FIRST NAMES ON HALL OF FAME SHORTLIST REVEALED

posted on 27 March 2014

Three of the players on the shortlist for the supporters vote to be included in the Wakefield Trinity Hall of Fame have been revealed.

Ian Brooke is among those on the shortlist for the Hall of Fame fans vote.

The inaugural Hall of Fame dinner will be held on Saturday 10th May with Neil Fox MBE, Jonathan Parkin, Harold Poynton, David Topliss, Derek Turner and Harry Wilkinson all selected to be among the very first players to be inducted.  Supporters are being given the opportunity to vote on two further players to join that illustrious list when voting opens in the next two weeks

Across the next two weeks we will build up the shortlist from which supporters will then be able to vote via the Wildcats retail stores and on social media.

Tickets for the dinner, which will be attended by players past and present, are already proving popular priced at just £35 per person or £300 for a table ten and includes a three-course meal.  Tickets can be booked via either of the clubs retail stores or by calling 01924 211611.

The first three of the nine names on the Hall of Fame fans vote shortlist are:

Ian Brooke

Brooke went from Wakefield schoolboys to the Great Britain test arena. A centre three-quarter, he played 183 games (67 tries) in two spells at Trinity (1962-64 and 1967-70) which included two Championship winner’s medals. He also coached Trinity in the 1970’s and was still on the coaching staff in the 1990’s.

Mick Exley

Exley provided a formidable forward partnership with Bill Horton in the 1920’s and 1930’s and lies third on the all-time appearance list with 449. He was nineteen years a Trinity player (1928-47) which included a 1946 Challenge Cup winners medal, Yorkshire and England caps as well as a Great Britain Lions tour place in 1936.

Don Fox

Don Fox was the 1968 Lance Todd Trophy winner at Wembley and played 117 games between 1965 and 1970. He was a 1967 and 1968 RL Championship winner from loose forward and prop, and a real match winner and master tactician.

The club are appealing for help in tracking down relatives of Jonathan Parkin and Harry Wilkinson so both players can be represented at the Hall of Fame dinner.  Any relatives are asked to contact andymorgan@wakefieldwildcats.co.uk or call 01924 211611.

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