Colin Dixon

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Colin J. Dixon
Personal information
Full name Colin J. Dixon
Nickname Dicko
Born 3 December 1943
Butetown, Cardiff, Wales
Died 21 June 1993 (aged 49)
Halifax, West Yorkshire, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
<1961–61 Cardiff IAC
Rugby league
Position Centre, Second-row, Loose forward/Lock
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
30 Aug 1961–14 Dec 68 Halifax 245 73 0 0 219
1968–80 Salford 418 91 1 0 275
1980–81 Hull Kingston Rovers 25
Total 688 164 1 0 494
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1963–81 Wales 16 2 0 0 6
1961–81 Great Britain 14
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
03/1977–01/78 Salford
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk

Colin J. Dixon (3 December 1943 – 21 June 1993 (aged 49)) born in Butetown, was a Welsh rugby union and professional Rugby League World Cup winning footballer of the 1960s, '70s and '80s, and rugby league coach of the 1970s, playing club level rugby union (RU) for Cardiff International Athletic Club, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain, and Wales, and at club level for Halifax (captain), Salford, and Hull Kingston Rovers, as a Centre, Second-row, or Loose forward/Lock, i.e. number 3 or 4, 11 or 12, or 13, and coaching club level rugby league (RL) for Salford,[1] he is a Halifax Hall Of Fame Inductee,[2] he died in Halifax, West Yorkshire.

Rugby career[edit]

Dixon, like Gus Risman and Billy Boston, was a product of South Church Street School in Cardiff's Butetown. Playing in the Cardiff RFC Youth team, he was already showing something of his future potential but was overlooked by Wales (RU) Youth. As a seventeen-year-old he signed for Halifax[3] in 1961. Initially he played as a Centre, providing many tries for his Wing John "Johnny" Freeman, by coincidence also a former pupil of South Church Street School, but it was not until he moved to the back row of the pack in 1963 that he revealed his tremendous power. Dixon played in Halifax's 10-0 victory over Featherstone Rovers in the 1963–64 Yorkshire Cup final at Belle Vue, Wakefield on 2 November 1963. In 1964 he was a key player in the first Halifax side to win the championship since 1907.

As Halifax's captain in the 1967 and 1968 seasons Dixon led the side by example and was rewarded with his first Great Britain cap in 1968. Transferred a few weeks later to Salford for a record £15,000 (based on average earnings, this would be approximately £366,000 in 2007),[4] he played in the Challenge Cup Final of 1969 losing to Castleford. Had Salford won he would almost certainly have been awarded the Lance Todd Trophy. That same season he was the League's highest scoring forward with 20 tries.

Dixon played in the Great Britain 1972 World Cup winning side and toured Australasia in 1974, playing in all three Tests against Australia (1 win, 2 losses) and all three in New Zealand (2 wins, 1 loss). Perhaps the highlight of his successful club career was winning the League Championship with Salford in 1973–74 and again in 1975–76. As an international he won 15 caps for Wales and 14 for Great Britain. He played his last game for Salford in 1980, but played a final season in the Premiership winning Hull Kingston Rovers team of 1980–81. He played 418 times for Salford with 738 appearances in all first class games. Only five players have played test matches for Great Britain as both a back and a forward, they are; Colin Dixon, Frank Gallagher, Laurie Gilfedder, Billy Jarman, and Harry Street.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  2. ^ "Halifax Hall of Fame". halifaxrlfc.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Ray French (10 May 2010). "Welsh convert XIII". news.bbc.co.uk (BBC). Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Measuring Worth - Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. p. 160. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 

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