Ernest Woodhead

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Ernest Woodhead
Personal information
Full nameErnest Woodhead
Born2 February 1857
Huddersfield, England
Died10 June 1944 (aged 87)
Huddersfield, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1880–1895 Huddersfield
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1880 England 1 0 0 0 0
Source: [1]

Ernest "Ernie" Woodhead (2 February 1857[2] – 10 June 1944[3]) was an English rugby union footballer who played in the 1880s. He played at representative level for England, and at club level for Huddersfield,[4] as a forward, e.g. front row, lock, or back row. Prior to Tuesday 27 August 1895, Huddersfield was a rugby union club.


Ernie Woodhead was born in Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, he was the son of Joseph Woodhead, Liberal Party Member of parliament for Spen Valley,[5] he died aged 87 in Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire.[1]

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Ernie Woodhead won a cap for England while at Huddersfield in 1880 against Ireland.[1]

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 Party 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 Party candidate for Sheffield Hillsborough and finished third. For the 1924 General Election he was Liberal Party candidate for Pudsey & Otley and again finished third. He did not stand for parliament again.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Statistics at". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Birth details at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Death details at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  4. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. p. 178. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6.
  5. ^ Who's Who
  6. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1918-1949

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