Nicky Kiss

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Nicholas S. Kiss
Personal information
Full name Nicholas S. Kiss
Playing information
Position Hooker
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1978–89 Wigan 259 36 0 0 134
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1985 Great Britain 1 0 0 0 0
Source: [1]

Nicholas "Nicky" S. Kiss is a former professional rugby league footballer of the 1970s and 1980s. He played at representative level for Great Britain, and at club level for Saddleworth Rangers ARLFC [1], and Wigan, as a hooker, i.e. number 9.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Kiss was a colourful character in Rugby League, and was popular with fans and players alike.[citation needed]

International honours[edit]

Kiss won a cap for Great Britain while at Wigan in 1985 against France.[1]

Championship appearances[edit]

Kiss played in Wigan's victories in the Championship during the 1986–87 season, and 1989–90 season.[2]

Premiership Final appearances[edit]

Kiss played hooker in Wigan's 8-0 victory over Warrington in the Premiership Final during the 1986–87 season at Old Trafford, Manchester on Sunday 17 May 1987.[3]

World Club Challenge[edit]

Kiss played hooker in Wigan's 8-2 victory over Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in the 1987 World Club Challenge at Central Park, Wigan on Wednesday 7 October 1987.[4]

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Kiss played hooker in three Challenge Cup Finals for Wigan; the 28-24 victory over Hull F.C. in the 1985 Challenge Cup Final during the 1984–85 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 4 May 1985,[5] the 32-12 victory over Halifax in the 1988 Challenge Cup Final during the 1987–88 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 30 April 1988,[6] and in the 27-0 victory over St. Helens, and in the 1989 Challenge Cup Final during the 1988–89 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 29 April 1989.[7]

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

Kiss played hooker, and scored a try in Wigan's 18-26 defeat by St. Helens in the 1984 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1984–85 season at Central Park, Wigan, on Sunday 28 October 1984, played hooker, and scored a try in the 34-8 victory over Warrington in the 1985 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1985–86 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens, on Sunday 13 October 1985,[8] and played hooker in the 28-16 victory over Warrington in the 1987 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1987–88 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens, on Sunday 11 October 1987.[9]

John Player Trophy Final appearances[edit]

Kiss played hooker in Wigan's 15-4 victory over Leeds in the 1982–83 John Player Special Trophy Final during the 1982–83 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 22 January 1983,[10] and in the 18-4 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1985–86 John Player Special Trophy Final during the 1985–86 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 11 January 1986.[11]

Notable tour matches[edit]

Kiss played hooker in Wigan's 14-8 victory over New Zealand in the 1985 New Zealand rugby league tour of Great Britain and France match at Central Park, Wigan on Sunday 6 October 1985.[12]

Testimonial match[edit]

Kiss was rewarded for 10 years of service with a Testimonial match at Wigan that took place in 1988, kicking a late conversion - the only goal of his career.

Retirement[edit]

Kiss suffered a bad arm injury shortly after the start of the 1989-90 season, which coupled with a car accident, led him to miss the rest of the year. At the end of the season he announced his retirement on medical advice.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Statistics at wigan.rlfans.com". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "1987 Premiership Trophy Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "1987 World Club Challenge". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "1984-1985 Challenge Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "1987-1988 Challenge Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "1988-1989 Challenge Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "1985-1986 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "1987-1988 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Classic Match: 1983 John Player Trophy Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "1985-1986 John Player Special Trophy Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "1985 Tour Match: Wigan 14 New Zealand 8". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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