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|Full name||Castleford Tigers
Rugby League Football Club
|Ground||Wheldon Road (11,775)|
|Website||Club home page|
Castleford Tigers R.L.F.C. are an English rugby league club based in Castleford, West Yorkshire that plays in the rugby league top-tier Super League. Formed in 1926, the club were founder members of the 1996 Super League taking part in the inaugural competition and have won a number of major honours including the Challenge Cup four times. The club's most recent major trophy was the now-defunct 1994 Regal Trophy.
Castleford have a rivalry with neighbours Featherstone Rovers, Wakefield Trinity and Leeds. The club have been based at Wheldon Road in Castleford, since 1927, after moving from Sandy Desert in Lock Lane, Castleford.
The club's home colours are currently black and orange, although historically the home colours are black and amber.
- 1 History
- 2 2017 squad
- 3 2017 transfers
- 4 Coaching staff
- 5 Coach history
- 6 Club Honours
- 7 Super League Club Records
- 8 Players with 300+ appearances
- 9 Stadiums
- 10 Supporters
- 11 Kit sponsors and manufacturers
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
1896–1906: First Castleford club
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.
1926-1950s: Establishment of second club
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 to make 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 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 1986 they made it to the Premiership final, where they were beat Hull Kingston Rovers 15–14. 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 der Velde took Castleford to the Challenge Cup final Wembley where they were defeated by Wigan in 1992. A year later, Darryl van der Velde left to become chief executive of the South Queensland Crushers, he was succeeded by his assistant John Joyner.
Through the Darryl van der 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 then club record 40 league tries over the 1993–94 season.
1996–2004: Super League era
When a European Super League was suggested, Castleford resisted a merger with Wakefield Trinity and Featherstone Rovers, and became 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.
Castleford 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 Castleford 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 Castleford 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 Castleford 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 Trinity'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, it confirmed their relegation. Many Castleford fans do not accept this relegation and it become a grave point of contention with the governing body. Castleford 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. Castleford finished bottom of Super League in 2008, but were not relegated due to the newly in place franchise rules.
2009–2012: Re-establishment in Super League
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.
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.
2013–present: Daryl Powell era
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, Adam Milner, Ollie Holmes, Craig Huby 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. On 29 September 2015, the club announced the death of Chairman Jack Fulton.
((2017 Squad Numbers TBC on Jan 17))
|No.||Nat||Player||Tigers Debut||Previous Club|
|01||Zak Hardaker||Not Yet||Leeds Rhinos(Leeds Rhinos Loaned Zak To Penrith Panthers before loaning to Cas)|
|02||Greg Eden||8 May 2011 - Rochdale 10v72||Brisbane Broncos|
|03||Jake Webster||3 Feb 2013 – Warrington 40v24||Hull Kingston Rovers|
|04||Michael Shenton||1 May 2004 – 25v42 Wigan||St Helens RFC|
|05||Joel Monaghan||7 Feb 2016 – Hull KR 16v16||Warrington Wolves|
|06||Ben Roberts||14 Feb 2015 – Catalan 13v12||Melbourne Storm|
|07||Luke Gale||8 Feb 2015 – 22v24 Wakefield||Bradford Bulls|
|08||Andy Lynch||14 Feb 1999 – 14v40 Huddersfield||Hull F.C.|
|09||Adam Milner||4 July 2010 – 44v18 Huddersfield||Castleford Tigers Academy Ranks|
|10||Grant Millington||2 March 2012 – 14v36 Leeds||Canterbury Bulldogs|
|11||Oliver Holmes||9 April 2010 – Huddersfield 24v00||Castleford Tigers Academy Ranks|
|12||Mike McMeeken||27 Feb 2015 – St Helens 21v14||London Broncos|
|13||Nathan Massey||11 March 2007 – 88v10 Lock Lane||Castleford Tigers Academy Ranks|
|14||Gadwin Springer||5 June 2015 – 34v20 Widnes||Catalans Dragons|
|15||Paul McShane||7 August 2015 – 36v30 Hull FC||Wakefield Trinity|
