Castleford Tigers

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Full name Castleford Tigers
Rugby League Football Club

Classy Cas
The Fords

Founded 1926; 90 years ago (1926)
Ground Wheldon Road (11,775)
Chairman Ian Fulton
Manager Daryl Powell
League Super League
2015 season 5th
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.


1896–1906: First Castleford club[edit]

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[edit]

Castleford joined the league for the 1926–27 season.[1] 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.

1960–1972: Success[edit]

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.

1973–1995: Consistency[edit]

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[edit]

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.

2005–2008: Relegations[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.[2]

Castleford started the season unbeaten before losing to fellow Super League team St Helens.[3]

2017 squad[edit]

((2017 Squad Numbers TBC on Jan 17))

No. Nat Player Tigers Debut Previous Club
01 England Zak Hardaker Not Yet Leeds Rhinos(Leeds Rhinos Loaned Zak To Penrith Panthers before loaning to Cas)
02 England Greg Eden 8 May 2011 - Rochdale 10v72 Brisbane Broncos
03 New Zealand Jake Webster 3 Feb 2013 – Warrington 40v24 Hull Kingston Rovers
04 England Michael Shenton 1 May 2004 – 25v42 Wigan St Helens RFC
05 Australia Joel Monaghan 7 Feb 2016 – Hull KR 16v16 Warrington Wolves
06 Samoa Ben Roberts 14 Feb 2015 – Catalan 13v12 Melbourne Storm
07 England Luke Gale 8 Feb 2015 – 22v24 Wakefield Bradford Bulls
08 England Andy Lynch 14 Feb 1999 – 14v40 Huddersfield Hull F.C.
09 England Adam Milner 4 July 2010 – 44v18 Huddersfield Castleford Tigers Academy Ranks
10 Australia Grant Millington 2 March 2012 – 14v36 Leeds Canterbury Bulldogs
11 England Oliver Holmes 9 April 2010 – Huddersfield 24v00 Castleford Tigers Academy Ranks
12 England Mike McMeeken 27 Feb 2015 – St Helens 21v14 London Broncos
13 England Nathan Massey 11 March 2007 – 88v10 Lock Lane Castleford Tigers Academy Ranks
14 France Gadwin Springer 5 June 2015 – 34v20 Widnes Catalans Dragons
15 England Paul McShane 7 August 2015 – 36v30 Hull FC Wakefield Trinity
16 England Matt Cook 11 April 2008 – 12v32 Hull FC London Broncos
17 Samoa Junior Moors 8 Feb 2015 – 22v24 Wakefield Melbourne Storm
18 Samoa Jesse Sene-Lefao Not Yet Cronulla Sharks
19 Wales Larne Patrick 24 Apr 2016 – 16v58 Hull KR Huddersfield Giants
20 England Greg Minikin 24 March 2016 – 18v14 Leeds York City Knights
21 England Tuoyo Egodo Not Yet London Broncos
22 England Dan Igbinedion Not Yet Oxford RLFC
23 England Rangi Chase 15 Feb 2009 – 8v12 Harlequins RL Leigh Centurions
24 England Ash Robson 26 Apr 2015 – Salford 20v22 Castleford Tigers Academy Ranks
25 England Brandon Douglas 8 Sept St Helens 40v16 Castleford Tigers Academy Ranks
26 England Brandon Westerman Not Yet Castleford Tigers Academy Ranks
27 England Dec Sheehan Not Yet Castleford Tigers Academy Ranks
28 England Luke Million Not Yet Castleford Tigers Academy Ranks
00 Samoa Denny Solomona 8 Feb 2015 – 22v24 Wakefield London Broncos

Out on Loan[edit]

No. Nat Player Tigers Debut On Loan At
01 England Kieran Gill Not Yet Oldham Roughyeds
02 England Will Maher 15 Aug 2014 - Warrington 48v10 Batley Bulldogs
03 England Tom Holmes 3 May 2015 – 36v28 Catalan Batley Bulldogs
04 England Conor Fitzsimmons 1 May 2016 – 20v30 St Helens Workington Town
05 England Ben Crooks 7 Feb 2016 – Hull KR 16v16 Leigh Centurions
06 Australia Jy Hitchcox 25 Feb 2016 – Hull FC 24v31 Batley Bulldogs

