William Sandham

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William Sandham
Personal information
Full name William Sandham
Nickname Bill
Playing information
Position Hooker, Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1909–≥12 Hull Kingston Rovers 183 87 0 0 261
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1912 Wales 1
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org

William "Bill" Sandham was a Welsh professional rugby league footballer of the 1900s and '10s, playing at representative level for Wales, and at club level for Hull Kingston Rovers, as a Hooker, or Second-row, i.e. number 9, or, 11 or 12, during the era of contested scrums.[1]

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Bill Sandham played Hooker for Wales while at Hull Kingston Rovers in the 5-31 defeat by England at The Watersheddings, Oldham on Saturday 20 January 1912.[2]

Club career[edit]

Bill Sandham was Hull Kingston Rovers' second highest try-scorer in the 1910–11, and 1911–12 seasons, and set Hull Kingston Rovers' "most tries in a season by a forward" record with 25-tries scored in the 1912–13 season, this record was extended to 26-tries by Phil Lowe in the 1972–73 season. Bill Sandham was considered a "Probable" for the 1910 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand, but ultimately he was not selected for the tour.[3]


Sandham's fore-initial is stated a being 'A.' on rugbyleagueproject.org.


  1. ^ Ulyatt, Michael E. (1983). Hull Kingston Rovers: A Centenary History 1883-1983 (1st ed.). North Ferriby: Lockington Publishing Co. Ltd. ISBN 0-905490-24-X. 
  2. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Northern Union → The Colonial Football Tour → Probable Players". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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