Mick Shoebottom

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Michael D. Shoebottom
Personal information
Full name Michael D. Shoebottom
Nickname Mick, Shoey
Born (1944-12-24)24 December 1944
Hunslet, Leeds, England
Died 12 October 2002(2002-10-12) (aged 57)
Leeds, England
Playing information
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 13 st 00 lb (82.6 kg; 182.0 lb)
Position Fullback, Centre, Stand-off/Five-eighth, Scrum-half/Halfback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1962–71 Leeds 288 117 52
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Yorkshire 4
1968–70 England 4 1 0 0 3
1968–71 Great Britain 12 1 0 0 3
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk

Michael "Mick" D. "Shoey" Shoebottom was an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1960s and '70s playing at representative level for Great Britain, England, and Yorkshire, and at club level for Leeds, as a Fullback, Centre, Stand-off/Five-eighth, or Scrum-half/Halfback, i.e. number 1, 3 or 4, 6, or 7.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Mick Shoebottom won caps for England while at Leeds in 1968 against Wales, in 1969 against France (sub), in 1970 against Wales, and France,[1] and won caps for Great Britain while at Leeds in the 1968 Rugby League World Cup against Australia, and New Zealand (sub) (1-try), in 1969 against France, in 1970 against Australia (2 matches), Australia (sub), and New Zealand, in the 1970 Rugby League World Cup against Australia, France, New Zealand, and Australia, and in 1971 against France.[2]

Challenge Cup final appearances[edit]

Mick Shoebottom played Stand-off/Five-eighth in Leeds' 11-10 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the 1967-68 Challenge Cup "Watersplash" final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 11 May 1968.

Club career[edit]

While playing for Leeds during the 1970–71 Championship semi-final against Salford at Headingley, Mick Shoebottom dived to score a try and was subsequently carried unconscious from the field, having been caught on the head by the boot of Colin Dixon. Although paralysed for a time, Mick Shoebottom made an arduous recovery that enabled him to live a near normal life, but he would never play rugby league again.[3]

Testimonial match[edit]

Mick Shoebottom's Testimonial match at Leeds took place in 1972.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Obituary in The Independent". independent.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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