2017 transfers[edit]


Nat Name Moved From Contract Length Date Announced
Wales Larne Patrick Huddersfield Giants 3 Years June 2016
England Greg Eden Brisbane Broncos 2 Years June 2016
England Tuoyo Egodo London Broncos 2 Years October 2016
England Dan Igbinedion Oxford RLFC 2 Years October 2016
Samoa Jesse Sene-Lefao Cronulla Sharks 2 Years October 2016
England Zak Hardaker Leeds Rhinos Season Loan November 2016


Nat Name Moved To Contract Length Date Announced
England Lee Jewitt Townsville Blackhawks 1 Year April 2016
Australia Justin Carney Salford Red Devils 3 Years April 2016
Australia Luke Dorn Retirement N/A May 2016
England Frankie Mariano Featherstone Rovers 1 Year November 2016
Ireland Ryan Boyle Halifax RLFC 1 Year October 2016

Coaching staff[edit]

1st Team[edit]

Name:- Position:-
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

Youth Development[edit]

Name:- Position:-
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[edit]

Name:- Position:-
Ian Fulton Chairman
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

Coach history[edit]

* Dave Cox 1973–1974

Club Honours[edit]

Competitions Number of Winners
BBC 2 Floodlit Trophy x4
Challenge Cup x4
John Player Trophy x1
National League 1 Champions x1
National League 1 Grand Final Winners x2
Regal Trophy x1
Yorkshire Cup x5
Yorkshire League Champions x3
Competitions Year of Trophy
001 Yorkshire League Champions 1932–1933
002 Challenge Cup 1934–1935
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
008 Challenge Cup 1968–1969
009 Challenge Cup 1969–1970
010 BBC 2 Floodlit Trophy 1976–1977
011 John Player Trophy 1976–1977
012 BBC 2 Floodlit Trophy 1976–1977
013 Yorkshire Cup 1977–1978
014 Yorkshire Cup 1981–1982
015 Challenge Cup 1985–1986
016 Yorkshire Cup 1986–1987
017 Yorkshire Cup 1990–1991
018 Yorkshire Cup 1991–1992
019 Regal Trophy 1993–1994
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[edit]

Year Pos. Competitions
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[edit]

  • 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

Biggest Win:-
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[edit]

  • 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

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

  • Club Records

Castleford's Biggest Win:-
9 September 2007 – LHF National League 1
Rochdale Hornets 0 v 106 Castleford Tigers

Highest Attendance:-
9 March 1935 – Castleford Tigers vs Hunslet Hawks – 25,449

Players with 300+ appearances[edit]


Rank Appearances Player Years
1 613 John Joyner 1972–1992
= 2 431 Artie "Bruss" Atkinson 1926–1942
= 2 431 Dean Sampson 1987–2005
3 401 Alan Hardisty 1958–1971
4 389 Thomas L. Taylor 1931–1946
5 373 George Lewis 1929–1945
6 363 Albert Lunn 1951–1963
7 346 Keith England 1982–1994
8 344 Kenneth Pye 1950–1963
= 9 338 Harold Haley 1932–1948
= 9 338 Trevor Briggs 1965–1978
10 329 Keith Hepworth 1958–1972
11 328 Clive Dickinson 1963–1975
12 325 George Howard 1948–1959
13 323 Robert Spurr 1968–1983
14 320 Michael Redfearn 1965–1977
15 316 Malcolm Reilly 1967–1986
16 315 Peter Small 1958–1969
17 313 Kevin Ward 1978–1990
18 309 Derek Edwards 1960–1972
19 306 Martin Ketteridge 1984–1995
20 301 John Sheridan 1955–1966


1926–Present: Wheldon Road[edit]

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[edit]

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.


Castleford supporters at Wembley during the 2014 Challenge Cup Final.

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.[citation needed]

Kit sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

Current kit[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The History Of Rugby League". Rugby League Information. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Tributes for Castleford chairman Jack Fulton, who dies aged 83". Sky Sports. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Super League: St Helens 28–22 Castleford Tigers". 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. 
  4. ^ David Smart & Andrew Howard (1 July 2000). "Images of Sport – Castleford Rugby League – A Twentieth Century History". The History Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0752418957

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