‘Big Den’ Dennis Hartley Passes Away

Posted: Thursday 14th November 2019 - 1:11 PM


With nearly 600 career appearances Dennis made 268 of them in Castleford colours and he joined the Fords as the ‘Classy Cas’ side of the sixties was gaining a lot of admirers but little in the way of silverware. When Dennis signed for Castleford in 1966 it was a catalyst in taking the club to the next level by signing an international experienced, big and tough forward.

Dennis started his career at Doncaster before moving to Hunslet, where he played a vital part in a thrilling Challenge Cup final against Wigan in 1965 which was just edged by the Lancashire side, and with Hunslet Dennis won the Yorkshire County cup twice. During his time at Castleford he featured in both the 1969 and 1970 Challenge Cup final victories and won the Floodlit Trophy twice in 1966 and 1967, showing that the transfer fee spent on him was fantastic money well spent.

Internationally Dennis earned 11 caps playing for Great Britain and was a key figure in the side’s Ashes success over Australia in 1970.

Upon retirement Dennis went onto nurture a host of youngsters at Wheldon Road as the Castleford Colts coach, with many of the side that lifted the Challenge Cup in 1986 being tutored in their early days by him.

Whilst Dennis might have been viewed as a terror on the field by the opposition players, he was a true gentleman off it and served Castleford Rugby League Football Club magnificently, everyone at the club would like to pass on our condolences to Dennis’ family and friends at this time.

Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.

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