Don Robinson (rugby league)

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Don Robinson
Personal information
Full name Donald Robinson
Born (1932-06-04)4 June 1932
Castleford
Died 27 May 2017(2017-05-27) (aged 84)
Playing information
Position Centre, Prop, Second-row, Loose forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1949–56 Wakefield Trinity 199 76 0 0 228
1956–Mar 64 Leeds 296 63 0 0 189
Mar 1964–≥64 Doncaster
Total 495 139 0 0 417
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1951–56 Rugby League XIII ≥2
1951–56 Yorkshire 9
1951–56 England 3 1 0 0 3
1954–60 Great Britain 10 0 0 0 0
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
Mar 1964–≥64 Doncaster
≥1975–≥75 Bramley
Total 0 0 0 0

Donald Robinson (4 June 1932[1] – 27 May 2017[2]) born in Castleford, was an English professional Rugby League World Cup winning footballer who played in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, and coached in the 1960s, and 1970s, playing at representative level for Great Britain, England, Yorkshire, and Rugby League XIII, and at club level for St Joseph’s School, Airedale Youth Club, Fryston Colliery, Kippax Juniors, Newmarket Colliery, Wakefield Trinity (captain) (Heritage № 584), Leeds, and Doncaster, as a centre, Prop, Second-row, or loose forward/lock, i.e. number 3 or 4, 8 or 10, 11 or 12, or 13, during the era of contested scrums, and coaching at Doncaster, and Bramley (late-1970s).

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Don Robinson represented the Rugby League XIII while at Wakefield Trinity in 1951 against France, and in 1954 against Australasia, won caps for England while at Wakefield Trinity in 1951 against France, in 1955 against Other Nationalities, and while at Leeds in 1956 against France,[3] and won caps for Great Britain while at Wakefield Trinity in the 1954 Rugby League World Cup against France, New Zealand, and Australia, and France, in 1955 against New Zealand, and while at Leeds in 1956 against Australia (2 matches), in 1959 against Australia (2 matches); including scoring the fastest try ever scored in a Test match in the 11-10 victory over Australia, in the second, and levelling Test match at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds, and in 1960 against France.[4]

Don Robinson played at second-row forward in all four of Great Britain's 1954 Rugby League World Cup matches, including Great Britain's 16–12 victory over France in the 1954 Rugby League World Cup Final at Parc des Princes, Paris on 13 November 1954 and was named man of the match.[5] For his participation in these four matches, Don Robinson was paid a total of £25 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £1,493 in 2013).[6]

Don Robinson also represented Great Britain while at Leeds between 1952 and 1956 against France (1 non-Test match).[7]

County Honours[edit]

Don Robinson was selected for Yorkshire County XIII whilst at Wakefield Trinity during the 1951/52; including against New Zealand, 1954/55 and 1955/56 seasons.[8]

Championship Final appearances[edit]

Don Robinson played left-prop, i.e. number 8, in Leeds' 25-10 victory over Warrington in the Championship Final during the 1960–61 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 20 May 1961, in front of a crowd of 52,177.[9]

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Don Robinson played right-second-row, i.e. number 12, and scored a try in Leeds' 9–7 victory over Barrow in the 1956–57 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 11 May 1957, in front of a crowd of 76,318,[10] he played the match with the fractured wrist he had sustained in the previous week's 12-22 defeat by Oldham in the Championship semi-final, the initial diagnosis was that he would be unable to play for up to four months, the doctors at the Leeds General Infirmary developed a special cast, and his injury was kept secret.

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

Don Robinson played right-second-row, i.e. number 12, and scored a try in Wakefield Trinity's 17–3 victory over Keighley in the 1951 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1951–52 season at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield on Saturday 27 October 1951,[11] played left-second-row, i.e. number 11, in Leeds' 24–20 victory over by Wakefield Trinity in the 1958 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1958–59 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 18 October 1958, and played left-prop, i.e. number 8, in the 9–19 defeat by Wakefield Trinity in the 1961 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1961–62 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 11 November 1961

Notable tour matches[edit]

Don Robinson played, and scored a try in Leeds' victory over Australia in the 1956–57 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France match at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds.

Club career[edit]

Don Robinson is the second youngest player (behind Jordan Crowther) to make his début as a Forward for Wakefield Trinity, aged 17-years and 9-months, he made his début against Dewsbury in the 1950 Challenge Cup replay during the 1949–50 season at Crown Flatt, Dewsbury on Wednesday 1 March 1950, he was transferred from Wakefield Trinity to Leeds in January 1956, with Fred Smith going the other way. In addition, Wakefield Trinity also received £3,000 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £155,300 in 2013),[6] he made his début for Leeds, and scored a try, against York on Saturday 4 February 1956, during the 1957–58 he played in each of Leeds' 43 league, and cup matches, becoming the first Leeds player to complete an ever-present campaign in the post-World War II period.

Genealogical information[edit]

Don Robinson was the oldest brother of Irene Robinson (birth registered during January→March 1934 in Pontefract district), and Brian Robinson (birth registered during April→June 1938 in Pontefract district), he was also the brother-in-law of the rugby league footballer Ron Evans through Evan's marriage to Irene Robinson.

Funeral[edit]

Don Robinson's funeral took place at 12:30pm on Thursday 15 June 2017 at St. Mary Magdalene's Church, Altofts, Normanton, WF6 2QZ.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Don Robinson RIP". Leeds Rhinos. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "On this Day - November 13 down the years". espn.co.uk. ESPN. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Measuring Worth - Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  7. ^ Edgar, Harry (2007). Rugby League Journal Annual 2008 Page-110. Rugby League Journal Publishing. ISBN 0-9548355-3-0
  8. ^ Lindley, John (1960). Dreadnoughts - A HISTORY OF Wakefield Trinity F. C. 1873 - 1960 [Page118]. John Lindley Son & Co Ltd. ISBN n/a
  9. ^ "1961–1970: The Holy Grail is captured". therhinos.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 16 September 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "On This Day - 11 May". therhinos.co.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Hoole, Les (2004). Wakefield Trinity RLFC - FIFTY GREAT GAMES. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-429-9

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