George Marsden (rugby)

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George Marsden
Personal information
Full name George Herbert Marsden
Born 16 October 1880
Morley, England
Died 7 July 1948(1948-07-07) (aged 67)
Lytham St Annes, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Fly-half
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1900–1900 Morley R.F.C.
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1900–1900 Yorkshire 11
1900 England 3 0 0 0 0
Rugby league
Position Stand-off/Five-eighth
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1900–06 Bradford F.C. 173
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1904–≥04 Yorkshire ≥1
1905 England 1 0 0 0 0
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk espnscrum.com

George Herbert Marsden (born 16 October 1880[1] — 7 July 1948 (aged 67)[2]) born in Morley, was an English dual-code international rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1890s and 1900s, playing representative rugby union (RU) for England, and Yorkshire, and at club level for Morley R.F.C., as a Fly-half, i.e. number 10, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for England, and Yorkshire, and at club level for Bradford F.C. (now Bradford Park Avenue A.F.C.), as a Stand-off/Five-eighth, i.e. number 6,[citation needed] he died in Lytham St Annes.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

George Marsden won caps for England (RU) while at Morley R.F.C. in the 1900 Home Nations Championship against Wales, Ireland, and Scotland,[3] and won a cap for England (RL) while at Bradford in 1905 against Other Nationalities.[4]

County honours[edit]

Marsden won 11-caps for Yorkshire (RU) while at Morley R.F.C. up to and including 1900, and won cap(s) for Yorkshire (RL) while at Bradford between 1900 and 1906.[5]

When Bradford converted from the rugby union code to the rugby league code on 29 August 1895, George Marsden would have been 14 years of age. Consequently, he was too young to have been a rugby union footballer for Bradford, and he won his England (RU) caps during 1900 at Morley R.F.C., changing club and code to Bradford and rugby league in 1900.[citation needed]

Championship final appearances[edit]

He played in Bradford's 5-0 victory over Salford in the Championship tiebreaker during the 1903–04 season at Thrum Hall, Halifax.[6]

Challenge Cup final appearances[edit]

He played in Bradford's 5-0 victory over Salford in the 1906 Challenge Cup final during the 1905–06 season at Headingley Stadium, Leeds.[7]

Rugby union administration[edit]

Despite his previous involvement in rugby league, and the animosity between rugby union and rugby league, George Marsden was one of the founding members of the rugby union club Fylde Rugby Club in 1919.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Death details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Statistics at espnscrum.com". espnscrum.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Maule, Raymond (1992). The Complete Who's Who of England Rugby Union Internationals (page 104). Breedon Books, Derby. ISBN 1-873626-10-X
  6. ^ "1903/04 Northern Union Champions". rugbyleagueheritageproject.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "1906 Challenge Cup winning team". rugbyleagueheritageproject.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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