Former Castleford Tigers legend Kevin Beardmore passed away at the age of 62. Let’s see how the former Castleford legend died and Kevin Beardmore cause of death in detail.
How did Kevin Beardmore die?
Great Britain’s famous Rugby player, Kevin Beardmore passed away. Castleford’s Kevin Beardmore cause of death was an illness. Castleford Tigers confirmed his demise by sharing a statement and the statement reads,
“Castleford Tigers are saddened to learn about the passing of legendary player Kevin Beardmore, aged 62.”
“One-half of the iconic Beardmore Twins alongside brother Bob, Kevin was an uncompromising front-rower, plying his trade in the hooker position. With his signature taped-up headband, ‘Gripper’ was an all-action style player who always caught the eye and will be fondly remembered in our club history as one of Castleford’s greatest number nines,” it added.
We are saddened to hear of the death of Lion number 394 Kevin Beardmore, the @CTRLFC hooker who toured with Great Britain in 1984 & 1988. Kevin was 62 and had been in poor health recently.
Our thoughts are with Gripper’s family, friends and former team-mates at this awful time. pic.twitter.com/KbdpKndtZF
— Rugby League Lions (@RL_Lions) November 14, 2022
The statement also says, “A proud local player, Kevin joined Cas from a strong Fryston community team in 1977 and developed in our system before making his senior debut against York in January 1980. Over the next twelve years, he would go on to make 247 club appearances, scoring 80 tries in the process. As part of one of the most famous Castleford teams of all time in 1986, Kevin has etched his name in the club’s history winning the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley, but also in that memorable year he was the Man of the Match in the Yorkshire Cup Final too.”
“As an outstanding talent Kevin represented Great Britain fourteen times from 1984 through to 1990, he also picked up one cap for England and played for Yorkshire on three occasions. In their infancy, NRL side Canberra Raiders were impressed by what they saw of Beardmore during the 1984 Britain tour and invited the hooker to play during the 1985 season. Everyone at Castleford Tigers would like to send their deepest condolences to the Beardmore family at this very sad time.”
Kevin Beardmore cause of death:
Tributes flooded social media after the Rugby star’s death. Following the passing of great player Kevin Beardmore, his fans and family are in grief. Kevin Beardmore cause of death was an illness. After a brief illness, Kevin passed away. The 62-year-old played his entire rugby league career for his hometown team, Castleford, where he had a reputation as a strong and uncompromising hooker.
Castleford Tigers are saddened to learn about the passing of legendary player Kevin Beardmore, aged 62.
‘Gripper’ will be fondly remembered in our club history as one of Castleford’s greatest number nines.#COYF
— Castleford Tigers (@CTRLFC) November 14, 2022
In addition to winning the Challenge Cup Final with his brother in 1986, Kevin, Bob’s twin, was a notable player for the West Yorkshire club from 1978 until 1992.
Who was Kevin Beardmore?
Beardmore was born on June 21, 1960, in the Pontefract district of the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. Kevin Beardmore was the younger brother of Janet Beardmore, Kenneth Beardmore, and the rugby league football player Bob Beardmore.
Kevin is an English professional rugby league player, and he competed in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. He played as a hooker or prop, or a number 9, 8, or 10, for Castleford (Heritage No. 611), Great Britain, England, and Yorkshire at the representative level.
Kevin Beardmore’s career:
He played almost 250 games for Castleford. While a student at Castleford, Kevin Beardmore earned caps for Great Britain in 1984 against New Zealand, in 1987 against France in two matches, in 1988 against France in two matches, Papua New Guinea, France in two matches, and New Zealand, in 1989 against France in two matches, and in 1990 against France in two matches. Beardmore traveled with the Great Britain Lions on their 1988 tour of Australasia.
While a student at Castleford, Kevin Beardmore earned caps for Yorkshire and participated as a hooker in the 16-10 triumph over Lancashire at Wigan’s stadium, the 24-14 victory over Lancashire at Leeds’ Stadium on September 21, 1988, and the 56-12 victory over Lancashire.
Performances in Challenge Cup Finals:
On May 3, 1986, at Wembley Stadium in London, Kevin Beardmore played hooker in Castleford’s 15–14 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1986 Challenge Cup Final.
Performances in County Cup Finals:
Kevin Beardmore played hooker in Castleford’s 18-22 loss to Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1986 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1986–87 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on October 27, 1986. He then played hooker, scored two tries, and was named man of the match while Castleford defeated Hull F.C. 31–24 in the same match on October 11, 1986, claiming the White Rose Trophy. Kevin played hooker in the 12-33 defeat by Leeds in the 1988 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1988–89 season at Elland Road, Leeds on16 October 1988.
Tributes to Kevin Beardmore:
A huge Red called Kevin Beardmore has died today, aged 62. Kevin played rugby league for Castleford & Great Britain. When Cas won the Challenge Cup in 1986, the first thing he did at the end was go to a steward to find out if LFC had won the league.
CasTigers Heritage tweeted,
It’s with great sadness to learn of the passing of Castleford Hall of Famer Kevin Beardmore, The former hooker who was a member of the 1986 Challenge Cup winning side. Our thoughts are with Kevin’s family and friends at this very sad time.
An Ordinary Man tweeted,
Those who played against him had both “respect” & “fear” of him in equal measure! Those of us who saw him play would have had both “respect” & “disappointment” in equal measure, disappointment that he didn’t play for our team! RIP Kevin Beardmore!
andrew Varley tweeted,
Very sad news in the #RugbyLeague world today, as the death of Kevin Beardmore is announced. I knew both him and his twin Bob well after following their career from an early age. Condolences to their families. RIP@CTRLFC
Philip Childs tweeted,
RIP Kevin Beardmore rugby league great and even better bloke. He was a top red @LFC fan and went home and away watching the mighty reds. #LFC #YNWA KEV
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