Kevin Ashcroft

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Kevin Ashcroft
Playing information
Position Prop, Hooker
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
196?–6? Rochdale Hornets
196?–6? Dewsbury
196?–7? Leigh
Aug 1972–May 75 Warrington 123+1 20 0 23 101
197?–7? Salford
Total 124 20 0 23 101
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1971–≥71 Lancashire ≥1
1968–74 Great Britain 6 1 0 0 3
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1975–77 Leigh
1980–82 Salford
1991–92 Leigh
Total 0 0 0 0
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk

Kevin Ashcroft is a professional rugby league footballer of the 1960s and 1970s, and coach of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, playing at representative level for Great Britain, and Lancashire, and at club level for Rochdale Hornets, Dewsbury, Leigh, Warrington and Salford, as a Prop, or Hooker, i.e. number 8 or 10, or, 9, during the era of contested scrums, and coaching at club level for Leigh (twice), and Salford. Ashcroft is a Warrington Hall of Fame inductee.[1]

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Ashcroft won caps for Great Britain while at Leigh in the 1968 Rugby League World Cup against Australia, in 1968 against France, in 1969 against France, in the 1970 Rugby League World Cup against France, and New Zealand, and in 1974 against New Zealand (sub).[2]

Challenge Cup final appearances[edit]

Ashcroft played Hooker in Warrington's 7-14 defeat by Widnes in the 1975 Challenge Cup final during the 1974–75 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 10 May 1975.

County Cup final appearances[edit]

Ashcroft played Hooker in Rochdale Hornets' 5-16 defeat by Warrington in the 1965 Lancashire Cup final during the 1965–66 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Friday 29 October 1965, played Left-Prop, i.e. number 8, in Warrington's 10-13 defeat by St. Helens in the 1967 Lancashire Cup final during the 1967–68 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 2 December 1967, played Hooker in Leigh's 2-11 defeat by Swinton in the 1969 Lancashire Cup final during the 1969–70 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 1 November 1969, and played Hooker in the 7-4 victory over St. Helens in the 1970 Lancashire Cup final during the 1970–71 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 28 November 1970.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy final appearances[edit]

Ashcroft played Prop in Leigh's 5-8 defeat by Castleford in the 1967 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy final during the 1967–68 season at Headingley Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 16 January 1968, played Prop in the 11-6 victory over Wigan in the 1969 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy final during the 1969–70 season at Central Park, Wigan on Tuesday 16 December 1969, played Prop in Warrington's 0-0 draw with by Salford in the 1974 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy final during the 1974–75 season at The Willows, Salford on Tuesday 17 December 1974, played Prop in the 5-10 defeat by Salford in the 1974 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy final replay during the 1974–75 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Tuesday 28 January 1975, and played Prop, was the coach, and scored a drop goal in Leigh's 4-12 defeat by Castleford in the 1976 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy final during the 1976–77 season at Hilton Park, Leigh on Tuesday 14 December 1976.

Player's No.6 Trophy final appearances[edit]

Ashcroft played Hooker, was captain, and was man of the match in Warrington's 27-16 victory over Rochdale Hornets in the 1973-74 Player's No.6 Trophy final during the 1973–74 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 9 February 1974, Ashcroft gave his £25 man of the match prize to Wigan's groundsman Billy Mitchell who had managed to get the water-logged pitch into a playable condition,[3] (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £442.70 in 2014).[4]

Coaching career[edit]

County Cup final appearances[edit]

Ashcroft was the coach in Warrington's 16–0 victory over St. Helens in the 1982 Lancashire Cup final during the 1982–83 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 23 October 1982, and the coach in Salford's 17–22 defeat by Wigan in the 1988 Lancashire Cup final during the 1988–89 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Sunday 23 October 1988.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hall of Fame at Wire2Wolves.com". wire2wolves.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Harry Edgar Rugby League In The Seventies, Rugby League Journal Publishing, 29 November 2013. ISBN 978-0954835583. page-87.
  4. ^ "Measuring Worth - Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "1988–1989 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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