John Toothill

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John Toothill
Personal information
Full name John Thomas Toothill
Born April–June 1866
Bradford, England
Died 29 June 1947 (aged 81)
Bradford, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Forwards
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1890–95 Bradford F.C.
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1893/94–≥93/94 Yorkshire 50
1890–94 England 12 1 0 0 1
Rugby league
Position Forwards
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1895–≥98 Bradford F.C.
Source: espnscrum.com

John "Jack" Thomas Toothill (birth registered April–June 1866[1] – 29 June 1947) was an English rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1890s, playing representative level rugby union (RU) for England, and Yorkshire,[2] and at club level for Bradford F.C.,[3] as a Forward, e.g. Front row, Lock, or Back row, and playing club level rugby league (RL) for Bradford F.C., as a Forward, he died in Bradford. Prior to Tuesday 27 August 1895, Bradford F.C. was a rugby union club, it then became a rugby league club, and since 1907 it has been the association football (soccer) club Bradford Park Avenue A.F.C..

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Jack Toothill won caps for England (RU) while at Bradford F.C. in the 1890 Home Nations Championship against Scotland, and Ireland, in the 1891 Home Nations Championship against Wales, and Ireland, in the 1892 Home Nations Championship against Wales, Ireland, and Scotland, in the 1893 Home Nations Championship against Wales, Ireland, and Scotland, in the 1894 Home Nations Championship against Wales, and Ireland.[4]

In the early years of rugby football the goal was to score goals, and a try had zero value, but it provided the opportunity to try at goal, and convert the try to a goal with an unopposed kick at the goal posts. The point values of both the try and goal have varied over time, and in the early years footballers could "score" a try, without scoring any points.

County honours[edit]

Jack Toothill won cap(s) for Yorkshire (RU) while at Bradford F.C.,[5] in William Barnes Wollen's painting of Yorkshire's 11–3 victory over Lancashire during the 1893/94 season, a painting that is now held at the Rugby Football Union headquarters in the Twickenham Stadium, Alfred "Alf" Barraclough can be seen being tackled, and passing the ball to Jack Toothill, with Tommy Dobson on the outside, although Tommy Dobson did not actually participate in this particular match.[6]

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Jack Toothill played as a Forward, i.e. number 15, in Bradford F.C.'s 0-7 defeat by Batley in the 1898 Challenge Cup Final during the 1897–98 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 23 April 1898, in front of a crowd of 27,941.

Change of Code[edit]

When Bradford F.C. converted from the rugby union code to the rugby league code on Tuesday 27 August 1895, Jack Toothill would have been approximately 29. Consequently, he was both a rugby union and rugby league footballer for Bradford F.C.

Genealogical information[edit]

Jack Toothill's marriage was registered during April–June 1892 in Bradford.[7] He died on 29 June 1947 at the age of 81.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Philip Gaunt (1969). "Yorkshire Rugby Union - Centenary 1869-1969 (Page-28)". Chadwick Studios/Frederick Duffield & Sons Ltd. ISBN n/a
  3. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. p. 178. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  4. ^ "Statistics at espnscrum.com". espnscrum.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Roses match". rugbyleagueheritageproject.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Ghost in the Painting - The Roses Match". englandrugby.com. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  7. ^ "Marriage details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Death details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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