Colin Dixon

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Colin J. Dixon
Personal information
Born 3 December 1943
Butetown, Cardiff, Wales
Died 21 June 1993 (aged 49)
Halifax, West Yorkshire, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1961 Cardiff IAC
Rugby league
Position Centre, Second-row, Loose forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1961–68 Halifax 245 73 0 0 219
1968–80 Salford 418 91 1 0 275
1980–81 Hull Kingston Rovers 15+12 1 0 0 3
Total 690 165 1 0 497
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1963–81 Wales 16 2 0 0 6
1961–81 Great Britain 14
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1977–78 Salford
Source: [1][2]

Colin J. "Dicko" Dixon (3 December 1943 – 21 June 1993) was a Welsh rugby union, and World Cup winning professional rugby league footballer of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and rugby league coach of the 1970s. He played club level rugby union (RU) for Cardiff International Athletic Club, and representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain, and Wales, and at club level for Halifax (captain), Salford, and Hull Kingston Rovers, as a centre, second-row or loose forward/lock, i.e. number 3 or 4, 11 or 12, or 13,[1] and coached club level rugby league (RL) for Salford,[2][3] he is a Halifax Hall of Fame Inductee.[4]

Background[edit]

Dixon was born in Butetown, Cardiff, Wales, and he died aged 49 in Halifax, West Yorkshire.

Rugby career[edit]

Dixon, like Gus Risman, and Billy Boston, was a product of South Church Street School in Cardiff's Butetown. Playing in the Cardiff RFC Youth team, he was already showing something of his future potential but was overlooked by Wales (RU) Youth. As a seventeen-year-old he signed for Halifax[5] in 1961. Initially he played as a centre, providing many tries for his Wing John "Johnny" Freeman, by coincidence also a former pupil of South Church Street School, but it was not until he moved to the back row of the pack in 1963 that he revealed his tremendous power. Dixon played left-centre, i.e. number 4, in Halifax's 10-0 victory over Featherstone Rovers in the 1963–64 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1963–64 season at Belle Vue, Wakefield on Saturday 2 November 1963. In 1964 he was a key player in the first Halifax side to win the championship since 1907.

As Halifax's captain in the 1967 and 1968 seasons Dixon led the side by example and was rewarded with his first Great Britain cap in 1968. Transferred a few weeks later to Salford for a record £15,000 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £431,500 in 2016),[6] he played in the Challenge Cup Final of 1969 losing to Castleford. Had Salford won he would almost certainly have been awarded the Lance Todd Trophy. That same season he was the Championship's highest scoring forward with 20 tries.

Dixon played in the Great Britain 1972 World Cup winning side and toured Australasia in 1974, playing in all three Tests against Australia (1 win, 2 losses) and all three in New Zealand (2 wins, 1 loss). Perhaps the highlight of his successful club career was winning the League Championship with Salford in 1973–74 and again in 1975–76. As an international he won 15 caps for Wales, and 14 for Great Britain.[1] He played his last game for Salford in 1980, but played one last season in the Premiership winning Hull Kingston Rovers team during the 1980–81 season. He played 418 times for Salford with 738 appearances in all first class games. Only five players have played test matches for Great Britain as both a back, and a forward, they are; Colin Dixon, Frank Gallagher, Laurie Gilfedder, Billy Jarman, and Harry Street.[7]

Dixon's grandson, Chester Butler, was a member of the Wales squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.[8]

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

Colin Dixon played right-second-row, i.e. number 12, in Salford's 25-11 victory over Swinton in the 1972–73 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1972–73 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Saturday 21 October 1972, played left-second-row, i.e. number 11, in the 9-19 defeat by Wigan in the 1973–74 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1973–74 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Saturday 13 October 1973,[9] played right-centre, i.e. number 3, in the 2-6 defeat by Widnes in the 1974–75 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1974–75 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 2 November 1974, and played right-prop, i.e. number 10, in the 7-16 defeat by Widnes in the 1975–76 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1975–76 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 4 October 1975.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final appearances[edit]

Colin Dixon played right-second-row, i.e. number 12, in Salford's 0-0 draw with Warrington in the 1974 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1974–75 season at the Willows, Salford on Tuesday 17 December 1974, and played left-second-row, i.e. number 11, in the 10-5 victory over Warrington in the 1974 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final replay during the 1974–75 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Tuesday 28 January 1975.

Player's No.6 Trophy Final appearances[edit]

Colin Dixon played loose forward/lock, and scored a try in Salford's 7-12 defeat by Leeds in the 1972–73 Player's No.6 Trophy Final during the 1972–73 season at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield on Saturday 24 March 1973.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Coach Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  3. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  4. ^ "Halifax Hall of Fame". halifaxrlfc.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 10 September 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Ray French (10 May 2010). "Welsh convert XIII". news.bbc.co.uk. BBC. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Measuring Worth - Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. p. 160. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  8. ^ Woods, Dave. "Chester Butler: 'No-one believed my grandad was Colin Dixon'". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "1973-1974 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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