Lawkholmers to Cougars - A Rugby League History

Paul Moses was a soccer fanatic as a child but when neighbour and Bradford
Northern scrum-half Geoff Shutt was asked by Paul's dad to show him the skills
of rugby league he never looked back. He began his rugby league career first at
the Central Youth Club coached by Peter Roe and Joe Bardgett and then Keighley
Albion under 17's before going down to Keighley in 1978 as part of the re-formed
Colts team receiving guidance from boyhood hero Brian Jefferson and Terry
Hollindrake. Despite finding some fine prospects the colts team folded and
Halifax RLFC came in for the pick of the talent including Paul. After several
solid performances for Halifax Colts he progressed to the 'A' team making such
an impression that he finally signed for the Thrum Hallers in 1981 making his
first team debut the following year and becoming a regular in the first team in
1983-4 being voted runner-up in the player of the year awards. Shortly after
Halifax, under a new regime, signed a host of Australian players and put many of
it's English players on the transfer list. Paul decided to return to his roots
at Keighley, initially on loan but later becoming a permanent and indispensable
member of the first team at scrum-half and later as hooker.
The next turn in Paul's career saw him trying his hand in Queensland, Australia
with the Ingham Life Savers Club in 1987 and 1988. He returned to Keighley in
1988 playing through a very lean spell at the club until in 1991 'Cougarmania'
took off with Peter Roe guiding the team to the Third Division Championship in
1992-3, a season in which Paul played a big part with 21 appearances, 9 of them
as sub and scoring 7 tries. In the subsequent seasons, as his playing career was
reaching an end, Paul's appearances became fewer but whenever called on to play
he always gave one hundred percent. He was awarded a testimonial season 1995 and
later moved to help John Kain coaching Cougars 'A' team. He left Keighley after
making 205 appearances scoring 35 tries, 17 goals and 37 drop-goals.
Putting his immense knowledge back into the amateur game Paul moved to Silsden
Park Rangers as player /coach and then on to Keighley Albion in their first
National Conference season.
Paul is in an unique position of being part of Keighley teams that have reached
the highs and the lows including a forgetable 92-2 defeat by Leigh in 1986. But
Paul once said, "I was there to be counted", which says a lot about a truly
outstanding, honest and reliable player who stuck with the team through the lean
years deservedly enjoying success towards the end of his professional career. As
his boyhood hero Brian Jefferson once said, "People often talk about the 'model
professional' but it is surely epitomised in Paul Moses".