FEATHERSTONE ROVERS are mourning the loss of club legend Jackie Fennell, who passed away earlier today, aged 85.
Fennell played at fullback in Featherstone’s 1959 Yorkshire Cup Final victory against Hull and made 323 appearances for the club.
During his time at the Rovers, Fennel scored exactly 1,000 points and was only the second player ever (after Jim Denton) to achieve that milestone. He also held the club record goal tally, at 455, until it was broken by his former teammates Terry Clawson and Don Fox.
The utility back was awarded a testimonial in 62/63 and inducted into the Featherstone Rovers Hall of Fame in 2009.
A tribute from former club secretary Ron Bailey in Fennell’s testimonial programme read: ‘I have seen Fennell agitated on the football field, but never lose his temper. He has been out of touch but never stopped trying. He has been one of an outclassed team, but never despaired. It always seemed that a Featherstone jersey compelled him to give of his best. His greatest attribute was a virtue common to all outstanding ball players - his timing. It had to compensate for a lack of inches, a lack of pounds and a comparative lack of pace against fliers, but it seldom failed to make up for all three. How else does he halt the heaviest forward, break through the thickest ruck and stand as a model to all aspiring goal-kickers? Nor is it without significance that Fennell won back the first-team position from which he was dislodged. Not only did he win it back, but he held it with the characteristics of persistence, courage and modesty which made him such an outstanding club man.’
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jackie Fennell’s family and friends.