Former Featherstone forward Charlie Stone dies

Charlie Stone.
Charlie Stone.

Featherstone Rovers is mourning the loss of their former star Charlie Stone, who passed away yesterday, aged 67.

Pontefract-born towering forward Stone joined Rovers back in 1970 and went on to make a total of 262 appearances for Featherstone - scoring 26 tries.

He was a Challenge Cup winner with Featherstone in 1973 and a Championship winner with the club in 1977, also appearing in the 1974 Wembley final.

Stone joined Hull in 1978 and, after losing a Challenge Cup final with the Black and Whites in 1980, the talented back-rower went on to win the coveted crown for a second time in 1982.

However, in 1983 - when lining up against his former club - Stone and Hull suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Allan Agar’s Rovers.

Stone returned to Featherstone the following year and retired, in 1985, after a stint with Bradford under former Rovers boss Peter Fox.

The club’s thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Charlie Stone.

His memory will be honoured with a minute’s applause ahead of kick-off when his former clubs, Featherstone and Hull, face off in the sixth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup next week (Thursday May 10 - 7.35pm).