Monday 22nd October 2012
Story in brief:
Castleford Tigers are saddened by the news that former player and president of Oulton Raiders Jack Hirst (pictured) passed away on Friday.
Jack Hirst's playing career started at Hunslet in the 1950's before he was transferred to Castleford where he enjoyed a successful playing spell lasting over eight seasons along with the likes of Alan Hardisty, Keith Hepworth, John Sheridan, Bill Bryant, Peter Small and Jonny Ward and were coached by Harry Street.
They finished fourth in the League in the 1962/63 season the highest placed in the history of the club. The following season Jack was part of the team that lost 7-5 to Widnes in the Challenge Cup semi final replay at Wakefield's Belle Vue ground in front of a 28,700 crowd after drawing at Swinton in the first meeting of the two clubs.
Jack went on to have brief spells at Wakefield, Bradford and Bramley before joining up with former team mate Ken Hindley who was the Player Coach at Oulton Miners Welfare, now Oulton Raiders and was part of the team that won the Leeds & District Burton Cup in 1967. Jack left Oulton and went on to coach West Grange Social Club in the Leeds & District Sunday League before returning as a committee member and was Chairman shortly after Oulton joined the National Conference League in 1992.
Latterly Jack went on to become President of the club which he held until he passed away in the early hours of Friday 19th October 2012.
Castleford Tigers wish to extend their condolences to the friends and family of Jack Hirst.