JACK MARSTON RIP

posted on 9 March 2013

The club were saddened to hear of the passing of former Trinity centre, Jack Marston, this week who played over a hundred games between 1969 and 1973. He was 65 years of age and passed away after a short illness.

Jack Marston RIP

Club historian, Lee Robinson, writes on Jack’s career:

Jack signed for Trinity in the summer of 1969 from Hemsworth Miners Welfare. He hailed from Fitzwilliam and played rugby union for Hilmians in Hemsworth before moving to Coventry to play college rugby union, whilst qualifying as a teacher.

He established himself in the centres of the ‘A’ team in late 1969 before making his first team debut at Featherstone Rovers on 23rd August 1969. Jack was drafted in for his debut at short notice after the sudden departure of Neil Fox to Bradford the day before. Always a tough place to go, Jack played at centre in an 8-11 defeat, alongside Ian Brooke with David Topliss on the wing.

He played a total of thirteen games in that first 1969-70 season, scoring his first try for the club in the first game of the following season, in a 35-9 home victory at Rochdale in August 1970. In his second season he played a total of 30 games, scoring ten tries, his first brace coming with two tries in a 38-2 victory over Oldham in December 1970.

Jack firmly established himself in the Trinity first team in the 1971-72 season, playing 40 games in the centres alongside Neil Fox who had returned from Bradford. He also scored 17 tries, second only David Topliss’s 23.

He had now gained a reputation of being a powerful and strong running centre as well as a fearless tackler and was instrumental in guiding Trinity to the inaugural Players No.6 Trophy Final in January 1971. Jack scored two tries in a 10-10 first round draw at Widnes, then scored the decisive tries in the replay victory as well as second round and third round victories against Bramley and Blackpool. He could not prevent Trinity going down to Halifax, though, 11-22, in the Odsal final.

In 1972-73, Jack became one of the rare breed of Trinity players to play 100 games for the club. This was achieved at York in a 32-14 victory in February 1973. He also scored his first try hat trick for the club in a 57-5 victory over Doncaster, just a month previously. His final game was in a cup classic, when 13,500 witnessed Trinity bow out of the Challenge Cup in a quarter final at Dewsbury on 4th March 1973

In March 1973, Jack left the club, moving to Bradford Northern, ironically making his debut the following week against Wakefield! He played 41 games for Bradford before moving to York in 1976, where he gained Yorkshire county honours.

His final Trinity record was, played: 105, tries: 35

The clubs thoughts are with Jack’s family and friends at this time.

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

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