Minute’s silence for legend Rodger

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Foster’s Halifax League teams will hold a minute’s silence before matches tomorrow in memory of master batsman Dick Rodger.

The 77-year-old achieved legendary status for his run-scoring exploits, having also been a Halifax Town footballer and five-handicap golfer.

His funeral will be at Queensbury Parish Church on Tuesday (1.15) followed by cremation at Park Wood, Elland (2.15).

Opening batsman Rodger played for Triangle from being a teenager to the age of 60, broken only by a short spell of action for Halifax CC at Thrum Hall in the Yorkshire League.

He was proud of the fact that he was the first man to score 1,000 league and cup runs in a Halifax League season.

He won the top-section batting averages at least six times and in his later years took the second team prize on a few occasions.

Rodger was a member of numerous trophy-winning sides. He had three Parish Cup final winner’s medals, the last success coming alongside his son Gary in 1986. He became an umpire after finally packing away his bat.

Rodger played on the left of Halifax Town’s midfield in the 1950s and then became a referee in the local and West Yorkshire leagues. He played golf at Queensbury until he and his wife Barbara had their children, Gary and Nicola.

The Rodgers lived at Greenland Villas, Queensbury and Dick was a printer during his working life.

As news of his death has spread, the words “legend” and “gentleman” have been commonplace in the tributes on social network sites.