Joe Ferguson (rugby league)

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Joe Ferguson
Personal information
Full name Joseph Ferguson
Born April→June 1879
Ellenborough, Cumberland, England
Died October→December 1936 (aged 57)
Oldham district
Playing information
Position Fullback, Prop, Hooker, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1899–23 Oldham 627 58 540 0 1254
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Cumberland 15
Lancashire 31
1904–09 England 4 1 4 0 11
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk

Joseph "Joe" Ferguson (April→June 1879[1] – October→December 1936 (aged 57)[2]) born in Ellenborough, Cumberland, was an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1890s…1920s playing at representative level for England, Cumberland, and Lancashire, and at club level for Oldham, as a Fullback, Prop, Hooker, or Second-row, i.e. number 1, 8 or 10, 9, or, 11 or 12, during the era of contested scrums,[3] his death was registered in Oldham district.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Joe Ferguson won a cap for England in the 3-9 defeat by Other Nationalities at Central Park, Wigan on Tuesday 5 April 1904, in the first ever international rugby league match, that was an experimental 12-a-side match, he also won caps for England while at Oldham in 1905 against Other Nationalities (a 15-a-side match), in 1908 against New Zealand (a 13-a-side match), and in 1909 against Wales (a 13-a-side match).[4][5]

Joe Ferguson was considered a "Probable" for the 1910 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand, but ultimately he was not selected, as he declined an invitation to tour due to business reasons.[6]

County honours[edit]

Joseph Ferguson represented both Cumberland, and Lancashire.

Championship Final appearances[edit]

Ferguson played at Hooker in Oldham's 3-7 defeat by Wigan in the Championship final during the 1908–09 season.[7]

County League appearances[edit]

Joe Ferguson played in Oldham's victories in the Lancashire League during the 1900–01 season, 1907–08 season, 1909–10 season, and 1921–22 season.[8]

Challenge Cup final appearances[edit]

Joe Ferguson played in Oldham's 3-17 defeat by Warrington in the 1907 Challenge Cup final during the 1906–07 season at Wheater's Field, Broughton in 1907, and the 5-8 defeat by Dewsbury in the 1912 Challenge Cup final during the 1911–12 season at Headingley Stadium, Leeds in 1912.[8]

County Cup final appearances[edit]

Joe Ferguson played Hooker in Oldham's 9-10 defeat by Wigan in the 1908 Lancashire Cup final during the 1910–11 season at Wheater's Field, Broughton, Salford on Saturday 19 December 1908, he played, and scored a drop goal from the half-way line (i.e. 50-metres, 54-yards 25-inches), in the 4-3 victory over Swinton in the 1910 Lancashire Cup final during the 1910–11 season at Wheater's Field, Broughton, Salford on Saturday 3 December 1910, about Joe Ferguson's time, there was Oldham's victory in the 1913 Lancashire Cup final during the 1913–14 season on Saturday 6 December 1913, and the 1919 Lancashire Cup final during the 1919–20 season on Saturday 6 December 1919.[8]

Career records[edit]

Joe Ferguson holds Oldham's "Most Career Appearances" record with 626 appearances.[9]

Club career[edit]

Joe Ferguson attended, Oldham's 19-9 victory over Hunslet in the 1899 Challenge Cup final during the 1898–99 season at Fallowfield Stadium, Manchester, as a guest of Oldham, in a successful attempt to convince him to join Oldham rather than Halifax. Joe Ferguson's last game for Oldham was against St. Helens at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Saturday 14 April 1923, he was aged forty-four.[8]

Honoured at Oldham[edit]

Joe Ferguson is an Oldham Hall of Fame Inductee.[8]

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. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "The First International Rugby League Match". rl1895.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Representative Honours". orl-heritagetrust.org.uk. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Northern Union → The Colonial Football Tour → Probable Players". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "1908–1909 Championship Final". cherryandwhite.co.uk. wigan.rlfans.com. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Oldham Hall of Fame". orl-heritagetrust.org.uk. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Oldham at greyhoundderby.com". greyhoundderby.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

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