|16||Matt Cook||11 April 2008 – 12v32 Hull FC||London Broncos|
|17||Junior Moors||8 Feb 2015 – 22v24 Wakefield||Melbourne Storm|
|18||Jesse Sene-Lefao||Not Yet||Cronulla Sharks|
|19||Larne Patrick||24 Apr 2016 – 16v58 Hull KR||Huddersfield Giants|
|20||Greg Minikin||24 March 2016 – 18v14 Leeds||York City Knights|
|21||Tuoyo Egodo||Not Yet||London Broncos|
|22||Dan Igbinedion||Not Yet||Oxford RLFC|
|23||Rangi Chase||15 Feb 2009 – 8v12 Harlequins RL||Leigh Centurions|
|24||Ash Robson||26 Apr 2015 – Salford 20v22||Castleford Tigers Academy Ranks|
|25||Brandon Douglas||8 Sept St Helens 40v16||Castleford Tigers Academy Ranks|
|26||Brandon Westerman||Not Yet||Castleford Tigers Academy Ranks|
|27||Dec Sheehan||Not Yet||Castleford Tigers Academy Ranks|
|28||Luke Million||Not Yet||Castleford Tigers Academy Ranks|
|00||Denny Solomona||8 Feb 2015 – 22v24 Wakefield||London Broncos|
Out on Loan
|No.||Nat||Player||Tigers Debut||On Loan At|
|01||Kieran Gill||Not Yet||Oldham Roughyeds|
|02||Will Maher||15 Aug 2014 - Warrington 48v10||Batley Bulldogs|
|03||Tom Holmes||3 May 2015 – 36v28 Catalan||Batley Bulldogs|
|04||Conor Fitzsimmons||1 May 2016 – 20v30 St Helens||Workington Town|
|05||Ben Crooks||7 Feb 2016 – Hull KR 16v16||Leigh Centurions|
|06||Jy Hitchcox||25 Feb 2016 – Hull FC 24v31||Batley Bulldogs|
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|Nat||Name||Moved From||Contract Length||Date Announced|
|Larne Patrick||Huddersfield Giants||3 Years||June 2016|
|Greg Eden||Brisbane Broncos||2 Years||June 2016|
|Tuoyo Egodo||London Broncos||2 Years||October 2016|
|Dan Igbinedion||Oxford RLFC||2 Years||October 2016|
|Jesse Sene-Lefao||Cronulla Sharks||2 Years||October 2016|
|Zak Hardaker||Leeds Rhinos||Season Loan||November 2016|
|Nat||Name||Moved To||Contract Length||Date Announced|
|Lee Jewitt||Townsville Blackhawks||1 Year||April 2016|
|Justin Carney||Salford Red Devils||3 Years||April 2016|
|Luke Dorn||Retirement||N/A||May 2016|
|Frankie Mariano||Featherstone Rovers||1 Year||November 2016|
|Ryan Boyle||Halifax RLFC||1 Year||October 2016|
|Daryl Powell||Head Coach|
|Danny Orr||Assistant Coach|
|Ryan Sheridan||Assistant Coach|
|Ben Cooper||Head of Strength & Conditioning|
|Jamie Bell||Strength & Conditioning Assistant|
|Richard Stead||Video Analyst|
|Matt Crowther||Head Physiotherapist|
|Michael Brown||Rehab Physiotherapist|
|Pete Riding||Football Manager|
|Paul Jackson||Player Welfare Manager|
|Pete Riding||Head of Youth Performance & Scholarship Head Coach|
|Tony Smith||Under 19's Head Coach|
|Darren Higgins||Talent Development Manager|
|Jamie Bell||Academy Strength & Conditioning|
|Brain Stanley||Scholarship Team Manager|
|Lee Holmes||Scholarship Coach|
|Lee Hughes||Scholarship Coach|
|Daniel Holmes||Scholarship Coach|
Board of Directors
|Brian Ashworth||Club President|
|Richard Wright||Board Member|
|Steve Vause||Board Member|
|Dion Lowe||Board Member|
|John Duff||Board Member|
|Terry Cheesbrough||Board Member|
|Mark Grattan||Board Member|
|Steve Gill||Chief Executive|
|* Dave Cox 1973–1974|
|Competitions||Number of Winners|
|BBC 2 Floodlit Trophy||x4|
|John Player Trophy||x1|
|National League 1 Champions||x1|
|National League 1 Grand Final Winners||x2|
|Yorkshire League Champions||x3|
|Competitions||Year of Trophy|
|001||Yorkshire League Champions||1932–1933|
|003||Yorkshire League Champions||1938–1939|
|004||Yorkshire League Champions||1964–1965|
|005||BBC 2 Floodlit Trophy||1965–1966|
|006||BBC 2 Floodlit Trophy||1966–1967|
|007||BBC 2 Floodlit Trophy||1967–1968|
|010||BBC 2 Floodlit Trophy||1976–1977|
|011||John Player Trophy||1976–1977|
|012||BBC 2 Floodlit Trophy||1976–1977|
|020||National League 1 Grand Final Winner||2005|
|021||National League 1 Champions||2007|
|022||National League 1 Grand Final Winner||2007|
Super League Era League Positions
|1996||9th||Super League I|
|1997||10th||Super League II|
|1998||6th||Super League III|
|1999||5th||Super League IV|
|2000||5th||Super League V|
|2001||8th||Super League VI|
|2002||6th||Super League VII|
|2003||8th||Super League VIII|
|2004||12th||Super League IX (Relegated)|
|2005||2nd||LHF National League 1 (Promoted)|
|2006||11th||Super League XI (Relegated)|
|2007||1st||Co-Operative Championship (Promoted)|
|2008||12th||Super League XIII|
|2009||7th||Super League XIV|
|2010||9th||Super League XV|
|2011||9th||Super League XVI|
|2012||13th||Super League XVII|
|2013||12th||Super League XVIII|
|2014||4th||Super League XIX|
|2015||5th||Super League XX (5th in Super 8's)|
|2016||6th||Super League XXI (5th in Super 8's)|
