Steve "Knocker" Norton is an English former rugby league footballer. He represented Great Britain, England, and Yorkshire, and played club football for Castleford before moving to Hull, and Wakefield Trinity (Heritage #1008). Norton was widely regarded as one of the greatest exponents of the game, with a distinctive side-step and ability to off-load the ball. He played at Second-row, or Loose forward/Lock and contributed to a period of great success for the Hull club. Some observers have suggested that he never achieved the same heights on the international stage, but he is still a living legend in the City of Hull. Steve is the uncle of current Hull centre Ben Crooks and brother-in-law of Hull legend Lee Crooks.
Steve Norton won caps playing Loose forward/Lock for England while at Castleford in the 7–12 defeat by Wales in Brisbane on 10 June 1975, the 17–17 draw with New Zealand in Auckland on 21 June 1975, the 10–10 draw with Australia in Sydney on 28 June 1975, the 22–16 victory over Wales at Warrington's stadium on 20 September 1975, the 48–2 victory over France in Bordeaux on 11 October 1975, the 27–12 victory over New Zealand at Bradford Northern's stadium on 25 October 1975, the 16–13 victory over Australia at Wigan's stadium on 1 November 1975, and the 15–28 defeat by France in Carcassone on 20 March 1977, and while at Hull in 1978 against Wales, and in 1981 against Wales (2 matches), and won caps for Great Britain while at Castleford playing as a substitute in the victory over 16–11 Australia in Sydney on 6 July 1974, playing Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11 in the 8–13 defeat by New Zealand in Auckland on 27 July 1974, and playing Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11 in the 17–8 victory over New Zealand in Christchurch on 4 August 1974, and while at Hull in 1978 against Australia (3 matches), in 1979 against Australia (2 matches), in 1980 against New Zealand, and in 1981 against France (2 matches), and 1982 Australia.
Steve Norton won caps playing Loose forward/Lock for Yorkshire while at Castleford in the 32–18 victory over Lancashire at Castleford's stadium on 11 October 1972, the 7–10 defeat by Cumberland at Workington Town's stadium on 11 September 1974, the 22–15 victory over Other Nationalities at Hull Kingston Rovers' stadium on 18 September 1974, the 20–14 victory over Lancashire at Keighley's stadium on 25 September 1974, scoring 1-try in the 11–29 defeat by Lancashire at Widnes' stadium on 16 October 1974, the 10–7 victory over Cumbria at Dewsbury's stadium on 19 November 1975, the 16–16 draw with Other Nationalities at Bradford Northern's stadium on 6 December 1975, the 17–7 victory over Lancashire at Wigan's stadium on 20 December 1975, and the 18–15 victory over Lancashire at Castleford's stadium on 1 March 1977.
County Cup Final appearances
Steve Norton played Centre, i.e. number 3, in Castleford's 7–11 defeat by Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1971 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1971–72 season at Belle Vue, Wakefield on Saturday 21 August 1971, played as an Interchange/Substitute, i.e. number 15, (replacing Loose forward/Lock Mick Crane) in Hull's 18–7 victory over Bradford Northern in the 1982 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1982–83 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 2 October 1982, was as Interchange/Substitute in the 13–2 victory over Castleford in the 1983 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1983–84 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 15 October 1983, played Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11, and scored a try in the 29–12 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1984 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1984–85 season at Boothferry Park, Kingston upon Hull on Saturday 27 October 1984, and played Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11, in the 24–31 defeat by Castleford in the 1986 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1986–87 season at Headingley Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 11 October 1986.
BBC2 Floodlit Trophy final appearances
Steve Norton played Loose forward/Lock in Castleford's 12-4 victory over Leigh in the 1976 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy final during the 1976-77 season at Hilton Park, Leigh on Tuesday 14 December 1976, and played Loose forward/Lock in Hull's 13-3 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1979 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy final during the 1979-80 season at The Boulevard, Kingston upon Hull on Tuesday 18 December 1979.
Player's No.6/John Player Trophy final appearances
Steve Norton played Loose forward/Lock in Castleford's 25-15 victory over Blackpool Borough in the 1976-77 Player's No.6 Trophy final during the 1976-77 season at The Willows, Salford on Saturday 22 January 1977, and played Loose forward/Lock in Hull's 12-4 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1981–82 John Player Trophy final during the 1981–82 season at Headingley Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 23 January 1982.
National Rugby League Grand Finals
- Dick Huddart for the St. George Dragons in 1966
- Dave Bolton for the Balmain Tigers in 1969
- Mal Reilly for Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in 1972 and 1973
- Phil Lowe, Steve Norton, and Gary Stephens for Manly-Warringah in 1976
- Kevin Ward for Manly-Warrinigah in 1987
- Lee Jackson for the Newcastle Knights in 1997
- Harvey Howard for the Brisbane Broncos in 2000
- Adrian Morley for the Sydney Roosters in 2002
- Gareth Widdop for the Melbourne Storm in 2012
- George Burgess, Sam Burgess and Tom Burgess for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2014
- "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- "Statistics at thecastlefordtigers.co.uk". thecastlefordtigers.co.uk ℅ web.archive.org. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
- "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- Castleford Tigers profile
- England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
- Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
- Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org
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