282017795523415thLost in Week 2R4
2001 Northern Ford Premiership 2818010825401365thLost in Week 2R4
2002 Northern Ford Premiership 271818836604375thLost in Week 3R4
2003 National League One 187011387478147thR5
2004 National League One 18918500491195thLost in Preliminary FinalR4
2005 National League One 18321345464889thQF
2006 National League Two 221417596504294thLost in Elimination FinalR5
2007 National League Two 221804819366562ndR4
2008 National League One 186111452515268thR4
2009 Championship 201208619524376thLost in Preliminary FinalR5
2010 Championship 201802735334561stLost in FinalR4
2011 Championship 201811840348561stWon in FinalR5
2012 Championship 181512684354471stLost in FinalR5 Championship Cup RU
2013 Championship 262204940362701stLost in Semi FinalR4
2014 Championship 261817871532612ndR5
2015 Championship 2313010633565265thWon in Shield FinalR6
Championship Shield3019011809701381st
2016 Championship 231508595384304thR5
The Qualifiers70079631208th
2017 Championship 231517687421313rdQF
The Qualifiers711510027237th
2018 Championship 231607819420325thWon in Shield FinalR6
Championship Shield3023071040524461st
2019 Championship 2717010837471345thLost in FinalR5 1895 Cup R2
2020 Championship [lower-alpha 1] 44001374783rdR6
2021 Championship 0000000TBA



CompetitionWinsYears won
RFL Championship / Super League 11976–77
Challenge Cup 31966–67, 1972–73, 1982–83


CompetitionWinsYears won
RFL Yorkshire Cup 21939–40, 1959–60
Tier 2 Championship 31979–80, 1992–93, 2011
Tier 2 League Leaders' Shield 42010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Championship Shield 22015, 2018



  1. The 2020 Championship was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. Statistics shown are those at time of abandonment and are not official.

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John Kear English professional rugby league coach & former rugby league player

John Kear is an English rugby league coach who is the head coach of Bradford Bulls and the Wales national rugby league team and also works as a pundit for BBC Sport. He is a former professional rugby league footballer. He is best known as a coach for his Challenge Cup successes with Sheffield Eagles in 1998 and Hull in 2005, as well as his time coaching Wakefield Trinity in the late 2000s. As a player, he played on the Wing or in the Centre position for Castleford.

Antony "Tony" Smith, also known by the nickname "Casper", is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, and coached in the 2000s. He played at representative level for Great Britain, England and Yorkshire, and at club level for the Castleford Tigers, Wigan Warriors and Hull FC, as a stand-off, scrum-half or hooker, i.e. number 6, 7, or 9, and coached at club level for the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

Daryl Powell Professional rugby league coach & former player

Daryl A. Powell is and English professional rugby league coach who is the head coach of the Castleford Tigers in the Super League. He is a former professional rugby league footballer who played as a stand-off in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.

David Hobbs is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, and coached in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. He played at representative level for Great Britain and England, and at club level for Featherstone Rovers, Oldham, Bradford Northern and Wakefield Trinity (captain), as a prop, second-row or loose forward, and coached at club level for Bradford Northern, Wakefield Trinity and Featherstone Rovers.

Liam Finn (rugby league) former Ireland international rugby league footballer

Liam Finn is an Ireland international rugby league footballer who plays for the Dewsbury Rams in the Betfred Championship. An Ireland international representative scrum-half, stand-off or hooker, he has previously played for Halifax, Widnes Vikings, Wakefield Trinity and Castleford Tigers in the Super League, as well as Dewsbury Rams and Featherstone Rovers in the Championship.

Gary Cooper, also known by the nickname of "Super Duper" Gary Cooper, was an English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and coached in the 1970s. He played at representative level for Great Britain, and at club level for Featherstone Rovers (captain), and Wakefield Trinity, as an occasional goal-kicking fullback, or centre, i.e. number 1, or, 3 or 5, and coached at club level for Wakefield Trinity, and York.

Thomas "Tommy" Smales was an English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and coached in the 1960s and 1970s. He played at representative level for Great Britain and England, and at club level for Castleford, Huddersfield (captain), Bradford Northern, North Sydney Bears and Wakefield Trinity as a scrum-half, i.e. number 7, and coached at club level for Castleford and Featherstone Rovers.

Eric Batten English RL coach and former GB & England international rugby league footballer

Frederick "Eric" E. Batten was an English rugby union and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, and coached rugby league in the 1950s. He played club level rugby league (RU) for Sandal RUFC, and representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain and England, and at club level for Wakefield Trinity, Hunslet, Featherstone Rovers (captain), Leeds, Castleford and Bradford Northern, as a wing, i.e. number 2 or 5, and coached at club level for Featherstone Rovers, and Batley. Eric Batten appeared in eight Challenge Cup Finals; two for Leeds, five for Bradford Northern, and one for Featherstone Rovers, winning three, and losing five, he scored a total of 443 tries during his career, he his third on the all-time try scorers list behind Brian Bevan, and Billy Boston,

Mick Morgan is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and coached in the 1980s and 1990s. He played at representative level for England and Yorkshire, and at club level for Wakefield Trinity (captain), York, Featherstone Rovers (captain), Carlisle, Oldham and Castleford (A-Team) as a centre, prop, hooker or loose forward, i.e. number 3 or 4, 8 or 10, 9, or 13, during the era of contested scrums, and coached at club level for Carlisle and Castleford.

The 1966–67 Northern Rugby Football League season was the 72nd season of rugby league football in Britain. After Leeds had ended the regular season as league leaders, Wakefield Trinity won their first Championship when they beat St. Helens 21-9 in the Final replay, after a 7-7 draw. The Challenge Cup-winners were Featherstone Rovers who beat Barrow 17-12 in the Wembley final.

Frankie Mariano Scotland international rugby league footballer

Frankie Mariano is a Scotland international rugby league footballer who plays as a prop, second-row or loose forward for the Sheffield Eagles in the Betfred Championship.

West Yorkshire derbies

The West Yorkshire derbies are a series of football matches or rugby league matches taking place between football or rugby league clubs from West Yorkshire.

Castleford Lock Lane English amateur rugby league club

Lock Lane ARLFC are an amateur Rugby league Club in Castleford, West Yorkshire. Their home ground is the Hicksons Arena, part of the Lock Lane Sports Centre. The first team currently play in the National Conference Division One and the Academy team in the Yorkshire Men's League.

Whilst the sport of rugby league is played across Great Britain, it is most popular in its heartlands, the traditional counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire with the majority of professional and semi-professional clubs coming from this area of the country. Many fixtures are considered to be local derbies, where both teams come from the same town or city, or two that are very close to each other.

The Castleford Tigers Women are a female rugby league club in Castleford, West Yorkshire, England, that competes in the Women's Super League, the top-level Women's rugby league club competition in the Northern Hemisphere. Nicknamed the Tigresses, the club formed in 2016 and participated as one of 3 teams in the inaugural season of the 2017 Women's Super League season, which then grew to 7 teams in 2018.


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