Jim Brough

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Jim Brough
James Wasdale Brough - Leeds.JPG
Ogden's Cigarette card featuring 'Gentleman' Jim Brough
Personal information
Full name James Wasdale Brough
Nickname Gentleman Jim
Born 5 November 1903
Silloth, Cumberland, England
Died 16 September 1986(1986-09-16) (aged 82)
Workington, Cumbria, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Fullback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19??–25 Silloth RUFC [1]
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1923–25 Cumberland
1925 England 2 0 0 0 0
Rugby league
Position Fullback, Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1925–?? Leeds 442 34 82 266
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1926–36 England 11 2 9 0 24
1928–36 Great Britain 5 0 0 0
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
≤1955–≥58 Workington Town
Representative
Years Team Gms W D L W%
Great Britain
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk

James "Gentleman Jim" Wasdale Brough (5 November 1903 – 16 September 1986) was an English dual-code international rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1920s and '30s, and rugby league coach of the 1950s, playing representative level rugby union (RU) for England, and Cumberland, and at club level for Silloth RUFC [2], as a Fullback, i.e. number 15, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain (Captain), and England, and at club level for Leeds, as a Fullback, or Centre, i.e. number 1, 3 or 4, and coaching representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain, and at club level for Workington Town.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

born 5 November 1903 in Silloth, Cumberland,[1] 'Gentleman' Jim Brough made two international rugby union appearances for England (RU) while he was playing with Silloth RUFC [3]. His Test début was in January 1925 against New Zealand at Twickenham and two weeks later he appeared against Wales. He changed code and turned professional in 1925, joining Leeds[2] and won caps for England (RL) in 1926 against Wales, and Other Nationalities, in 1928 against Wales, in 1929 against Other Nationalities, in 1932 against Wales, in 1933 against Other Nationalities, in 1934 against Australia, in 1935 against France, and Wales, in 1936 against Wales, and France,[3] and won caps for Great Britain (RL) while at Leeds in 1928 against Australia (2 matches), and New Zealand (2 matches), and in 1936 against Australia (Captain).[4]

County honours[edit]

Jim Brough represented Cumberland (RU) while at Silloth RUFC [4], including the 14–3 victory over Kent in the 1924 County Championship at Carlisle.

Challenge Cup final appearances[edit]

Jim Brough played Fullback in Leeds' 11–8 victory over Swinton in the 1931–32 Challenge Cup final at Central Park, Wigan, on Saturday 7 May 1932, then was Captain in the 18–2 victory over Huddersfield in the 1935–36 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium, on Saturday 18 April 1936, he missed the 19–2 victory over Halifax in the 1940–41 Challenge Cup final at Odsal Stadium, Bradford, and played Fullback in the 15–10 victory over Halifax in the 1941–42 Challenge Cup final at Odsal Stadium, Bradford.[5]

Club career[edit]

Jim Brough made his début for Leeds against York at Headingley Stadium on Wednesday 2 September 1925.[6]

Coaching career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Jim Brough was the coach of Great Britain (RL).

Challenge Cup final appearances[edit]

Jim Brough was the coach of Workington Town in the 12–21 defeat by Barrow in the 1954–55 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium, on Saturday 30 April 1955, and the 9–13 defeat by Wigan in the 1957–58 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium, on Saturday 10 May 1958.[7]

Honoured at Silloth RUFC[edit]

In 2005 in honour of Jim Brough, Silloth RUFC renamed its ground, The Jim Brough Rugby Park.[8]

Genealogical information[edit]

Jim Brough's marriage to Florance A. Carr was registered during April→June 1928 in Wigton district.[9] They had children; Rachel M. Brough [5], Frances A. Brough [6], the golfer Samuel J. Brough [7], Joseph C. Brough [8], Florance P. P. Brough [9], and Joyce Brough [10]. Jim Brough was also the grandfather of the organist and composer Michael Brough (b. 1960), present organ curator at Holy Trinity Sloane Street.

Brough died 16 September 1986 in Workington, Cumbria

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Birley, Derek (1996). Playing the game: sport and British society, 1910–45. Manchester University Press ND. p. 173. ISBN 978-0-7190-4497-7. ISBN 0-7190-4497-9. 
  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. ^ "History of Leeds Rugby League Club". britishrugbyleague.blogspot.co.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Dalby, Ken (1955). The Headingley Story – 1890–1955 – Volume One – Rugby. The Leeds Cricket, Football & Athletic Co. Ltd ASIN: B0018JNGVM
  7. ^ "1957–1958 Challenge Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Location". sillothtigers. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Marriage details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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