Frederick Stanley Jackson

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Fred Jackson
Personal information
Full name Frederick Stanley Jackson
Born United Kingdom
Weight 102 kg (16 st 1 lb)
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Camborne
Plymouth
Leicester
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1908 Anglo-Welsh Lions
Rugby league
Position Prop, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Unknown (ARL)
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1910 Auckland 1 0 0 0 0
1910 New Zealand 1 0 4 0 8
Source: RLP
For other persons of a similar name see Frederick Jackson (disambiguation).

Frederick Stanley Jackson was a rugby footballer of the early 1900s who represented the Anglo/Welsh British Lions and the New Zealand Kiwis.

Early years[edit]

Jackson was possibly born in Camborne and educated at the Camborne School of Mines. Other sources claim he was born in Swansea, Wales while the Manchester Evening News reported in 1900 that he was educated at Llandovery College and he may have served in the Boer War.[1] No records of his birth have been found.

Rugby union career[edit]

A Cornish rugby union player (16 Cornish caps), Jackson played 'forward' for Camborne RFC, Plymouth, Leicester RFC and represented A. F.Harding's Anglo/Welsh British Lions team in their tour to Australia and New Zealand in 1908. Jackson was the Leicester Tigers leading scorer in the 1906-07 season. He was reputed to be a powerful goal-kicker and was the star of Cornwall's championship-winning side in 1908 when he led the way in the 17-3 final win against Durham in front of 17,000 spectators at Redruth R.F.C.'s Recreation Ground.[2]

Jackson was suspended and recalled from the 1908 Lions tour of New Zealand, where he was considered the tourists' best forward, to be investigated by the Rugby Football Union for professionalism. He was accused of playing for the Swinton club under the name of "John Jones" and had represented Swansea under the name of "Gabe".[3] Leaving his close friend and Leicester team-mate John Jackett in tears on the wind-swept dockside, he sailed from Wellington to Sydney on the Maitai but, for whatever reason, decided he could not return to England and slipped back to New Zealand unannounced, reportedly to marry a Māori woman he had met.[1]

Rugby league career[edit]

Jackson played rugby league for both Auckland and New Zealand in 1910, captaining Auckland against the touring Great Britain Lions and also playing against his country of birth in the Test match for New Zealand, where he kicked four goals.[3][4][5]

Later in the 1910 season he was suspended by the Auckland Rugby League for striking an official who had insulted his Māori companion.[6]

Later years[edit]

Jackson married a young maori woman from Te Araroa, Horowai Henderson. They lived in the Hawkes Bay initially and then later moved to Te Araroa on the East Cape where he became a selector for the East Coast Rugby Union. He died in Auckland on 15 April 1957.

Jackson had five children, Everard, Mary, Reginald Tutu Taonga Wi Repa, Sydney (Bully) and Irwin. Everard, became a noted All Blacks prop.[7] Other sons, Sydney (Bully) Jackson and Tutu Wi Repa, represented the New Zealand Māori rugby union team. Everard's son, Syd, was a prominent Māori activist, trade unionist and leader.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Mystery of Frederick Jackson
  2. ^ Salmon, Tom (1983) The First Hundred Years: the story of rugby football in Cornwall. Illogan: Cornwall RFU ISBN 0-946664-00-5
  3. ^ a b Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1990 New Zealand Rugby League, 1990. p.76
  4. ^ JACKSON, Frederick Stanley 1910 - Kiwi #47 nzleague.co.nz
  5. ^ Fred Jackson rugbyleagueproject
  6. ^ Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4. p.37.
  7. ^ Everard Jackson at AllBlacks.com

Further reading[edit]

  • Mather, Tom. (2012) Rugby's Greatest Mystery. Who really was F. S. Jackson? London: London League Publications Ltd. ISBN 1903659604