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Fans and players from Dewsbury’s greatest hour turned up in force on Friday for a dinner celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the 1973 league championship win.

Squad members from the famous team that ousted Leeds to lift the cup were in attendance as Dewsbury Rams hosted a celebration of the club’s greatest ever achievement.

Dewsbury RLFC held a get together celebration to mark the 40th anniversary of winning the Championship. The team of 1973 and todays Dewsbury Rams squad. (D562E321)

Dewsbury RLFC held a get together celebration to mark the 40th anniversary of winning the Championship. The team of 1973 and todays Dewsbury Rams squad. (D562E321)

Fans were also given the opportunity to meet their heroes, while the RFL gave the club permission to display the original trophy at the evening.

Among the former players who turned up for the dinner were Allan Agar, Alan Bates and Jeff Grayshon, as well as club president Mick Lumb and coach Tommy Smales.

The current Rams crop were also in attendance, along with Head Coach Glenn Morrison, Chairman Mark Sawyer and Vice Chairman Andrew Farrow.

Dewsbury Rams general manager Angie Burkinshaw said: “The evening began with welcome speech by Mark Sawyer who acknowledged the distance that some of the 72/73 squad had travelled to attend.

“Stevo (Mike Stephenson) had also very kindly recorded a message for his former team mates and that was well received.

“This was followed by Q & A session that was very amusing, and we then played the Final on the big screen whilst tucking into a hot roast buffet!”

The club has marked the anniversary with nostalgic match programmes and a new first-team kit which closely resembles the 1973 strip.

Next month, the Rams will host a celebration along with Dewsbury Town Team to mark both the anniversary and the visit of the Rugby League World Cup.