|Full name||Castleford Tigers
Rugby League Football Club
|Website||[Official site Club home page]|
Castleford Tigers are an English professional rugby league football club based in Castleford, West Yorkshire. Founded in 1926, Castleford play in Europe's elite competition, Super League, and was one of the twelve founder members when the new league format was introduced in 1996. Castleford have achieved four Challenge Cup victories in there history, but have never been champions of the top flight league. Castleford are based on Wheldon Road playing there home games at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle, and there training camp is based in the Lock Lane area of Castleford.
The 'Tigers' nickname and logo were introduced in 1992, as a push for commercial success, the name was based on the traditional club colours of Amber, Black and White. Castleford Tigers hold rivalry with local teams Wakefield Trinity, Featherstone Rovers and Leeds.
- 1 History
- 2 Future
- 3 Supporters
- 4 Kit sponsors and manufacturers
- 5 2015 Squad
- 6 2015 transfers
- 7 Club officials
- 8 Coach History
- 9 Club Honours
- 10 Super League era Finishing positions
- 11 Club Records
- 12 Players with 300+ appearances
- 13 Hall of Fame Inductees
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Castleford RFC joined the Northern Rugby Football Union for the 1896–97 season, its second and remained in the ranks of the semi-professionals until the end of the 1905–06 season. Not much is known about the original Castleford club, except that they have no connection with the present Castleford Tigers RLFC.
Castleford joined the league for the 1926-27 season. Many official records state that they were founded at this time but they had played successfully in the lower Yorkshire Cup for several years before this date. They actually joined the League "code" around 1920 and played in these early years at the Sandy Desert ground, which is now used by amateur club Castleford Lock Lane youth and junior teams. The club went professional in 1926 and moved to their current home ground on Wheldon Road in 1926.
The club soon started making a mark on northern rugby, winning their first major trophy when they topped the Yorkshire League in 1932, followed by victory in the Challenge Cup in 1935. In 1938, they made it to the Championship finals, but failed to take the cup. The Second World War meant the league was suspended soon after, and Castleford officially abstained from league competition until the 1944-45 season.
Castleford finished fourth in the national league in the 1962/63 season, the club's highest placed finish in their history. The following season they lost 7-5 to Widnes in the Challenge Cup semi-final replay at Belle Vue, Wakefield in front of a 28,700 crowd after drawing at Station Road, Swinton in the first meeting of the two clubs.
Castleford picked up where they left off when they were again beaten in the Championship finals in 1969, this time conceding defeat to arch-rivals Leeds. However, this loss seemed to spur the team on, and 1969 (v. Salford) and 1970 (Wigan Warriors|v. Wigan) saw Castleford win the Challenge Cup for two consecutive years, with clubs legends Alan Hardisty and Keith Hepworth leading the team.
John Sheridan was appointed head coach in 1973 for a spell. Castleford’s finished a respectable ninth in a one-division table but Sheridan stepped down following criticism from fans. During the late 1970s Castleford edged up the league, and in 1984 they made it to the Premiership final, where they were beaten by Hull Kingston Rovers. However, they finished consistently high over the next few years, and finished in the top four clubs in the Championship for four years during 1990-1995.
Darryl Van de Velde took Castleford to the Challenge Cup final Wembley where they were defeated by Wigan in 1992. A year later, Van de Velde left to become chief executive of the South Queensland Crushers, he was succeeded by his assistant John Joyner.
Through the Van de Velde and early Joyner years Castleford were lauded for there style and were labelled 'Classy Cas'. This enjoyable playing style was to come to fruition most spectacularly in 1994, when Castleford were dominating the league. As well as defeating legendary Wigan team to take the Regal Trophy 33-2, they were also semi-finalists in the Challenge Cup and were also narrowly defeated in the Premiership final. That season John Joyner, was named Coach-of-the-Year by the RFL. St John Ellis scored a record 40 league tries over the 1993–94 season.
