Death of former Castleford star Briggs

Trevor Briggs was a member of Castleford's 1969 and 1970 Wembley winning teams.
Trevor Briggs was a member of Castleford's 1969 and 1970 Wembley winning teams.

Former Castleford RLFC player Trevor Briggs has died at the age of 67.

He scored 92 tries in 338 Castleford appearances and played on the wing in the club’s Challenge Cup winning sides of 1969 and 1970.

His 12-year Castleford career started after he joined them from Kippax RLFC in 1964.

He made his debut in October, 1965, in a 15-7 win against Warrington and he lifted his first piece of silverware that season when Castleford won the BBC2 Floodlit Trophy.

Briggs moved to full back and served as team captain in 1973-74. He was voted the ‘number six winner’ when Castleford beat Blackpool to win the John Player Trophy in 1976-77.

His loyalty to the club was rewarded that year when he became the recipient of a benefit season which was shared with Mick Redfearn.

Briggs played his last game for Castleford in November, 1977, in a 14-14 draw with Hull FC at Wheldon Road.

In his later years, Briggs regularly helped out at Castleford Rugby Union Club.

Castleford Tigers chief executive, Steve Gill said: “It has come as a great shock to everyone who knew Trevor. He was a tremendous player and a great club man. His memory will live for a long time at Castleford Tigers and the thoughts of everyone at the club are with his family and friends.”

Geoff Smith from the Castleford Tigers Players’ Association said: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our favourite members. Everyone at the Castleford Players’ Association sends their condolences to Trevor’s family and friends at this sad time.”