Harry Archer

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Harry Archer
Personal information
Full name Henry Archer
Nickname The Architect
Born October→December 1932 (age 84–85)
Cockermouth district, Cumberland, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1952–≤52 Workington RFC
Rugby league
Position Stand-off/Five-eighth
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1952–67 Workington Town 385 64 8 208
Total 385 64 8 0 208
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1958–≥58 Cumberland

Henry 'Harry' Archer (birth registered October→December 1932 (age 84–85)[1]) birth registered in Cockermouth district, is an English rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1950s, and 1960s playing club level rugby union (RU) for Workington RFC, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain (non-Test matches), and Cumberland, and at club level for Workington Town, and Whitehaven, as a Stand-off/Five-eighth, i.e. number 6.[2]

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Harry Archer represented Great Britain (RL) while at Workington in non-Test matches on the 1958 tour of Australia, and New Zealand.

Four Workington players were selected for the 1958 tour; Harry Archer, Brian Edgar, Ike Southward, and Bill Wookey (later of Barrow).

County honours[edit]

Harry Archer represented Cumberland.

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Harry Archer played Stand-off/Five-eighth in Workington Town's 9–13 defeat by Wigan in the 1958 Challenge Cup Final during the 1957–58 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 10 May 1958.[3] He was concussed within the first ten-minutes of the match by a stiff-arm tackle by Mick Sullivan and had to leave the playing field, and although he returned to the match, he cannot remember anything about the rest of the match.[4]


  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "» Legends Evening 60's". sandylonning.u-net.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "1957–1958 Challenge Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Nostalgia: Harry and Sol had formula for a perfect partnership". Whitehavenews.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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