Jack Hilton

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John Hilton
Personal information
Full name John Hilton
Nickname Jack
Born (1921-05-02)2 May 1921[1]
Wigan, England
Died 23 December 1998(1998-12-23) (aged 77)[1]
Wigan, England
Playing information
Position Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Salford
1942–54 Wigan 137 122 0 0 366
Total 137 122 0 0 366
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1948–50 England 3 4 0 0 12
1950 Great Britain 4 2 0 0 6

John "Jack" Hilton (2 May 1921 – 23 December 1998) was an English rugby league player and director. He played as a winger at club level for Wigan, and at representative level for Great Britain and England. He later became a director at Wigan, and also had a spell as club chairman.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Born in Wigan, Hilton started his professional career at Salford. In October 1939, he scored six tries in a game against Leigh, a joint club record for number of tries scored in a single match.[2] He later joined his hometown club Wigan, scoring 122 tries in 137 appearances.[1]

International honours[edit]

Jack Hilton won caps for England while at Wigan in 1949 against France, in 1950 against Wales, and France,[3] and won caps for Great Britain while at Wigan in 1950 against Australia (2 matches), and New Zealand (2 matches).[4]

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Jack Hilton played left wing, i.e. number 5, and scored a try in Wigan's 8-3 victory over Bradford Northern in the 1948 Challenge Cup Final during the 1947–48 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 1 May 1948, in front of a crowd of 91,465.[5]

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

Jack Hilton played right wing, i.e. number 2, and scored a try in Wigan's 20–7 victory over Leigh in the 1949 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1949–50 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Saturday 29 October 1949.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hadfield, Dave (29 December 1998). "Obituary: Jack Hilton". The Independent. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Information & Honours". Salford Red Devils. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "1947-1948 Challenge Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "1949-1950 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 

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