Emlyn Jenkins

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Emlyn Jenkins
Emlyn Jenkins - Salford - Senior Service - 1935.jpg
Personal information
Full name Emlyn Jenkins
Born 1 December 1910
Treherbert, Rhondda, Glamorgan, Wales
Died 19 October 1993 (aged 82)
Andover, Hampshire, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
–1930 Treorchy RFC
1930–31 Cardiff RFC 16
Total 16 0 0 0 0
Rugby league
Position Fullback, Wing, Centre, Stand-off, Scrum-half
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1930–38 Salford 246 88 44 0 352
1938 Wigan 18 3 4 0 17
1938–≥44 Keighley
1941–44 St. Helens (guest) 9 0 6 0 12
1948–≥48 Leigh
1951 St. Helens 1 0 0 0 0
Total 274 91 54 0 381
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1932–36 Wales 4 0 0 0 0
1934 England 2 1 0 0 3
1933–37 Great Britain 9 2 0 0 6
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1948–49 Leigh
1950–52 St. Helens
Total 0 0 0 0
Source: [1][2][3][4]

Emlyn Jenkins (1 December 1910 – October 1993) was a Welsh cinema manager, trainee teacher, landlord of a public house, rugby union, and professional rugby league footballer of the 1930s and 1940s, and coach of the 1950s. He played club level rugby union (RU) for Treorchy RFC,[5] and Cardiff RFC,[6] and representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain, Wales, and England, and at club level for Salford (two spells), Wigan, and St. Helens (two spells, including one as a World War II guest), Leigh (Heritage № 584), as a fullback, wing, centre, stand-off/five-eighth, or scrum-half/halfback, i.e. number 1, 2 or 5, 3 or 4, 6, or 7,[1][7] and coached club level rugby league (RL) for Leigh, and St. Helens.[4]

At the height of his success, Jenkins was considered a rare genius at rugby league football.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Emlyn Jenkins won 4 caps for Wales in 1932–1936 while at Salford, won caps for England while at Salford in 1934 against Australia and France,[2] and won caps for Great Britain while at Salford in 1933 against Australia, in 1936 against Australia (3 matches) and New Zealand (2 matches), and in 1937 against Australia (3 matches).[3]

Wales and England[edit]

Only four rugby league footballers have played initially for Wales, and then subsequently for England, they are; Emlyn Jenkins, Gus Risman, Jim Sullivan, and Les White.

Les Diables Rouges[edit]

Emlyn Jenkins was one of the players who successfully toured in France with Salford in 1934, during which the Salford team earned the name "Les Diables Rouges", the seventeen players were; Joe Bradbury, Bob Brown, Aubrey Casewell, Paddy Dalton, Bert Day, Cliff Evans, Jack Feetham, George Harris, Barney Hudson, Emlyn Jenkins, Alf Middleton, Sammy Miller, Harold Osbaldestin, Les Pearson, Gus Risman, Billy Watkins, and Billy Williams.[8]

Club career[edit]

During Emlyn Jenkins time there was Salford's victories in the Championship in 1932–33 season, 1936–37 season, and 1938–39 season, the 1938 Challenge Cup in 1937–38 season, the Lancashire County Cup in the 1929–30 season, 1931–32 season, 1934–35 season, 1935–36 season, and 1936–37 season, and the Lancashire County League during the 1932–33 season, 1933–34 season, 1934–35 season, 1936–37 season, and 1938–39 season.

Emlyn Jenkins made his début for Wigan in the 19-3 victory over Newcastle (away) on Saturday 12 March 1938, he scored his first try for Wigan in the 16-13 victory over Leeds at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 19 March 1938, he scored his last try for Wigan in the 12-8 victory over Swinton in Round-1 of the Lancashire County Cup at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 10 September 1938, he played his last match for Wigan in the 19-0 victory over Leigh at Mather Lane, Leigh on Saturday 8 October 1938.[9] In mid-November of 1938, he announced that he was retiring from the sport at the age of 27, but by the end of the month had signed to play for Keighley.[10] He played as centre in his début for that club against Dewsbury on 5 December 1938.[11]

Emlyn Jenkins played for St. Helens as a guest from Salford during the Wartime Emergency Leagues, and played fullback in St. Helens' 45-38 victory over the Rugby League Players' Union in the Testimonial match for St. Helens positions Albert 'Sonny' Doyle [1] at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Monday 30 April 1951.[12]

Championship Final appearances[edit]

Emlyn Jenkins played stand-off/five-eighth in Salford's 3-15 defeat by Wigan in the Championship Final during the 1933–34 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Saturday 28 April 1934.[13]

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

About Emlyn Jenkins' time, there was Salford's 2-15 defeat by Warrington in the 1929 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1929–30 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 23 November 1929, the 10-8 victory over Swinton in the 1931 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1931–32 season at The Cliff, Broughton, Salford on Saturday 21 November 1931, the 21-12 victory over Wigan in the 1934 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1934–35 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 20 October 1934, the 15-7 victory over Wigan in the 1935 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1935–36 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Saturday 19 October 1935, the 5-2 victory over Wigan in the 1936 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1936–37 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Saturday 17 October 1936.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "Coach Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  5. ^ Fields of praise : the official history of the Welsh Rugby Union, 1881–1981, David "Dai" Smith, Gareth Williams (1980) pg225 ISBN 0-7083-0766-3
  6. ^ Davies, D.E. (1975). Cardiff Rugby Club, History and Statistics 1876–1975. Risca: The Starling Press. p. 89. ISBN 0-9504421-0-0. 
  7. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  8. ^ "The story of The Original Red Devils". reds.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 11 January 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Statistics at wigan.rlfans.com". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  10. ^ "Keighley R.L. Club Make Their Biggest Capture". Yorkshire Evening Post. 24 November 1938. p. 6. 
  11. ^ "Keighley's Back Play". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. 5 December 1938. p. 14. 
  12. ^ "Profile at saints.org.uk". saints.org.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  13. ^ "1933–1934 Championship Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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