posted on 6 September 2013

The club was sad to learn of the passing of Terry Clawson this week.

Terry Clawson RIP

As well as being a rugby league legend and father of our Strength & Conditioner, Martin Clawson, he played nine games for Trinity in the 1978-79 season.

Clawson was an unexpected addition to the Trinity pack when he made his debut at Headingley in a 6-22 defeat to Leeds on Boxing Day 1978. He had just left Featherstone Rovers as player-coach and Trinity snapped him up as vital experience to the forwards. He was 38 years of age by the time of his signing but he was a valuable asset to the club as Trinity found their way to Wembley in 1979.

He only played the nine games but many were in the run up to Wembley when Trinity were forced to play eleven games in four weeks with many youngsters and juniors forced to play, when his experience was valuable. He was a fine ball handling prop forward and he must have been particularly pleased when he was staring prop in the cup defeat of Featherstone, just shortly after they had parted company with him.

He kicked two goals in his nine games and his last game was at Featherstone on 25th April 1979, but he was in the squad that went to Wembley a month later. He moved onto Hull in the off season before retiring from the game a year later.

Prior to his Trinity days, Clawson had given valuable service to Featherstone Rovers, Bradford Northern, Leeds, Hull KR and Oldham aswell as time playing and coaching in Newcastle, Australia. He played at Wembley in 1972 with Leeds and won the Harry Sunderland Trophy in 1972 when Leeds won the RL Championship Trophy.

His whole career spanned twenty three years after making his debut for Featherstone in 1957. As well as being a fine prop forward he was also an accomplished goal kicker. His career highlight must have also come in 1972 when he was part of the Great Britain team that won the World Cup in France, beating Australia in the final. This was one of his fourteen GB test caps, including the Lions 1974 Tour to Australia and New Zealand.

Our thoughts are with his family.

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