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Halifax Blue Sox

Halifax RLFC
File:Halifax RLFC Logo.png
Club information
Full name Halifax Rugby League
Football Club
Nickname(s) 'Fax'
Website www.halifaxrlfc.co.uk
Colours
Founded 1873
Current details
Ground(s) 1998-The Shay,
(14,000)
1886-1998 Thrum Hall
Coach(s) England Karl Harrison[1]
Captain(s) EnglandScott Murrell
Competition EnglandKingstone Press Championship
2013 RFL Championship 3rd
Records
Premierships 4 (1902-03, 1906-1907, 1964-65, 1985-86)
Challenge Cups 5 (1902-03, 1903-04, 1930-31, 1938-39, 1986-87)
Yorkshire Cup 5 (1908-09, 1944–45, 1954–55, 1955–56, 1987-88)
Charity Shield 1 (1986)
Regal Trophy 1 (1971-72)
Co-operative Championship 1 (2010)
National League Cup 1 (2012)
Most capped 482 - Stan Kielty
Most points 2,191 - Ronald 'Ronnie' James

Halifax RLFC is one of the most historic rugby league clubs in the game, formed over a century ago, in 1873 in the Yorkshire town of Halifax. Known as 'Fax', the official club colours are blue and white hoops, white shorts and blue and white socks (hence the short-lived nickname the Blue Sox). They share the Shay stadium with football club F.C. Halifax Town. Halifax are also one of the original twenty-two rugby clubs that formed the Northern Rugby Football Union in 1895, making them one of the world's first rugby league clubs. They have been Rugby League Champions four times and have won the Challenge Cup five times. They have rivalries with local neighbours Bradford and Huddersfield. Halifax have also formed a Championship rivalry with Featherstone Rovers due to events over the past 3 years when the clubs have clashed.

History

Early years

The club was founded as Halifax in 1873. After becoming the first ever winners of the Yorkshire Cup in 1878, the club went on to win it on another four occasions. Several players were supplied to the Yorkshire County side in these years, and five were picked for the full England rugby union team. In 1886, the club moved to their traditional home of Thrum Hall, this would be their home ground for the next 112 years. The first game was played on 18 September 1886 and drew 8,000 spectators.

The Halifax club were founding members of the breakaway Northern Rugby Football Union in 1895. In 1896, Halifax lost out on winning the first ever Rugby Football League Championship by a single point with Manningham F.C. becoming the inaugural champions. On-field success continued, producing one of their best ever teams in the early years of the 20th century. In 1902–03 they achieved the 'double' by winning the Challenge Cup and finishing top of Division One. They won the cup again the following season, and were the first ever Championship play-off winners in season 1906–07.

Under the disciplined leadership of Dan Jenkins, Halifax enjoyed their first Wembley Challenge Cup final victory; beating York in 1931. After trailing 8–5 at half time, 17 unanswered points in the second half led to a 22–8 victory, as the cup came to Thrum Hall for the first time since 1903. An estimated 100,000 people lined the route to a civic reception at the town hall. But this victory was followed by four seasons of relative decline as Halifax drifted down the league.

Towards the end of the 1937 season, Streatham and Mitcham folded after just one full season in the league. The club had made a number of high profile signings from the New Zealand All Blacks, including George Nepia and Charles Smith. The players now joined Halifax and the team building continued with the signings of more players.

In 1938, Halifax reached the semi-final of the Challenge Cup, after winning three replays in a row, before they were knocked out by Barrow at Fartown (Huddersfield) in the dying seconds of the game.

Success came in 1939 when Halifax became the last team to win the Challenge cup final before the war. Favourites Salford were beaten 20–3 in front of a record 55,453 spectators.

Post Second World War

During the late 1940s and the 1950s Halifax were amongst the game’s strongest sides, pulling in average crowds of over 11,000.

In 1947 Halifax's Hudson Irving died from a heart attack while playing at Dewsbury.[2]

In 1949 Halifax's David Craven died after breaking his neck playing against Workington Town.[2]

The 1949 Challenge Cup final was sold out for first time as 95,050 spectators saw Bradford Northern beat Halifax.

