RIP Terry Ramshaw
One of our former heroes, Terry Ramshaw passed away yesterday (Monday 9th Jan) after a long illness. He was 74.
When Terry Ramshaw signed for Trinity in August 1968, he was already an established second row forward having played seven years of first team rugby league, with three different clubs, gained a county cap and played in two major finals.
He started with Castleford Juniors before signing with Featherstone Rovers in 1960, debuting in the 1961-62 season and playing in the 1963 Yorkshire Cup Final in Rovers’ 0-10 loss to Halifax. Two years later, after 100 games, he signed for Halifax and played in their 1965 RL Championship Final defeat to St.Helens. He was selected for Yorkshire in 1966, playing in their 17-22 loss to Lancashire at Headingley. Another year and another move as he signed for Bradford Northern in October 1967 before arriving at Belle Vue the following year.
He made a try scoring debut in a 31-12 home win over Salford on 24th August 1968 alongside five future ‘Hall of Famers’, in Ian Brooke, Neil Fox, Harold Poynton, Don Fox and Bob Haigh. He made 31 appearances in that first season, scoring another three tries and was a corner stone of the pack that were eighty minutes from Wembley, losing out to Castleford in the 1969 semi final. He made nineteen appearances the following season, scoring five tries, two coming in the 59-3 demolition of Hunslet in March 1970. By now he had formed a fine second row partnership with Bob Haigh. When Haigh moved to Leeds in the off-season, Terry then partnered Rob Valentine on twenty two occasions, scoring another six tries with another brace in a 42-6 win over Workington Town in December 1970. He was also one step away from another Championship Final in 1971, but Trinity lost at Wigan in the semi final.
Terry played nine more games the following season, before it was time for another move and he left for Salford in October 1971. His last Trinity game was a 38-10 home win over Barrow on 2nd October 1971, partnering Peter Harrison in the second row. Terry’s Trinity career yielded fifteen tries from eighty one appearances and he earned a heritage number of 745.
He would play for another seven years before finally retiring in 1978. He played 41 times for Salford, including his third cup final loss, the 1973 Players No6 Final, before moving to Hull KR in 1974. A year on Humberside (16 games) was followed by a move to Oldham in 1975 (33 games) and his final move saw him sign for York in 1977 and his fourth and final, cup final loss, the 1978 Yorkshire Cup Final.
He was fine second rower forward with a fine career behind him and he lived in Pontefract for many years before his ill health. His son, Jason also had a fine career with Halifax and Keighley. The club’s thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.