SMITH: Stan

Died on 14 November 2012: Former rugby league star Stan Smith died aged 75. He started playing rugby at Sandal Magna and Manygates Secondary Schools and signed as a teenager for Wakefield Trinity in the 1950s. He worked his way up and was picked for the first team, playing beside other greats such as Neil Fox and Harold Poynton. He was a winger during the most successful period in the club’s history in the 1960s. He later played for Bramley in West Leeds. Stan, who worked as a coach trimmer at the West Riding Bus Company for nearly 50 years, was also notable for being one of three first-team players to marry three sisters. The funeral at Wakefield Crematorium was attended by many of the old 1960s squad.

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