Jim Leytham

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Jim Leytham
Personal information
Full name James Leytham
Born October→December 1879
Lancaster, England
Died 20 August 1916 (aged 36)
Morecambe Bay, England
Playing information
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 12 st 8 lb (79.8 kg; 176.0 lb)
Position Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1897–03 Lancaster
1903–12 Wigan 280 258 267 1,308
Total 280 258 267 0
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Lancashire
1905–10 England 5 8 7 0 38
1908–10 Great Britain 5 10 1 0 32
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk

James "Jim" Leytham (birth registered October→December 1879[1] — 20 August 1916 (aged 36)[2]) birth registered in Lancaster, was an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1890s, 1900s and '10s, playing at representative level for Great Britain, England, and Lancashire, and at club level for Lancaster, and Wigan (captain), as a Wing, i.e. number 2 (number 14 in a 15-player team) or 5 (number 11 in a 15-player team).[3] Leytham along with several members of his family died in a fishing accident in the River Lune Estuary, Morecambe Bay on Sunday 20 August 1916,[4] his death was registered in Lancaster[5]

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Jim Leytham played in the first ever rugby league international for England while at Wigan in 1905 against Other Nationalities, he went on to win further caps in 1906 against Other Nationalities and in 1908 against New Zealand.[6] He also won caps for Great Britain while at Wigan in 1908 against New Zealand (2 matches), and in 1910 against Wales (2 matches).[7]

He was selected to go on the 1910 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand and played against Australia (2 matches), Australasia (2 matches), and New Zealand.[8] In this tour's Ashes series, he set the record for most tries in a match with four in Britain's victory in the second test.

Along with Stanley "Stan" Moorhouse, Peter Norburn, Keith Fielding, Stuart Wright, Martin Offiah, and Sam Tomkins; having scored four tries, Jim Leytham, jointly holds the record for the most tries scored in an England match, scoring four tries against Other Nationalities at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on 2 January 1905.

Rugby Football League Championship final appearances[edit]

Jim Leytham played Right-Wing, i.e. number 2, and scored 2-conversions in Wigan's 7–3 victory over Oldham in the 1908–09 Rugby Football League Championship final at The Willows, Salford on Saturday 1 May 1909.[9]

Rugby League County League appearances[edit]

Jim Leytham played in Wigan's 1908–09, 1910–11, and 1911–12 Lancashire League victories.[10]

Rugby League County Cup final appearances[edit]

Jim Leytham played Right-Wing, i.e. number 14 (in a 15-player team), in Wigan's 0-0 draw with Leigh in the 1905–06 Lancashire Cup final at Wheater's Field, Broughton, on Saturday 2 December 1905,[11] played Right-Wing, and scored a conversion in Wigan's 8-0 victory over Leigh in the 1905–06 Lancashire Cup final replay at Wheater's Field, Broughton, on Monday 11 December 1905,[11] played Right-Wing, i.e. number 2 (in a 13-player team) and scored a conversion in Wigan's 10-9 victory over Oldham in the 1908–09 Lancashire Cup final at Wheater's Field, Broughton, on Saturday 19 December 1908,[12] and played Right-Wing and scored 2-conversions in the 22-5 victory over Leigh in the 1909–10 Lancashire Cup final at Wheater's Field, Broughton, on Saturday 27 November 1909.[13]

Notable tour matches[edit]

Jim Leytham played Right-Wing, i.e. number 2, and scored 3-conversions in Wigan's 12-8 victory over New Zealand in the 1907–1908 New Zealand rugby tour of Australia and Great Britain match at Central Park, Wigan, on Saturday 9 November 1907,[14] played Right-Wing, and scored 2-conversions in the 10-7 victory over Australia in the 1908–09 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain match at Central Park, Wigan, on Saturday 9 January 1909,[15] played Right-Wing in the 16-8 victory over Australia in the 1908–09 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain match at Central Park, Wigan, on Wednesday 20 January 1909,[16] and played Right-Wing, and scored his team's sole try in the 7-2 victory over Australia in the 1911–12 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain match at Central Park, Wigan, on Saturday 28 October 1911.[17]

Club career[edit]

Jim Leytham made his début for Wigan, and scored a try in the 14-0 victory over Batley at Central Park, Wigan, on Saturday 12 December 1903, and played his last match for Wigan, and scored a try in the 8-8 draw with Hull at Central Park, Wigan, on Monday 8 April 1912, after which injury forced him to retire.[5] During Jim Leytham's time at Wigan, they also won the South West Lancashire League in 1904–05, and 1905–06.[10]

Genealogical information[edit]

Jim Leytham's marriage to Mary Isabella Wilson was registered during April→Jun 1908 in Lancaster district.[18] They had children; Isabel Leytham (birth registered October→December 1908 in Lancaster district), Reginald G. Leytham (birth registered October→December 1910 in Lancaster district), and James Leytham (birth registered October→December 1911 in Lancaster district).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Death details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "New trophy will honour Lancaster's rugby great". Lancashire Evening Post (UK: Johnston Publishing Ltd). 12 December 2003. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Tom Mather (2010). "Best in the Northern Union". Pages 128-142. ISBN 978-1-903659-51-9
  6. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Papers Past — Evening Post — 14 May 1910 — Football". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "1908-1909 Championship Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Statistics at wigan.rlfans.com". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "1905-1906 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "1908-1909 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "1909-1910 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "1907 Tour Match: Wigan 12 New Zealand 8". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "1909 Tour Match: Wigan 10 Australia 7". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "1909 Tour Match: Wigan 16 Australia 8". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "1911 Tour Match: Wigan 7 Australia 2". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Marriage details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

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