Super League era
When a European Super League was suggested, Castleford resisted a merger with Wakefield Trinity and Featherstone Rovers, and becaming a founder member of the Super League in 1996. The team performed weakly at the start of the season causing the resignation of coach John Joyner, the team avoided relegation by a whisker in 1997 following the appointment of Stuart Raper.
The next season, they managed to frustrate the bleak predictions of pundits to move up the league, finishing sixth at the end of the season, after putting in some good performances and pleasing their fans with a sprinkling of victories.
In 1999, they continued on this upward trajectory, finishing fifth, as well as making the semi-finals of both the Challenge Cup and the Grand Final play-offs. This became one of the most famous seasons in the clubs recent past, with fans still remembering it with reverence. The team included many home grown players such as current assistant Danny Orr, and included that years Man of Steel winner Adrian Vowles. In 2000, the rise seemed to stall, as they repeated their fifth-place ranking and made the play-offs for a consecutive season. Raper left Castleford midway through the 2001 campaign to take charge of Wigan, his assistant Graham Steadman took over the reins as head coach.
The Tigers made the semi-final of the Challenge Cup in 2002, however the team was to fall down the table over the years to come. Gary Mercer guided the Tigers to five wins in their last 10 games after replacing Graham Steadman in 2004 but it was too little to save them from the drop as Castleford were relegated for the first time in the club's history. From the introduction of two divisions in the 1972-1973 Northern Rugby Football League season Castleford had spent 32 years in the top flight of British rugby league. Gary Mercer left the club following their relegation from Super League.
Dave Woods was appointed head coach and the Tigers finished second in the Co-Operative Championship in 2005 and were back in the Super League via play-offs following victory in the playoff final, as well as competing in the Northern Rail Cup final, where they lost to Hull Kingston Rovers.
Terry Matterson joined the Tigers in November 2005 in replacement of Woods. Castleford were celebrated for playing a good brand of Rugby League however it was not good enough to stop them from contesting a relegation dog fight which was to culminate in a historic match at Wakefield’s Belle Vue, dubbed ‘The Battle of Belle Vue’. It was a fight to stay in the league, and when Castleford lost to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, it confirmed their relegation. Many Castleford fans do not accept this relegation and it become a grave point of contention with the governing body. The Tigers were relegated from second bottom in front of the newly inducted French side, Catalans Dragons, whom had been given immunity from relegation that season, and behind Wigan whom had been found guilty of a breach of the salary cap rules.
In 2007 Castleford again made a quick return to Super League as they finished top of the Championship with only one loss all season and defeated Widnes 42 - 10 in the Co-Operative Championship play-off final. The Tigers finished bottom of Super League in 2008, but were not relegated due to the newly in place franchise rules.
In 2009 Castleford saw a brief return to success by reaching the Grand Final play-offs for the first time since Super League VII and made the semi-final of the Challenge Cup in 2011 before being knocked out by Leeds in an 8-10 defeat after extra time. Club captain Danny Nutley was that year named Man of Steel.
Terry Matterson stepped down at the end of the 2010/11 season to take up a coaching role in Australia and was replaced by former St Helens coach Ian Millward. Millward released by mutual consent on 9 April 2013 after a poor run of results with 1 win in 18 games and with the team at the bottom of the Super League table. Daryl Powell was appointed coach in May 2013 taking over from assistant coach Danny Orr, who had been in temporary charge of the club.
Under Daryl Powell and Danny Orr the club has again started to see success on and off the field. The 2014 side were again lauded as Classy Cas for their fast paced and exciting style, with home grown players such as club captain Michael Shenton, Daryl Clark and Andy Lynch whom was returning. The side reached the Challenge Cup final in August 2014, losing to local rivals Leeds 23-10, watched by a crowd of 77,914 at Wembley Stadium. The side would eventually finish 4th in Super League and qualify for the play-offs. They were beaten 41 - 0 by St. Helens in their first game and therefore granted a second chance at progressing with a home tie against Warrington. They were beaten 14 - 30 and therefore knocked out of the play-offs.
The Lateral Property group have submitted a planning application for a proposed £135m development and new Castleford stadium in Glasshoughton, Yorkshire-based GMI Construction Group has been appointed as the main contractor with construction work expected to start in summer 2015, subject to planning approval.
