Jonty Parkin

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Jonty Parkin
Jonty Parkin - Wakefield Trinity.jpg
Godfrey Phillips Cigarette card featuring Jonty Parkin
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Parkin
Nickname Jonty
Born (1894-11-05)5 November 1894
Sharlston, Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died 9 April 1972(1972-04-09) (aged 77)
Playing information
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 11 st 3 lb (71 kg; 157 lb)
Position Stand-off/Five-eighth, Scrum-half/Halfback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Sharlston 0 0 0 0 0
1913–30 Wakefield Trinity 349 96 94 0 476
1930–?? Hull Kingston Rovers 57 11 27 0 87
Total 406 107 121 0 563
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Yorkshire 17 8 2 0 28
England 12 6 5 0 28
Great Britain 17 9 0 0 27
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
Hull Kingston Rovers
Wakefield Trinity
Total 0 0 0 0
As of 9 January 2011

Jonathan "Jonty" Parkin (born in Sharlston, West Riding of Yorkshire) was an English rugby league footballer of the 1910s, '20s and '30s. He joined Wakefield Trinity as an 18-year-old in 1913 and gave 17 years' service, playing 349 times and earning 17 Great Britain Test caps, 12 England appearances and 17 for Yorkshire. He played at Stand-off/Five-eighth, or Scrum-half/Halfback, and also captained England.

Parkin toured Australia three times, twice as captain of Great Britain.

Parkin decided he wanted to leave the Wakefield club in 1930, at the age of thirty-four, and he was put on the transfer list at £100. (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £19,200 in 2009).[1]

For some reason, Hull Kingston Rovers couldn't or wouldn't find the money. so Parkin paid the fee himself to secure his release. The game's bylaws were adjusted shortly afterwards, so that no player could ever do that again.

In 1988 Parkin was one of the first group of inductees into the British Rugby League Hall of Fame.

International honours[edit]

Jonty Parkin won caps for England while at Wakefield Trinity in 1921 against Wales, Other Nationalities and Australia, in 1922 against Wales, in 1923 against Wales, in 1924 against Other Nationalities, in 1925 against Wales, in 1926 against Wales and Other Nationalities, in 1927 against Wales, in 1928 against Wales (2 matches) and won caps for Great Britain while at Wakefield Trinity in 1920 against Australia (2 matches) and New Zealand (3 matches), in 1921-22 against Australia (2 matches), in 1924 against Australia (3 matches) and New Zealand, in 1926-27 against New Zealand (2 matches), in 1928 against Australia and New Zealand and in 1929 against Australia (2 matches).

Rugby league county cup final appearances[edit]

Jonty Parkin played in Wakefield Trinity's 9-8 victory over Batley in the 1924–25 Yorkshire Cup final.


Jonty Parkin married Frances Akeroyd in 1926 and had six children, Patricia, Nadine, Willie (Bill), Geoff, Neal and Trevor and 16 grandchildren.

Contemporaneous article extract[edit]

Jonathan Parkin: Joined Trinity as a youth in 1913 from Sharlston and played his first senior game at Bradford Northern on April 19th, 1913. A most distinguished career, which covered 18 years in "Trinity's Red, White and Blue," included the following Test appearances:- 1920 (Brisbane and Sydney (1 and 2)), 1921 (Headingley, Leeds and the Boulevard, Hull), 1924 (Sydney 1 and 2 and Brisbane), 1928 (Sydney (1)), 1929 (Headingley, Leeds) and 1930 (Station Road, Swinton). It will be seen that Jonty made three tours to Australia. A football player can have no higher testimony than to retain the confidence of all ruling officials over a period of years. For many years Jonty Parkin was chosen as captain of Wakefiel Trinity, Yorkshire and Great Britain, and that is sufficient proof of his ability. So long as football is discussed in Wakefield his name will be remembered. Described by Jim Brough as the toughest Scrum-half he ever played with or against, Parkin's last two seasons of his career were spent with Hull Kingston Rovers His association with Wakefield Trinity continued after the Second World War when, from 1947 to 1950, he was a member of the Trinity Committee.[2]

Outside of rugby league[edit]

Jonty Parkin was the Landlord of the Griffin Hotel, Bull Ring, Wakefield circa-1921.[3]


  1. ^ "Measuring Worth - Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 23 April 2003. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  2. ^ Lindley, John (1960). Dreadnoughts - A HISTORY OF Wakefield Trinity F. C. 1873 - 1960. John Lindley Son & Co Ltd. ISBN n/a
  3. ^ Wakefield Trinity Committee, 7 Tammy Hall Street, Wakefield (Monday 26 December 1921). Wakefield Trinity Gazette. John Fletcher Printers, Albion Court, Westgate, Wakefield, WF1 1BD. ISBN n/a

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