‘Buster’ on the rails
Keighley Cougars skipper and hooker James Feather will be seeing a great deal more of the north of England in the coming months.
That’s because the Cougars ace, who is currently out of action having undergone surgery on a depressed fractured cheekbone, figures on a mural that has been applied to the side of a Northern Rail train.
James, better known to Cougar fans as ‘Buster’, has been included on a mural that illustrates the attractions of Keighley to the rail public.
The train was named ‘Ian Dewhurst’ as a tribute to the Keighley area historian and the naming ceremony, together with the unveiling of the mural, took place at Keighley Station on Monday; just hours after the Cougars had qualified for the Co-operative Championship One Grand Final by beating York City Knights.
Because Buster was unavailable due to work commitments, the Cougars were represented at the ceremony by Head Coach Barry Eaton and his teammate Brendon Rawlins. And they are pictured admiring the image of the Cougars skipper on the side of the Northern Rail Class158 unit.
Helen Carter, the Cougars General Manager, said: “The mural has been the result of a partnership between Northern Rail and the Keighley Town Centre Association of which we are proud members.
“It’s wonderful that Keighley Cougars have been given such a prominent position on the side of the train and Buster’s image is going to be seen by many thousands of people as a result.
“Buster is a credit to his club and sport and it’s an honour for him to be given that kind of exposure”.