Bob Haigh

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Bob Haigh
Personal information
Full name Robert Haigh
Born (1943-11-11) 11 November 1943 (age 71)
Playing information
Position Second-row, Loose forward/Lock
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1962–70 Wakefield Trinity 250
1970–77 Leeds
1977–79 Bradford Northern 67 18 0 0 54
Total 317 18 0 0 54
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Yorkshire
1969–70 England 2 1 0 0 3
1968–71 Great Britain 7 0 0 0 0
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk

Bob Haigh ( (1943-11-11) 11 November 1943 (age 71)) is an English rugby league footballer of the 1960s and '70s, and coach of the 1970s playing at representative level for Great Britain, and England, and at club level for Wakefield Trinity (Heritage #681), Leeds, and Bradford Northern, as a Second-row, or Loose forward/Lock, i.e. number 11 or 12, or, 13, during the era of contested scrums.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Bob Haigh won caps for England while at Wakefield Trinity in 1969 against Wales, and France, in 1970 against Wales,[1] and won caps for Great Britain while at Wakefield Trinity in the 1968 Rugby League World Cup against Australia, and France, while at Leeds in the 1970 Rugby League World Cup against New Zealand, and Australia, and in 1971 against France, and New Zealand.[2]

Alongside fellow Wakefield Trinity player, Ian Brooke, Bob Haigh was selected to play for Great Britain in the 1968 Rugby League World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Alongside fellow Leeds players, John Atkinson, Tony Fisher, Syd Hynes, Mick Shoebottom and Alan Smith, Bob Haigh was selected to play for Great Britain in the 1970 Rugby League World Cup in Great Britain.

Rugby Football League Championship Final Appearances[edit]

Bob Haigh played Right-Second-row, i.e. number 12, in Wakefield Trinity's 21–9 victory over St. Helens in the 1966–67 Rugby Football League Championship final replay at Station Road, Swinton on Wednesday 10 May 1967, and played Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11, in the 17–10 victory over Hull in the 1967–68 Rugby Football League Championship final at Headingley Stadium on Saturday 4 May 1968.[3]

At 34 years, 190 days, Bob Haigh is oldest player to win the Harry Sunderland Trophy whilst playing for Bradford Northern v Widnes in 1978 Championship final.

Challenge Cup final appearances[edit]

Bob Haigh played Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11 in Leeds' 13-16 defeat by St. Helens in the 1971-72 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 13 May 1972.

Career At Bradford Northern[edit]

Bob Haigh proved a bargain buy when he came to Odsal for the last three years of his playing career. Having spent most of his time at Wakefield or Leeds, Haigh played a significant part in a team that was building towards Championship honours. In his second season at Odsal, he helped Northern win the Premiership 17–8 against a great Widnes team, as well as the Yorkshire Cup against York, he scored 18 tries in 67 matches.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Hoole, Les (2004). Wakefield Trinity RLFC – FIFTY GREAT GAMES. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-429-9

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