Tony Karalius

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Tony Karalius
Personal information
Full name Anthony Karalius
Born (1943-09-19) 19 September 1943 (age 74)
Widnes, Lancashire, England
Playing information
Position Hooker
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19??–67 Widnes
1967–78 St Helens 355 26 78
1978–80 Wigan 39 1 3
1980–?? Fulham RLFC
≥1981–≤84 Cardiff City Blue Dragons
Total 394 27 0 0 81
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1971–72 Great Britain 5 0 0 0 0
Source: [1][2]

Anthony Karalius (born (1943-09-19) 19 September 1943 (age 74) in Widnes, Lancashire) is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. He played at representative level for Great Britain, and at club level for Widnes, St. Helens, Wigan, Fulham RLFC, and Cardiff City Blue Dragons, as a hooker, i.e. number 9, during the era of contested scrums.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Karalius won caps for Great Britain while at St. Helens in 1971 against New Zealand (3 matches), in 1972 against France, and in the 1972 Rugby League World Cup against New Zealand.[3]

World Club Challenge Final appearances[edit]

Tony Karalius played hooker in St. Helens 2-25 defeat by the 1975 NSWRFL season premiers, Eastern Suburbs Roosters in the unofficial 1976 World Club Challenge at Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday 29 June 1976.[4]

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Tony Karalius played hooker in St. Helens' 20-5 victory over Widnes in the 1976 Challenge Cup Final during the 1975–76 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 8 May 1976, and was an unused interchange/substitute in the 12-14 defeat by Leeds in the 1978 Challenge Cup Final during the 1977–78 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 13 May 1978, in front of a crowd of a crowd of 96,000.

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

Tony Karalius was an interchange/substitute, i.e. number 15, in St. Helens' 2-2 draw with Leigh in the 1967 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1967–68 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 7 October 1967, he did not play in the 13-10 victory over Warrington in the 1967 Lancashire County Cup Final replay during the 1967–68 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 2 December 1967, and played hooker in the 4-7 defeat by Leigh in the 1970 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1970–71 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 28 November 1970.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final appearances[edit]

Tony Karalius played hooker in St. Helens' 5-9 defeat by Leeds in the 1970 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1970-71 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Tuesday 15 December 1970, played hooker in the 8-2 victory over Rochdale Hornets in the 1971 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1971-72 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Tuesday 14 December 1971, played hooker in the 22-2 victory over Dewsbury in the 1975 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1975-76 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Tuesday 16 December 1975, and played right-second-row, i.e. number 12, in the 11-26 defeat by Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1977 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1977–78 season at Hilton Park, Leigh on Tuesday 13 December 1977.

Personal life[edit]

Tony Karalius is the younger brother of the rugby league footballer of the 1950s, and 1960s for St. Helens, and Warrington; Denis/Dennis Karalius[1], and the St. Helens, and Widnes rugby league legend; Vince Karalius.

References[edit]

  1. ^ rugbyleagueproject.org
  2. ^ englandrl.co.uk
  3. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "World Club Challenge 1976 at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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