Douglas Clark (rugby league)

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Douglas Clark
D. Clark - Huddersfield.jpg
Godfrey Phillips Cigarette card featuring Clark
Personal information
Nickname Duggy, Dougie
Born (1891-05-02)2 May 1891[1]
Ellenborough, Cumberland, England
Died 1 February 1951(1951-02-01) (aged 59)
Birkby, Huddersfield, England
Playing information
Position prop, second-row, loose forward/lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1909–27 Huddersfield 485 99 0 297
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1910–30 Cumberland 31 3 0 9
1911–20 Great Britain 11 3 0 9
1912–25 England 6 5 0 15
Source: [2]

Douglas "Duggy" Clark MM (2 May 1891 in Ellenborough, Cumberland – 1951) was an English rugby league footballer, wrestler and World War I veteran. He played at prop, second-row, or loose forward/lock for Huddersfield, Cumberland, England and the Great Britain national side. Clark also served in World War I on the front line in France in 1917,[3] earning the Military Medal for his deeds. He then returned to wrestling with great success, becoming World heavyweight champion.

Douglas Clark played hooker in Huddersfield's 8-2 defeat by Wakefield Trinity in the 1910 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1910–11 season at Headingley Stadium on Saturday 3 December 1910.[4]

Clark scored a hat-trick of tries in his side's victory in the Championship final of 1913. Going on the 1914 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand, he played for in the famous "Rorke's Drift Test" in Sydney when his side won with 11 men.[5] Clark was a member of Fartown's "Team of all talents" which won all four cups in 1915.[6]

After that Clark joined World War I and spent time in France. Clark was selected to go on the 1920 Great Britain Lions tour of Australasia. By the time of his retirement from football in 1927 he had helped his club to three Challenge Cups and seven Yorkshire Cups.[7] In 2005 he was inducted into the British Rugby League Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ Ray French's 100 great Rugby League players. London: MacDonald/Queen Anne. 1989. ISBN 978-0-356-17578-2. 
  2. ^ "Douglas Clark". Huddersfield Rugby League Heritage. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Collins, Tony (2006). Rugby League in Twentieth Century Britain. UK: Taylor & Francis. p. 8. ISBN 978-0-415-39614-1. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Hoole, Les (2004). Wakefield Trinity RLFC - FIFTY GREAT GAMES. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-429-9
  5. ^ "Kangaroos training for test". The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia). 1933-11-09. p. 12. Retrieved 2010-01-02. [dead link]
  6. ^ Ledger, John (2005-10-02). "Fartown legend Clark joins RL's Hall of Fame". Yorkshire Post (Europe Intelligence Wire). Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  7. ^ (2009-07-20). "Fartown rugby ace’s niece in memorabilia row". Huddersfield Daily Examiner (UK: Trinity Mirror North West & North Wales Limited). Retrieved 2010-01-01. 

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