Town to commemorate Dewsbury’s title success

Mike Lumb and Mike Stephenson holding the cup
Mike Lumb and Mike Stephenson holding the cup
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Further celebrations of Dewsbury Rugby League Club’s historic championship victory will brought back to life in the town centre tomorrow.

Dewsbury’s rugby stars paraded the Championship trophy before 5,000 supporters in front of the town hall having beaten Leeds in the 1973 final at Odsal.

Many of that team will re-live the moment when ’73 captain Mike Stephenson will be re-presented with the Championship trophy at the town hall as part of tomorrow’s rugby league celebration day.

A range of other rugby related activities are also taking place from 10am.

Cinema footage of the 1973 triumph is being screened and rugby stars with connections to Dewsbury will also be attending.

Dewsbury-born Bradford Bulls coach Francis Cummins and Matt Diskin have both indicated they will be at the celebrations, which include a rugby league mascots race and inflatable games.

The Rams take a break from action this week due to the Northern Rail Cup semi-finals, which saw Batley Bulldogs travel to Leigh Centurions last night and Doncaster taking on Sheffield Eagles this evening.

Glenn Morrison’s men return with a tough trip to Workington Town on Sunday July 7 in a game which is certain to have a huge say in the Kingstone Press Championship play-off race.

Last week’s 35-16 defeat at home to Halifax leaves Dewsbury seventh in the table, two points above Workington but having played two games more.

After next week’s trip to Cumbria, Dewsbury entertain fellow play-off rivals York City Knights on July 14 before travelling to Keighley Cougars on July 21 for another important clash. The next month looks like being crucial to the Rams’ play-off aspirations.