John Berry (rugby)

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John Berry
Personal information
Nickname Buff
Born (1866-09-25)25 September 1866
Fellside, Kendal, England
Died 10 May 1930(1930-05-10) (aged 63)
Manchester, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Fly-half
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
18??–1887 Kendal Hornets
1887–?? Tyldesley
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1891 England 3 0 0 0 0
Rugby league
Position Stand-off/Five-eighth
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1895–?? Tyldesley
Source: scrum.com

John 'Buff' Berry (born 25 September 1866 in Fellside, Kendal[1] — died 10 May 1930 in Manchester[2]) was a rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1880s and '90s, playing representative level rugby union (RU) for England, and at club level for Kendal Hornets, and Tyldesley,[3] as a Fly-half, i.e. number 10, and playing club level rugby league (RL) for Tyldesley, as a Stand-off/Five-eighth, i.e. number 6.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

John Berry won caps for England (RU) while at Tyldesley in 1891 against Wales, Ireland, and Scotland.[4]

Rugby union county cups[edit]

During John Berry's time at Tyldesley, they beat Widnes to win the 1895 Lancashire Cup (RU) at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington in front of 15,000 spectators.[5]

Change of Code[edit]

When Tyldesley converted from the rugby union code to the rugby league code on Thursday 29 August 1895, John Berry was 28 years of age. Consequently, he was both a rugby union and rugby league footballer for Tyldesley.

Genealogical Information[edit]

John Berry was the older brother of Kendal Hornets, and Tyldesley rugby union and rugby league footballer William Berry.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Death details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. p. 178. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  4. ^ "International Statistics at espnscrum.com". espnscrum.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Tyldesley RUFC Club History". tyldesleyrufc.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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