Death of 'Classy Cas' coach

FORMER Castleford coach and player George Clinton, who was in charge in the 1960s when they were first known as 'Classy Cas', has died at the age of 85.

After a spell as Castleford's second-team coach, George was appointed first-team coach in January, 1965. He was at the helm until April, 1968.

He had a 66 per cent success rate as coach, with 101 victories and seven draws in 154 first-team matches. Under his guidance, Castleford won the BBC 2 Floodlit Trophy for three successive years

As a Castleford player, George scored 25 tries in 103 appearances for the club.

George was also a long-serving player with Glasshoughton Cricket Club. After retiring as a Glasshoughton player, he represented the club as an umpire in the Pontefract Cricket League for many years. Before his ill health, George was a regular supporter of Glasshoughton's teams.

George's funeral is at St Joseph's RC Church, Castleford, next Monday (10.45).