Ivor Watts

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Ivor J. Watts
Personal information
Full name Ivor Watts
Born (1924-12-28)28 December 1924
Rhondda Valley, South Wales, Wales
Died 19 March 2006(2006-03-19) (aged 81)
Hull, England
Playing information
Height 155 cm (5 ft 1 in)
Weight 66 kg (10 st 6 lb)
Position Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1952–53 Cumberland 12 3 0 0 12
1945–60 Hull F.C. 413 216 0 0 650
Total 425 219 0 0 662
As of 30 August 2011
Source: [1][2][3]

Ivor J. Watts (28 December 1924 – 19 March 2006) was a Welsh postman, and professional rugby league footballer for Hull F.C. from 1945–1960 and also represented Cumberland from 1952–1953. Ivor's last match for Hull F.C. was playing at Wembley on 14 May 1960 in the 1959–60 Challenge Cup Final against Wakefield Trinity in which Hull lost 5–38. After his last match he was then appointed Assistant coach from 1960–1970. He became head coach from 1970–1971 after Johnny Whiteley resigned. During the time Ivor coached Hull F.C. they won 28 out of 45 matches and only lost 17. The highest win was 47–5 against Doncaster.

Playing career[edit]

Ivor Watts playing career started when he moved to Hull in 1945 and joined the team. He then played for them from 1945 until 1960. In between his time at Hull he also represented his former city's, Cumberland from 1952–1953 playing 12 times and scoring 3 tries. With 214 tries, Ivor Watts is second in Hull's all-time try scoring list, behind Clive Sullivan with 250 tries. Also he is Hull F.C. top try scorer for Local derby matches against Hull Kingston Rovers with Kirk Yeaman just behind him.[1]

Watts played, and scored a try, in Hull's 10-10 draw with Halifax in the 1955 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1955–56 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium on Saturday 22 October 1955.

Watts played Left-Wing, i.e. number 5 in Hull's 13-30 defeat by Wigan in the 1959 Challenge Cup Final during the 1958–59 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 9 May 1959.[2][3]

Post playing[edit]

After working as assistant coach from 1959 to 1970, from 1970 to 1971 Watts was Hull F.C.'s head coach.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blog: Bill Dalton". hullfc.com. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "1958-1959 Challenge Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "A complete history of Hull FC's Challenge Cup finals". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Coaches and Captains". hullfc.com. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.