100-year-old postcard that inspired the new Halifax RLFC mascot

THE grandfather of the brains behind Halicat, Halifax Rugby League Club's furry new mascot, has been in to show the Evening Courier the almost 100-year-old postcard that inspired his grandson.

Eight-year-old Michael Bray, of Mirfield, designed the cat after seeing his grandad, Alan’s postcard of Smut the Cat, the club’s original mascot.

Mr Bray, 64, of Oakes, Huddersfield, said: “It was sent by my great-aunt Clare to her sister Bertha from Sowerby Bridge to Longwood Edge, Huddersfield, and is postmarked March 1907.

“I’ve been a fan of Halifax since 1947, when I went for the first time to see them play – I remember it well because it was the game when Hudson Irving died.

“All of my side of the family are Fax fans, and Michael comes to the games with me now.”

On the back of the postcard, which was sent with a green half-penny postage stamp, an excited great aunt Clara asks her sister: “How do you like the black cat, the pet of good old Halifax, who won again last night with Warrington?”

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