Castleford Tigers have a large fanbase based on the size of the town by population/attendance records with 17.6% of the town population attending home games, the club have averaged a gate close to 8,000 per home game throughout the Super League era. The majority of Castleford's matchday support comes from primarily Castleford and the nearby towns of Normanton, Kippax, Knottingley, Pontefract, Rothwell, Garforth, Sherburn-in-Elmet and Cross Gates.
While the club spent the 2005 & 2007 rugby league season in the Co-Operative Championship due to relegation the club still had an average attendance of 5,000+ and broke most records in the Co-Operative Championship for attendance most notably against Hull Kingston Rovers in the Northern Rail Cup final which was spectated by a crowd of 9,400 and the Co-Operative Championship record attendance of 20,814 in the 2007 grand final against Widnes.
Castleford's fanbase includes a host of celebrity supporters, including England international cricketers Chris Silverwood and Tim Bresnan, Coronation Street actor Alan Halsall, former Coronation Street actress Lucy-Jo Hudson and Notts County and former England footballer Alan Smith. Castleford are renowned for been many Rugby League fans' second club and their games will often be well attended by fans of other clubs. In some cases specialist fan clubs are formered the most recognised are the Hull fans "CasHullford" fan club which support the Tigers when Hull are not hosting a game. Castleford fans are also rennowed for their support of other clubs in the area such as Halifax and Batley.Castleford fans are the best supported teams in super league in terms of town population to average attendance with over 15% of the towns population coming down to each game
Kit sponsors and manufacturers
|Year||Kit Manufacturer||Main Shirt Sponsor|
|2000-2001||Safe Styke UK|
*Announced on 6 January 2015.
|Castleford Tigers 2015 Squad|
|First team squad||Coaching staff|
Updated: 6 January 2015
|No In||Name||Moved From||Contract Length||Date|
|1st||Junior Moors||Melbourne Storm||3 Years||July 2014|
|2nd||Ben Roberts||Melbourne Storm||2 Years||July 2014|
|3rd||Denny Solomona||London Broncos||2 Years||July 2014|
|4th||Matt Cook||London Broncos||2 Years||July 2014|
|5th||Steve Crossley||Featherstone Rovers||2 Years||August 2014|
|6th||Luke Gale||Bradford Bulls||3 Years||August 2014|
|7th||Scott Moore||London Broncos||2 Years||September 2014|
|8th||Mike McMeeken||London Broncos||2 Years||September 2014|
|No In||Name||Moved To||Contract Length||Date|
|1st||Brett Seymour||Whitehaven RLFC||1 ½ Years||June 2014|
|2nd||Weller Hauraki||Salford Red Devils||3 Years||July 2014|
|3rd||Marc Sneyd||Hull F.C.||3 Years||July 2014|
|4th||Dan Fleming||Bradford Bulls||2 Years||July 2014|
|5th||Daryl Clark||Warrington Wolves||4 Years||August 2014|
|6th||Lee Gilmour||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats - Player/Coach||2 Years||September 2014|
|7th||Craig Huby||Huddersfield Giants||4 Years||September 2014|
|8th||Garreth Carvell||Hull F.C.||Loan Return||September 2014|
|9th||Jamie Ellis||Huddersfield Giants||2 Years||September 2014|
|10th||Brad Day||Batley Bulldogs||1 Year||October 2014|
|11th||Richard Owen||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||3 Years||October 2014|
|12th||Ben Reynolds||Leigh Centurions||1 Year||October 2014|
|13th||Kirk Dixon||Retired||N/A||January 2015|
- Chairmen: Jack Fulton
- Chief Executive: Steve Gill
- Directors: Richard Wright, Ian Fulton, Steve Vause, Dion Lowe, John Duff, Terry Cheesbrough and Mark Grattan.
