Tributes to rugby star

GEOFF Clark, the last surviving member of Dewsbury RLFC's 1947 Championship final team and the oldest ex-player, has died after a lengthy illness, aged 88.

Cumbrian-born Geoff, of Drighlington, went to Crown Flatt in 1945 and played for Dewsbury for six years. He started on the wing but developed into a quality centre, particularly noted for the strength of his tackling.

He made seven appearances for Cumbria and was selected twice by England.

He was in the Dewsbury side beaten 13-4 by Wigan at Maine Road, Manchester in the 1947 final.

A quiet but cheerful man, he worked for some years at Yorkshire Transformer Company in Dewsbury and for three years was steward at Howley Hall Golf Club in Scotchman Lane.

He lived on Moorside Estate and is survived by his wife, Isabel, and son Tony. His daughter, Pat, passed away earlier this year. His funeral was held last Thursday.