Castleford Tigers and junior RL stalwart Clift dies

Castleford Tigers are mourning stalwart supporter Bill Clift MBE who died on Friday.

Bill Clift

Clift, pictured right, also had a spell as chief executive of Bramley in the late 1990s. A statement from the club read: “Bill has done a lot of work with and for Castleford Tigers over the years [which] culminated with him becoming the chair of trustees for the Tigers Trust.

“He has been associated with local school Castleford Academy for over 35 years and for a large part of his time with the school as chair of governors. Bill was passionate and loyal to both Castleford and the local community.

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“He dedicated his time and experience to all facets of his life and he will be greatly missed by everybody.

“Once again, this is a very sad time for everyone who knew Bill and our thoughts are with Bill’s family at this very difficult time.”

Former Leeds star Garry Schofield tweeted a tribute to Clift, saying: “So sad to hear my great friend Bill Clift has passed away. He was a great man who did wonderful work for junior rugby league. He is irreplaceable. Rest in peace mate.”