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).