Friday 4th October 2013
Story in brief:
It is with sadness and regret that Castleford Tigers report former player Trevor Briggs has passed away, aged 67.
Briggs signed from Kippax RLFC on 1st July 1964 and made his debut on 16th October 1965 when Castleford beat Warrington 15-7. He lifted his first piece of silverware that season when Cas won the BBC2 Floodlit Trophy.
It was the beginning of a 12-year playing career with the club which included being a part of the famous Challenge Cup winning sides of 1969 and 1970 where he took his place on the wing.
When those teams started to break up, Briggs remained a stalwart moving to full back and served as team captain in 1973/74. He was voted the ‘number six winner' when Castleford beat Blackpool to win the John Player Trophy in 1976/77. His loyalty to the club was rewarded that year when he became the recipient of a benefit season which was shared with Mick Redfearn.
Briggs played his last game for Castleford on 11th November 1977 in a 14-14 draw with Hull FC at Wheldon Road. He made a total of 338 appearances (22 as a substitute), scoring 92 tries for 276 points.
Although he didn't receive representative honours, he was the kind of player that all teams need - the hard working ‘100 per center'.
In his later years, Trevor's dedication to his community was seen as he regularly helped out at Castleford Rugby Union.
Castleford Tigers Chief Executive, Steve Gill said: "It has come as a great shock to everyone who knew Trevor. He was a tremendous player and a great club man. His memory will live for a long time at Castleford Tigers and the thoughts of everyone at the club are with his family and friends."
Geoff Smith from the Castleford Tigers Players' Association said: "We are deeply saddened by the loss of our favourite members. Everyone at the Castleford Players' Association sends their condolences to Trevor's family and friends at this sad time."
Any fan wanting to pass on their condolences can email firstname.lastname@example.org.