Dickens joins Rovers hall of fame

STUART Dickens in action last season against Dewsbury Rams on his 400th appearance for Featherstone Rovers. PICTURE: BOB NUNN.
STUART Dickens in action last season against Dewsbury Rams on his 400th appearance for Featherstone Rovers. PICTURE: BOB NUNN.

FORMER Featherstone Rovers captain Stuart Dickens was inducted into the club’s hall of fame on Saturday.

Dickens, who has retired from playing to take up a full-time coaching position at Wakefield Wildcats, was the main guest at a special event at Big Fellas Stadium that celebrated his career .

Dickens scored 1,542 points in 419 appearances for Featherstone.

The evening included a review of his career at the club dating back to his debut season in 1998 and culminating in Rovers topping the Championship for the third successive season.

Dickens relived the highs and lows of career including five Grand Final appearances and a brief spell in Super League with Salford City Reds.

He was joined by more than 160 supporters including former team mates Gavin Swinson, Paul Darley, Martin Law and Gary H Price.

The evening concluded with Dickens being made a member of the Featherstone Rovers hall of fame to join club legends David Hobbs, Carl Dooler, Brendon Tuuta, Jackie Fennel, Keith Bell, John ‘Keith’ Bridges, Steve Quinn, Steve Nash, Jimmy Thompson, Vince Farrar, Don Fox, Joe Mullaney, Jim Denton, Eric Batton, Freddie Miller, Peter Smith, Les Tonks, Jack Hirst and Deryck Fox.

Rovers chief executive Craig Poskitt said: “Since joining the club, Stuart has been a great servant to the club on the field and a superb ambassador off the field. The evening was a fitting way to celebrate Stuart’s dedication to the club.

“The board quite rightly felt that Stuart should join our hall of fame and typically of Stuart, he was very surprised and humbled by the accolade. Stuart joins Wakefield Trinity Wildcats with our best wishes and we wish him well in the next chapter of his career.”

Dickens said: “I would like to thank the club for holding the evening and everybody who came to celebrate my career at Featherstone Rovers. I had a fantastic night which was topped off by being inducted to the hall of fame alongside some true Featherstone Rovers legends. Featherstone Rovers will always have a special place in my heart.”

Rovers are staging a ladies night on Friday, starting at 7pm. Admission is £2.

Paul Sculthorpe will be special guest and Pete Emmett MC at a four-course Christmas lunch in the clubhouse on Friday, December 14 (noon start). Tickets cost £35.

Latest £500 Rovers lottery winners are G E Bullivant (W2743), B Wilson (K5738), J Barraclough (E0368), T Rooke (I5027), J Holt (M5476). £5 consolation prizes: G Birch (V1234), B Stainton (V1842), V McGuire (W1842), M Ross (V1133).