During the 1950s they were Championship runners-up three times, two Yorkshire Cup final victories against Hull in 1954 and 1955, and Yorkshire League winners four times in 1950, 1953, 1954 and 1956. Halifax remained unbeaten at their home ground of Thrum Hall between December 1952 and November 1956. They played in a Wembley final of the 1953–54 Challenge Cup, featuring in the first ever drawn final against Warrington in 1954, losing in the replay at Odsal Stadium, Bradford in front of what was then a world record rugby league crowd officially given as 102,569, although estimates suggest another 20,000 plus entered unofficially.

After securing a Yorkshire league and cup double in 1955–56, the club was in sight of winning all four cups. Wembley was reached after a thrilling Challenge Cup 11–10 semi-final victory over Wigan at Odsal. Fax’s hopes of success were increased further by a 23–8 Championship success against Challenge Cup final opponents St Helens in the Championship semi final. However, St Helens ran out 13–2 winners in the Challenge Cup. A week later, Halifax came close to victory in the Championship match against Hull at Maine Road, Manchester but a last minute penalty goal secured a 10–9 victory for Hull.

In 1959 Halifax hosted Wigan before a club record 29,153 people in the third round of the Challenge Cup.

Halifax was hit hard by the financial situation of the late 1960s and 1970s. Fortunes on the pitch suffered as the shortfall was met by selling players. In 1970, a concert was held at Thrum Hall in an attempt to alleviate these financial troubles. Horrific weather conditions meant that only around 3,000 arrived to watch the 'Halifax Pop and Blues Concert' which made a loss of £6,000.[3]

Despite victory in the inaugural Regal Trophy final (then Players No. 6 Trophy) in 1971–72, financial problems continued for the next decade. In 1983, local businessman, David Brook provided much needed investment in the club.[3]

Chris Anderson was player-coach of Halifax from November 1984 to May 1987 when he retired from playing to be coach in 1987–88. He enjoyed great success including winning the League Championship title in 1985–86, the 1986–87 Rugby League Challenge Cup victory against St. Helens and a second successive appearance in the Challenge Cup final in May 1988 when they lost to Wigan. Despite this on-field success, Halifax were banned from signing new players by the RFL after complaints of non-payments in November 1988.

In 1989, John Dorahy took up a position as captain-coach of Halifax for the 1989–90 season.

Halifax players threatened strike action over unpaid wages in April 1990. The club sold Neil James for £20,000 to pay wages but were still in financial trouble including an unpaid tax bill of £70,000. Halifax went into the hands of receivers, £760,000 in debt, a take-over bid having failed after the players refused to take a pay cut. The club was re-formed and the assets were purchased by the Marsland/Gartland consortium of local businessmen.

Peter Roe was in charge of Halifax from 1990–91. The club's record victory was set in October 1990 with an 82–8 win over Runcorn Highfield at Thrum Hall.

Malcolm Reilly became the coach in 1992. In August 1993, in financial trouble again, Halifax put seven players on the transfer list for a total of £170,000.

Summer era

In 1996, the first tier of British rugby league clubs played the inaugural Super League season and changed from a winter to a summer season.[4] In the lead-up, the Halifax President, Tony Gartland, and former Chairman, Peter Marsland, left the board over plans to merge with rivals Bradford Northern and join the proposed Super League as single club.[5]

Halifax joined the Super League in 1996, the local newspaper did a poll of suggested nicknames for the club with Halifax Bombers topping the list. But Nigel Wood chose Halifax Blue Sox. However, this proved to be unpopular with most supporters who continued to refer to them as 'Fax'. Halifax finished third in Super League in 1998 under John Pendlebury.

Halifax sold Thrum Hall for £1.5 million to Asda for a supermarket development in 1998, and moved across town to their present home, the Shay Stadium, which they share with FC Halifax Town. The proceeds from the sale were supposed to enable Halifax RLFC to make a contribution to the costs of a redevelopment of the Shay stadium, but the money was swallowed up by debts.

Halifax went to Jacksonville University, Florida, to help develop American rugby league, along with Salford in 2000.

Steve Linnane joined the club as assistant coach from Rochdale Hornets and took full charge after Gary Mercer's resignation.[6]

With the club threatened again by financial problems and the danger of relegation Halifax sacked coach Steve Linnane in August 2002, a month after giving him a new contract. Replacement Tony Anderson signed a deal that covered the four remaining matches of this season.[7]

The club returned to the traditional Halifax R.L.F.C. at the start of 2003. At the end of the 2003 season they were relegated from Super League to National League one.

