Bill Drake (rugby league)

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Bill Drake
Personal information
Full name William D. Drake
Born 20 February 1931
Workington, England
Died 8 October 2012(2012-10-08) (aged 81)
Hull, England
Playing information
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Position Wing, Prop, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1952–63 Hull 294 101 53 409
1963–6? Leeds
196?–?? York
Total 294 101 53 0 409
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1953–?? Cumberland 10
1962 England 1 0 0 0 0
1962 Great Britain 1 0 0 0 0
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk

William "Bill" D. Drake (20 February 1931 – 8 October 2012) was an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1950s and 1960s who represented Great Britain, England, and Cumberland, and at club level played for Heworth ARLFC, Hull, Leeds, and York as a back, and later a forward, during the era of contested scrums.

Born in Workington, Bill Drake was the younger (by 10-minutes) twin brother of fellow rugby league footballer, Jim Drake.

Drake, who had already gained representative selection for Cumberland, played in Hull's 10-9 victory over Halifax in the Championship final during the 1955–56 season at Maine Road, Manchester on Saturday 12 May 1956. He played at second-row forward in Hull's 13-30 defeat by Wigan in the 1959 Challenge Cup final during the 1958–59 season at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 9 May 1959.[1] Drake missed the 1960 Challenge Cup final during the 1959–60 season though injury, being replaced by Mike Smith who became the first player to ever make a first team début in a Challenge Cup final,[2]

Drake won a cap for England while at Hull in 1962 against France,[3] and won a cap for Great Britain while at Hull in 1962 also against France.[4]

Drake left Hull for Leeds in 1963 for a £1,500 transfer fee (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £56,890 in 2013).[5]

Drake died in Kingston upon Hull on 8 October 2012, exactly four years to the day after the death of Jim Drake his older twin brother. [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1958-1959 Challenge Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Fox rules the roost as Wakefield ease past Hull". yorkshirepost.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Measuring Worth - Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Bill Drake: Hull rugby league stalwart". independent.co.uk. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 

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