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Last Updated:  Friday, 7 March, 2003, 12:27 GMT
Castleford Tigers
Leeds footballer Alan Smith is one of Castleford's celebrity fans
Leeds footballer Alan Smith is one of Castleford's celebrity fans
Castleford Tigers suffered from a disappointing start to the summer era.

But the team have developed under Australia coach Stuart Raper into a team consistently challenging for a top five spot and are now able to compete with the other big clubs.

Stadium:
The Jungle
Wheldon Road
Castleford
West Yorkshire
WF10 2SD

Super League record:
1996: ninth
1997: tenth, Premiership semi-finalists
1998: sixth
1999: fifth, third in play-offs
2000: fifth, fifth in play-offs
2001: eighth
2002: sixth, sixth in play-offs
Odds for 2003: 66-1

Coach:
Graham Steadman (since May 2001)

The Castleford Claws in action

Mascots:
Mr Purrfect, JT (Junior Tiger) and Tiger Tot

Dancers:
Castleford Claws

Celebrity fans:
Chris Silverwood (England and Yorkshire cricketer), Alan Smith (Leeds Utd footballer), Lucy-Joe Hudson (Coronation Street actress)

Did you know?:
Castleford and St Helens clashed in a Super League record high-scoring draw of 32-32 on 13 September 1998.

2003 squad:
1 Damian Gibson, 2 Waine Pryce, 3 Michael Eagar, 4 Paul Mellor, 5 Darren Rogers, 6 Danny Orr, 7 Mitch Healey, 8 Nathan Sykes, 9 Wayne Bartrim, 10 Andy Lynch, 11 Lee Harland, 12 Dale Fritz, 13 Ryan Hudson, 14 Andy Johnson, 16 Francis Maloney, 17 Paul Jackson, 18 Jamie Thackray, 19 Wayne Godwin, 20 Tom Saxton, 21 Richard Blakeway, 22 Mark Lennon, 23 Michael Smith, 24 Adam Thaler, 25 Jamaine Wray

Transfers:
In: Paul Jackson (Wakefield), Jamie Thackray (Halifax), Paul Mellor (Cronulla), Francis Maloney, Damian Gibson (both Salford)

Out: Jon Wells (Wakefield), Barrie-Jon Mather, Dean Sampson, Richard Gay (all retired), Kyle Warren (released), David Bates (Gateshead)

Contact:
Tel: 01977 552 674
Fax: 01977 518 007
Email: info@castigers.com
Website: www.castigers.com




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