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Gus Risman

Gus Risman
Ogden's Cigarette card featuring Gus Risman
Personal information
Full name Augustus John Ferdinand Risman
Nickname Gus
Born (1911-03-21)21 March 1911
Glamorgan, Wales
Died 17 October 1994(1994-10-17) (aged 83)
Whitehaven, England
Playing information
Position Fullback, Centre, Stand-off
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1929–46 Salford 427 143 789 2007
Leeds (guest) 12 6 27 0 72
Bradford Northern (guest) 9 4 3 0 18
Hunslet (guest) 2 0 1 0 2
Dewsbury (guest) 31 15 55 0 155
1946–54 Workington Town 301 33 716 0 1531
1954 Batley 9 0 20 0 40
Total 791 201 1611 0 3825
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1934 British Empire 1
1934 England 1 2 0 0 6
1931–45 Wales 18 0 0 0 0
1932–46 Great Britain 17 0 12 0 24
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1946 Workington Town
1964–71 Bradford Northern
Total 0 0 0 0
Source: [1]

Augustus "Gus" John F. Risman (21 March 1911 – 17 October 1994) was a Welsh rugby league footballer of the 1920s through to the 1950s.

A devastating three-quarter who also played at Barry where he went to Barry County School, and played rugby union in South Wales as a schoolboy before being offered a trial by Salford.

He made his début for Salford on 31 August 1929 and went on to enjoy great success with the club. He won 17 caps for Great Britain and finished his career at Workington Town, remarkably leading them to Rugby League Challenge Cup glory as player-coach at the age of 41 in 1952.[2] He retired as a player in 1954 after a career spanning 25 years. Risman captained the 1946 "Indomitable" tourists of Australia.[3]

Risman later coached Whitehaven, Oldham and Bradford Northern and was inducted into the Rugby League Hall of Fame in 1988. Gus Risman's son, Bev Risman also became an accomplished rugby league footballer. As a tribute, one of the newly created streets in Workington's regenerated town centre is named Risman Place.


  • Playing career 1
    • Les Diables Rouges 1.1
    • International honours 1.2
    • Wales and England 1.3
    • Championship final appearances 1.4
    • County Cup final appearances 1.5
    • Other notable games 1.6
    • Career records 1.7
  • Genealogical information 2
  • Honoured in Workington 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Playing career

During the period before signing for Salford, Gus Risman was also courted by association football clubs. Tottenham Hotspur offered Risman terms. However, in those days football did not have the huge initial gravitas it enjoys today. During the 1920s, signing for a rugby league club was more financially rewarding. Signing-on fees were restricted or capped in football, whereas in rugby league such fees could be a year's worth of work and playing wages combined.

Les Diables Rouges

Gus Risman was one of the players who successfully toured in France with Salford in 1934, during which the Salford team earned the name "Barney Hudson, Emlyn Jenkins, Alf Middleton, Sammy Miller, Harold Osbaldestin, Les Pearson, Gus Risman, Billy Watkins, and Billy Williams.[4]

International honours

Gus Risman won caps for Wales while at Salford 1931…1945 18-caps, won a cap for England while at Salford in 1934 against France,[5] and won caps for Great Britain while at Salford in 1932 against Australia, New Zealand (3 matches), in 1933 against Australia (3 matches), in 1936 against Australia (2 matches), New Zealand (2 matches), in 1937 against Australia (3 matches), and in 1946 against Australia (3 matches).[6]

Wales and England

Only four rugby league footballers have played initially for Wales, and then subsequently for England, they are; Emlyn Jenkins, Gus Risman, Jim Sullivan and Les White.

Championship final appearances

Gus Risman played Centre, i.e. number 4 in Salford's 3–15 defeat by Wigan in the Championship final during the 1933–34 season at Wilderspool, Warrington on Saturday 28 April 1934.[7]

County Cup final appearances

About Gus Risman's time, there was Salford's 2–15 defeat by Warrington in the 1929 Lancashire Cup final during the 1929–30 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 23 November 1929, the 10–8 victory over Swinton in the 1931 Lancashire Cup final during the 1931–32 season at the Cliff, Broughton, Salford on Saturday 21 November 1931, the 21–12 victory over Wigan in the 1934 Lancashire Cup final during the 1934–35 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 20 October 1934, the 15–7 victory over Wigan in the 1935 Lancashire Cup final during the 1935–36 season at Wilderspool, Warrington on Saturday 19 October 1935, the 5–2 victory over Wigan in the 1936 Lancashire Cup final during the 1936–37 season at Wilderspool, Warrington on Saturday 17 October 1936, and he played Stand-off/Five-eighth in the 7–10 defeat by Wigan in the 1938 Lancashire Cup final during the 1938–39 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 22 October 1938.[8]

Other notable games

Gus Risman played Centre for a Rugby League XIII against Northern Command XIII at Thrum Hall, Halifax on Saturday 21 March 1942.[9] Despite turning professional, Risman was part of the 1945 British Empire Forces rugby union team that played France, during a period when the strict guideline between amateur and professional were relaxed. Risman, playing at centre, scored two tries and three conversions in that game helping the British to a 27–6 victory.[10]

Career records

Gus Risman holds Workington Town's "Appearances in a Season" record (with 45-appearances in the 1953–54 season),[11] and with 4,050-points is third on British rugby league's "most points in a career" record list behind Neil Fox, and Jim Sullivan.[12]

Gus Risman is one of less than ten Welshmen to have scored more than 2,000-points in their rugby league career, and is one of less than twenty Welshmen to have scored more than 200-tries in their rugby league career.[13]

Genealogical information

Gus Risman was the father of the rugby league footballers Bev and John Risman.

Honoured in Workington

Risman Place in Workington is named after Gus Risman.[14]


  1. ^ Gate, Robert (2003). Rugby League Hall of Fame. Stroud: Tempus. p. 147.  
  2. ^ (11 May 2004). "Cup final facts". BBC Sport (UK:  
  3. ^ Baker, Andrew (20 August 1995). "100 years of rugby league: From the great divide to the Super era".  
  4. ^ "The story of The Original Red Devils". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "England Statistics at". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "1933–1934 Championship Final". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "22nd October 1938: Salford 7 Wigan 10 (Lancashire Cup Final)". 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "inside programme, Northern Command v. A Rugby League XIII, 1942". 31 December 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "France tour – Richmond, 28 April 1945: British Empire Forces 27 – 6 France". Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Workington Town → Player records". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Sinfield close to moving up all-time points list". 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  13. ^ Robert Gate (1988). "Gone North – Volume 2". R. E. Gate. ISBN 0-9511190-3-6
  14. ^ "New town centre places with some famous old West Cumbrian names". 24 February 2006. Retrieved 1 January 2009. 

External links

  • England Statistics at
  • Great Britain Statistics at
  • Gus Risman at
  • Player statistics at
  • Coach statistics at
  • » Legends Evening 50's
  • Gus in Hall of Fame
  • Big Geoff was star of No 13 shirt
  • Photos from 1936–37 season
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