Valentine with rugby league's World Cup, 1954
|Full name||David Donald Valentine|
|Date of birth||12 September 1926|
|Place of birth||Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland|
|Date of death||14 August 1976(aged 49)|
|Place of death||Leeds, Yorkshire, England|
|Rugby league career|
|Rugby union career|
David Donald Valentine (12 September 1926 – 14 August 1976) was a Scottish representative rugby union and Rugby League World Cup winning footballer, a dual-code rugby international of the 1940s and 1950s.
Dave Valentine played Loose forward/Lock in Huddersfield's 15-10 victory over St. Helens in the 1953 Challenge Cup Final during the 1952-53 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 25 April 1953, in front of a crowd of 89,588.
In 1954 Valentine was selected for Great Britain's tour of Australia playing in all three Tests. He was also the British squad captain for their successful 1954 Rugby League World Cup campaign, playing in all four matches and hoisting the Cup as the victorious skipper following Great Britain's 16-12 victory at Parc des Princes in the Final over France, in front of a huge 31, 000 crowd.
All told he earned eleven Test caps in addition to the four World Cup appearances.
Valentine played Loose forward/Lock, and was captain in Huddersfield's 4-11 defeat by Bradford Northern in the 1949 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1949–50 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 29 October 1949, played Loose forward/Lock, played Loose forward/Lock, scored a try, and was captain in the 18-8 victory over Batley in the 1952 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1952–53 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 15 November 1952, played Loose forward/Lock, and was captain in the 15-8 victory over York in the 1957 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1957–58 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 19 October 1957, and played Loose forward/Lock, and was captain in the 10-16 defeat by Wakefield Trinity in the 1960 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1960–61 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 29 October 1960.
His grandson, also called Dave Valentine, plays for amateur rugby league club Lindley Swifts.
Dave Valentine was the coach in Huddersfield's 6-12 defeat by Wakefield Trinity in the 1962 Challenge Cup Final during the 1961–62 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 12 May 1962, in front of a crowd of 81,263, and was the coach in the 14-5 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the Championship Final during the 1961–62 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 19 May 1962.
Since 2004, the management of the Scotland national rugby league team have given the Dave Valentine Award to their player of the year.
Arriva Yorkshire honoured 13 rugby league footballers on Thursday 20 August 2009, at a ceremony at Wheldon Road, the home of the Castleford. A fleet of new buses were named after the 'Arriva Yorkshire Rugby League Dream Team'. Members of the public nominated the best ever rugby league footballers to have played in West Yorkshire, supported by local rugby league journalists; James Deighton from BBC Leeds, and Tim Butcher, editor of Rugby League World. The 'Arriva Yorkshire Rugby League Dream Team' is; Trevor Foster MBE, Neil Fox MBE, Albert Goldthorpe, Alan Hardisty, Stan Kielty, Lewis Jones, Roger Millward MBE, Malcolm Reilly, Garry Schofield, Keith Senior, David Topliss, Dave Valentine, and Adrian Vowles.
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