Death of former Rovers star Clawson

Terry Clawson made 216 appearances for Featherstone Rovers.
Terry Clawson made 216 appearances for Featherstone Rovers.

Former Featherstone Rovers player and coach Terry Clawson has died at the age of 73.

He scored 41 tries and kicked 487 goals in 216 appearances for Rovers in two spells between 1957 and 1965 and in 1978.

He played for nine different English clubs and also for South Newcastle in Australia during a 23-year playing career, which ended at Hull in 1980.

He made a total of 640 career appearances, scoring 75 tries and kicking 1,177 goals.

He made 14 Great Britain appearances during an international career that spanned 12 years. He also played 10 times for Yorkshire.

His other clubs included Bradford, Leeds, Oldham, York and Wakefield.

He signed for Rovers as a 17 year old in 1957.

By season 1958 he was an established first team player and in the absence of Don Fox he quickly took over the goal kicking duties for the team, breaking the clubs goal kicking record in only his second professional season.

During this time he was also maturing into a very talented, extremely powerful back row forward.

Unfortunately at the start of season 1963 he received the devastating news that he had contracted tuberculosis and was admitted to a sanatorium where he remained until March 1964. Undoubtedly such a serious illness would have finished a player of lesser calibre. Not so Terry; he made a full recovery resuming his playing career with Rovers against Leeds in that year. He was, however, now looking to move on in his career and requested a transfer. This was granted and he was transferred to Bradford Northern in January 1965.

That, however, was not the end of his Rovers career as he returned to the club in 1978 as player-coach.

He played a further 24 games for the Rovers this time at prop forward. His last appearance for the club took place at Rochdale on November 12, 1978, a game in which his son Neil made his debut for the Rovers.