Bradford Bulls and Dewsbury Rams to honour Jeff Grayshon with memorial trophy

FUTURE winners of league games between Dewsbury Rams and Bradford Bulls will lift the Jeff Grayshon Trophy.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 7:54 am
Jeff Grayshon.
Jeff Grayshon.

The clubs have decided to honour the rugby league legend, who passed away last week. Jeff Grayshon MBE was part of Dewsbury’s 1973 Championship winning team.

He made 235 starts and two substitute appearances in Rams colours. He also scored 31 tries for the club between 1970-1978.

He then went on to play for Bradford Northern from 1979-85, and then returned for a second spell in 1987, amassing well over 100 points and scoring 34 tries.

Grayshon began his career at full-back before moving into the forward positions.

He became the oldest player to have represented Great Britain having been recalled for the last two of his 24 international appearances in the 1985 home series against New Zealand.

The former Dewsbury and Bradford stalwart continued his career until he was 45-years-old and represented Yorkshire on 14 occasions.

Dewsbury Chairman Mark Sawyer said: “Jeff Grayshon played with distinction for our club and was part of the 1973 Championship winning team.

“He will be held in the highest regard by all of us.”

Bradford Bulls’ Nigel Wood added: “He played with flair and skill and it was no surprise when his country called, again in 1985.

“We are grateful that Jeff’s family have allowed the two clubs to celebrate his rugby life in this way.”

The inaugural Jeff Grayshon Memorial Trophy clash will take place on Sunday, April 25 at the Tetley’s Stadium at 7:30pm.

Meanwhile, Dewsbury Rams player Joe Wardill has been forced to retire from rugby league due to health and well-being concerns.

Head coach Lee Greenwood explained that Wardill came into pre-season without any injury concerns but a hip issue has forced him to retire.

The Rams chief feels it is the best decision for the player, even if it was a difficult one to make.

Greenwood explained: “It’s a real shame for Joe and us.

“He came into pre-season pain free and was looking good in training but over the last couple months his hip problems have resurfaced. I’m sure we could have managed him in order to play the odd game but we need to think about his health and well- being going forward.

“As sad as it is for him, he has made the right decision and this will allow him to concentrate on his study and work without the worry of not being able to walk properly or get out of bed.

“On behalf of the club I wish him all the very best in the future.”

The Rams are back in action against Whitehaven on Saturday.