Alan Rathbone

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Alan Rathbone
Personal information
Full name Alan Rathbone
Born 1958/59
Warrington, England
Died 4 June 2016 (aged 57)
Playing information
Position Second-row, Loose forward/Lock
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1981–≤81 Rochdale Hornets
≤1981–16 Jun 81 Leigh
16 June 1981–Jun 85 Bradford Northern 95 17 0 1
Jun 1985–Apr 87 Warrington 27+6 3 0 0 12
Total 128 20 0 1 12
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1982–85 Great Britain 6 0 0 0 0

Alan 'Action'/'Rambo' Rathbone (1958/59 – 4 June 2016)[1] was an English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1980s. He played at representative level for Great Britain, and at club level for Rochdale Hornets, Leigh, Bradford Northern, and Warrington, as a second-row, or loose forward/lock, i.e. number 11 or 12, or 13.[2]

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Alan Rathbone won caps for Great Britain while at Bradford Northern in 1982 against France, and Australia, in 1983 against France (2 matches), and in 1985 against France (2 matches).[3]

In addition to the above Test matches, Alan Rathbone played loose forward/lock in Great Britain's 7–8 defeat by France in the friendly at Stadio Pierluigi Penzo, Venice on Saturday 31 July 1982.

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

Alan Rathbone played loose forward/lock in Bradford Northern's 5–10 defeat by Castleford in the 1981 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1981–82 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds, on Saturday 3 October 1981, and played loose forward/lock, and was sent-off for a late-tackle on Ian Potter in Warrington's 8–34 defeat by Wigan in the 1985 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1985–86 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens, on Sunday 13 October 1985.[4]

John Player Special Trophy Final appearances[edit]

Alan Rathbone played as an interchange/substitute, i.e. number 15, (replacing Hooker Kevin Tamati) in the 4–18 defeat by Wigan in the 1986–87 John Player Special Trophy Final during the 1986–87 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 10 January 1987.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IN MEMORY OF ALAN RATHBONE
  2. ^ "Former Wire back-rower Rathbone has died". warringtonguardian.co.uk. Retrieved 5 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "1985–1986 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "10th January 1987: Warrington 4 Wigan 18 (John Player Trophy Final)". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 

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