Alf Barraclough

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Alfred Barraclough
Personal information
Full name Alfred Barraclough
Playing information
Rugby union
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1893–95 Manningham F.C.
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1893/94–≥1893/94 Yorkshire ≥1
Rugby league
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1895–≥96 Manningham F.C.

Alfred "Alf" Barraclough was a rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1890s, playing representative level rugby union (RU) for Yorkshire, and at club level for Manningham F.C., and playing club level rugby league (RL) for Manningham F.C.. Prior to Tuesday 27 August 1895, Manningham was a rugby union club, it then became a rugby league club, and since Friday 29 May 1903 it has been the association football (soccer) club Bradford City A.F.C..

Playing career[edit]

County honours[edit]

Alf Barraclough won cap(s) for Yorkshire while at Manningham,[1] in William Barnes Wollen's painting "The Rugby Match", featuring Yorkshire's 11-3 victory over Lancashire during the 1893/94 season, a painting that is now held at the Rugby Football Union headquarters in the Twickenham Stadium, Alf Barraclough can be seen being tackled, and passing the ball to Jack Toothill, with Tommy Dobson on the outside, although Tommy Dobson did not actually participate in this particular match.[2]

Championship appearances[edit]

Alf Barraclough was the captain in Manningham F.C.'s Championship victory during the 1895–96 season.[3]

Change of Code[edit]

Manningham converted from the rugby union code to the rugby league code on Tuesday 27 August 1895, consequently, he was both a rugby union and rugby league footballer for Manningham.


  1. ^ "Roses match". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Ghost in the Painting - The Roses Match". 31 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Manningham Championship Team 1896". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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