Norman Fender

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Norman Fender
Full name Norman Henry Fender
Date of birth (1910-09-02)2 September 1910
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
Date of death 24 October 1983(1983-10-24) (aged 73)
Place of death York, England
School Ninian Park School
Occupation(s) labourer
Rugby league career
Position(s) Forward
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1931-38 York 228 22-tries
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Great Britain
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1927–31 Cardiff RFC ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1930–31 Wales 6 (3)

Norman Henry Fender (2 September 1910 – 24 October 1983)[1] was a Welsh dual-code international rugby footballer who played rugby union for Cardiff as a Flanker, and rugby league with York. He won six caps for Wales at rugby union and also represented Wales at rugby league. In 1932/33 he toured Australasia with Great Britain.[2]

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Norman Fender won caps for Wales (RU) while at Cardiff RFC in 1930 against Ireland, and France, and in 1931 against England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, represented Great Britain (RL) while at York on the 1932/33 tour to Australasia playing in 14 tour (non-Test matches), scoring 11-tries, and won caps for Wales (RL) while at York 1932…1938 9-caps.[3]

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

Norman Fender played loose forward/lock, and scored a conversion in York's 9-2 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the 1936 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1936–37 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 17 October 1936.

Club career[edit]

Norman Fender made his début for York on Saturday 29 August 1931, and played his last match on Sunday 18 September 1938.

Honoured at York Rugby League[edit]

The first seven players to be inducted into the York Rugby League Hall of Fame during March 2013 were; Geoffrey Pryce, Gary Smith, Vic Yorke, Norman Fender, Willie Hargreaves, Basil Watts, and Edgar Dawson.[4]


  • Godwin, Terry (1984). The International Rugby Championship 1883–1983. Grafton Street, London: Willow Books. ISBN 0-00-218060-X. 
  • Smith, David; Williams, Gareth (1980). Fields of Praise: The Official History of The Welsh Rugby Union. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISBN 0-7083-0766-3. 


  1. ^ "Statistics at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  3. ^ "Statistics at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Knights launch York Rugby League Hall of Fame". 17 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 

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