Former Castleford and Wakefield rugby star Tony Dean dies after cancer battle

Tony Dean
Tony Dean

Former Castleford Tigers star Tony Dean and Wakefield Wildcats coach has died at the age of 65 after a battle with the cancer.

Mr Dean, who played for Castleford between 1969 and 1973 before going on to coach at Wakefield for two years in the 1980s, died on Friday.

Lee Robinson, club historian at Wakefield Wildcats and who was also on the coaching staff at the same time as Mr Dean, said: “Tony had a great personality as a coach, generally full of humour as well as encouragement for the youngsters at the club and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

“Everyone at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats sends their condolences to Tony’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

His funeral will take place at St Cuthbert’s Church, in Ackworth on Friday, August 1 from 1pm.