Last night, I watched the 'Castleford rules OK?' episode of John Noakes' programme, from 1977. It was actually pretty good, and fans of the game will see some names from the past, both famous and more obscure. Player/coach Mal Reilly is genial and articulate, and the players are welcoming and willing to enter into the fun. There's also a fleeting appearance by a second-teamer with a lovely head of hair by the name of John Kear.
The club put John through some training sessions before playing him at stand-off in a first v second team match. Eddie Waring turned up to commentate. Apart from his tendency to do the pointless RU-style "falling over pass" from the scrum, it's good stuff. At one point, he was let through the defence for a try, after which he was, as is traditional, mobbed by urchins in parkas.
It also reminds you how big a name he was, as the friendly match, arranged at short notice got a crowd that, as one person observed, wasn't far off that of a proper match day.