MALCOLM Dixon – the man who skippered Featherstone to Challenge Cup glory 50 years ago – will lead out Jon Sharp’s side this Sunday when the Rovers host Oldham in round five of the 2017 competition.
Dixon will don the No.10 jersey he wore on that momentous day in the capital, while carrying the match ball used in the 1967 Challenge Cup final out onto the LD Nutrition Stadium turf.
The former Featherstone front-rower, an ex-Great Britain international, will then present Sunday’s match ball to referee Tom Grant ahead of kick-off.
Dixon’s involvement this weekend formally begins the club’s 50th anniversary Challenge Cup celebrations, with another exciting announcement to be made this evening.
Rovers Head of Communications Ryan Sparks said: “We have a great deal planned for the weeks and months ahead as we look to pay tribute to Malcolm and his team-mates who enjoyed that special day at Wembley, back in 1967.
“As a club, we believe it will be fitting for Malcolm to lead out the Featherstone team and handover the match ball on Sunday afternoon.
“We were delighted to discover he had kept both his match shirt and the Wembley match ball itself – and he will be bringing them along this weekend.
“We have modelled Sunday’s match programme on the one issued at Wembley almost 50 years ago to the day and we will be making further, exciting announcements today and tomorrow.
“Jon Sharp has spoken of his desire for us to enjoy a good cup run this season, which we believe will make planned celebrations even more special.
"We hope to see a strong crowd getting the boys this weekend as we look to book a place in the tournamnet's last 16."