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Honours

League Champions:

1966-67, 1967-68

Challenge Cup Winners:

1908-09, 1945-46, 1959-60, 1961-62, 1962-63

Yorkshire Cup Winners:

as a union club:

1879, 1880, 1883, 1887

as a league club:

1910-11, 1924-25, 1946-47, 1947-48, 1951-52, 1956-57, 1960-61, 1961-62, 1964-65, 1992-93

Yorkshire League Winners:

1909-10, 1910-11, 1945-46, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1961-62, 1962-63

 Division One Winners: 1998

 

 

Record attendance

37,906 (21st March 1936 Leeds v Huddersfield, Challenge Cup semi-final)

Club record:

30,676 (26th Feb 1921 v Huddersfield - Challenge Cup First Round)

Trinity Rhymes

These rhymes, which can at best be described as feeble, were a mainstay of the Trinity Programme for over 200 matches. The first rhyme would have been at the start of the 1932/33 season with the final ones around the end of 1948. They weren't done during the Second World War as the match programme was basically just advertisements and a team sheet and continued to be like this until 1948. 

Here are the ones from the programmes that I have:

 

     
7 He knows how to play football does Sammy 02/11/1932
  And you never hear him cry for his mammy  
  For small tho' he may be  
  He's no "kid", no not he  
  The man who thinks so - "is a Nanny."  
     
9 We have a famous captain - and he's known far and wide,  
  A great forward and a leader, good for any side,  
  Never been a failure,  
  Twice he's toured Australia,  
  Very few players have "HORT-ON BILL" and he's Trinity's pride. 03/12/1932
  The "Third-Porters" on the banks of the Humber  
     
12 He's a jolly good forward and plays the game with zest  
  May not be a "star" but shines out with the rest  
  He can tackle, dribble, run  
  His name, well it's "Wilkinson"  
  Loyal and true to the Red and Blue and always trys his best 31/12/1932
     
26 The ''Third-Porters'' on the banks of the Humber  
  Have often made us dance the Rumba,  
  To win's very hard,  
  At the gay "Boulevard,"  
  But at Belle Vue - "up should go their number." 23/09/1933
     
32 Six defeats in succession - ''by heck'' we shall sing  
  If to-day there's a seventh - ''God Save the King,''  
  In the depths now we're groping,  
  But we'll give up the moping  
  If from the ''Hornets'' of Rochdale we can extract the sting. 25/11/1933
     
33 Nah lads can we Oldham, if we can't ''eh, by gum,''  
  Some of our loyal supporters will go out and drink rum,  
  If they say, ''How do you do,''  
  We'll reply ''clogs to you,''  
  And to where they came from, we'll send 'em back glum. 09/12/1933
     
36 Hats off to Huddersfield, the talented side from Fartown,  
  Who in the Rugby Football League have won great renown,  
  But now they're down in the dumps,  
  Whilst Trinity has got the mumps,  
  So whichever is up to-day, the other will be further down 06/01/1934
     
37 We played York last week and we lost, sure that's true,  
  But a different tale should be told to-day at Belle Vue,  
  If we show the same pluck  
  And have a little more luck,  
  With goodwill and endeavour we ought to pull through. 20/01/1934
     
39 Heave-o my hearties, - the "cracks" are here,  
  The lads of Wigan, from off the "pier,"  
  So all hands on deck,  
  We must play like heck,  
  Or the night will be dirty - and there'll be no free beer. 10/02/1934
     
45 The match with ''Hull Kingston'' is the last at Belle Vue,  
  It's been a disappointing season, which to us is not new,  
  We shall not regret at all  
  To see the final curtain fall,  
  So we bid you all farewell, and hope you've come ''smiling thro','' 07/09/1934
     
52 Two Finals at "Crown Flatts" and "Fartown" in all sorts of weather,   
  "Trinity" and the "Leeds cracks" have been struggling together,  
  And all who went and saw  
  Knows "Leeds" were lucky to draw  
  For the "Old Brigade" made the pace - "h-ll for leather." 03/11/1934
     
55 It's a long time since we met Leigh, many years ago,  
  We beat them in a Cup-tie when we won the cup you know,   
  Yet though, we lost at Hul  
  And we're dreary dolefully dull  
  We live in hopes of seeing, the men of Leigh laid low 15/12/1934
     
56 The best Christmas Wishes to all ''Football Fans'' here   
  All kindest greetings and the best of good cheer  
  And a share of the luck  
  ''Leeds'' had in the Cup  
  Will do us all good - in the coming ''New Year.'' 25/12/1934
     
57 Bradford were one of the leading lights many years ago,  
  Yet for quite a long time now their stock has been very low,  
  But to catch opponents bending  
  Money they've been lavishly spending,  
  So we must play our very best because we also want more dough. 29/12/1934
     
