Alan Edwards (rugby)

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Alan Edwards
Personal information
Full name Alan Spencer Edwards
Born Kenfig Hill, Bridgend, Wales
Playing information
Rugby union
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Aberavon RFC
Rugby league
Position Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1935–46 Salford 199 129 29 445
≤1942–42 Leeds (guest)
≤1943–≥43 Dewsbury (guest)
≤1945–≥45 Bradford Northern (guest)
1946–49 Bradford Northern 133 83 33 315
Total 332 212 62 0 760
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1935–48 Wales 18 0 0 0
1936–37 Great Britain 7 7 0 21
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk

Alan Spencer Edwards (born in Kenfig Hill) is a Welsh rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1930s, and 1940s, playing club level rugby union (RU) for Aberavon RFC, the Royal Air Force and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain, and Wales, and at club level for Salford, Leeds (guest), Dewsbury (guest), and Bradford Northern, as a Wing, i.e. number 2 or 5.[1]

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Alan Edwards won 18 caps for Wales (RL) in 1935–1948 while at Salford and Bradford Northern, and won caps for Great Britain (RL) while at Salford in 1936 against Australia (3 matches), and New Zealand (2 matches); and in 1937 against Australia (2 matches). He was the youngest member of the 1936 tour party[2]

Championship Final appearances[edit]

Alan Edwards played Left-Wing, i.e. number 5 in Salford's Championship winning teams of 1937 and 1939. They beat Warrington 13-11 in 1937 and Edwards scored the winning try in 1939 when Salford beat Castleford 8-6 at Maine Road Manchester. He played in Dewsbury's 14-25 aggregate defeat by Wigan in the War-time emergency play-off Final during the 1943–44 season; the 9-13 first-leg defeat at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 13 May 1944, and the 5-12-second-leg defeat at Crown Flatt, Dewsbury on Saturday 20 May 1944. The year after he played for Bradford Northern when they beat Halifax 26-20 on aggregate to win the last war-time emergency play-off. He played in his last Championship Final in 1948 when he was in the Bradford Northern team that lost 15-5 to Warrington at Maine Road, Manchester.[3]

County League appearances[edit]

Alan Edwards played in Salford's victories in the Lancashire County League during the 1936–37 season, and 1938–39 season, and played in Bradford Northern's victory in the Yorkshire County League during the 1947–48 season.

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Alan Edwards played Left-Wing, i.e. number 5, in Salford's 7-4 victory over Barrow in the 1938 Challenge Cup Final during the 1937–38 season at Wembley Stadium, London, on Saturday 7 May 1938, in front of a crowd of 51,243, played Left-Wing in the 3-20 defeat by Halifax in the 1938 Challenge Cup Final during the 1938–39 season at Wembley Stadium, London, on Saturday 6 May 1939, in front of a crowd of 55,453, played Right-Wing, i.e. number 2, in Leeds' 15-10 victory over Halifax in the 1942 Challenge Cup Final during the 1941–42 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford, in front of a crowd of 15,250.[4] played in Dewsbury's 16-15 aggregate victory over Leeds in the 1943 Challenge Cup Final during the 1942–43 season; the 16-9 first-leg victory at Crown Flatt, Dewsbury on Sunday 9 May 1943, in front of a crowd of 10,470, and the 0-6 second-leg defeat at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Sunday 16 May 1943, in front of a crowd of 16,000, played Centre, i.e. number 3, in Bradford Northern's 9-13 aggregate defeat by Huddersfield in the 1945 Challenge Cup Final during the 1944–45 season; the 4-7 defeat at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield, in front of a crowd of 9,041, and the 5-6 defeat at Odsal Stadium, Bradford, in front of a crowd of 17,500, played Left-Wing, and scored a try in the 8-3 defeat by Wigan in the 1948 Challenge Cup Final during the 1947–48 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 1 May 1948, in front of a crowd of 91,465,[5] and played Left-Wing in his last final in the 12-0 victory over Halifax in the 1949 Challenge Cup Final during the 1948–49 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 7 May 1949, in front of a crowd of 95,050. He played in a total of seven Rugby League Challenge Cup Finals which was a record at that time he shared with Eric Batten.

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

About Alan Edwards' time, there was Salford's 2-15 defeat by Warrington in the 1929 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1929–30 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 23 November 1929, the 10-8 victory over Swinton in the 1931 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1931–32 season at The Cliff, Broughton, Salford on Saturday 21 November 1931, the 21-12 victory over Wigan in the 1934 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1934–35 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 20 October 1934, the 15-7 victory over Wigan in the 1935 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1935–36 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Saturday 19 October 1935, the 5-2 victory over Wigan in the 1936 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1936–37 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Saturday 17 October 1936, he played Left-Wing, i.e. number 5, in the 7-10 defeat by Wigan in the 1938 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1938–39 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 22 October 1938.[6] and he played Left-Wing, i.e. number 5, and scored 2-tries and 3-conversions in Bradford Northern's 18-9 victory over Castleford in the 1948 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1948–49 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 30 October 1948.

Other notable games[edit]

Alan Edwards played Left-Wing for a Rugby League XIII against Northern Command XIII at Thrum Hall, Halifax on Saturday 21 March 1942.[7]

All Six Cups[edit]

Only five rugby league footballers have won "All Six Cups" during their career, they are; Aubrey Casewell (while at Salford and Leeds), Alan Edwards (while at Salford and Bradford Northern), John Etty (while at Oldham and Wakefield Trinity), Edward "Ted" Slevin (while at Wigan and Huddersfield), and Derek Turner (while at Oldham and Wakefield Trinity). "All Six Cups" being the Challenge Cup, Championship, Lancashire County Cup, Lancashire County League, Yorkshire County Cup, and Yorkshire County League.[8]

Career records[edit]

Alan Edwards is one of less than twenty-five Welshmen to have scored more than 1000-points in their rugby league career.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Edwards' marriage to Jessie Burgess was registered on 28 December 1941 in Salford district.[10] They had two children, Alan Blair Edwards (birth registered during April→June 1943 (age 73–74) in Salford district), and Marvyn A. Edwards (birth registered during July→September 1944 (age 72–73) in Salford district). In 1973, Alan and Jessie emigrated to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  2. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "1943–1944 War Emergency League Championship Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "History of Leeds Rugby League Club". britishrugbyleague.blogspot.co.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "1947–1948 Challenge Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "22nd October 1938: Salford 7 Wigan 10 (Lancashire Cup Final)". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "inside programme, Northern Command v. A Rugby League XIII, 1942". rugbyleagueoralhistory.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Edgar, Harry (2006). Rugby League Journal Annual 2007 Page-29. Rugby League Journal Publishing. ISBN 0-9548355-2-2
  9. ^ Robert Gate (1988). "Gone North – Volume 2". R. E. Gate. ISBN 0-9511190-3-6
  10. ^ "Marriage details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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