Don Robinson (rugby league)

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Don Robinson
Personal information
Full name Donald Robinson
Born (1932-06-04) 4 June 1932 (age 82)
Pontefract
Playing information
Position Prop, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1949–56 Wakefield Trinity 199
1956–≥56 Leeds
Total 199 0 0 0 0
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1951–56 Rugby League XIII
1951–56 Yorkshire
1951–56 England 3 1 0 0 3
1954–60 Great Britain 10 0 0 0 0
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk

Donald "Don" Robinson ( (1932-06-04) 4 June 1932 (age 82)[1]) birth regsistered in Pontefract, is an English professional Rugby League World Cup winning footballer of the 1940s, '50s and '60s, playing at representative level for Great Britain, England, Yorkshire, and Rugby League XIII, and at club level for Wakefield Trinity, and Leeds, as a Prop, or Second-row, i.e. number 8 or 10, or, 11 or 12, during the era of contested scrums.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Robinson represented the Rugby League XIII while at Wakefield Trinity in 1954 against Australasia, won caps for England while at Wakefield Trinity in 1951 against France, in 1955 against Other Nationalities, and while at Leeds in 1956 against France,[2] and won caps for Great Britain while at Wakefield Trinity in the 1954 Rugby League World Cup against France, New Zealand, and Australia, and France, in 1955 against New Zealand, and while at Leeds in 1956 against Australia (2 matches), in 1959 against Australia (2 matches), and in 1960 against France.[3]

Robinson played at second-row forward in all four of Great Britain's 1954 Rugby League World Cup matches, including Great Britain's 16-12 victory over France in the 1954 Rugby League World Cup final at Parc des Princes, Paris on 13 November 1954 and was named man of the match.[4] For his participation in these four matches, Don Robinson was paid a total of £25 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £1,410 in 2009).[5]

Don Robinson also represented Great Britain while at Leeds between 1952 and 1956 against France (1 non-Test match).[6]

County Honours[edit]

Don Robinson was selected for Yorkshire County XIII whilst at Wakefield Trinity during the 1951/52, 1954/55 and 1955/56 seasons.[7]

Challenge Cup final appearances[edit]

Don Robinson played Right-Second-row, i.e. number 12, and scored a try in Leeds' 9-7 victory over Barrow in the 1956–57 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 11 May 1957.[8]

County Cup Final Appearances[edit]

Don Robinson played Right-Second-row, i.e. number 12, in Wakefield Trinity's 17-3 victory over Keighley in the 1951–52 Yorkshire Cup final at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield on Saturday 27 October 1951.[9]

Transfer From Wakefield Trinity To Leeds[edit]

Don Robinson was transferred from Wakefield Trinity to Leeds in January 1956, with Fred Smith going the other way. In addition, Wakefield Trinity also received £3,000 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £143,000 in 2009).[5]

Club career[edit]

Don Robinson is the second youngest player (behind Jordan Crowther) to make his début as a Forward for Wakefield Trinity aged 17-years and 9-months in 1949.

Genealogical information[edit]

Don Robinson is the brother-in-law of the rugby league footballer Ron Evans.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "On this Day - November 13 down the years". espn.co.uk. ESPN. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Measuring Worth - Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Edgar, Harry (2007). Rugby League Journal Annual 2008 Page-110. Rugby League Journal Publishing. ISBN 0-9548355-3-0
  7. ^ Lindley, John (1960). Dreadnoughts - A HISTORY OF Wakefield Trinity F. C. 1873 - 1960 [Page118]. John Lindley Son & Co Ltd. ISBN n/a
  8. ^ "On This Day - 11 May". therhinos.co.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Hoole, Les (2004). Wakefield Trinity RLFC - FIFTY GREAT GAMES. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-429-9

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