A TRIBUTE lunch was held at Huddersfield’s George Hotel to honour former Great Britain rugby league international Mike Sullivan.
The master of ceremonies was Mike ‘Stevo’ Stephenson who informed guests that Sullivan is now a RLHeritage Centre legend, along with former Great Britain Lions tourists Joe Egan (Wigan 1946 and 1950 ) and Bryn Knowlden (Barrow 1946).
Dewsbury-born Sullivan, along with another former Huddersfield star Garry Schofield, holds the record for the most appearances for the Lions with 46.
Sullivan signed for Huddersfield in 1952 as an 18-year-old right winger. He made his debut for the Great Britain national side during the 1954 World Cup in France against Australian and Sullivan went on to appear in the final and help Great Britain to claim the first ever World Cup.
Sullivan was signed by Wigan for a record fee of £9,500 in 1957.
He was later signed by St Helens for a new world record fee of £11,000.
The event was well attended and guests included many members of the Huddersfield ex-players association and many of Sullivan’s friends and family, along with Mayor Julie Stewart-Taylor.