Halifax Panthers can confirm that Friday’s friendly with Salford Red Devils will see the two clubs battle it out for the Colin Dixon Memorial trophy.

The award came to life in tribute to the legend of both clubs, and will be awarded to the winner of Fridays contest at The AJ Bell Stadium. The two sides last played for the trophy during 2017 pre season, as the Red Devils went away with the spoils on a winter afternoon at The Shay.

Dixon, a Halifax hall of famer, made over 660 appearances during his time with both clubs after making his move to rugby league from Welsh rugby union, as one of the original “rugby codebreakers”. He would develop a world class relationship with winger Johnny Freeman during his time at Thrum Hall, and together they would help Halifax to our first League Championship for 57 years in 1964. He also lifted the Yorkshire cup with a 10-0 victory over Featherstone Rovers in the 1963–64 Yorkshire County Cup Final at Belle Vue.

The Welsh wizard won his first Great Britain cap whilst with the blue and whites, where he captained the Thrum Hallers before making a then world record £15,000 transfer to Salford. He won 16 caps for Wales, including the 1975 World Cup, and made 14 appearances for Great Britain and was included in the 1972 World Cup winning squad.

Dixon sadly passed away in 1993 but will always be remembered as a giant of the game and we are delighted to be able to play for this trophy in tribute to his name and memory.

The Colin Dixon Memorial Trophy clash takes place this Friday 21st January 2022 at The AJ Bell Stadium 7:30pm kick off. Tickets for the contest are priced at £10 adults, Seniors 60+ and under 16s £5. Please note, we will not be running away travel to the game.

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