Terry Hollindrake began his rugby league career with Keighley Albion ARLFC as a 16-year-old. He possessed phenomenal natural ability, a feature of which was an astonishing side-step honed, some say, by having to walk along the canal bank at Riddlesden and jumping around the huge puddles. Terry’s idol at Lawkholme was Len Ward and he modelled his game on him. The first season at Albion Juniors was poor but in the second season the team really gelled together and Terry’s outstanding performances soon brought him to the attention of Keighley RLFC who signed him in December 1951.
He made a promising start in an ‘A’ team match at Bramley. His first big match was in front of 10,000 spectators in the Lazenby Cup game against Bradford Northern the following year. Terry’s senior league debut was in January 1953 against Salford. Keighley News commented that, “He made a sparkling run in which he side-stepped half a dozen would-be tacklers”. He became a regular member of the first-team in the 1954-5 season playing at wing, centre or full-back but National Service restricted his appearances.
Apart from being a spectacular try-scorer Terry was also a reliable goal-kicker. In a match against Liverpool in 1954 he scored 23 points from 10 goals and 1 try. The following season 1955-6 he set a post-war record with 26 tries in a season breaking this again two seasons later with 27. It was at this time that he made his International appearance against New Zealand at Headingley. ‘Holly’ tires of telling the story of his debut but on the whole he says he can hardly remember the match. In the season 1959-60 Terry broke Joe Sherburn’s points-in-a-career record with 787 points later reaching 1001 points, the first Keighley player to score more than 1000 for the club. In October 1960 he was controversially sold to Hull FC for a record £6,000 causing a flood of letters to the Keighley News from angry fans at what they considered “a betrayal”.
At Hull he was leading try-scorer for two seasons scoring 206 points in 114 matches. Terry was transferred to Bramley in 1964 where he scored 604 points from 144 games.
In 1968 Terry came back to Keighley playing for Keighley Shamrocks ARLFC before returning to Lawkholme in 1969. Terry finished his professional career as he had started it in an ‘A’ team match at Bramley almost 20 years after his debut.
The greatest accolade I have heard about Terry came from one of his playing colleagues, “Terry’s one fault was that he made you lazy. If you gave him the ball and he had one player to beat, you didn’t have to back him up because you knew it would be a certain try”.