Albert Avery

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For the rugby league footballer of the 1910s and '20s for New Zealand, and Auckland, see Bert Avery.
Albert Avery
Personal information
Full name Albert Edward Avery
Nickname Bert
Born January→March 1883
Buckfastleigh, Devon
Died 14 November 1914 (aged 31)
Oldham
Playing information
Height 5 ft 10.5 in (179 cm)
Weight 14 st 4 lb (90.7 kg; 200.0 lb)
Rugby union
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1905–05 Plymouth and Devonport Albion
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1905–≤05 Devon
Rugby league
Position Prop, Hooker, Second-row, Loose forward/Lock
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1905–14 Oldham 289 67 0 0 201
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≥1905–≤14 Lancashire ≥5
1910–11 England 5 1 0 0 3
1910–12 Great Britain 4 3 0 0 9
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk

Albert "Bert" Edward Avery (January→March 1883[1] — 14 November 1914 (aged 31)[2]) born in Buckfastleigh, Devon, was an English rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1900s and '10s, playing representative level rugby union (RU) for Devon, and at club level for Plymouth and Devonport Albion, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain, England, and Lancashire, and at club level for Oldham, as a Prop, Hooker, Second-row, or Loose forward/Lock, i.e. number 8 or 10, 9, 11 or 12, or 13, during the era of contested scrums, his death was registered in Oldham, he died one-year after his brother had died in similar circumstances.[3]

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Bert Avery played 4-trial matches for England (RU) while at Plymouth and Devonport Albion, and won caps for England (RL) while at Oldham in 1910 against Wales (2 matches), in 1911 against Wales, and Australia (2 matches).[4]

While at Oldham he was selected to go on the 1910 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand and won caps for Great Britain against Australia, Australasia, and New Zealand,[5] and in 1911-12 against Australia (2 matches).[6]

County honours[edit]

Bert Avery won 23-caps for Devon (RU) while at Plymouth and Devonport Albion, and won cap(s) for Lancashire (RL) while at Oldham.

Rugby Football League Championship appearances[edit]

Bert Avery played Left-Prop, i.e. number 8 in Oldham's 3-7 defeat by Wigan in the 1908–09 Championship Final at The Willows, Salford on Saturday 1 May 1909.[7]

Challenge Cup final appearances[edit]

Bert Avery played Hooker, and was sent-off in Oldham's 5-8 defeat by Dewsbury in the 1911-12 Challenge Cup final at Headingley, Leeds.[8]

Testimonial match[edit]

Bert Avery was taken ill during the summer of 1914, and a Testimonial match (in which Bert Avery didn't participate due to illness) between players from the 1910 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand and Colonial players of the British Empire took place at Watersheddings, Oldham on 14 September 1914.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Death details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Tom Mather (2010). "Best in the Northern Union". Pages 128-142. ISBN 978-1-903659-51-9
  4. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Papers Past — Evening Post — 14 May 1910 — Football". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "1908-1909 Championship Final". cherryandwhite.co.uk. wigan.rlfans.com. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Ray French selects his top 10 Challenge Cup final shocks. No 6: 1912, Dewsbury 8-5 Oldham". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 

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