Fred Webster (rugby league)

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Frederick Webster
Personal information
Full name Frederick Webster
Nickname Fred
Born July→September 1882
Thorne district (or Chesterfield[1])
Playing information
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 13 st 4 lb (84 kg)
Position Prop, Hooker, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1902–19 Leeds 543 76 4 236
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≥1902–≤19 Yorkshire
1906–11 England 4 0 0 0 0
1910 Great Britain 3 0 0 0 0

Frederick "Fred" Webster (birth registered July→September 1882[2] — death unknown) birth registered in Thorne district, was an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1900s, and 1910s, playing at representative level for Great Britain, England, and Yorkshire, and at club level for Brotherton (Bulldogs)[1], and Leeds (captain), as a Prop, Hooker, or Second-row, i.e. number 8 or 10, 9, or, 11 or 12 during the era of contested scrums.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Fred Webster won caps for England while at Leeds in 1906 against Other Nationalities, in 1910 against Wales (2 matches), in 1911 against Wales,[3] and won caps for Great Britain while at Leeds on the 1910 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand against Australia (2 matches), Australasia (2 matches), and New Zealand.[4][5]

Championship appearances[edit]

Fred Webster played Right-Second-row, i.e. number 12, in Leeds' 2-35 defeat by Huddersfield in the Championship Final during the 1914–15 season.[6]

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Fred Webster played Right-Second-row, i.e. number 12, and was captain in Leeds' 7-7 draw with Hull F.C. in the 1910 Challenge Cup Final during the 1909–10 season at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield on Saturday 16 April 1910, in front of a crowd of 19,413, this was the first Challenge Cup Final to be drawn, and played Left-Prop, i.e. number 8, was captain, and scored a try in the 26-12 victory over Hull F.C. in the 1910 Challenge Cup Final replay during the 1909–10 season at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield on Monday 18 April 1910, in front of a crowd of 11,608, this was Leeds' first Challenge Cup Final win in their first appearance.[7]

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

Fred Webster played in Leeds' 5-24 defeat by Huddersfield in the 1919 (Autumn) Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1919–20 season at Thrum Hall, Halifax on Saturday 29 November 1919.[1]

Career at Leeds[edit]

Fred Webster joined Leeds from Brotherton in 1902, on the eve of his 20th birthday, and was a mainstay of the side for the next 18 years, he scored a club record eight tries in the 102-0 win over Coventry in 1913, later equaled by Eric 'Toowoomba Ghost' Harris. During Fred Webster's time at Leeds he made 543 appearances, a club record which stood for more than 60 years, only John Holmes has played more games for Leeds.

Testimonial match[edit]

Fred Webster's Testimonial match at Leeds took place in 1919.[1]

The Leeds RL Greats[edit]

The Yorkshire Evening Post named Arthur Clues, Bert Cook, Ellery Hanley, Eric Harris, Vic Hey, John Holmes, Lewis Jones, Danny McGuire, Garry Schofield and Frederick "Fred" Webster, as the greatest ever Leeds RL players.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Tom Mather (2010). "Best in the Northern Union". Pages 128-142. ISBN 978-1-903659-51-9
  2. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Papers Past — Evening Post — 14 May 1910 — Football". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. 14 May 1910. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "History of Leeds Rugby League Club". britishrugbyleague.blogspot.co.uk. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Club History, Facts and Figures". Yorkshire Evening Post. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Ten Leeds RL Greats". Yorkshire Evening Post. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

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