Tributes paid to Hull KR legend Terry Major
TRIBUTES have been paid to Hull Kingston Rovers fans' favourite Terry Major, who has died.
Mr Major made 266 appearances for the Red and Whites during the 1960s.
Club president Colin Hutton described the former right-centre as a "gem to coach".
"I was very saddened by the news," he said.
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"He was part of a great forward pack.
"Terry was a hard player, a wonderful defender and a very loyal club man. He was also a pleasure to coach and will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him."
Mr Major, who lived in west Hull, signed for the Robins on November 7, 1959, from the Craven Park Juniors. He was a former Hull Schools' fullback who captained Yorkshire schools as an off-half.
He made his first-team debut at Craven Park against Bradford Northern on November 21 in 1959, which KR won 14 points to 10.
Following that, he made 266 appearances for the club, plus a further eight from the bench, playing right-centre, loose forward and second row.
He scored 51 tries and landed three goals and also played in the club's first visit to Wembley, in the 1964 Challenge Cup Final against Widnes.
In 1970 he decided to hang up his boots, having earlier shared a testimonial match with Arthur Bunting and Arthur Mullins.
Mr Major was at the club when Roger Millward arrived in east Hull.
"It's been a tragic week with the loss of Terry Major and Johnny Moore," said Mr Millward.
"Terry was a tough nut who helped me when I came to the club.
"He was popular with the fans. A real winner who tackled hard.
"Off the pitch he was a gentleman."