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» Legends Evening 60's

Ike Southward
Ike SouthwardWe're moving up a decade now but four of the players honour had careers which started firmly in the fifties.

To start with we pay tribute to a record breaker.

His Workington career started in 1952 and ended in 1969 after he had played in 371 games - plus four more as a substitute. He scored 274 tries (a club record) and booted 306 goals for an impressive total of 1434 points.

Ike was twice the world's most costliest rugby league player - when he moved to Oldham for 10,650 - and for a few shillings more when Town bought him back two years later.

The seven tries he scored against Blackpool in one game in 1955 is still a club record.

Brian Edgar
Forwards didn't come any better than our next legend.

Brian EdgarYou had to be pretty good to go on three tours with Great Britain and earn 11 international caps. This man did, and was regarded throughout the game as one of the best forwards of his generation.

Brian played 384 times for Town between 1954 and 1968 scoring 83 tries and when asked put over 27 goals.

He won his first cap on the 1958 tour to Australia and went back there in 1962 and 1966.

Brian's first trip to Australia was quite remarkable in that the tour party included four Workington players; the team coach Jim Brough and the team manager Tom Mitchell.

Harry Archer
Harry ArcherOur next legend was also on the 1958 tour to Australia and his career at Town ran almost parallel to Ike's and Brian's. Harry played from 1952 to 1967; clocked up 385 appearances (one more than Brian incidentally) and he scored 64 tries with eight goals as well. Harry was one half of a partnership which was to serve Town so well for so long

Sol Roper
Our next legend of the sixties was only one game away from clocking-up 400 appearances for Town when he retired in 1966.Sol Roper

Sol started 397 games and had two more as a substitute. He collected 94 tries and kicked one goal. his total of 415 appearances for the Derwent Park team is a club record.

He was universally regarded as the best uncapped scrum-half of his generation, a fearless, mercurial player.

Paul Charlton
The fifth legend of the sixties also played for Great Britain - but of his 19 caps only one was gained while he was a Town player.

Paul's Town career came in two spells - interspersed by a successful stint with Salford, but he still managed to total 415 appearances for the Derwent Park team which is a club record.

Paul's first game was in 1961 and he bowed out 20 years later in 1981. He scored 111 tries and kicked 77 goals in that broken Town career.

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