UPDATED: Death of former Featherstone Rovers star Cording

Ray Cording played in Featherstone's first Challenge Cup final appearance in 1952
Ray Cording played in Featherstone's first Challenge Cup final appearance in 1952

Former Featherstone Rovers player Ray Cording has died.

Stand-off or winger Cording, who was a fitter at Ackton Hall Colliery, scored 34 tries and kicked 10 goals in 140 appearances for Rovers between 1950 and 1955.

He played in Featherstone’s first Challenge Cup final appearance at Wembley in 1952 when they lost 18-10 to Workington.

An outstanding junior sprinter, he made his Rovers first-team debut against Batley on August 30, 1950, at the age of 18.

In March, 1951, he was selected to play for England under 21s against France but had to withdraw through injury.

His promising career eventually came to a disappointing end after he sustained a serious knee injury in a game against Bramley in September, 1955.