Road for Rugby Legend
Garrison Road in Hull has been renamed to commemorate rugby legend Roger Millward. The road sign scheme has been designed and installed by A-one+ and recently unveiled by the council in a special ceremony.
Members of his family, including Mr Millward’s widow Carol, were joined by representatives from A-one+, Hull City Council, Hull KR and Highways England on Friday 26 January as the road was officially renamed Roger Millward Way complete with a rare red and white sign.
The renamed road is part of the main A63 dual carriageway in east Hull, which heads from the River Hull to the city’s docks and the scheme included a total of 9 signs which were replaced and installed over several night shifts.
Roger Millward MBE, was a well respected rugby league player, he joined Hull Kingston Rovers in 1966 and went on to make more than 400 appearances, scoring a club record of 207 tries and kicking 607 goals. He was also a Great Britain rugby league captain scoring the winning try in the last Ashes victory over Australia in 1970. Mr Millward died after a long illness at the age of 68 in May 2016. Following his retirement from playing, he served as a coach at the club for 11 seasons winning 6 trophies, committing 25 years’ service and was fittingly awarded the MBE for his services to rugby league in 1983. He was inducted into the Rugby League Hall of Fame in 2000.
Neil Hudgell, Hull Kingston Rovers chairman said: “Affectionately known as ‘Roger the Dodger’, Roger is perhaps best known for leading KR to Challenge Cup glory in 1980, beating Hull FC 10-5 in the final at Wembley.
“It is a real tribute to his success that he will have a key road in Hull named after him. I’m sure he would be delighted.”
Leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Stephen Brady, said: “Re-naming this stretch of road after Roger is a fitting tribute to a man who left an incredible mark on rugby league, and is long remembered as a key sports person from our city.
Mark Ramsden, Highways England’s service delivery manager for Yorkshire and Humber, said: “We were delighted to be able to support Hull City Council in its request to change the name of this stretch of the A63 to Roger Millward Way.
“Roger was an important sporting icon in the region and it’s an honour to be able to recognise his memory in this way.”
Roger Millward Way is the second road in Hull named after a rugby league star. Another part of the A63 in west Hull is named after Clive Sullivan who played for both clubs in the 1970s and 80s.
Mrs Millward was presented with a small version of the signage as special memento of the occasion from A-one+.