Ernie Knapman

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Ernest Knapman
Ernest Knapman - Oldham and England.JPG
Ogden's Cigarette card featuring Ernest Knapman
Personal information
Full name Ernest Knapman
Nickname Ernie
Born April→June 1899
Okehampton district, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Fullback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1920–21 January Torquay RUFC
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1921–≤21 Devon 7
≤1920–≥20 South of England
≤1920–≥20 England (non-Test)
Rugby league
Position Fullback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Jan 1921–27 Oldham 206 7 124 269
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1925 England 1 0 3 0 6
1924 Great Britain 1 0 0 0 0

Ernest "Ernie" Knapman (birth registered April→June 1899[1] — death unknown) birth registered in Okehampton district, was an English rugby union and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1920s, playing representative level rugby union (RU) for England (non-Test), South of England, and Devon, and at club level for Torquay RUFC [1], as a Fullback, i.e. number 15, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain, and England, and at club level for Oldham, as a fullback, i.e. number 1.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Ernest Knapman represented England (RU) while at Torquay in 1920 against the North of England, won a cap for England (RL) while at Oldham in 1925 against Wales,[2] and won a cap for Great Britain (RL) while at Oldham in 1924 in the 8-16 defeat by New Zealand at Carlaw Park, Auckland on Saturday 2 August 1924.[3]

Region and County honours[edit]

Ernest Knapman represented South of England (RU) while at Torquay in 1920 against the North of England, and represented Devon (RU) on seven occasions while at Torquay.

Championship Final appearances[edit]

Ernest Knapman played fullback in Oldham's 2-13 defeat by Wigan in the Championship Final during the 1921–22 season at The Cliff, Broughton on Saturday 6 May 1922.[4]

County League appearances[edit]

About Ernest Knapman's time, there was Oldham's victory in the Lancashire County League during the 1921–22 season .

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Ernest Knapman played fullback, and scored a penalty goal in Oldham's 4-21 defeat by Wigan in the 1924 Challenge Cup Final during the 1923–24 season at Athletic Grounds, Rochdale on Saturday 12 April 1924.[5] About Ernest Knapman's time, there was Oldham's 16-3 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1925 Challenge Cup Final during the 1924–25 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, the 3-9 defeat by Swinton in the 1926 Challenge Cup Final during the 1925–26 season at Athletic Grounds, Rochdale, and the 26-7 victory over Swinton in the 1927 Challenge Cup Final during the 1926–27 season at Central Park, Wigan.

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

About Ernest Knapman's time, there was Oldham's 5-7 defeat by Warrington in the 1921 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1921–22 season at The Cliff, Broughton, Salford on Saturday 3 December 1921, and played fullback in the 10-0 victory over St Helens Recs in the 1924 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1924–25 season at The Willows, Salford on Saturday 22 November 1924.

Contemporaneous article extract[edit]

"E. Knapman' Oldham and England (Northern Rugby league.) One of the finest defensive players in the League is Ernest Knapman, who joined Oldham in January 1921. He played as schoolboy for Upton School, Torquay, and in 1920 was full back for his town fifteen. He appeared seven times in the Rugby Union County Championship, and in 1920 played for England against the North at Bradford, and for the South against the North at Leicester. He was reserve for England against Wales in 1920, and a member of the touring side to Australasia in 1924. He was born in Torquay in 1899."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "1921–1922 Championship Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "1923–1924 Challenge Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Ogden's (circa-1926). Famous Rugby Players (Card 8 of 50). Ogden's. ISBN n/a

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