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Eagles legend Lindsay hails current captain Thackeray


On last week’s edition of Eagles Chat, a fan-led podcast exclusively on the club’s Supporters Page on Facebook, promotion-winning playmaker Brendon Lindsay lauded current captain Anthony Thackeray. 

Lindsay was on the podcast live from his home in Australia, discussing his five-season stint in the Steel City in which the stand-off helped the Eagles to promotion from National League Two (now League 1) in his debut year. 

When asked about his toughest opponents, Lindsay had no doubts about his fellow half-back. 

“I tipped Tubbs about the bloke a couple of years into my stay,” he said. 

“Anthony Thackeray, who I know is at the club now, not so much from a physical point of view but I remember playing Thacks in a game when he was at Castleford I think.

“When you’re defending on an edge, you like to have people around you and feel secure - particularly when you weren’t a good defender!

“He always had the ability to make you feel uncomfortable. 

“He ran direct at the line, good off both feet and always had options. 

“From a challenging point of view, he was always that good in terms of making you feel uncomfortable as an opposition player.” 

Lindsay - heritage number 314 - made 137 appearances for the Red and Golds, scoring 52 tries, kicking 15 goals and two drop goals. 

His efforts, as an integral part of the team that got the Eagles into the second tier, are remembered fondly and the Aussie has remained a close friend with Director of Rugby Mark Aston.