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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    
  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."    02/11/1932
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.    
  The "Third-Porters" on the banks of the Humber    03/12/1932
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
17 He's earnest, eager, energetic, and tries all a Secretary should,    
  Courteous and willing to do most anything for Wakefield Trinity's good.     
  Was a noted runner and won prizes,    
  Four hundred or more, all shapes and sizes.    
  And if to run to Wembley would win the cup, I'm sure that "J. T. Wood."   18/03/1933
18 All dressed up in "Joseph's Coat" and one of "Winstons" hats,    
  With his collar full of mascots, small cups and lucky cats,     
  A decorated Umbrella, penny Trumpet for to blow,    
  A Handbell and a Rattle, will perhaps complete the show,    
  Solomon in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these,     
  But he's here to see the cup-tie, and is harmless as you please.    25/03/1933
25 The Path of the League sure is thorny and narrow,    
  We must get a move up, off our visitors from Barrow.    
  If our boys do their part,    
  Then "Barrow" will be "in the Cart."    
  If they aren't, then we'll be chilled to the marrow   09/09/1933
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
40 We had a rest last Saturday and let's hope it's done us good,    
  For the last match or two we've played, we've been lost in the wood,    
  We've been knocked in the Cup,    
  In the League become unstuck,    
  It's time we bucked up or we'll be washed out in the flood.   03/03/1934
44 All hail to the finalists, whose play has been fine,    
  They may not be stars but they know how to shine,    
  They're mostly locals it's true    
  Like we were at Belle Vue    
  When we won the cup in nineteen hundred and nine.   31/03/1934
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
63 Well - we got through the first round in a style so proper,    
  When many folks expected we would come a cropper,    
  If we play the same    
  To-day's should be a game,    
  A thrilling first-class topper, and the "gate" should be a whopper   23/03/1935
64 Our Wembley Trip is going ahead like a house on fire    
  The number of people booking is getting higher and higher    
  If to-day we play good and hard    
  And beat the men from the Boulevard    
  We look like being "flooded out" by letter, phone and wire   09/03/1935
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.   16/03/1935
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.   11/04/1936
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
107 Here we come gathering Cups in May    
  On the rickerty, rockerty, wibbly, wobbly, Wembley way,    
  Warrington or Trinity - which will win?    
  To pick the winner use a pin,    
  For the "odds are even" is all we can say.   13/03/1937
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.    15/04/1938
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
141 We're in the "first four" now - we've got a place in the Sun    
  By skilled scientific play, many Matches have been won    
  Every player has done his share    
  To reach a position high up there    
  Let's hope they'll be higher still - before the Season's done.    19/11/1938
147 On Wednesday last we found that we had nothing much to do    
  So to improve the "shining hour," - we went to the Cup-Tie at Belle Vue    
  The play was even and very keen    
  But better Cup-ties we have seen    
  Our "lads" can play much better - and to-day should prove that true.   13/02/1939
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
151 Our margin of victory over "Leeds" was slender and small    
  Only a lead of one point - it seemed a very close call;    
  But for us - twas plain sailing    
  Till bouncing back from off the railing    
  "We saw the best try ever scored" - from off a blooming "dead" ball.   11/11/1939
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
169 In four matches that we've lost, it is very strange to relate,    
  Against the Hull Clubs, Hunslet, and Featherstone, points we scored were eight;    
  Some talk of lucky seven,    
  And others of lucky eleven,     
  But eight is not our lucky number - it's more a "hymn of hate."   20/04/1940
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
171 One Easter we played Huddersfield, and, my word, didn't it rain!    
  It started at half-time, and it rained and rained again;    
  And the field (which was so green)    
  For water could not be seen -    
  All we could do was get wet through, and sing, "A Life on the Raging Main."    13/05/1940
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
176 To be a Fottball Referree - well it isn't very funny    
  He's as busy as a Bee, if he doesn't gather Honey    
  Whichever side may lose    
  He gets a lot of "boos"    
  And he has also got to "Whistle for his Money."   19/10/1940
177 Each time we go to "Clarence Street" to play the "Minster Men"    
  The wind becomes more frolicsome, as the "kick-off" draws near, and then    
  On the roof-tops with a pelter,    
  Down the rain comes, helter-skelter.    
  And mud soon turns our boys of red and blue, as black as ink from a pen.    16/11/1940
181 We were talking to some people, and when we toldham    
  That in the Yorkshire Cup Tie - Trinity played Oldham,    
  They said - You must be "cranks,"    
  For Oldham is in Lanc.'s,    
  'Tis strange and true - yet, "like brothers in our arms, " we foldham.   15/03/1941
186 This year's Rugby League Semi-Final is very novel that's true,    
  For we played Halifax away - and now again at Belle Vue;    
  Though we've lost the first "leg,"    
  It won't matter a "meg"    
  IF the points that we score are the most in the two.     10/05/1941
188 On Saturday last, against Broughton, we started off with a win,    
  But we regret to state that the "gate" was very thin;    
  We know that times are rough,    
  Yet fifty quid is not enough;    
  Another hundred "jimmy-o-goblins" would perhaps make the Committee grin.  


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    
  And if "Trinity" can do this - we shall think they're "cracks."    27/09/1941
196 When "Huddersfield" the other week got forty-three to "Trinity's" nil,    
  On top of "Dewsbury's" twenty-four at "Crown Flatts" on the hill,    
  Down again we looked like going    
  At "Parkside" - but what a showing,    
  Our victory there, after bitter defeats, has put some sugar on the pill.    21/03/1942
198 Ring up the curtain - the start of another Football Season is here,    
  Though the outlook isn't rosy, and the future far from clear,    
  It's lucky for you and me    
  That we've a game to see,    
  So it's up to all good sportsmen to come from far and near.   05/09/1942
200 All was grave and tense - "Crowd" pale and trembly,    
  Not a sound was heard in that vast assembly,    
  But when = "'pon my soul"    
  "Billy Stott" kicked that Goal    
  Off flew the Roof of the Stadium at Wembley   21/08/1948
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


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