Johnny Rogers (rugby)

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Johnny Rogers
J(ohn). Rogers - Huddersfield.jpg
Godfrey Phillips Cigarette card featuring Rogers
Personal information
Full name John Henry Rogers
Nickname Johnny
Born 1 October 1892
Abergwynfi, Wales
Died 26 July 1958 (aged 65)
Huddersfield, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Wing, Scrum-half
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
c.1906–11 Bridgend
1911–13 Cardiff
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Rugby league
Position Wing, Stand-off, Scrum-half
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1913–25 Huddersfield 262 106 47 412
1925–26 Wakefield Trinity 57 7 11 43
Total 319 113 58 0 455
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1921 Other Nationalities 1 0 0 0 0
1914–22 Wales 3 1 0 0 3
1914–22 Great Britain 7 0 6 0 12
Source: [1]

John Henry "Johnny" Rogers (1 October 1892[2] — 26 July 1958 (aged 65)[3]) born in Abergwynfi, later moving to Tondu, was a Welsh rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1910s, and 1920s, playing club level rugby union (RU) for Bridgend RFC, and Cardiff RFC,[citation needed] initially as a Wing, i.e. number 11 or 14, and later as a Scrum-half (alongside Clem Lewis), i.e. number 9, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain, Wales, and Other Nationalities, and at club level for Huddersfield, and Wakefield Trinity (Heritage № 313), as a Wing, Stand-off/Five-eighth, or Scrum-half/Halfback, i.e. number 2 or 5, 6, or 7,[4] he died in Huddersfield.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Rogers was selected to go on the 1920 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand, he fractured his left leg in the 16-24 defeat to Auckland at Domain Cricket Ground on Saturday 24 July 1920, that stopped him from playing in the test matches against New Zealand, he did not return from injury until the match against Keighley at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield on Saturday 15 January 1921. He won a cap for Other Nationalities (RL) while at Huddersfield, won 3 caps for Wales (RL) in 1914–1922 while at Huddersfield, and won caps for Great Britain (RL) while at Huddersfield in 1914 against Australia, in 1920 against Australia (3 matches), in 1921 against Australia (2 matches), and in 1922 against Australia.[5]

Championship Final appearances[edit]

Johnny Rogers played in Huddersfield's 3-5 defeat by Salford in the Championship Final during the 1913–14 season, played in Huddersfield's 35-2 victory over Leeds in the Championship Final during the 1914–15 season, and played in Huddersfield's 3-5 defeat by Hull Kingston Rovers in the Championship Final during the 1922–23 season.

County League appearances[edit]

Johnny Rogers played in Huddersfield's victories in the Yorkshire County League during the 1913–14 season, 1914–15 season, 1919–20 season, and 1921–22 season.

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Johnny Rogers played in Huddersfield's 37-3 victory over St. Helens in the 1915 Challenge Cup Final during the 1914–15 season at Watersheddings, Oldham on Saturday 1 May 1915 in front of a crowd of 8,000, and played in the 21-10 victory over Wigan in the 1920 Challenge Cup Final during the 1919–20 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 1 May 1915 in front of a crowd of 14,000.

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

Johnny Rogers played in Huddersfield's 19-3 victory over Bradford Northern in the 1914 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1913–14 season at Thrum Hall, Halifax on Saturday 29 November 1913, played, and scored a try in the 31-0 victory over Hull F.C. in the 1914 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1914–15 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 28 November 1914, played in the 14-8 victory over Dewsbury in the 1919 (Spring) Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1918–19 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 17 May 1919, played in the 24-5 victory over Leeds in the 1919 (Autumn) Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1919–20 season at Thrum Hall, Halifax on Saturday 29 November 1919, and played in the 4-10 defeat by Hull F.C. in the 1914 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1923–24 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 24 November 1923.

All Four Cups, and "Team of All Talents"[edit]

Johnny Rogers was a member of Huddersfield's 1914–15 All Four Cups winning team, known as the 'Team of All Talents'.

Club career[edit]

Johnny Rogers made his début for Bridgend RFC aged-14 as a late-replacement Wing selected by Ben Gronow in c.1906, later playing Scrum-half alongside Fly-half Clem Lewis initially at Bridgend RFC and then at Cardiff RFC, he joined Huddersfield on Saturday 1 March 1913 with a signing-on fee of £100 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £34,650 in 2014),[6] he made his debut and scored 3-tries and a conversion for Huddersfield in the 73-5 victory over Bramley at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield on Saturday 1 March 1913, he joined Wakefield Trinity on Friday 9 January 1925 with a transfer fee of £300 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £47,460 in 2014).[6]

Outside of rugby[edit]

Johnny Rogers was the Landlord of the Plumber’s Arms, Macaulay Street, Huddersfield, and when he retired he continued to live there for three years until his death.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Johnny Rogers". Huddersfield Rugby League Heritage. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Death details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  5. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Measuring Worth – Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 

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