Jack Beames

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John R. Beames
Personal information
Full nameJohn Robert Beames
Born1 March 1890
Aberbeeg, Wales
Halifax, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1912–6 Sep 13 Newport RFC 38 1
Rugby league
Years Team Pld T G FG P
6 Sep 1913–11 Dec 22 Halifax 149 30 0 0 90
≤1923–≥23 Bradford Northern
Total 149 30 0 0 90
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Other Nationalities 1
1914–21 Wales 2 0 0 0 0
1921 Great Britain 2 0 0 0 0
Source: [1]

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.[1][2]

Rugby union playing career[edit]

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.[3]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).[4]

Rugby league playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

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).[1]

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

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.

Club career[edit]

6 September 1913, and he played his last match for Halifax

Honoured at Halifax[edit]

Jack Beames died in Halifax, and is a Halifax Hall Of Fame Inductee.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6.
  3. ^ "Profile at blackandambers.co.uk". blackandambers.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Measuring Worth - Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Halifax Hall of Fame". halifaxrlfc.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 10 September 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2012.

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