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Vale Tony Dean

Hull FC were tonight saddened to hear of the passing of former scrum half Tony Dean after a long battle with cancer.

The former Hull, Castleford and Hunslet half back passed away at the Prince of Wales hospice in Pontefract with his family at his bedside earlier this evening.

One of the great characters of the game, Dean produced some notable moments and great memories, none more so than his half back performance alongside David Topliss in the 1982 Challenge Cup Final Replay win against Widnes at Elland Road.

Being supported by the club’s Hull FC Ex-Players Association during his illness, he remained close to the Black and Whites and will be sorely missed.

Hull FC owner Adam Pearson passed on his condolences to his family on behalf of the club.

“Tony was a fine player for Hull FC, a true rugby league character and a fine ambassador for our sport,” he said.

“We all have some great memories of Tony as a player and it was very sad to hear of his passing tonight.

“It’s comforting to know his family were with him and the thoughts of everyone connected with the club are with them at this sad time.”

He continued, “I’m sure we’ll take a moment to reflect on Tony’s life and career at Thursday’s game against Castleford and his memory will take centre stage at our annual Heritage & Memorial Weekend at the final round of the season when we host Leeds.”

Dean was one of the club’s greats and will be remembered as the club head into their 150th anniversary year in 2015.

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