- Challenge Cup winners: 1934-35, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1985-86 (4 times)
- Yorkshire Cup winners: 1977-78, 1981–82, 1986–87, 1990–91, 1991-92 (5 times)
- Yorkshire League winners: 1932-33, 1938–39, 1964-65 (3 times)
- Regal Trophy winners: 1976-77, 1993-94 (twice)
- BBC2 Floodlit Trophy winners: 1965-66, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1976-77, (4 times)
- National League One winners: 2005, 2007
- National League One League Leaders: 2007
Super League era Finishing positions
- 1996: 9th in Super League I
- 1997: 10th in Super League II
- 1998: 6th in Super League III
- 1999: 5th in Super League IV
- 2000: 5th in Super League V
- 2001: 8th in Super League VI
- 2002: 6th in Super League VII
- 2003: 8th in Super League VIII
- 2004: 12th in Super League IX (relegated)
- 2005: 2nd place in Co-Operative Championship (promoted via playoffs)
- 2006: 11th in Super League XI (relegated)
- 2007: 1st place in Co-Operative Championship (promoted via playoffs)
- 2008: 12th in Super League XIII
- 2009: 7th in Super League XIV
- 2010: 9th in Super League XV
- 2011: 9th in Super League XVI
- 2012: 13th in Super League XVII
- 2013: 12th in Super League XVIII
- 2014: 4th in Super League XIX
Most tries in a season: 40 by St John Ellis 1993-1994
Most goals in a season: 158 by Sammy Lloyd 1976-1977
Most points in a season: 334 by Bob Beardmore 1983-1984
Most career tries: 206 by Alan Hardisty 1958-1971
Most career goals: 875 by Albert Lunn 1951-1963
Biggest win: 106-0 vs Rochdale Hornets, 9 September 2007
Highest attendance: 25,449 vs Hunslet, 9 March 1935
Super League Player records
- Most tries in a game:-
4 by Waine Pryce (vs Wakefield Trinity) 1 September 2002
4 by Rangi Chase (vs Harlequins Rugby League) 29 May 2011
4 by Kirk Dixon (vs Wakefield Trinity) 25 May 2013
4 by James Clare (vs Wakefield Trinity) 8 September 2013
- Most goals in a game:-
- Most points in a game:-
- Most tries in a season: 23 by Darren Rogers 1999
- Most goals in a season: 114 by Wayne Bartrim 2002
- Most points in a season:-
Danny Orr - 244 (1999)
Appearances - 35
Tries - 12
Goals - 97
Drop Goals - 2
Kirk Dixon - 244 (2011)
Appearances - 25
Tries - 10
Goals - 102
Super League Team records
- Biggest win: 106-0 vs Rochdale Hornets 9 September 2007
- Heaviest defeat: 4-72 vs St. Helens, 13 August 2006
- Highest attendance: 11,731 vs Leeds, 7 March 2004
- Most tries in a game: 5 by John Joyner (vs Millom) 16 September 1973, Derek Foster (vs Hunslet) November 1972, Steve Fenton (vs Dewsbury) 27 January 1978, Ian French (vs Hunslet) 9 February 1986 & St. John Ellis (vs Whitehaven) 10 December 1989
- Most goals in a game: 17 by Geoffrey "Geoff" 'Sammy' Lloyd (vs Millom) 16 September 1973
- Most points in a game: 43 by Sammy Lloyd (vs Millom) 16 September 1973
- Most tries in a season: 40 by St. John Ellis 1993-94
- Most goals in a season: 158 by Sammy Lloyd 1976-77
- Most points in a season: 334 by Bob Beardmore, 1983–84
- Most career tries: 206 by Alan Hardisty 1958-71
- Most career goals 875 by Albert Lunn 1951-63
- Most career points: 1870 by Albert Lunn 1951-63
Players with 300+ appearances
|= 2||431||Artie "Bruss" Atkinson||1926-1942|
|= 2||431||Dean Sampson||1987-2005|
|4||389||Thomas L. Taylor||1931-1946|
|= 9||338||Harold Haley||1932-1948|
|= 9||338||Trevor Briggs||1965-1978|
Hall of Fame Inductees
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- Unofficial Castigers.net
- Aye Of The Tigers Fanzine
- Supporters Club Website