Ex-Castleford star Webster dies

FORMER Castleford RL player Denzil Webster has died in hospital at York aged 75, after a long illness.

Tigers' Hall of Fame member Webster, a classy centre with blistering pace, scored 63 tries in 98 Castleford appearances between 1952 to 1957.

He gained Yorkshire honours in 1955.

He was transferred to York in 1956-57 and scored 34 tries in 59 games before a knee injury ended his career in the 1958-59 season.

He is a former president of York Wasps RL.

Webster was an outstanding all round sportsman at Castleford Grammar School, where he captained the rugby union and cricket teams.

A hard-hitting batsman and pace bowler, Webster played Yorkshire League cricket for Castleford while still at school.

After National service he trained as a teacher at St John's college and taught in York.

He also played cricket for York in the Yorkshire League before injury curtailed his activities. However, he continued to play for Acomb and was captain for more than 10 years.

He leaves a widow Doreen, a former head of girls PE at Castleford Grammar School, a son John and two grandchildren.