Milton Huddart

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Milton Huddart
Personal information
Full nameRichard Milton Jackson Huddart
Born7 October 1960
Prescot district, England
Died14 March 2015 (aged 54)
Whitehaven, England
Playing information
PositionLoose forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1981–85 Whitehaven
1985–86 Carlisle
1986 Canberra Raiders
1986–87 Leigh 25 1 1 5
Total 25 1 0 1 5
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1986 Cumbria
1984 England 1 0 0 0 0
Source: [1][2]

Milton Huddart (7 October 1960[3] – 14 March 2015), also known by the nickname of "Milt",[4] was an English worker at West Cumberland Hospital and Low Level Waste Repository, and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1980s. He played at representative level for England and Cumbria (captain), and at club level for Kells A.R.L.F.C. [1] (in Whitehaven), Whitehaven, Carlisle, Canberra Raiders and Leigh as a loose forward, i.e. number 13.[1]

Background[edit]

Huddart was born in Prescot, Lancashire, England, he was the son of Great Britain Rugby League international Dick Huddart, Milton Huddart was married to Joanne, née McLean. They have a daughter, Ashleigh. Huddart was an avid cyclist and keep fit fanatic, but on 13 March 2015 he suffered a cardiac arrest whilst cycling to work and was treated at West Cumberland Hospital prior to being transferred to Cumberland Infirmary later that morning. Despite successful surgery, the damage to his vital organs was too great and Milton died on Saturday 14 March 2015, his wife and daughter were with him throughout.[5]

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Huddart won a cap for England while at Whitehaven in 1984 against Wales.[2]

County honours[edit]

Huddart won cap(s) for Cumbria including as captain in the 12-48 defeat by Australia during the 1986 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France at Craven Park, Barrow-in-Furness on Tuesday 21 October 1986.[5]

Club career[edit]

Huddart made his début for Whitehaven against Fulham in January 1981. Following a disagreement (subsequently resolved) with Gordon Cottier, after Cottier's failure to travel to a match against Salford, Huddart refused to play with Cottier again, in February 1985 Huddart was transferred to Carlisle for £20,000 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £70,700 in 2013)[6] he was later transferred from Carlisle to Leigh, and he made his début for Leigh against Hull Kingston Rovers alongside the New Zealand international Centre James Leuluai, he played in Leigh's 8-14 defeat by St. Helens in the 1987 Challenge Cup semi-final during the 1986–87 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 14 March 1987, and played and scored a drop goal in Leigh's 17-10 victory over Warrington at Wilderspool Stadium to avoid relegation during the 1986–87 season.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Tributes for Haven legend Milt". Whitehaven News. 19 March 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Ex-Whitehaven Legend Dies Aged 54". newsandstar.co.uk. 16 March 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Measuring Worth – Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  7. ^ ""Make best of what you've got – I didn't"". Whitehaven News. 30 March 2006. Retrieved 7 August 2014.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ ""Former Leigh forward Milton Huddart dies aged 54"". leighreporter.co.uk. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2015.

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