Jeff Bawden

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Jeff Bawden
Personal information
Full name Jeffrey Bawden[1]
Born (1924-01-13)13 January 1924
Whitehaven, Cumberland, England
Died 5 March 2006(2006-03-05) (aged 82)
Whitehaven, England
Playing information
Position Wing, Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1943–52 Huddersfield 243 91 515 1303
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Cumberland 14 2 23 52
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
Whitehaven
Source: [2]

Jeffrey "Jeff" Bawden (13 January 1924 — 5 March 2006) was an English rugby league footballer who played for Huddersfield as a Wing or Centre. He also played for Cumberland at representative level.

Biography[edit]

As a teenager, Bawden also played rugby union, and represented England rugby union schoolboys at the age of 13. He was also a talented footballer, and turned down an offer to trial with Wolverhampton Wanderers shortly before joining Huddersfield.

Bawden spent his entire professional career with Huddersfield, appearing 243 times for the club between 1943 and 1952.[3] He also represented Cumberland on 14 occasions.[4] Bawden played right-centre, i.e. number 3, and scored 3-conversions in Huddersfield's 4-11 defeat by Bradford Northern in the 1949 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1949–50 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 29 October 1949. After retiring from playing, he returned to his hometown, and held various non-playing roles at Whitehaven, including a spell as head coach.

In 1999, Bawden was inducted into Huddersfield's Hall of Fame.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Gronow, David (2008). 100 Greats: Huddersfield Rugby League Football Club. Stroud: Stadia. pp. 12–13. ISBN 978-0-7524-4584-7. 
  3. ^ "Jeff Bawden". Yorkshire Post. Johnston Press. 10 March 2006. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Morgan, Martin (8 March 2006). "RL trail blazer Jeff Bawden dies, 82". News & Star. CN Group. Archived from the original on 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Gentleman Jeff was a born champion". Whitehaven News. CN Group. 29 June 2006. Retrieved 21 May 2014.