Leonard Bratley

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Leonard Bratley
Personal information
Full name Leonard Bratley
Nickname Len
Born 24 September 1914
Wakefield district, England
Died July 1974
Playing information
Position Prop, Loose forward/Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1937–37 York
1937–49 Wakefield Trinity 236 94 0 0 162
Total 236 94 0 0 162
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1945–46 Yorkshire ≥1
1945 England 1 0 0 0 0
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk

Leonard "Len" Bratley (24 September 1914 - July 1974)[1] born in Newton Hill, Wakefield, was an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1930s and '40s, playing at representative level for England, and Yorkshire, and at club level for York, and Wakefield Trinity, as a Prop, or Loose forward/Lock, i.e. number 8 or 10, or 13, during the era of contested scrums.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Len Bratley won a cap for England while at Wakefield Trinity in 1945 against Wales.[2]

County Honours[edit]

Len Bratley was selected for Yorkshire County XIII while at Wakefield Trinity during the 1945/46 season.[3]

Challenge Cup final appearances[edit]

Len Bratley played Loose forward/Lock in Wakefield Trinity’s 13–12 victory over Wigan in the 1945–46 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 4 May 1946.[4]

County Cup Final Appearances[edit]

Len Bratley played Loose forward/Lock in Wakefield Trinity’s 10–0 victory over Hull in the 1946 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1946–47 season at Headingley Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 2 November 1946, and scored a try in Wakefield Trinity’s 8–7 victory over Leeds in the 1947 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1947–48 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Wednesday 5 November 1947.[4]

Testimonial match[edit]

Len Bratley's Testimonial match for Wakefield Trinity was the 29-0 victory over Hull at Belle Vue, Wakefield on Saturday 3 April 1948, it was a joint Testimonial match with William "Billy" Teall.[5][6]

Career records[edit]

Len Bratley set two records for Wakefield Trinity for a Forward by scoring 15-tries in a season, including 5-tries in the 34-12 victory over Huddersfield.[7]


  1. ^ Bratley, Leonard. "England & Wales, Death Index, 1916-2007". Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Lindley, John (1960). Dreadnoughts – A HISTORY OF Wakefield Trinity F. C. 1873 – 1960 [Page118]. John Lindley Son & Co Ltd. ISBN n/a
  4. ^ a b Hoole, Les (2004). Wakefield Trinity RLFC – FIFTY GREAT GAMES. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-429-9
  5. ^ Wakefield Trinity Joint Committee (Saturday 3 April 1948). Official Programme. John Lindley, Ltd., Printers, 8 Thompson's Yard, Westgate, Wakefield. ISBN n/a
  6. ^ "Wakefield Trinity v Hull Match Programme". Wakefield Trinity. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Mike Rylance (22 August 2013). "Trinity: A History of the Wakefield Rugby League Football Club 1872-2013". League Publications Ltd. ISBN 978-1901347289

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