Fax legend Terry Fogerty dies

Terry Fogerty
Terry Fogerty

Terry Fogerty, the former Halifax, Wigan and Great Britain forward, has died, aged 69.

Fogerty, a member of Halifax’s Hall of Fame, was widely regarded as one of the best back rowers of his generation.

Fogerty made his Fax debut at Batley in March 1961 when he was 16; the first of 298 appearances in two spells, during which he scored 65 tries and kicked one goal.

He also played for Wigan for three years after Halifax had accepted an offer of £7,500 for him in 1966, and later, after Halifax had bought him back for £5,500, had a spell with Rochdale Hornets, who paid £7,000 for his services.

Alongside Colin Dixon and Charlie Renilson in the mid-1960s, he formed Halifax’s best ever back row combination.

He was a member of the team that won the Championship Final against St Helens in 1965, following on from the Yorkshire Cup and Eastern Region Final triumphs a year before.

Fogerty was man of the match in the Championship final, becoming the first ever holder of the Harry Sunderland trophy.

In his second stint, Halifax won the inaugural John Player Trophy in 1971-72, and reached the Challenge Cup semi-final the same season.

Born in Glossop in 1944, Fogerty made his mark as a loose forward with Saddleworth Rangers before turning professional.

He had won selection for a Commonwealth XIII against New Zealand and for Lancashire in the County Championship by the time he was 21, and was chosen for the 1966 Great Britain tour.

He was a substitute for the first Ashes Test Match at Sydney, and for both Tests against New Zealand on that tour.

He finished his second stint at Halifax at prop, from where he scored a record 12 tries in the 1972-73 season.

After his retirement, Fogerty ran a number of businesses in the Halifax area.

His sons, Adam and Jason, both followed him into professional sport; Adam playing for both Halifax and St Helens after making his name as a boxer, while Jason was a basketball international who also played rugby league for Huddersfield.