Kel Coslett

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Kel Coslett
Personal information
Full name Thomas Kelvin Coslett
Born (1942-01-24) 24 January 1942 (age 74)
Bynea, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Playing information
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 94 kg (14 st 11 lb; 207 lb)
Rugby union
Position Fullback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1961–62 Aberavon
19??–?? Llanelli
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1962 Wales 3 3
Rugby league
Position Fullback, Centre, Prop, Second-row, Loose forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1962–76 St. Helens 531 49 1639 3413
1976–79 Rochdale 132
Total 531 49 1639 0 3545
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1963–75 Wales 13 19
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1976–79 Rochdale
1979–80 Wigan
1980–82 St. Helens
Total 0 0 0 0

Kelvin "Kel" Coslett (born 14 Jan 1942)[1][2] is a Welsh rugby footballer of the 1960s and 1970s, and coach of the 1970s and 1980s. He was a national representative player for Wales in both rugby league and rugby union, a dual-code international.[3]

Rugby union[edit]

Coslett was fullback in rugby union and made his international debut for Wales in the 1962 Five Nations Championship match against England. He also appeared that year in the Tests against Scotland and France before shifting to the professional code in 1962 with St. Helens.

Rugby league[edit]

Coslett ended up a utility player, playing in every position from fullback to loose forward for St Helens. During the 1962–63 Northern Rugby Football League season Coslett played fullback and scored 2-conversions in St. Helens' 7-4 victory over Swinton in the 1962 Lancashire Cup final at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 27 October 1962. During the 1963–64 Northern Rugby Football League season he also played at fullback in the 15-4 victory over Swinton in the 1963 Lancashire Cup final at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 26 October 1963. During the 1967–68 Northern Rugby Football League season Coslett played att loose forward and scored a conversion in the 2-2 draw Warrington in the 1967 Lancashire Cup final at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 7 October 1967. He then played at second-row forward, in the 13-10 victory over Warrington in the 1967 Lancashire Cup final replay at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 2 December 1967. During the 1968–69 season Coslett played at loose forward and scored 6-conversions in the 30-2 victory over Oldham in the 1968 Lancashire Cup final at Central Park, Wigan on Friday 25 October 1968. Also that season he played at loose forward, and scored 2-conversions in St. Helens' 4-7 defeat to Wigan in the 1968 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy final at Central Park, Wigan on Tuesday 17 December 1968.[4]

During the 1970–71 Northern Rugby Football League season Coslett played at loose forward, and scored 2-conversion in the 4-7 defeat by Leigh in the 1970 Lancashire Cup final at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 28 November 1970. Also that season he played at loose forward, and scored a conversions in the 5-9 defeat by Leeds in the 1970 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy final at Headingley Stadium, Leeds on Tuesday 15 December 1970. During the 1971–72 Northern Rugby Football League season Coslett played at loose forward, and scored 4-conversions in the 8-2 victory over Rochdale Hornets in the 1971 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy final at Headingley, Leeds on Tuesday 14 December 1971. After the 1972 Challenge Cup final he was awarded the Lance Todd Trophy for his man-of-the-match performance. During the 1975–76 Northern Rugby Football League season Coslett played loose forward, and scored a conversion in the 22-2 victory over Dewsbury in the 1975 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy final at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Tuesday 16 December 1975. Coslett played right prop forward, i.e. number 10, in St. Helens' 20-5 victory over Widnes in the 1976 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 8 May 1976. Coslett captained St. Helens from right prop forward, i.e. number 10, in their 2-25 loss to the 1975 NSWRFL season premiers, Eastern Suburbs Roosters in the unofficial 1976 World Club Challenge at Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday 29 June 1976.[5]

Coslett had 15 seasons at St Helens up till 1976. He was a brilliant goal-kicker landing 1,639 career goals and scoring 45 tries for the club. He started as a tough-tackling, raw-boned youngster. A broken ankle later in his career cost his blistering pace, but he remained ever a dangerous player with the ball in hand.

Records[edit]

Kel Coslett is one of less than ten Welshmen to have scored more than 2,000-points in their rugby league career[6] and with 3,545-points is sixth on British rugby league's "most points in a career" record list behind Neil Fox, Jim Sullivan, Gus Risman, John Woods and Cyril Kellett.[7] The record for the most conversions in a BBC2 Floodlit Trophy final is 4-conversions, and is jointly held by; Ron Willett, Kel Coslett, and Dave Hall.

Coaching career[edit]

Coslett went on to coach Wigan and Rochdale Hornets and remains involved at the St Helens club 50 years after first signing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kel Coslett rugby union profile Scrum.com
  2. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  4. ^ "1968–1968 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "World Club Challenge 1976 at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Robert Gate (1988). "Gone North - Volume 2". R. E. Gate. ISBN 0-9511190-3-6
  7. ^ "Sinfield close to moving up all-time points list". loverugbyleague.com. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 

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