John Etty

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John Etty
Personal information
Full nameJohn W. Etty
Bornfirst ¼ 1927 (age 91–92)
Batley, England
Playing information
PositionWing, Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1944–55 Batley 346 92 2 0 276
1955–58 Oldham 150 90 0 0 270
1958–61 Wakefield Trinity 57 28 0 0 84
Total 553 210 2 0 630
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1948–≥49 Yorkshire ≥3
≤1951–≥51 British Empire XIII ≥1
Source: [1]

John W. Etty (first ¼ 1927[2]) is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. He played at representative level for British Empire XIII and Yorkshire, and at club level for Batley, Oldham (Heritage №), and Wakefield Trinity (Heritage № 655), as a wing or centre, i.e. number 2 or 5, or, 3 or 4.

Background[edit]

John Etty was born in Batley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England and his birth was registered in Dewsbury, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.

He was a pupil at Batley Grammar School between 1937-43. In June 2007 John Etty was invited to a reception for former Bevin Boys at the House of Commons, hosted by Gordon Banks MP, John Etty and wife Kath were introduced to the Prime Minister at № 10 Downing Street on 25 March 2008, with John Etty receiving his Bevin Boys' Veterans Badge from Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and he lives in Cleveleys, Lancashire as of c. 2008.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

John Etty was a representative for the British Empire XIII while at Batley against Wales XIII on 19 May 1951, and was an England "reserve to travel" while at Batley against France on Saturday 17 May 1947.

County Honours[edit]

John Etty was selected for Yorkshire County XIII whilst at Batley during the 1947/48, 1948/49 and 1949/50 seasons.

Championship Final appearances[edit]

John Etty played left wing, i.e. number 5, in Wakefield Trinity's 3-27 defeat by Wigan in the Championship Final during the 1959–60 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 21 May 1960.[3]

County League appearances[edit]

John Etty played in Oldham's victories in the Lancashire County League during the 1956–57 season and 1957–58 season, and played in Wakefield Trinity's victory in the Yorkshire County League during the 1958–59 season and 1959–60 season.

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

John Etty played left wing, i.e. number 5, in Wakefield Trinity's 38-5 victory over Hull F.C. in the 1959–60 Challenge Cup Final during the 1959–60 season at Wembley Stadium, London on 14 May 1960.[4]

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

John Etty played left wing, i.e. number 5, and scored a try in Batley's 8-18 defeat by Huddersfield in the 1952 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1952–53 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 15 November 1952, he played right wing, i.e. number 2, and scored a try in Oldham's 10-3 victory over St. Helens in the 1956 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1956–57 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 20 October 1956, he played left wing in the 13-8 victory over Wigan in the 1956 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1957–58 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 19 October 1957, and he played left wing, and scored a try in Wakefield Trinity's 16-10 victory over Huddersfield in the 1960 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1960–61 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 29 October 1960.[4]

Club career[edit]

John Etty made his début for Batley during 1944, he was transferred from Batley to Oldham during January 1955, he was transferred from Oldham to Wakefield Trinity, he made his début for Wakefield Trinity during April 1959, he played his last match for Wakefield Trinity during the 1960–61 season, and he appears to have scored no drop-goals (or field-goals as they are currently known in Australasia), but prior to the 1974–75 season all goals, whether; conversions, penalties, or drop-goals, scored 2-points, consequently prior to this date drop-goals were often not explicitly documented, therefore '0' drop-goals may indicate drop-goals not recorded, rather than no drop-goals scored. In addition, prior to the 1949–50 season, the archaic field-goal was also still a valid means of scoring points.

All Six Cups[edit]

Only five rugby league footballers have won "All Six Cups" during their career, they are; Aubrey Casewell (while at Salford and Leeds), Alan Edwards (while at Salford and Bradford Northern), John Etty (while at Oldham and Wakefield Trinity), Edward "Ted" Slevin (while at Wigan and Huddersfield), and Derek Turner (while at Oldham and Wakefield Trinity). "All Six Cups" comprises the Challenge Cup, Rugby Football League Championship, Lancashire County Cup, Lancashire League, Yorkshire County Cup and Yorkshire League.[5]

Honoured at Batley and Oldham[edit]

John Etty was invited by the Batley RLFC board of directors to officially open the Heritage Stand at Mount Pleasant, Batley on Sunday 12 August 1990, he was also bestowed with an Honorary Life Membership of Batley RLFC on the same day, and he is an Oldham Hall of Fame Inductee.[6]

Genealogical information[edit]

John Etty is the son of the rugby league footballer who played in the 1920s for Batley; John "Jack" Etty (first ¼ 1890 - first ¼ 1965 (aged 75)), and the older brother of the rugby league forward of the 1950s and 1960s for Batley; James B. "Jim" Etty (birth registered second ¼ 1933).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  3. ^ "1959-1960 Championship Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  4. ^ a b Hoole, Les (2004). Wakefield Trinity RLFC - FIFTY GREAT GAMES. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-429-9
  5. ^ Edgar, Harry (2006). Rugby League Journal Annual 2007 Page-29. Rugby League Journal Publishing. ISBN 0-9548355-2-2
  6. ^ "Oldham Hall of Fame". orl-heritagetrust.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.

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