John Sheridan (rugby league)

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John Sheridan
Personal information
Born 24 November 1933
Pontefract, England
Died 13 November 2012(2012-11-13) (aged 78)[1]
Castleford, England
Playing information
Height 6 ft (183 cm)
Weight 15 st 0 lb (95 kg)
Position Centre, Loose forward
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1955–66 Castleford 301 86 2 1 264
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
18 Aug 1972–2 May 73 Castleford 44 30 0 14 68
≤1984–≥89 Doncaster
Total 44 30 0 14 68

John Sheridan (24 November 1933 – 13 November 2012) was an English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1950s, and 1960s, and coached in the 1970s, and 1980s. He played at club level for Castleford Lock Lane ARLFC, and Castleford (captain), as a centre, or loose forward/lock, i.e. number 3 or 4, or 13., during the era of contested scrums, and coached at club level for Castleford, Leeds, and Doncaster.[2][3][4][5]

Honoured at Castleford Tigers

Sheridan is a Tigers Hall of Fame Inductee.[6] He joined Castleford from local side Castleford Lock Lane, choosing his home town club over Hunslet F.C..

During the early part of his career he was a strong running centre who regularly topped the clubs try scoring lists. After the 1958/59 season John moved into the pack, and took up the loose forward role. He was named captain as the club began to climb the league table in the early 1960s. Injuries took a toll, and he moved into coaching. From 1964 to 1982, Sheridan was "A" team coach at Castleford, winning nine Yorkshire Senior Championships, and six Yorkshire Senior Cups. John took charge of the Castleford's first team for the 1973 season, and then spent the following year at arch rivals Leeds before returning to Wheldon Road. He returned to coaching at Doncaster, and turned the club around. He was voted the most influential person in the clubs history by the Dons fans.[citation needed]


Sheridan was born in Pontefract,[7] of Irish, and English parentage, and grew up in the Wheldon Lane area of Castleford in a large Catholic family. As part of his National Service he joined the Royal Air Force for two years, mainly working as a bar man in the officers mess, and playing Rugby Union. Once back in Castleford he signed for Castleford, and also worked in industry alongside his rugby league career.

Personal life

His marriage to Hilda (née Hunter) (birth registered during April→June 1934 in Pontefract district) was registered in October→December 1957 in Pontefract district[8] The couple had two daughters; Gail M. Sheridan (birth registered during January→March 1959 in Pontefract district), and Ann.


  1. ^ Hossack, Steve. "Former Doncaster Dons boss John Sheridan will be missed". Beverley Guardian. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Andrew Howard (1 July 2000). "Images of Sport - Castleford Rugby League - A Twentieth Century History". The History Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0752418957
  3. ^ "Castleford RLFC A to Z Player List (All Time)". ℅ 31 December 2013. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Statistics at". ℅ 31 December 2013. Archived from the original on 29 April 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Coach Statistics at". ℅ 31 December 2013. Archived from the original on 29 April 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Hall of Fame at". castigers. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2009. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Birth details at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Marriage details at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

External links

  • Search for "Sheridan" at
  • Coach statistics at
  • Get well soon John![permanent dead link]
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