Castleford Tigers mourn former player who also had spells with Leeds rugby league clubs

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Castleford Tigers and Hunslet RLFC are mourning former player Trevor Chawner, who has died at the age of 77.

A prop-forward, Chawner made his debut for hometown club Castleford in a 15-0 Easter Monday derby at Featherstone Rovers on April 23, 1973. The last of his 14 appearances came on Boxing Day that year, also at Featherstone, when Castleford were beaten 10-6.

After Castleford, Chawner joined New Hunslet where he played throughout the 1974-75 and 1975-76 seasons, scoring six tries in 51 appearances. His final game was a 17-15 loss to Batley on September 12, 1976.

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Earlier in his career, Chawner had stepped up from the Bison Sports amateur team to play one game for the old Hunslet club during a players’ strike. He kicked a goal in a 54-5 defeat at Oldham on August 26, 1970. Chawner also featured professionally with Huddersfield and Keighley and his amateur clubs included Market District, Queens (as captain) and Yew Tree.