Edgar Dawson (rugby league)

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Edgar W. Dawson
Personal information
Born 10 October 1931
Great Ouseburn district, England
Died 28 June 2015 (aged 83)
York Hospital, York
Playing information
Position Loose forward/Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1950–62 York 339 55 1
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1956–58 English League XIII 2 0 0 0 0
1956 Great Britain 1 0 0 0 0

Edgar W. Dawson (10 October 1931 – 28 June 2015) birth registered in Great Ouseburn district,[1] was an English joiner and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1950s, and 1960s. He played at representative level for Great Britain, and English League XIII, and at club level for Clarence Working Men's Club ARLFC, and York, as a loose forward/lock, i.e. number 13, during the era of contested scrums, he died in York Hospital, York.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Edgar Dawson represented the English League XIII while at York in the 18-17 victory over France at Stade Vélodrome, Marseille on Sunday 21 October 1956, and in 19-8 victory over France at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Wednesday 16 April 1958, and won a cap for Great Britain while at York in the 21-10 victory over Australia at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 17 November 1956.[2]

Edgar Dawson was selected for the 1958 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia, and New Zealand. However, prior to the tour he dislocated a shoulder when playing for York's 'A' team, and was unable to participate in the tour.[3]

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

Edgar Dawson played loose forward/lock in York York's 8-15 defeat by Huddersfield in the 1957 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1957–58 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 19 October 1957.

Club career[edit]

Edgar Dawson made his début for York on Wednesday 30 August 1950, and played his last match on Friday 1 June 1962.

Honoured at York Rugby League[edit]

The first seven players to be inducted into the York Rugby League Hall of Fame during March 2013 were; Geoffrey Pryce, Gary Smith, Vic Yorke, Norman Fender, Willie Hargreaves, Basil Watts, and Edgar Dawson.[4]

Genealogical information[edit]

Edgar Dawson's marriage to Theresa (née Gallagher (birth registered during October→December 1929 in York district)) was registered during July→September 1952 in York district.[5] They had children; Paul Dawson (birth registered during July→September 1955 (age 62–63) in Bulmer district), and Susan M. Dawson (birth registered during July→September 1962 (age 55–56) in Howden district). Edgar Dawson was the younger brother of Mavis Dawson (birth registered during July→September 1929 in Great Ouseburn district), and the older brother of the rugby league footballer for York, Denis Dawson (birth registered during April→June 1937 in Great Ouseburn district), Maureen J. Dawson (birth registered during April→June 1940 in York district — 2015), and Denise A. Dawson (birth registered during October→December 1945 in York district). He had 5 great grandchildren, Jack Kellett, Emily Kellett, Alfie Kellett, Joshua Dawson and Grace Dawson.[6]

His funeral took place at St Aelred's Roman Catholic Church [1] at 216 Fifth Avenue, Tang Hall, on Friday, 10 July 2015, at 12.15pm, followed by cremation at York Crematorium, Bishopthorpe Road at 1.40pm.


  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "One of York's greatest-ever players, Edgar Dawson, passes away". yorkpress.co.uk. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Knights launch York Rugby League Hall of Fame". yorkpress.co.uk. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Marriage details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  6. ^ http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/sport/13364809.One_of_York_s_greatest_ever_players__Edgar_Dawson__passes_away/

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