Tributes to rugby star Joe

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Tributes have been paid to former Castleford and Featherstone Rovers’ prop Joe Anderson who has died, aged 86.

Mr Anderson, who played for Castleford between 1948 and 1955, died of kidney cancer on December 20.

He made 204 appearances for the club after signing from amateur team Lock Lane Rugby League Club.

Mr Anderson also set up his own haulage company, JT Anderson Transport, before going on to play and coach at Featherstone.

His grandson Dominic Edwards, 27, said: “He really was a true gentleman - that is the one thing that everybody said about him.

“He absolutely loved his rugby. It was a massive part of his life but in those days you had to work as well so he was very committed to both.”

Mr Anderson played three games for Yorkshire during his time at Wheldon Road before signing for Leeds in 1955 for £1,700. He was a member of Leeds’ Challenge Cup winning team in 1957.

Mr Anderson,originally from Monk Fryston, retired from the sport during the 1960/61 season at the age of 32.

He leaves behind one daughter, four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

His funeral will take place at Holy Cross Church, Fryston Road, Castleford, on Thursday, January 8 at 2pm, followed by a service at Pontefract Crematorium at 2.45pm. There will be refreshments at The Carleton Hotel, Pontefract, afterwards.