Hull Kingston Rovers and Castleford Tigers will celebrate the life of a Rugby League legend when they compete for the inaugural Roger Millward Trophy next week.
The trophy is modelled on Millward’s famous number six shirt and has been introduced by both clubs with the support of Roger’s family as a way to remember the former Rovers and Castleford star who passed away in 2016 at the age of 68.
Rovers’ tributes to Millward so far have included the retirement of their number six shirt and the renaming of Hull’s Garrison Road as Roger Millward Way, with Rovers and the Tigers now set to compete for the Roger Millward Trophy at the KCOM Craven Park on Thursday 1 March, kick-off 7:45pm.
The trophy will then be competed for by the two clubs in a one-off match at alternate grounds each year.
Rovers chairman, Neil Hudgell, said: “We all miss Roger dearly but we were adamant that we would ensure his legacy would continue to live on. As well as being a tremendous player for the club, he was also a wonderful servant to the game and he’s remembered fondly by both Hull Kingston Rovers and Castleford supporters, as well as by the wider rugby league community.
“There have been many tributes to Roger The Dodger both for his abilities as a player and his qualities as a person, and it’s only fitting that we continue to recognise his incredible service to the game and acknowledge just how important he was to our club in particular.
“He was without a doubt the greatest player in Hull Kingston Rovers’ history and we very grateful for the support we’ve had from Castleford in agreeing to make this fixture a regular part of our calendars.
“To host the inaugural Roger Millward Trophy match here at KCOM Craven Park is a huge honour and it will be down to the players of both sides to do the occasion justice.”
Castleford Tigers chairman, Ian Fulton, said: “We are really looking forward to taking on Hull KR at KCOM Craven Park next Thursday night, and we are honoured to remember the legacy of Roger Millward with the introduction of the Roger Millward Trophy.
“Roger was a true legend of Rugby League and we hope to see a full house on Thursday night to pay tribute to such a fine gentleman.”