Hull set to rename road after KR legend Roger Millward

A MAJOR road into Hull is to be renamed in honour of the city's legendary rugby league player Roger Millward.

Roger Millward, who passed away earlier this year.
Roger Millward, who passed away earlier this year.

Hull City Council plans to rename Garrison Road to Roger Millward Way in recognition of his contribution to the city and his career with Hull KR.

Leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Stephen Brady said: “Roger Millward had a huge influence on rugby and was an honoured citizen of Hull for many years. Following calls from supporters and Councillor Chris Sumpton, I feel this is a fitting tribute to a man that worked incredibly hard and contributed so much to the city and to his beloved sport.”

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Hull KR Chairman Neil Hudgell said: “Roger was an icon of the game and a significant part of the rich rugby heritage in this city. Renaming a major road that carries thousands of vehicles into the east of the city daily is a fitting and permanent tribe to Roger.

“We are extremely grateful to the council, particularly Coun Brady and Coun Sumpton for moving this tribute forward so quickly.”

The road serves as one of the key gateways into east Hull and Coun Brady will now ask local ward councillors in the Riverside and Park areas to support the proposal for re-naming at a future meeting. Millward was a hugely successful player and coach and was already an international when he joined from Castleford in 1966. He then went on to become an icon of the game during his spell at Craven Park, making 406 appearances, scoring a club record 207 tries and kicking 607 goals. Hull has previously named a road after rugby league legend Clive Sullivan.

Following his retirement from playing Millward then served as a coach at the club, committing 25 years’ service, and was awarded the MBE for his services to rugby league in 1983 and inducted into the Rugby League Hall of Fame in 2000. He sadly passed away earlier this year at the age of 68.