One of the last surviving members of the successful Halifax RUFC team of the early 50's, Ken Hodkinson, died peacefully in Halifax Royal Hospital on 9th January, aged 90. Ken was brought up in Boothtown and attended Heath Grammar School, then lived his entire adult life in Brighouse.
After leaving school he played briefly for Heath Old Boys before joining Halifax RUFC in 1945 aged 17. Compulsory National Service in the navy interrupted his promising start at the club, but he was able to re-join in 1948 and was an integral part of the Yorkshire Cup winning side, which achieved back-to-back wins against Wakefield in 1950 and Morley 1951.
Ken played full-back and fly-half for Halifax through most of the 1950's and despite his diminutive stature, was renowned for his courageous defence and clever distribution of the ball. One of his favourite memories was getting the opportunity to play opposite Cliff Morgan, the then Cardiff, Wales & British Lions fly-half, whilst touring South Wales with Halifax.
Our thoughts go out to Kens' family and friends at this sad time.