|Full name||Michael D. Shoebottom|
24 December 1944|
Hunslet, Leeds, England
|Died||12 October 2002
|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|
|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.
Mick Shoebottom won caps for England while at Leeds in 1968 against Wales, in 1969 against France (sub), in 1970 against Wales, and France, 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.
Challenge Cup final appearances
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.
- England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
- Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
- Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org
- Obituary in The Independent
- Photograph "Paul Litton" at rugbyleagueheritageproject.com