One of Wakefield Trinity's oldest surviving players passed away on Monday, when former full back, Gerald Lockwood, passed away on Monday 23rd February, aged 87.
'Gerry' signed for Trinity in January 1956 from Halifax, joining his brother, Eric, in the Trinity ranks. He debuted at full back, the same week, in the 32-3 home victory over Hull Kingston Rovers on 14th January, kicking four goals. He was an accomplished goal kicker, kicking 39 in his fourteen games in that season. Two of his notable games were the RL Challenge Cup quarter final when Gerry kicked two goals in the narrow 10-14 defeat to Barrow in front of a 20,514 crowd, followed by a 5-9 defeat at Keighley a fortnight later, kicking a single goal, when a young sixteen year old centre made his debut, by the name of Neil Fox.
With future international full back, Frank Mortimer, back to full fitness, Gerry found himself in the A team in the early stages of the 1956-57 season, missing out on the Yorkshire Cup success. Gerry's one and only game that season saw him play at Featherstone when Mortimer was selected for Great Britain duty against Australia. Unfortunately, within a couple of weeks, Gerry had broken his leg in an A team match which saw retirement at the end of the season. The Featherstone game on 17th November was his last Trinity first team game.
Gerry was Lupset born and bred and played for Keighley in his early days. He was raised in Lupset with his sister and three brothers and worked as a plumber throughout his adult life. His full Trinity playing record was 39 goals in 15 games and his heritage number is 626.
The club's thoughts are with Gerald's family and friends.