David Ward (rugby league)
16 December 1953 |
Morley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
David J. Ward (born 16 December 1953) is an English rugby league footballer of the 1970s, and 1980s, and coach of the 1980s, and 1990s, playing at representative level for Great Britain, and England, and at club level for Leeds, as a Hooker, and coaching at club level for Hunslet, Leeds, Batley, and Featherstone Rovers. He won a total of 12 Great Britain caps.
Ward played Hooker, i.e. number 9, in Leeds' 16-7 victory over Widnes in the 1977 Challenge Cup Final during the 1976–77 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 7 May 1977, and won the inaugural Man of Steel Award that season.
Ward played Hooker, and scored 2-drop goals in the 14-12 victory over St. Helens in the 1978 Challenge Cup Final during the 1977–78 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 13 May 1978, in front of a crowd of 96,000, this was possibly the greatest moment of his playing career, he gave a commanding performance marshalling the Leeds team, and kicked two late drop goals to complete what was then a record comeback. Ward's Testimonial match at Leeds took place in 1982. In addition to the above Test Matches, David Ward played Hooker, i.e. number 9, 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
David Ward played Hooker in Leeds' 36-9 victory over Dewsbury in the 1972 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1972–73 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 7 October 1972, played Hooker in the 7-2 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the 1973 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1973–74 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 20 October 1973, played Hooker in the 16-12 victory over Featherstone Rovers in the 1976 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1976–77 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 16 October 1976, played Hooker in the 15-6 victory over Halifax in the 1979 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1979–80 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 27 October 1979, and played Hooker in the 8-7 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1980 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1980–81 season at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield on Saturday 8 November 1980
Player's No.6/John Player/John Player Special Trophy Final appearances
Ward came on as a substitute (replacing Prop Terry Clawson) in Leeds' 12-7 victory over Salford in the 1972–73 Player's No.6 Trophy Final during the 1972–73 season at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield on Saturday 24 March 1973, played Hooker in the 4-15 defeat by Wigan in the 1982–83 John Player Trophy Final during the 1982–83 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 22 January 1983, and played Hooker (replaced by Interchange/Substitute Kevin Squire) in the 18-10 victory over Widnes in the 1983–84 John Player Special Trophy Final during the 1983–84 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 14 January 1984.
One of the more notable signings of his coaching career was when Ward brought John Gallagher to Leeds, converting the player from rugby union, but Ward was ultimately unsuccessful at Leeds, despite being in charge of one of only two full-time squads in the league at the time.
Ward currently[specify] runs Birstall Squash Club, and has done for many years. His son is Danny a rugby league footballer of the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s, with one cap for Great Britain, and playing at club level for Leeds Rhinos, Castleford Tigers, Hull Kingston Rovers, and Harlequins RL.