George Nicholls (rugby league)

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George Nicholls
Personal information
Born (1945-05-14) 14 May 1945 (age 71)
Widnes, England
Playing information
Position Forward
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1966–73 Widnes 218 38 1 0
1973–81 St Helens 266 41 0 0 123
1981–82 Cardiff City
1982–83 Salford
Total 484 79 1 0 123
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1971–79 Great Britain 29 2 0 0 6
1975–78 England 11 1 0 0 3

George Nicholls (born 14 May 1944) is an English former professional rugby league footballer of the 1970s. A Great Britain and England international representative forward, he played his club rugby for Widnes and St. Helens. Eventually becoming a St Helens RLFC Hall of Fame inductee, he also became the first player to win the Man of Steel Award, Harry Sunderland Trophy and Lance Todd Trophy with the club. With Great Britain, he won the 1972 Rugby League World Cup.

Playing career[edit]


George Nicholls was born on 14 May 1944 in Widnes, Lancashire. He played Left-Prop, i.e. number 8, in Widnes 8-15 defeat by Wigan in the 1971 Lancashire Cup final during the 1970–71 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Saturday 28 August 1971.[1]

While playing club football for Widnes,[2] Nicholls played at Loose forward for the 1972 Great Britain Lions who retained the World Cup that year.

George Nicholls played Loose forward/Lock in Widnes' 0-5 defeat by Leigh in the 1972 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy final during the 1972-73 season at Central Park, Wigan on Tuesday 19 December 1972.

St Helens[edit]

The St Helens club acquired Nicholls' services in 1973 for £9,000. In the 1975–76 Northern Rugby Football League season's Challenge Cup final Nicholls helped the St Helens side to victory.

Nicholls played Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11, in St. Helens' 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.

Nicholls played Right-Second-row, i.e. number 12 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]

In the 1978 Challenge Cup final he was in the St Helens team which lost 14-12 to Leeds, but won the Lance Todd Trophy. The voting for the Lance Todd Trophy took place after 70 minutes when St Helens were leading 12-5.That year Nicholls was also voted the best player in the Championship, claiming the second-ever Man of Steel Award.

Nicholls played Left-Second-row 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.


  1. ^ "1971-1972 Lancashire Cup Final". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "George Nicholls". Widnes Vikings. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "World Club Challenge 1976 at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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