Lee Crooks (rugby league)

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Lee Crooks
Personal information
Born (1963-09-18) 18 September 1963 (age 50)
Playing information
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 100.7 kg (15 st 12 lb)
Position Prop, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1980–88 Hull
1985–86 Wests (Sydney) 29 3 36 1 85
1987 Balmain Tigers 11 0 7 0 14
1988–90 Leeds
1990–97 Castleford 222 18 596 1 1265
Total 262 21 639 2 1364
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Yorkshire
1992 England 1 0 4 0 12
1982–94 Great Britain 19 0 17 1 35
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1998–99 Keighley Cougars
York City Knights
Total 0 0 0 0
Representative
Years Team Gms W D L W%
Serbia
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk

Lee Crooks (born (1963-09-18) 18 September 1963 (age 50)) is an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1980s and '90s, and current coach, playing at representative level for Great Britain, England, and Yorkshire, and at club level for Hull, Western Suburbs Magpies, Balmain Tigers, Leeds, and Castleford, as a Prop, or Second-row, i.e. number 8 or 10, or, 11 or 12, captain of Hull during the 1985–86, and 1986–87 seasons,[1] and coaching at representative level for Serbia, and at club level for Keighley Cougars, and York City Knights. Lee is the father of current Hull centre Ben Crooks. [2]

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Lee Crooks won a cap for England while at Castleford in 1992 against Wales,[3] and won caps for Great Britain while at Hull in 1982 against Australia (2 matches), in 1984 against France (sub), and Australia (2 matches), in 1985 against New Zealand, and New Zealand (sub), in 1986 against France (2 matches), and Australia (3 matches), in 1987 against France, while at Leeds in 1989 against France, while at Castleford in 1992 against France (2 matches), Papua New Guinea, and he was selected to go on the 1992 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand. He also played in 1994 against France.[4]

Lee Crooks became the youngest ever Great Britain Test forward when he made his début aged 19 on Saturday 30 October 1982. He was selected to go on the 1988 Great Britain Lions tour.

County honours[edit]

Lee Crooks won a cap playing Left-Prop, i.e. number 8 for Yorkshire while at Castleford, scoring 2-conversions in the 17-12 victory over Lancashire at Leeds' stadium on 18 September 1991.[5]

Challenge Cup final appearances[edit]

Lee Crooks played in four Challenge Cup finals, including, Hull's 14-14 draw with Widnes in the 1982 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 1 May 1982, the 18-9 victory over Widnes in the replay at Elland Road, Leeds on Wednesday 19 May 1982, the 14-12 defeat to Featherstone Rovers in the 1983 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 7 May 1983, Lee Crooks played Left-Prop, i.e. number 8, and was captain in Hull's 24-28 defeat to Wigan in the 1984–85 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 4 May 1985, and played Left-Prop in Castleford's 12-28 defeat to Wigan in the 1992 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 2 May 1992.[6]

Regal Trophy Final Appearances[edit]

Lee Crooks played Left-Prop, i.e. number 8, in Castleford Tigers' 33-2 victory over Wigan in the 1993–94 Regal Trophy final at Headingley Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 22 January 1994.[7]

Club career[edit]

Lee Crooks became the highest paid player in rugby league history when he left Hull for Leeds in June 1987 on a £170,000-a-year contract, (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £451,000 in 2010)[8] and a world record transfer fee.[9]

Honoured at Western Suburbs Magpies[edit]

Lee Crooks was named in the Magpies Team of the Eighties.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coaches and Captains". hullfc.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Statistics at hullfc.com". hullfc.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Statistics at thecastlefordtigers.co.uk". thecastlefordtigers.co.uk ℅ web.archive.org. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sat 2nd May 1992 - Challenge Cup - Neutral Ground - 77,386". thecastlefordtigers. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Wigan 2 - 33 Castleford". thecastlefordtigers.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Measuring Worth - Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Hadfield, Dave (23 June 1988). "Time runs out for Crooks". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "VEST, KEATO, COGGER ALL HONOURED". weststigers.com.au. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Andy Gregory
Rugby League Transfer Record
Hull to Leeds

1987
Succeeded by
Garry Schofield