Fabulous five inducted into York RL Hall of Fame

Fabulous five inducted into York RL Hall of Fame

HALL OF FAME: Kevin Harkin, after being inducted at the sporting dinner

HALL OF FAME: Geoff Hunter, left, with guest speaker Ray French at the Hall of Fame dinner

HALL OF FAME: Graham Steadman, scoring the winning try in the 1984 Challenge Cup quarter-final against Castleford

HALL OF FAME: Rich Hayes, after his 400th career appearance, in 2003

HALL OF FAME: The late, great Charlie Taylor

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FIVE players were inducted into the York RL Hall of Fame at a packed-out sporting dinner at Huntington Stadium.

Supporters, former board members and ex-players, along with current members of the York City Knights team, were present to honour these stars of the past at last night's ceremony, at which the guest speaker was acclaimed BBC rugby league commentator and former dual-code star Ray French.

The five are listed.

Charlie Taylor, a centre who played 242 games from 1938 to 1951, scoring 53 tries and eight goals.

Geoff Hunter, another threequarter, who played 258 games plus 20 as substitute between 1955 and 1971, scoring 31 tries and 26 goals.

Kevin Harkin, a scrum-half, who played 146 games plus 18 as substitute between 1975 and 1981, scoring 29 tries. Harkin played in the 1978 Yorkshire Cup final and was one of the stars of the Division Two championship-winning season of 1980-81.

Graham Steadman, who signed for York from Knottingley rugby union in 1982 and played 95 games, scoring 66 tries, 252 goals and 13 drop goals before transferring to Featherstone in 1986. The stand-off went on to represent Great Britain and held the world record transfer fee when he moved from Featherstone to Castleford for £170,000 in 1989. He is also in the Castleford Hall of Fame, and is a coach at Newcastle Falcons RUFC having been defence coach for Scotland in the 15-a-side game.

Rich Hayes, who began his career with York Wasps in 1989 and finished it with York City Knights in 2004, being the re-formed club's first-ever captain. The prop made a total of 290 appearances plus one as substitute for York, scoring 10 tries. Along with spells at Hull KR and Hunslet, he made more than 400 appearances in the pro game - a rare feat in the modern era.

This quintet joined the seven former favourites who were inducted at the inaugural event last year - Willie Hargreaves, Edgar Dawson, Baz Watts, Vic Yorke, Norman Fender, Gary Smith and Geoff Pryce.

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