23rd September 2017, 17:53



It is with great sadness that the club announces the death of Hall of Famer Ken Dean.

Born a stone's throw from Thrum Hall Lane, Ken spent his entire career with his hometown club, 
making 393 appearances in the process between 1948 and 1960. Alongside fellow Hall of Famer and club record appearance holder 
Stan Kielty, Dean made up a halfback pairing seen by many to be the greatest ever to pull on a Halifax shirt.

Twice a Yorkshire Cup winner and four-time Yorkshire League champion, Fax also reached three Challenge Cup Finals and finished 
Championship runners-up on three occasions during the Kielty/Dean era.

Dean played in the Fax side which contested the 1954 Challenge cup final, 
a 4-4 draw against Warrington, setting up the now legendary replay at Odsal attended by a world record crowd.

He earned two international caps for England and 11 Yorkshire caps during his career with the club, 
and was awarded a testimonial match, which took place in 1958.

Ken is a true club legend and will be sorely missed. A minute's silence will be held in his honour on Sunday.

We'd like to wish our most sincere condolences to all of Ken's family and friends at this sad time.