THEY were professionals in their chosen sports half a century ago but a pair of Yorkshire sporting stars from yesteryear have been reunited for the first time in 50 years over a pint in a North Devon pub. Former rugby league player Roy Fearnley, 78, oft

THEY were professionals in their chosen sports half a century ago - but a pair of Yorkshire sporting stars from yesteryear have been reunited for the first time in 50 years over a pint in a North Devon pub.Former rugby league player Roy Fearnley, 78, often visits the Old Court House in Chulmleigh for a lunchtime tipple. The second row forward spent 11 years at Halifax RFC in the 1950s where he played in what is regarded as the club's best ever side. He even featured in the famous 1954 Challenge Cup Final replay between Warrington and Halifax, where a record crowd of 102,575 poured through the turnstiles at Odsal Stadium, Bradford.On Wednesday night, Roy, who now lives in Burrington, was joined by old pal, former England footballer Derek Kevan.Derek, 73, visiting family in North Devon, was a prolific striker in his day, netting goals for West Bromwich Albion and England, including two in the 1958 FIFA World Cup. Nicknamed "The Tank", he was joint leading scorer in Division One with 33 goals in the 1961/62 season.The ex-sportsmen, both from Ripon, first met each other at a time when they were excelling in their different sports."It's the first time I've met up with Derek for about 50 years," said Roy."It was nice to talk about old memories growing up in Yorkshire."Derek also said it was nice to meet up with his old acquaintance: "Roy went to Ripon's grammar school while I went to the secondary modern. I always said if I'd gone to the grammar school too, I might have ended up a rugby player like Roy!"Old Courthouse landlord Sam Moyse said the two men enjoyed a chat and reminisced over a couple of pints."Pubs are about social interaction and it just goes to show, you never know who you're sitting next to," he said."These two gentlemen both had fascinating stories to tell and it was great to be able to reunite them at the Old Courthouse.