Death of Castleford legend John Sheridan

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CASTLEFORD Tigers legend John Sheridan (pictured) died yesterday morning (Tuesday), aged 78.

The centre or back-rower scored 86 tries in 301 appearances for Cas between 1955 and 1966. He was the club’s head coach from 1972 to 1973 and had two successful spells in charge of the A team. He also had a successful stint as Doncaster’s first-team coach.

A Tigers Hall of Fame inductee, he was a long-time committee member of the Castleford Players Association. The Tigers made him an honorary life member in 2006.

Tigers chief executive Steve Ferres said: “As an active member of the players association who still regularly attended matches, John was a great stalwart for the club.

“He made a huge contribution to the game as a player, coach and team manager and is one of few who can be regarded as a Castleford legend.

“I had the privilege of working with John, sharing in his enthusiasm and experiencing his fantastic ability to spot young talent in the game. On a professional level, I greatly valued his opinions, but he was also a friend and a true gentleman.”

“Our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time.”