Former prop Hartley passes away aged 83

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Former Doncaster, Hunslet and Castleford prop Dennis Hartley has sadly passed away at the age of 83.

Hartley was born in Wakefield, but came through the academy at Doncaster. He made his debut in 1956, and made 120 appearances in four years, scoring eight tries.

He then swapped South Yorkshire for West Yorkshire as he joined Hunslet in 1960. He had success there as the side claimed the 1962 Yorkshire County Cup, as they beat Hull KR.

His Hunslet side also made the Challenge Cup Final and the Yorkshire County Cup in 1965, but they lost both finals that year against Wigan and Bradford Northern respectively.

He left having made 202 appearances in six years, scoring 23 tries. He has also represented England and Yorkshire.

It was also at Hunslet where he made his debut for the Great Britain side. Since his debut in 1964, he made 11 appearances, scoring one try.

The forward then joined Castleford ahead of the 1966 season, during his time there, they won the Challenge Cup in 1969 and the BBC2 Floodlit Trophy in 1966 and 1968.

Hartley retired from the game in 1975 at the age of 39 and went on to join the club’s coaching staff. He was later inducted to the Hall of Fame.

We would like to pass on our condolences to Dennis’ friends and family at his time.



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