Ernest Woodhead

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Ernest Woodhead
Personal information
Full name Ernest Woodhead
Nickname Ernie
Born 2 February 1857
Huddersfield, England
Died 10 June 1944 (aged 87)
Huddersfield, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Forwards
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1880–1895 Huddersfield
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1880 England 1 0 0 0 0

Ernest "Ernie" Woodhead (2 February 1857[1] — 10 June 1944 (aged 87)[2]) born in Huddersfield, was a rugby union footballer of the 1880s, playing at representative level for England, and at club level for Huddersfield,[3] as a Forward, e.g. Front row, Lock, or Back row, he died in Huddersfield. Prior to Tuesday 27 August 1895, Huddersfield was a rugby union club.


He was the son of Joseph Woodhead, Liberal MP for Spen Valley.[4]

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Ernie Woodhead won a cap for England while at Huddersfield in 1880 against Ireland.[5]

Change of Code[edit]

When Huddersfield converted from the rugby union code to the rugby league code on Tuesday 27 August 1895, Ernie Woodhead would have been 38. Consequently, he may have been too old to have been both a rugby union and rugby league footballer for Huddersfield.

Political career[edit]

He was active for the Liberal Party in Huddesfield local politics for many years, being a member of Huddesfield Borough Council, including serving as Mayor of Huddesfield. For the 1918 General Election he stood as Liberal candidate for Huddersfield, however, another Liberal candidate also stood but with the support of the Coalition Government. As a result, he finished third. For the 1923 General Election, he was Liberal candidate for Sheffield Hillsborough and finished third. For the 1924 General Election he was Liberal candidate for Pudsey & Otley and again finished third. He did not stand for parliament again.[6]


  1. ^ "Birth details at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Death details at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. p. 178. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  4. ^ Who's Who
  5. ^ "International Statistics at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1918-1949

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