Castleford Tigers: Former stars out to launch Dennis Hartley biography, '˜Big Den'

SOME of the finest players of the 1960s and 1970s will be present at Castleford's Mend-A-Hose Jungle this evening (Tuesday 17 July) for the launch of `Big Den', the biography of the fearsome prop Dennis Hartley, which has been published by London League Publications.

Tuesday, 17th July 2018, 4:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th July 2018, 4:32 pm
Dennis Hartley, right, with former Cas team-mate Malcolm Reilly.

The likes of two of Hartley’s colleagues at Castleford, Malcolm Reilly and Alan Hardisty, together with his one-time Hunslet team-mate Peter Dunn and Bob Fox (the former secretary of Doncaster, where he started his career) and author Phil Hodgson will pay tribute to the man – a terror on the field but a real gentleman off it – who was a key figure in Great Britain’s last Ashes success in 1970.

Hartley was also a central figure in the glorious 1965 Challenge Cup Final, when Wigan edged Hunslet, and after transferring to Castleford was seen as the final piece of the jigsaw in a team that won the Challenge Cup in 1969 and 1970.

On retirement as a player, Dennis went on to nurture a host of youngsters at Wheldon Road, with the majority of the side that prevailed at Wembley in 1986 having gone through his hands as Castleford’s Colts coach.

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Admission to tonight’s event, which starts at 7.30pm and will take place in the Tigers Bar, under the main stand, is free. Former `Singing Referee’ John Kendrew will act as chair.

Details on how to purchase and/or order copies of the book will also be available this evening.