Geoff Pimblett

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Geoff Pimblett
Personal information
Full name Geoffrey Pimblett
Born (1944-05-11) 11 May 1944 (age 73)
Lancashire, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
St. Helens
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Lancashire
Rugby league
Position Fullback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1971–79 St. Helens 365 48 608 28 1388
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Lancashire 2
1978 England 1 1 9 0 21

Geoff 'Pimmer' Pimblett (born 11 May 1944) is an English former professional rugby league footballer whose career rose to prominence in the late 1970s.[1] He played for St. Helens as fullback and captain, and also represented England internationally.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Geoff Pimblett played Fullback, and scored a try and 9-conversions for England while at St. Helens's in the 60-13 victory over Wales in the 1978 European Championship at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Sunday 28 May 1978, with 9-conversions he set a new record for most conversions in a match for England.[2]

Premiership Final appearances[edit]

Geoff Pimblett played Fullback, and scored three conversions in St. Helens 15-2 victory over the Salford in the Premiership Final during the 1975–76 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 22 May 1976, he played, and was man of the match winning the Harry Sunderland Trophy in the 32-20 victory over Warrington in the Premiership Final during the 1976–77 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 28 May 1977, he became the first player to have received both the Lance Todd Trophy, and Harry Sunderland Trophy.

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Geoff Pimblett played Fullback in St. Helens' 16-13 victory over Leeds in the 1972 Challenge Cup Final during the 1971–72 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 13 May 1972, played Fullback, scored three conversions and 2-drop goals, and was man of the match winning the Lance Todd Trophy in the 20-5 victory over Widnes in the 1976 Challenge Cup Final during the 1975–76 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 8 May 1976.

World Club Challenge appearances[edit]

Geoff Pimblett played Fullback, and scored a conversion in St. Helens 2-25 defeat by the 1975 NSWRFL season premiers, Eastern Suburbs Roosters in the unofficial 1976 World Club Challenge at Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday 29 June 1976.[3]

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final appearances[edit]

Geoff Pimblett played Fullback, in St. Helens' 8-2 victory over Rochdale Hornets in the 1971 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1971-72 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Tuesday 14 December 1971, played Fullback, and scored 2-conversions in the 22-2 victory over Dewsbury in the 1975 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1975-76 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Tuesday 16 December 1975, played Fullback in the 11-26 defeat by Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1977 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1977–78 season at Craven Park, Kingston upon Hull on Tuesday 13 December 1977, and played Fullback, and scored 2-conversions in the 7-13 defeat by Widnes in the 1978 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1978–79 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Tuesday 12 December 1978.

Club career[edit]

By profession, Geoff Pimblett was a history teacher at Grange Park (later merged with Rivington to become Broadway High, later absorbed by Cowley School), he signed for St. Helens from rugby union with St. Helens RUFC (now named Liverpool St Helens F.C.) in early 1971 aged 26. Inititally playing somewhat of a utility back role with the club, he soon established himself at fullback, and later, as goal-kicker.

After retiring[edit]

After retiring, Geoff Pimblett became the president of the Saints' Past Players Association.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Critchley, Mike (9 September 2010). "Rovers? Geoff was more worried about his shorts". St Helens Star. UK: Newsquest Media Group. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "World Club Challenge 1976 at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 

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