|Full name||John Robert Beames|
|Born||1 March 1890|
John "Jack" Robert Beames (1 March 1890 – 1970) was a Welsh rugby union, and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1910s and 1920s. He played club level rugby union (RU) for Newport RFC, and representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain, Wales and Other Nationalities, and at club level for Halifax (Heritage № 226) and Bradford Northern, as a second-row, i.e. number 11 or 12, during the era of contested scrums.
Rugby union playing career
Beames, who was born in Aberbeeg, originally played rugby union for Newport RFC, his most notable match being the club's victory over the touring South African team in 1912. In the 1912/13 season at Newport he played in 38 games scoring a single try.He joined Halifax in 1913 for a signing-on fee of £100 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £34,240 in 2013).
Rugby league playing career
Jack Beames won a cap for Other Nationalities (RL) while at Halifax, won 2 caps for Wales (RL) in 1914–1921 while at Halifax, and won caps for Great Britain (RL) while at Halifax in 1921 against Australia (2 matches).
Challenge Cup Final appearances
Jack Beames played left-second-row, i.e. number 11, in Halifax's 0-13 defeat by Leigh in the 1920–21 Challenge Cup Final during the 1920–21 season at The Cliff, Broughton on Saturday 30 April 1921, in front of a crowd of 25,000.
6 September 1913, and he played his last match for Halifax
Honoured at Halifax
- "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
- Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6.
- "Profile at blackandambers.co.uk". blackandambers.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- "Measuring Worth - Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
- "Halifax Hall of Fame". halifaxrlfc.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 10 September 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- !Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk (statistics currently missing due to not having appeared for both Great Britain, and England)
- Profile at blackandambers.co.uk
- Image "Jack Beames - Another player tempted out of retirement by the ailing Birch Lane club was Jack Beames who played for a season aged 33 in 1923. - Date: 01/01/1923" at rlhp.co.uk