Denzil Webster

DENZIL Webster, the former Castleford centre who was inducted into the club's official Hall of Fame, has died aged 75.

Mr Webster, known for his blistering pace at his home town club, scored 63 tries in only 98 games in the 1950s. He had been spotted playing for an Army team while doing National Service.

He was also chosen to represent Yorkshire in 1955 before being

transferred to York for a big fee in the 1956-57 season.

His speedy runs and skill made him a big favourite at Clarence Street and he went on to score 34 tries in 59 matches before being forced to retire because of a leg injury in 1958-59.

Mr Webster, who taught PE at Danesmead Secondary School in York, maintained his interest in rugby league after his playing days. He became president of York Wasps from the mid 1990s to 2001. He was also secretary and president of York RL Past Players' Association.

He was a keen cricketer, playing for Castleford in the Yorkshire League when he was still at school. He moved to live in York in 1956 and then played for York CC.

From 1961, Mr Webster played for – and captained – Acomb in the York and District Senior Cricket League. He led them to the first division title in 1978.

Mr Webster is survived by his wife, Dorothy, son John and two grandchildren. The funeral service will be held at York Crematorium on Thursday at 2pm.