Lawkholmers to Cougars - A Rugby League History

Roy Sabine had been putting in some outstanding performances in for amateurs Low
Moor as well as playing for Yorkshire Amateurs and captaining the English
amateur under 19 side. Not surprisingly he came to the attention of many
professional clubs and in fact had signed for trials with Halifax. Keighley
Chairman John Smallwood, tipped off by Sabine's neighbour Bill Shreeve, arranged
a meeting with Roy and snapped him up right away from under the nose of Halifax.
Sabine scored a try on his debut in September 1958 against a Castleford side
featuring fellow debutante, Alan Hardisty. In the next game away at Halifax Roy
scored a hat-trick of tries in the 22-9 victory over the Thrum Hallers
underlining to Halifax what they had missed out on. During the next eight
seasons, mostly at stand-off but a few times at centre, Roy played in 179
matches scoring 46 tries.
His career for Keighley, however, was interrupted by National Service in the
Army in which Roy played for the Duke Of Wellington's regimental team who became
Army champions two years running. After his return to Lawkholme and the 13-a-
side code Roy became an integral part of the 1962-3 Division Two promotion
winning side.
He made two appearances for Yorkshire in 1963, one of them against the
Australian touring team in which Roy sustained an injury that cost him his Great
Britain call up against the Aussies. Further Injury ended Roy's playing career
at Keighley in 1966 retiring on doctor's orders. Roy, however returned to the
club in 1975 as coach with the colts but playing in a further eight games for
the first team. Moving up to coach the first team he went on to take the club to
the memorable Challenge Cup semi-final at Fartown in 1976 when Keighley lost to
the eventual winners St.Helens. Roy finally left the club in October 1977.