Castleford Tigers suffered from a disappointing start to the summer era.
Leeds footballer Alan Smith is one of Castleford's celebrity fans
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.
Super League record:
1997: tenth, Premiership semi-finalists
1999: fifth, third in play-offs
2000: fifth, fifth in play-offs
2002: sixth, sixth in play-offs
Odds for 2003: 66-1
Graham Steadman (since May 2001)
Mr Purrfect, JT (Junior Tiger) and Tiger Tot
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.
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
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)
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