Super League Club Records
- Super League Player Records
Most tries in a game (Super League Matches Only):-
4 by Waine Pryce (vs Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 1 September 2002
4 by Rangi Chase (vs Harlequins Rugby League) 29 May 2011
4 by Kirk Dixon (vs Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 25 May 2013
4 by James Clare (vs Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 8 September 2013
4 by Denny Solomona (vs Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 31 May 2015
4 by Justin Carney (vs Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 19 July 2015
4 by Michael Shenton (vs Hull FC) 7 August 2015
4 by Denny Solomona (vs Warrington Wolves) 17 July 2016
Most goals in a game (Super League Matches Only):-
10 by Jamie Ellis (vs Huddersfield) 8 July 2012
Most points in a game (Super League Matches Only):-
24 by Kirk Dixon (vs Crusaders Rugby League) 27 March 2011 – (2 tries, 8 goals)
24 by Jamie Ellis vs Huddersfield Giants 8 July 2012 – (1 try, 10 goals)
Most Tries In Season (Super League Matches Only):-
40 by Denny Solomona 2016
Most Goals In Season (Super League Matches Only):-
118 (+2dg) by Luke Gale 2016
Most Points In a Season (Super League Matches Only):-
Luke Gale – 262 (2016)
Appearances – 29
Tries – 6
Goals – 118
Drop Goals – 2
- Super League Club Records
Salford City Reds 16 v 74 Castleford Tigers – 7 April 2002
- Heaviest Defeat:-
Castleford Tigers 4–72 St Helens RFC – 13 August 2006
- Highest Attendance:-
11,702 – 7 March Castleford Tigers vs Leeds Rhinos
All Club Records
- Player Records
Most Tries In a Game:-
5 by John Joyner (vs Millom) 16 September 1973
5 by Derek Foster (vs Hunslet) November 1972
5 by Steve Fenton (vs Dewsbury) 27 January 1978
5 by Ian French (vs Hunslet) 9 February 1986
5 by 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:-
42 by Denny Solomona 2016
Most Goals In a Season:-
158 by Sammy Lloyd – 1976–77
Most Points In a Season:-
334 by Bob Beardmore, 1983–84
- Career Records
- Club Records
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|
1926–Present: Wheldon Road
Wheldon Road was built in 1926 originally to be the home of Castleford Town F.C.. Castleford RLFC moved in for 1927 after playing their first season of rugby league across the river where Castleford Lock Lane now play their home games. Its record attendance was in 1935 when 25,449 fans watched Cas play Hunslet in the Challenge Cup third round. In 2015 it was announced that they would be leaving Wheldon Road and moving to a new stadium in Glasshoughton.
Five Towns Stadium
The Lateral Property group submitted a planning application for a proposed £135m development and Five Towns Stadium in Glasshoughton. In 2015 planning permission was given to build a new retail park and stadium called Five Towns retail park. Work is expected to start Autumn 2016 for Castleford to move into the stadium by the start of the 2018 season.
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Castleford have a large fanbase based on the size of the town by population/attendance records with 18.69% 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, York, Selby, 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.
Kit sponsors and manufacturers
The kit is supplied by XBlades. On the front of the shirt, CBR Engineering appear on the centre while SysServers Scada is on the top left and below it said "excellence at the heart of business" while GMB appear on the far top right and the far top left. A.J. Glassfibre is on the left sleeve while Bar Yorkshire Pride I, II & III Benidorm is on the right sleeve. On the back of the shirt, Riverside Car Sales appear on the top while Tetley's appear on the bottom. WSTS appear on the right of their front shorts while Carlton Lanes appear on the right of their back shorts.
- "The History Of Rugby League". Rugby League Information. napit.co.uk. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
- "Tributes for Castleford chairman Jack Fulton, who dies aged 83". SkySports.com. Sky Sports. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
- "Super League: St Helens 28–22 Castleford Tigers". BBC.co.uk. BBC Sport. 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
Matty Dawson scored two tries as St Helens twice fought back to end Castleford Tigers' unbeaten start to the Super League season.
- David Smart & Andrew Howard (1 July 2000). "Images of Sport – Castleford Rugby League – A Twentieth Century History". The History Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0752418957