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Bradford Bulls are today in mourning for one of their greatest ever servants, Trevor Foster. Trevor, who celebrated his 90th birthday last December, died peacefully in hospital this morning with members of his family by his side, his son Simon said today. Last Wednesday Trevor was at his beloved Odsal to launch his biography, a launch that was attended by many people from the game of Rugby League as well as his children and grandchildren.
Trevor came to Bradford from Newport in 1938 and won every honour in the game before retiring as a player in 1955. He captained Bradford Northern to success in the Challenge Cup as well as Captaining Wales and in 1946 he was a member of the Gt. Britain touring team to Australia. He played 432 times fro Bradford Northern scoring 130 tries. When he retired as a player Trevor served the club as Coach, Director and Chairman of the Supporters Club before becoming the club?s official Timekeeper, a position he held up to his death and he performed that duty last Monday at St Helens.
Bradford Bulls Chairman Chris Caisley paid this tribute to Trevor:
?Trevor was an incredible inspiration to everyone who came in contact with him. He served the club, the sport of Rugby League and the City of Bradford loyally for well over sixty years and will be sadly missed by everyone. It is a tragedy for Trevor that he didn?t live to see the redevelopment of Odsal Stadium, something he has worked tirelessly for over the years. We will press on with our plans for Odsal and it would be a fitting tribute to Trevor to see them come to fruition. Away from the club he raised an enormous amount of money for charities and his work in that area was rewarded when he was awarded the MBE in 2001. The club sends its deepest sympathy to his family on what is a very sad day.?
Bulls Coach Brian Noble, who has known Trevor since he was a seven year old schoolboy said today:
?Trevor was an inspiration to me throughout my life. It was Trevor who took me to the Police Boys Club in Manningham, where I lived and he introduced me to Rugby League. The word ?Legend? is often used to describe sportsmen, sometimes unjustifiably but in Trevor?s case it is an understatement. He was a great player but more importantly he was a great man. I will miss him tremendously.?
Funeral arrangements will be confirmed as soon as possible