Steve "Knocker" Norton is an English former rugby league footballer. He represented Great Britain, England, and Yorkshire, and played club football for Castleford before moving to Hull, and Wakefield Trinity (Heritage #1008). Norton was widely regarded as one of the greatest exponents of the game, with a distinctive side-step and ability to off-load the ball. He played at Second-row, or Loose forward/Lock and contributed to a period of great success for the Hull club. Some observers have suggested that he never achieved the same heights on the international stage, but he is still a living legend in the City of Hull. Steve is the uncle of current Hull centre Ben Crooks and brother-in-law of Hull legend Lee Crooks.
Steve Norton won caps playing Loose forward/Lock for England while at Castleford in the 7-12 defeat by Wales in Brisbane on 10 June 1975, the 17-17 draw with New Zealand in Auckland on 21 June 1975, the 10-10 draw with Australia in Sydney on 28 June 1975, the 22-16 victory over Wales at Warrington's stadium on 20 September 1975, the 48-2 victory over France in Bordeaux on 11 October 1975, the 27-12 victory over New Zealand at Bradford Northern's stadium on 25 October 1975, the 16-13 victory over Australia at Wigan's stadium on 1 November 1975, and the 15-28 defeat by France in Carcassone on 20 March 1977, and while at Hull in 1978 against Wales, and in 1981 against Wales (2 matches), and won caps for Great Britain while at Castleford playing as a substitute in the victory over 16-11 Australia in Sydney on 6 July 1974, playing Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11 in the 8-13 defeat by New Zealand in Auckland on 27 July 1974, and playing Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11 in the 17-8 victory over New Zealand in Christchurch on 4 August 1974, and while at Hull in 1978 against Australia (3 matches), in 1979 against Australia (2 matches), in 1980 against New Zealand, and in 1981 against France (2 matches), and 1982 Australia.
Steve Norton won caps playing Loose forward/Lock for Yorkshire while at Castleford in the 32-18 victory over Lancashire at Castleford's stadium on 11 October 1972, the 7-10 defeat by Cumberland at Workington Town's stadium on 11 September 1974, the 22-15 victory over Other Nationalities at Hull Kingston Rovers' stadium on 18 September 1974, the 20-14 victory over Lancashire at Keighley's stadium on 25 September 1974, scoring 1-try in the 11-29 defeat by Lancashire at Widnes' stadium on 16 October 1974, the 10-7 victory over Cumbria at Dewsbury's stadium on 19 November 1975, the 16-16 draw with Other Nationalities at Bradford Northern's stadium on 6 December 1975, the 17-7 victory over Lancashire at Wigan's stadium on 20 December 1975, and the 18-15 victory over Lancashire at Castleford's stadium on 1 March 1977.
National Rugby League Grand Finals
Steve Norton is one of only eleven Englishmen to have played in Australian National Rugby League Grand Final winning teams, they are; for St. George Dragons in 1966 Dick Huddart; for Balmain Tigers in 1969 David "Dave" Bolton; for Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in 1972 and 1973 Malcolm "Mal" Reilly; in 1976 Phil Lowe, Steve 'Knocker' Norton, and Gary Stephens; in 1987 Kevin Ward; Lee Jackson for Newcastle Knights in 1997, Harvey Howard in 2000 for Brisbane Broncos; for Sydney Roosters in 2002 Adrian Morley, and for Melbourne Storm in 2012 Gareth Widdop.
- "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- "Statistics at thecastlefordtigers.co.uk". thecastlefordtigers.co.uk ℅ web.archive.org. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
- "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- Castleford Tigers profile
- England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
- Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
- Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org
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