Bernard Ganley

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Bernard Ganley
Personal information
Full name William Bernard Ganley
Nickname The Maestro
Born (1927-01-27)27 January 1927[1]
Leigh, Lancashire, England
Died 26 June 2009(2009-06-26) (aged 82)
Knutsford, Cheshire, England [2]
Playing information
Position Fullback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1951–61 Oldham 341 15 1,358 0 2,761
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≥1951–≤61 Lancashire
1957–58 Great Britain 3 1 19 0 41

William Bernard "The Maestro" Ganley (27 January 1927 – 26 June 2009) was an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1950s, and 1960s, playing at representative level for Great Britain, and Lancashire, and at club level for Oldham, as a Fullback, i.e. number 1. He was justifiably regarded as one of the greatest goalkickers in the game's history.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Bernard Ganley won caps for Great Britain while at Oldham in 1957 against France, and in 1958 against France (2 matches).[3]

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

About Bernard Ganley's time, there was Oldham's 2-12 defeat by Barrow in the 1954 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1954–55 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 23 October 1954, the 10-3 victory over St. Helens in the 1956 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1956–57 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 20 October 1956, he played Fullback, and scored a try and 2-conversions in Oldham's 13-8 victory over Wigan in the 1957 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1957–58 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 19 October 1957, in front of a crowd of 42,497, and played Fullback in the 12-2 victory over St. Helens in the 1958 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1958–59 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 25 October 1958, in front of a crowd of 38,780.

Career records[edit]

Bernard Ganley holds Oldham's "Most Career Points" record with 2,775 (2,761) points.[4]

Honoured at Oldham[edit]

Bernard Ganley is an Oldham Hall of Fame inductee.[5]

Genealogical information[edit]

Bernard Ganley was the son of the Leigh, Huddersfield and Leeds rugby league footballer of the 1920s, Herbert "Bert" Ganley (birth registered October→December 1906 in Bradford district, West Riding of Yorkshire).[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hadfield, Dave (10 July 2009). "Bernard Ganley: Record-breaking rugby league player for Oldham and Great Britain". The Independent. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Rugby legend Bernard Ganley dies aged 82 after suffering stroke". knutsfordguardian.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Oldham at greyhoundderby.com". greyhoundderby.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Oldham Hall of Fame". orl-heritagetrust.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Bert Ganley's Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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