The Ellis Rugby book preview. Castleford Tigers Rugby League. A Ninety Years Statistical and Pictorial Record by Ian & Roy Garbett. In memory of Len Garbett. Foreward by Alan Hardisty, Player, Captain, Coach and President of Castleford Players Association. Steve Gill, Director and CEO Castleford Rugby League Football Club. Daryl Powell, Head Coach Castleford Rugby League Football Club.

Castleford Tigers Rugby League. In memory of Len Garbett.

Len Garbett was born at 32 Princess Street, Wheldon Road, the youngest of nine children, born to William and Rosina Garbett (nee Doidge).

The rear back bedrooms of the even numbers on Princess Street overlooked the rugby ground providing young Len Garbett, his family and neighbours, free viewing at every home ground.
In July 1935, just weeks after Castleford’s Wembley triumph Len signed semi-professional forms for the Club. Like most players he didn’t receive a signing on fee.Len eventually made his first team debut at York on Easter Monday 1938 and also played the following day, away against Leeds. Unfortunately his career was effectively ended when war was declared against Germany.
He was involved with the Castleford club in various different roles. Probably his proudest moment came when he was invited to become President of Castleford RLFC. He regarded it as a great honour, becoming only the third President following and remained in the position until his death in August 2009 which brought to a close his 74 year association with the club. This book is a great tribute to Len by Ian and Roy Garbett.

Castleford Tigers Rugby League. A Ninety Years Statistical and Pictorial Record – Summary

Ok, ok, I agree this may not be everyone’s idea of a good read. But if you love statistics and the history of Rugby League. In particular the great Castleford club. And the many great players who have worn the black & amber jersey. Then this is a great reference book.
This exhaustive statistical compendium of one of British rugby league’s most popular clubs is a must for every Castleford Tigers supporter and anyone with an interest in the history of rugby.
Providing a record of teams, scorers and results in every single match played since the birth of the club in 1925-26 and over the subsequent ninety years, it is an unmissable treat for any sporting bookshelf.

There are player statistics too for every season, including total career records and over five hundred photographs.

Where to buy?

Available from Scratching Shed Publications to VIEW. Also, why not take a look at our Vintage Castleford 1969 Rugby League Shirt, inspired by one of the clubs favourite sons Malcolm Reilly, to VIEW.