John Atkinson (rugby league)

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John Atkinson
Personal information
Born (1946-10-03) 3 October 1946 (age 68)[1]
Leeds, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Roundhay RUFC
Rugby league
Position Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1966–82 Leeds 518 340 0 0 1020
1982–83 Carlisle 20
Total 538 340 0 0 1020
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1968–78 England 12 7 0 0 21
1968–80 Great Britain 26 12 0 0 36
Yorkshire 15
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1983–85 Carlisle
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org

John Atkinson (born 3 October 1946) is an English rugby union and Rugby League World Cup winning rugby league footballer of the 1960s, '70s and '80s, playing club level rugby union (RU) for Roundhay RUFC, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain, and England, and at club level for Leeds, and Carlisle, as a Left-Wing, i.e. number 5.[2][3]

Atkinson played in four Rugby League World Cups (1968, 1970, 1972 and 1975), scoring six tries in total.

Playing career[edit]

Championship final appearances[edit]

John Atkinson played, and scored a try in Leeds' 9-5 victory over St. Helens in the Rugby Football League Championship final during the 1971–72 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 20 May 1972.

Challenge Cup final appearances[edit]

John Atkinson played Left-Wing, i.e. number 5 in Leeds' 11-10 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the 1968 Challenge Cup "Watersplash" final during the 1967-68 season at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 11 May 1968, in the 13-16 defeat by St. Helens in the 1972 Challenge Cup final during the 1971-72 season at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 13 May 1972, and scored a try in the 16-7 victory over Widnes in the 1977 Challenge Cup final during the 1976–77 season at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 7 May 1977.

County Cup final appearances[edit]

John Atkinson played Left-Wing, i.e. number 5, and scored a try in Leeds' 22-11 victory over Castleford in the 1968 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1968–69 season at Belle Vue, Wakefield on Saturday 19 October 1968, played Left-Wing,and scored a try in the 23-7 victory over Featherstone Rovers in the 1970 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1970–71 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 21 November 1970, played Left-Wing, and scored a try in the 36-9 victory over Dewsbury in the 1972 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1972–73 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 7 October 1972, played Left-Wing in the 7-2 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the 1973 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1973–74 season at Headingley Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 20 October 1973, played Left-Wing in the 15-11 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1975 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1975–76 season at Headingley Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 15 November 1975, played Left-Wing in the 15-6 victory over Halifax in the 1979 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1979–80 season at Headingley Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 27 October 1979, and played Left-Wing, or according to Rothmans Yearbooks 1990-91 and 1991-92, Centre, i.e. number 4, in the 8-7 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1980 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1980–81 season at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield on Saturday 8 November 1980.

Testimonial match[edit]

John Atkinson's testimonial match at Leeds took place in 1976.

Club career[edit]

Atkinson began his playing career with Leeds in 1966 and finally left to become player-coach of Carlisle in 1983. He amassed a total of 401 tries during his career,[4] of which 340 were scored for Leeds.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daly, Phil (13 April 2014). "Burrow set to take his place amongst the greats". Leeds Rhinos. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Fletcher, Raymond. Rothman's Rugby League Yearbook 1999. London: Headline. ISBN 978-0747275725. 

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