CASTLEFORD Tigers legend Adrian Vowles (pictured) is looking forward to sampling the special atmosphere of another derby day with Wakefield Wildcats.
The former Man Of Steel is heading back to Cas for Friday’s Super League clash at the Probiz Coliseum after being flown from his native Australia by Tigers sponsor Feisal Nahaboo.
He fondly remembers past derby clashes, having played for both sides, and expects more fireworks when the two clubs meet again.
“Both sets of players and supporters have a lot of passion and I enjoyed my time at both clubs,” said Vowles.
“The game that sticks out for me was when we played Wakefield at home and Diesel (Dean Sampson) got sent off and we won the game with 12 men.
“When I was at Wakefield it was the win against Cas in the Challenge Cup that I remember best.
“They are always tough games between these two sides and that’s what makes them special.
“I miss to this day leading Castleford Tigers onto the field and hearing their support. It was always a great feeling and to hear them chanting and singing songs was awesome, the best.
“I can’t wait to get back and I know the memories will come flooding back.”
Current Tigers player Nick Fozzard is set to sample his first Cas-Wakefield game and is looking forward to just about completing the derby set, having played for Hull KR against Hull FC, St Helens against Wigan, Warrington against Widnes and Leeds against Bradford.
Strong running prop forward Fozzard lives in Wakefield, but has quickly won over the Tigers fans with his displays since joining the club for the start of this season.
He said: “I’m a Wakefield boy, but I’m wearing the Cas shirt now and I can’t wait to play in my first Cas-Wakefield derby.
“It should be a great game and a massive crowd and I’m looking forward to an awesome atmosphere.
“It‘s going to be a tough game. They are going to lift for the derby and it‘s a big leveller with derby games.”
Friday’s game will have something extra at stake with the teams playing for the Adam Watene Trophy.
The trophy, named after the late Tigers and Wildcats’ forward, was donated for designated matches between the two clubs following the New Zealander’s untimely death in 2008 and is put up for contest in one match between the two clubs each year.
The Tigers have held the trophy for the previous two years, having retained it with a 40-16 win at home last June.
The trophy was specially commissioned by Adam’s partner, Moana, and sculpted in New Zealand. It was given a special Maori blessing before being flown to the UK.
It will be presented to the winners by Adrian Vowles, a former team-mate of Adam’s, alongside Coun Clive Hudson, who hosted Adam when he first came to this country.