Not many of our supporters can claim to have danced on Belle Vue’s sacred turf, swept the terraces and sung for city dignitaries from the East stand during the 1953 Coronation celebrations.
Sixty nine year old Keith Barraclough grew up in Regent Street, round the corner from the Wildcats ground, and he has written a book about his 1950s experiences which include many aspects of Wakefield Trinity: ‘All in Good Time: Growing up in 1950s Wakefield’.
Keith became an ardent supporter of Wakefield Trinity as an 8 year old in 1951 and, although not a resident of Wakefield since 1961, he is still a keen follower and an 1873 club member.
His book recalls detailed descriptions of the ground, and many famous players of the ’50s – Neil Fox’s first game for the A-team in 1956, the debuts of Harold Poynton and Geoff Oakes in 1958 and the emergence of Trinity as a major force by 1960 when they won the R L Challenge Cup at Wembley.
The book, ISBN 978-1-908832-15-3, is available for sale from 24 October, at £12.99 – see www.1950swakefield.co.uk for further details.
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