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Club seeks relatives of “hall of fame” player


OFFICIALS at Latchford Albion are trying to trace family members or friends of former player Geoff Kingham, who was recently inducted into the club’s hall of fame.
Despite efforts by the club, they have been unable to trace any relatives to present them with a memento of the award.
Chairman Mike Byron said “ It has always been our intention to celebrate the history and heritage of our club. This is the first time we have not been able to include the family of our former club members in our proceedings and we want to put this right.
“Geoff had a fantastic career with Latchford and it is important that we can acknowledge the role he played in shaping our club, as he was there at the very beginning.“
Following research by club historian Stuart Mcintosh, the club has ascertained the following information on Geoff’s career.
He was one of the original members when Latchford Albion formed in 1945. Originally a soccer, player he took to the challenge of RL and fitted right in as Albion’s number one goal kicking full back.
He was a try scorer in Latchford Albion’s first ever victory in April 1945 v Eagle Sports B, and also holds the honour of being the club’s first ever league try scorer when he crossed against rivals Rylands in September 1945.
In 1948 he set a club record 13 conversions (from 14 attempts) in a victory over Farnworth.
He played in both games of the 1951 challenge cup against Leigh, where Latchford were the first Warrington amateur club to face professional opposition
He was captain of Albion when they won the league title in 1953. At the same time he was also Lancashire captain.
Probably his greatest achievement was in 1954 when he was part of the Albion side that faced the mighty Wigan, with none other than Billy Boston playing his fifth ever game of rugby league.
The subsequent match report acknowledges Kingham as pulling off two try saving tackles on the flying wingman.


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