Trinity lost another of its favourite son’s last week, when former full back, Eric Lockwood, passed away last Thursday, aged 81, after a short illness.
Trinity historian, Lee Robinson, looks back at his career.
Anyone that met Eric always noted what a friendly, pleasant man he was. He still regularly attended the Trinity home games and was always the ‘unsung hero’ surrounded by the 1960s greats. That is why we selected him to bring the match ball onto the field at last year’s London Broncos game when the club was looking for a ‘legend’.
Eric signed for Trinity in November 1953 from the local Holy Trinity Boys Club, a Trinity junior team. He started at stand off and made his debut that same month in a 26-18 home win over Huddersfield. He partnered the great Arthur Fletcher in the halves. He actually scored a try on his first three appearances.
Within three years he moved to the full back position and throughout the mid to late 1950s his ‘rock like’ defence protected Trinity’s line on many occasions. He was the club’s Player of the Year in 1956-57 and there was talk of Eric being selected for the 1959 GB tour to Australia, but injury halted his progress in the late 1950s.
Anyone that played with him classed him as a tough-as-teak player, never taking a backward step and always supporting the youngsters in the team. Ken Rollin fondly remembers his debut away at Leeds in August 1955 with Eric protecting him well in the half back positions
He played a total of 123 games, scoring 22 tries, for the club before he moved to Doncaster in 1961 when the pressures on Gerry Round and Don Metcalfe at full back forced him into the A team. He played his last game away at Hull in March 1960. He returned to the club later in his career to coach the juniors and was always a welcome figure at Belle Vue.