62 Four victories in succession - and one a cup-tie too,  
  That's something like the form of the famous Red and Blue,  
  If we but keep it up  
  Then we may win the Cup,  
  The old town will indeed be a "Merrie Citie" - if we do. 16/02/1935
     
65 After winning two Cup-ties, in the third round we went "West"  
  We hoped down  "South" at Wembley we should be a Guest   
  But now we must march forth  
  And up the league go "North"  
  For we wish to see at "Belle Vue," the Clubs that are the best. 16/3/1935
     
67 "By heck" - but we are getting on, this is our sixty-seventh rhyme,   
  To this we mus plead guilty - this is our only crime,  
  When you read them you may think  
  The writer suffers from lots of drink  
  And his Rhymes isn't worth a dime - he ought to be "doing time." 22/04/1935
     
68 Here's all that is the best to the men of "Fartown,"  
  For a good many years they've had a team of renown,  
  Their good health we will sup  
  If they again win the cup  
  But they'll have to give of their best to get Castleford down. 23/04/1935
     
74 Here's good luck to Ernest Pollard, a fooballer of repute,  
  Who's earned many laurels, with hands, head and boot,  
  May his benefit be a bumper,  
  A topper, a whopper, a thumper,  
  And far away the day, ere the wistle's final toot. 02/11/1935
     
83 Something always happens when Trinity and Leeds meet,  
  Who'll ever forget "Jonty" Parkin and his scores so neat;  
  The "dead ball" incident in cup-tie,  
  In another a disputed try,  
  And three replayed finals ere Trinity had to admit defeat. 11/03/1936
     
87 This season we've been twice to the ''Odsal Stadium,''  
  And there we've met Bradford and at Football pladium;  
  They beat us in the mud  
  (Or should we say the flood?),  
  But in the Rugby League Cup-tie we went and sladium. 11/4/1936
     
89 Another season is drawing nearer to its ending  
  Soon no matches shall we be attending;  
  We've not much to remember,   
  But we'll turn up next September;  
  Forget our woes, and hope our foes will not catch us bending. 25/04/1936
     
94 Here's to Trinity's popular captain, by the name of Bill Horton,  
  For many years his football skill has caught on;  
  By opponents he's not often passed,  
  Very quickly they're seized and grasped;  
  The way it's done, it's a wonder that they've ought on. 23/09/1936
     
95 Here's to our foes from Hunslet who to-day we meet,  
  They're real tough nuts to crack and very hard to beat;  
  They won all four Cups one year -   
  If we're to do that there here,   
  The "Yorkshire Cup" is the starting point to emulate this amazing feat. 30/09/1936
     
96 They call him Malpass, his Christian name is John,   
  He doesn't stand still but keeps travelling on;  
  Of his own he's got a way  
  At Football knows how to play,  
  And before opponents know he's there - he's been, and gone. 03/10/1936
     
117 We started the Season in style - but what a slump in our stock,  
  Halifax knocked us out of the Cup, and Hunslet ran amok;  
  What to say we don't know  
  About our Teams sorry show  
  "Thirty-seven points" - we haven't recovered from the shock. 25/09/1937
     
118 Here’s welcome to "the Aussies" who come here from "down under,"  
  They'll greet us with their "War Cry," full of lightning, blood and thunder;  
  Arra warra bif baf bungto  
  Marra yarra whif laf pungto,  
  Well, same to them (with knobs on) - if they're swearing - we shouldn't wonder 09/10/1937
     
123 We scored thirty-three points against Hull, at Keighley we got none,  
  The way our boys floundered about, it fairly took the bun;  
  We do very well at home,  
  But "Oh dear," when we roam  
  It's a different tale altogether - and we don't know how it's done. 27/12/1937
     
130 Of four holiday matches, this is the first one;  
  Can we win them all? Well, yes, it can be done;  
  Four victories in a row  
  Would make a grand show,   
  And the players would all deserve an extra "hot-cross" bun. (Good Friday 15/4/1938)
     
133 We've had a Happy Easter - we've done very well;  
  Four victories in a row is a tale worthwhile to tell;  
  The season's near ending,  
  And if we hadn't been caught bending,   
  In some of our early matches - all would have been "swell." 23/04/1938
     
134 The visit of Newcastle marks the season's ending,  
  And to Belle Vue for some months we shall not be wending;  
  Summer-time is here again,  
  So we shall get lots of rain,   
  Especially when on holiday bent, and picture postcards we are sending. 04/05/1938
     
138 Greetings to all Sportsmen and Sportswomen wherever you are  
  In City, Town, or Village, at Home or in fields afar  
  When we in throngs surround  
  Our favourite sporting ground  
  May we enjoy our games together - forever free from the threat of War. 08/10/1938
     
