Mike Leadbetter

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Mike Leadbetter
Full name Michael Morris Leadbetter
Date of birth 25 July 1946
Place of birth Southport
Date of death 17 April 2009
Place of death aged 62 years 266 days
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
School Ladybarn
University Manchester College of Art and Design
Manchester University
Occupation(s) director of social services
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
? to ?
1968 to ?
Other representative:
Broughton Park


North West Counties

Barbarian F.C.
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1970  England 1 ()

Mike Leadbetter (1946–2009) was a rugby union international who represented England in 1970.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mike Leadbetter was born on 25 July 1946 in Southport.[1] Mike was the younger of two brothers, and his family is one with deep roots in the Southport area, predating the construction of Southport itself. Mike was known to have been very proud of his family's roots in the fishing and farmworking of the area. However, both he and his brother Alan, who was to become a physicist, did not follow their forebears. He attended Ladybarn, a local secondary modern school, and left in 1961 aged 15, without qualifications. After a few years he began his first career in printing and followed this through a series apprenticeships leading to a diploma in management and print technology from Manchester College of Art and Design.[2]

Rugby career[edit]

Leadbetter played his club rugby for Broughton Park and made his international début on 18 April 1970 at Colombes in the France vs England match, that was one by France.[1] Along with Broughton Park team mate Tony Neary, he was also part of a famous North West Counties team which defeated the All Blacks, 16-14, in Workington in 1972.[3]

Described as a giant of a man, he also played 35 times for Lancashire. Leadbetter subsequently switched to rugby league[1] going to Rochdale Hornets.[4]

Career and later life[edit]

Leadbetter went on to become president of the Association of Directors of Social Services. On 17 April 2009 he died of cancer.