The first ever members of the Wakefield Hall of Fame were inducted at a dinner on Saturday evening.
Chairman Michael Carter, Head coach Richard Agar, captain Danny Kirmond and first team players Scott Anderson, Matt Ryan and Harry Siejka joined supporters and former players to see the former greats immortalised in the first of what is set to be an annual event.
Superbly hosted by former Trinity player and BBC Radio Leeds reporter, Terry Crook, over 150 people in attendance saw video of some of the eight players to be inducted before each member or their family were presented with a memento of their presence among the finest players the club has ever seen.
Jonathan Parkin, Mick Exley, Harry Wilkinson, Harold Poynton, Derek Turner, Ian Brooke, Neil Fox MBE and David Topliss were those selected by a combination of a panel including club historian Lee Robinson and a further supporters vote, Brooke describing it as a ‘fantastic honour’ to be one of those chosen by the fan vote.
Current skipper Kirmond presented Poynton with his award and spoke of his pride to be sharing the room with some of the all-time greats of the club in his position as club captain.
Chairman Michael Carter, commented: “It was a very humbling experience to be surrounded by people who have done so much for this club and it was great to hear some of their tales.
“I’d like to thank Thwaites Brewery for sponsoring the evening and look forward to inducting more players in 2015.”
Members of the Hall of Fame will be invited to join the celebration of sport in Wakefield at the home clash with London Broncos on Friday 13th June where tickets are just £10 for adults, £6 for concessions and kids go for just a quid! Buy yours from the Ridings Centre Store, the Stadium Box Office or call 01924 201548/211611.
The players in the Wakefield Trinity Hall of Fame are:
Neil Fox MBE
World Record Points scorer and member of the RFL’s Hall of Fame. He holds numerous club records with his totals of 574 appearances, 272 tries, 1,836 goals and 4,488 points in two spells for Trinity. He was part of the golden era in the 1960′s which saw three Challenge Cup victories, two RL Championships and three Yorkshire Cups.
Parkin held Trinity together throughout the 1920’s virtually single handed. He debuted in 1913 and went onto captain Trinity, Yorkshire, England and Great Britain as well as touring with the Great Britain Lions on three occasions, captaining them on the last two in 1924 and 1928. He was also an inaugural inductee into the RFL’s Hall of Fame in 1988.
Poynton is one of only four Trinity players to win the Lance Todd Trophy at Wembley (1963) as well as eleven winners medals in the great era of the 1960’s. He was captain when Trinity won their first RL Championship in 1967 and repeated the effort, lifting the trophy as captain in 1968. His skills at stand-off also saw him tour Australia with the 1962 Great Britain Lions.
One of the greatest players to have worn the red, white and blue in the last forty years. Another Trinity Lance Todd Trophy winner (1979) and Great Britain international and tourist (1979), his skills and try scoring ability was often the saviour of Trinity in the 1970’s. His 195 club tries are second to only Neil Fox in the club’s history.
Turner was one of the greatest captains in the club’s history having led the club to ten trophies and three other finals in his seven years at the club. He was also a Great Britain international regular being named vice-captain of the 1962 Great Britain Lions tour ‘Down Under’ in 1962
One of the greatest club men in the history of the club, Wilkinson served Trinity consistently for almost twenty years as a player, playing in 618 first class games between 1930 and 1949, an all time club record. His on-field skills also earned him Yorkshire and England caps in addition to a 1946 Challenge Cup winners medal.
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.
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.