Tributes for Dons legend

WELL RESPECTED: Former Dons head coach John Sheridan, who died last week.
WELL RESPECTED: Former Dons head coach John Sheridan, who died last week.
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DONS stalwart Ray Green has paid tribute to former head coach John Sheridan, who died last week.

Sheridan (pictured) led the downtrodden Dons out of the ‘Another Bloody Sunday’ period in the early 1980s by winning 30 out of the 44 games under his control, putting together one of the best squads in the club’s history.

Former Dons chief executive Ray Green said: “He was a fantastic guy and he had so much knowledge of the game, but he was never arrogant with it.

“I used to sit near to him in the main stand at times and he’d tell you what was going to happen before it did and more often than not he was right.

“He could read a game better than anyone I’ve ever met.

“Some people might have said that his coaching methods were a bit old fashioned, but he told me that rugby league was a simple game complicated by poor coaches.

“John believed in keeping things simple and he made it easy for the players to understand and they in turn enjoyed playing for him.”

Sheridan passed away at his Castleford home last week at the age of 78 following a serious stroke.

A legend at Castleford, he made more than 300 appearances for the Tigers between 1955 and 1966 before returning as head coach in the early 1970s.

His funeral will take place at Pontefract Crematorium on Tuesday, November 27 at 10.45am.

H The Dons hope to arrange a pre-season friendly with a Super League outfit as they prepare for their assault on the Co-operative Championship.

Next season’s fixtures will be released on Monday.