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Wakefield Trinity RLFC: Fifty Great Games

Les Hoole

Wakefield Trinity Rugby League Football Club is one of the game’s most famous clubs. One of the founder members of the Northern Union at the time of the great split from English Rugby Union in 1895, it has since those early days been involved in countless memorable matches. This selection of 50 of the club’s greatest games recalls famous and inspiring victories throughout the club’s history and in more recent times.

 Gruelling Edwardian encounters against the first Kiwis and Kangaroos to tour Britain are recounted in detail, as are hard-fought league victories ground out in the driving rain and mud of the deepest northern midwinters. Heroic Yorkshire Cup Final triumphs against some of the county’s finest sides are remembered, along with the very first Challenge Cup Final victory against Hull at Headingley in 1909. And the single-point sucess over the mighty Wigan at Wembley in 1946, with Billy Stott’s dramatic final kick, finds its place among these proud wins. Wakefield’s successes down the years are well charted, from the glorious games of the 1960s when Trinity seemed unbeatable and brought every trophy back to their Belle Vue base, to the modern age of Super League and classic summertime victories against all the odds.

Each of the featured games has been meticulously researched using contemporary newspaper match reports. There are full descriptions of all the action and details are given of the players involved. The accounts are highly illustrated, with many previously unpublished pictures complementing each of the chosen matches. Les Hoole’s carefully compiled selection of classic matches is sure to appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of Wakefield Trinity.




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