Ex-Fax coach Millward dies

The funeral of John Holmes at St Chads Church, Headingley, Leeds. Roger Millward..5th October 2009..... Picture By Simon Hulme..
The funeral of John Holmes at St Chads Church, Headingley, Leeds. Roger Millward..5th October 2009..... Picture By Simon Hulme..

Former Halifax coach and rugby league legend Roger Millward has died aged 68.

Millward, who has been described as Hull Kingston Rovers’ best ever player, coach and captain, played 47 times for Great Britain between 1966 and 1979.

Nicknamed “Roger The Dodger” because of his elusive half-back play, he spent the best part of 15 years at Rovers, broken only by a short spell in Australia, after starting his career at Castleford.

The goal-kicking stand-off was inducted into the Rugby League Hall of Fame and was awarded the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1983.

Millward coached Hull Kingston Rovers, where he holds several playing records, from 1980 to 1991.

He then took the coaching job at Halifax, but was only there 17 months before resigning.