Rugby league star who broke records for Leeds-based club dies aged 64
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He joined Bramley the following year and over 10 campaigns went on to set club records for most tries in a season and a career. In 248 games for the Villagers, Lister touched down 140 times, as well as kicking 33 goals and 16 drop goals.
The first player to score more than 100 tries for Bramley, his most prolific season was in 1985-86 when he crossed in 22 of his side’s 40 matches. His record tally of 34 tries during that campaign was 14 more than the club’s previous best.
Originally a centre and later stand-off, Lister’s final season with Bramley was in 1990-91. He made one appearance for Doncaster the following year. Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington was on Leeds’ playing staff at the same time as Lister. He said: “I knew him quite well, he was a very talented player with a real eye for a try and a good step.”
Peter Jarvis, who coached Lister at Bramley, remembered his ploy of kicking past the first line of defence, then kicking on past the full-back, collecting and scoring.
He recalled thinking ‘what are you doing?’ the first time he saw it, but came to realise it was a special skill.