Stan Kielty

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Stan Kielty
Personal information
Born July→September 1925
Castleford, Yorkshire, England
Died 31 December 2008 (aged 83)
Playing information
Position Scrum-half
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1944–45–46–47 Wakefield Trinity 11 1 0 0 3
1946–58 Halifax 482 73 7 0 233
Total 493 74 7 0 236
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Yorkshire 11
1953 England 3
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk

Stan Kielty (birth registered July→September 1925[1] — 31 December 2008 (aged 83)) born in Castleford, was an English rugby league footballer. A member of the Halifax Hall of Fame, Stan began his professional career at Wakefield Trinity (Heritage № 537) before signing for Halifax in 1946. He later went on to represent Yorkshire and England, playing at Scrum-half/Halfback, i.e. number 7.

Kielty holds the record for most games for the Halifax cub which stands at 482 appearances between 1946 and 1958. he played the majority of his career at Scrum-half/Halfback, and formed a formidable halves pairing with stand off Ken Dean. On the field the 'Dean and Kielty' duo became renowned as one of the best and most symbiotic creative partnerships in the game, while off the field Stan and Ken remained good friends years after their playing days came to an end.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Stan Kielty won caps for England while at Halifax in 1953 against Wales, France, and Other Nationalities.[2]

County Honours[edit]

Stan Kielty won caps for Yorkshire while at Halifax.

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Stan Kielty played Scrum-half/Halfback in Halifax's 4-4 draw with Warrington in the 1954 Challenge Cup Final during the 1953–54 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 24 April 1954, in front of a crowd of 81,841, and played Scrum-half/Halfback in the 4-8 defeat by Warrington in the 1954 Challenge Cup Final replay during the 1953–54 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Wednesday 5 May 1954, in front of a record crowd of 102,575 or more.[3]

Testimonial match[edit]

Stan Kielty's Testimonial match at Halifax took place in 1955.

Honoured at Halifax[edit]

Stan Kielty is a Halifax Hall Of Fame Inductee.[4]

Honoured by Arriva Yorkshire[edit]

Arriva Yorkshire honoured 13 rugby league footballers on Thursday 20 August 2009, at a ceremony at The Jungle, the home of the Castleford Tigers. A fleet of new buses were named after the 'Arriva Yorkshire Rugby League Dream Team'. Members of the public nominated the best ever rugby league footballers to have played in West Yorkshire, supported by local rugby league journalists; James Deighton from BBC Leeds, and Tim Butcher, editor of Rugby League World. The 'Arriva Yorkshire Rugby League Dream Team' is; Trevor Foster MBE, Neil Fox MBE, Albert Goldthorpe, Alan Hardisty, Stan Kielty, Lewis Jones, Roger Millward MBE, Malcolm Reilly, Garry Schofield, Keith Senior, David Topliss, Dave Valentine, and Adrian Vowles.[5]

Genealogical information[edit]

Stan Kielty was the younger brother of John Kielty, Michael Kielty (birth registered during October→December 1915 in Pontefract district - death registered during October→December 1915 (aged 0) in Pontefract district), the Hooker for Wakefield Trinity, Norman C. Kielty, and the older brother of Catherine Kielty, Michael Kielty (birth registered during January→March 1929 in Pontefract district), and Terence Kielty.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mud, blood and memories of the day when 102,575 made history at Odsal". independent.co.uk. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Halifax RLFC Hall of Fame". halifaxrlfc.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Arriva Yorkshire Rugby League Dream Team". Arriva Yorkshire. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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