A former Wakefield Trinity player, Reg Parker, has sadly passed away at the weekend.
Although Reg Parker only played eight first team games he made his debut in an iconic Trinity match as well as being a legend of the game in Lancashire, and rugby league in general.
Parker signed for Trinity from Barrow in February 1958 after a first class career with the Craven Park side. At that time Trinity were struggling a little in the league, had just been beaten 2-29 at Hull and the injury list was building up.
Six weeks earlier Trinity had also lost 5-52 at St.Helens so when the return fixture came round, Parker debuted in the second row, replacing the injured Ken Traill. Trinity also gave debuts to a young stand off, after successful trials, Harold Poynton, and a young hooker, Geoff Oakes who had spent many years in the reserves. In the shock of the season, all three had tremendous games in a 17-12 victory.
Parker was a 'tower of strength' in the Trinity pack over the next two months, running in six victories in the final eight games with massive scores over Doncaster (48-13 and 40-10), Batley (61-12) and Dewsbury (40-5). Travel from the North West became a struggle and at the end of the season, Parker was transferred to Blackpool Borough.
Pre-Trinity days, Parker had played 241 times for his home town team, Barrow, signing for them in 1948. These included a Challenge Cup winners medal at Wembley in 1955 aswell as a Lancashire and England appearance. After Blackpool he became the Great Britain Manager in the 1970s and Rugby League chairman in the 1980s
Reg Parker, passed away peacefully, at the age of 87 and the club send their condolences to his family and friends.