Wembley trip would be for Tigers’ Jack

Castleford Tigers' Andy Lynch.
Castleford Tigers' Andy Lynch.
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CASTLEFORD Tigers prop Andy Lynch wants to get the club’s benevolent chairman a rare moment in the spotlight.

Octogenarian Jack Fulton is as far removed as you could imagine from, let’s say, his controversial counterpart at Salford Red Devils Marwan Koukash.

He has been at the Wheldon Road helm since 1993 but seldom is he caught in front of the cameras or seen coveting any publicity for himself.

Ahead of Sunday’s Challenge Cup semi-final against Widnes Vikings, as Daryl Powell’s side try and reach Wembley for the first time since 1992, Lynch said: “One thing that sticks out in my mind is if we did get there, it’d be for Jack Fulton.

“He doesn’t rant and rave like other chairman shouting about things. Jack just stays in the background and lets Powelly get on with it.

“It’d mean a hell of a lot for him and it’d be great for him to lead us out at a Challenge Cup final. He’s done massive things for this club, stuff which goes unnoticed really. It’d be a great honour to be there with him.”

Lynch, of course, was at the showpiece last year with Hull FC, losing out in disappointing style to Wigan, and has been a revelation in his second spell with Castleford.

The 34-year-old started out his career there in 1999 – the year Castleford infamously lost a semi-final when major favourites against London Broncos – and is currently being tipped as a potential Man of Steel by Powell.

“It’d be massive to do it (Wembley) again with Cas’,” continued the ex-Great Britain prop, who originally left for Bradford Bulls in 2004.

“I’ve had two or three semis with Cas when I was here before, and it means a lot to get there once more.”

Revitalised Castleford, who finished 12th last term, could also finish top for the first time and Lynch says they can deal with the pressure.

“We just go the same way as we have every week this season,” he said.

“We know teams will come at us a little bit more in the bigger games, so we’ve got to up our game.”