Friday 8th June 2012
Story in brief:
Castleford Tigers will observe a minute of silence before Sunday's home match against Salford City Reds at the PROBIZ Coliseum in memory of former player Dougie Walton.
Castleford Players' Association committee member Geoff Smith wrote this fitting tribute to the former prop/loose forward.
Dougie made his first team debut in the first round of the 1964 Challenge Cup, as part of the side that beat St. Helens at Knowsley Road. He played a big part in the cup run which saw Cas set up a semi-final showdown against Widnes, after victories at Whitehaven and Blackpool.
However, Dougie and Castleford's dream of a trip to Wembley were dashed when they were narrowly beaten 7-5 at Wakefield in the semi-final replay.
The following season saw Dougie make his International debut, playing at Loose Forward when Great Britain beat France 17-7 at Swinton.
A big offer of £13,000 was made by Wigan to take the talented youngster to Central Park. However the offer was turned down by Cas, who were confident that Dougie would achieve greatness.
Sadly a serious knee injury halted his progress and despite several attempts to comeback to the game, Dougie's appearances were limited and he registered just 113 games between 1962 and 1972.
Dougie sadly died on Friday 25th of May. A popular member of the Players Association, he will be sadly missed. The club sends our condolences to his family and friends.