140 Trinity went to Headingley and caused Leeds "Cracks" lots of worry  
  They rushed into the fray in a manner bold and merry  
  The result was a draw  
  A sort of a see-saw  
  With an ay oh tackle him low - and a "Hey" down - "Hey" down derry 05/11/1938
     
149 The meeting of ''Halifax'' and ''Trinity'' in a ''Rugby League'' Cup-tie  
  Awakens memories of strenuous tussles, in days long since gone by;  
  In struggles for the ''Owd Tin Pot''  
  These clubs could whack the lot  
  So this game should be a scorcher - ''and fur and feathers fly.'' 11/03/1939
     
150 Well - we're out of the Cup - and Wembley was so near  
  But "are we downhearted" - no Sir - no blooming fear  
  We beat ourselves, there's no denying  
  Yet even so it's no use crying  
  Good Sportsmen keep on smiling - and hope for better luck next year. 20/03/1939
     
165 We've followed Football a long time - for more years than we care to shout  
  In all sorts of conditions, at Home and in Towns all about:  
  In frosty, rainy, windy weather  
  Snow and all the lot together  
  And we've seen odd  Matches postponed - but it was odd to have eight "blacked-out." 16/03/1940
     
167 Two fixtures out of two this Easter we've gone and lost,  
  And twice tow points we've dropped - that's what lost matches cost;  
  Up the League, nearly at the top -   
  There we were and hoped to stop;  
  And the weather was so nice, yet things "turned out a frost." 30/04/1940
     
170 When you're at a football match, it's as plain as A.B.C,  
  There's surely someone who has paid his L.S.D.,  
  The football for to view,   
  To cheer, to shout, to boo,  
  And unless you're very D.E.F., you'll hear the Ref is N.B.G. 27/04/1940
     
173 Under extremely difficult conditions the Football Season starts to-day  
  If any success is to be achieved, all have a part to play  
  The Players give of their best  
  Spectators can do the rest  
  For you can't run a Club without money - and they are the ones who pay. 07/09/1940
     
189 Not very long ago, all that "Bradford" got were smacks,  
  In nearly every match their share was mostly whacks;  
  But to get them down to-day  
  You've jolly well hard to play 27/09/1941
  And if "Trinity" can do this - we shall think they're "cracks."  
     
201 Last year York made us run like "Johnny Walker,"  
  "My Word" - didn't they make the pace a Corker  
  But now we can relate,   
  By forty-two to eight,  
  York were smartly Yorked by a snorter of a Yorker 01/09/1948
     
202 Six times in the Final - and we lost every one  
  It seemed as if the "Yorks Cup," by us could never be won   
  But for two years in succession  
  Of it we've had possession  
  And with pluck allied to skill - the "Hat trick" can be done 11/09/1948
     
203 Here's "Good Luck" and "Good Health" to the Men from down below  
  Where they have plenty of "Sunshine"  - but not very much snow,  
  May they have a grand Tour; Make good friends galore  
  And go back to Australia - with bags full of "Dough." 25/09/1948
     
204 A jolly good welcome to "Wigan" - a Team of "Rugby League bracks"  
  "Two thousand pounds " for a "forward" - very much more for "backs"  
  "The Price" - would be very high; If the lot you wished to buy  
  A sum very near a "King's Ransom" - piles of gold and silver in "Sacks." 02/10/1948
     
     
205 Down, down, down, ever slipping lower down the ''table'',   
  this takes some explaining, because we've players both clever and able  
  But they're giving points away  
  Nearly every time they play  
  'Count Opponents Penalty Goals'' and you'll see that it's no fable''. 16/10/1948
     
206 W stands for "Wakefield" and for "Workington" too  
  Also for win, which they would both like to do;  
  Let's hope it will be; A game grand to see  
  And full of enjoyment, for both me and you 30/10/1948

Coaches

Ken Traill 1958-70         

Neil Fox 1970-74

Peter Fox 1974-76     

Geoff Gunney 1976     

Brian Lockwood 1976-78 

Ian Brooke 1978-79   

Bill Kirkbride 1979-80    

Bill Ashurst 1981-82     

Ray Batten 1982-83  

Derek Turner 1983-84 

Geoff Wraith 1984   

David Lamming 1984-85 

Len Casey 1985-86    

Tony Dean 1986     

Trevor Bailey 1986-87

David Topliss 1987-94 

David Hobbs 1994-95   

Paul Harkin 1995-96   

Mitch Brennan 1996-97 

Andy Kelly 1997-2000   

Tony Kemp 2000       

John Harbin 2000-01  

Peter Roe 2001-02    

Shane McNally/Adrian Vowles 2002-03     

Shane McNally 2003-05 

Tony Smith 2005-06    

John Kear 2006-11  

Richard Agar 2011-2014

James Webster 2014-2015

Brian Smith 2015-2016

Chris Chester March 2016