Shaw Cross Sharks captain Fawkes scoops inaugural Lancaster award

Alan Lancasters grandson Oliver, daughter Belinda, award winner Andrew Fawkes and Alans other daughter Amanda.
Alan Lancasters grandson Oliver, daughter Belinda, award winner Andrew Fawkes and Alans other daughter Amanda.

Shaw Cross Sharks stalwart Andrew Fawkes scooped the inaugural Alan Lancaster award last Saturday for his outstanding services to the club.

Fawkes is club captain at Shaw Cross and received the award for his conduct as a player and more recently a leader and coach.

The Sharks were hosts to the family of their late President Alan Lancaster MBE as they visited the club to present a new prestigious award in memory of their father.

Mr Lancaster had given the club outstanding service over many years .

He was a founder member who played at the club in 1947 before pursuing a professional career with Bradford Northern, Huddersfield and Doncaster.

Mr Lancaster returned to the club when he retired from playing and served on the committee as chairman, treasurer and president for over 40 years.

He also served on the Yorkshire Association of Boys Clubs Committee (now Yorkshire Clubs for Young People) for many years.

Shaw Cross club chairman Chris Smith said: “Andrew was a popular choice for this inaugural award as he epitomises everything good about this club and rugby league.

“He started playing here as a young boy and has developed in to a great sportsman who sets a good example to all at the club by the way he conducts himself on and off the field.

“He has a positive attitude and his popularity with his teammates speaks volumes for his character. This award is in recognition of all those qualities.”