Halifax's financial troubles meant they were unable to retain a full-time team and they struggled in the new league. They narrowly avoided a second relegation to National League 2 in 2004, with a last-gasp victory in a play-off with York City Knights.

Anthony Farrell was asked to become temporary coach until the end of the year following the sacking of Tony Anderson. After saving the club from relegation the following season and taking the club within a whisker of a place in the grand final where they lost out to Castleford. The year after was less successful and after a poor series of results including a club record loss to Hull Kingston Rovers, "Faz" eventually lost his job. Martin Hall took over the role of head coach from sacked coach Anthony Farrell in June 2006.[8]

In August 2006 Halifax RLFC was on the verge of going bust. The club announced that it needed to raise £90,000 otherwise it would go into liquidation. Rugby league fans nationwide rallied behind 'Fax', and through visits to the ground, during home fixtures, and other fund-raising events, were able to raise £55,000. Former Chairman Howard Posner then came forward and announced that he would loan the club the remaining £35,000 in order to keep Halifax RLFC alive. This ensured that Halifax RLFC would be playing in National League One during 2007.[9]

In the 2009 Challenge Cup Halifax came within moments of reaching the quarter-finals, losing by one point in extra time to Castleford.

In 2010, Fax won the Co-Operative Championship, beating Featherstone Rovers 23–22 in the final after extra time. They had previously lost the final to Barrow the year before. This was after a 45 minute delay, giving their players time to recuperate after being beaten, and coming strong after the delay to clinch the title.

They couldn't defend their title in 2011, losing to Sheffield Eagles heavily in the play-offs.

In the 2012 Northern Rail Cup Final held at Bloomfield Road Halifax were victorious over pre game favourites Featherstone beating them 21–12 in a thrilling game watched by over 7,000 spectators

2014 squad

* As of 1 October 2013.


2013 Halifax RLFC season
First team squad Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coach


Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain

Updated: 27 November 2010
Source(s): 2013 Squad Numbers


2014 transfers

Gains

Player Club Until end of Date

Losses

Player Club Contract Date

2013 club staff

Coaching team

Nationality Name Position
England Karl Harrison Head Coach
England Lee Greenwood Assistant Coach
England Martin Gonzalez Player Performance Manager and Under 23's Head Coach

Backroom staff

Nationality Name Position
England Tony R Abbott Director
England Ian Croad Director
England Mike Riley Director
England Michael Steele Director

Youth and community development

Activities:

Blue Base Study Support Centre was a community sporting initiative sponsored by Halifax RLFC, and part of the national Playing For Success educational scheme launched for school pupils to interact with professional sports teams, to help provide motivation to young people. Locally, Blue Base was working with an initiative established by the DfES, in partnership with Calderdale Children and Young People's Services and Halifax RLFC. The funding ceased in March 2011, when the Blue Base Centre closed.

The centre existed to support Calderdale schools in their drive to raise attainment levels with their pupils. This is achieved by developing young peoples' levels of motivation, self-esteem and helping them to have a more positive attitude towards learning by concentrating particularly upon literacy, numeracy and the use of ICT.

Retired player, Frank Watene, leads Calderdale Community Coaching Trust which is the Club's Foundation providing a wide range of educational programmes designed to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles amongst people of all ages in the Calderdale area. Activities include Touch Rugby League, healthy heart circuit training and an 'Over 50s Club which plays Kurling at The Shay Stadium.

Mascots

Original Mascot: (100 years ago) Smut the Cat[10]

Recent Mascots: Billy & Bluey, Fat Cat, Bruno the Bear.

Present Mascots: Halicat.

Major honours

  • Championship: 1903, 1907, 1965, 1986 (4 times)
  • Championship Finalists:1953, 1954, 1956, 1966 (4 times)
  • Rugby League Challenge Cup: 1903, 1904, 1931, 1939, 1987 (5 times)
  • War Emergence League Finalists: 1943, 1945
  • Challenge Cup Finalists: 1921, 1941, 1942, 1949, 1954, 1956, 1988 (7 times)
  • Yorkshire Cup: 1909, 1945, 1955, 1956, 1964 (5 times)
  • Yorkshire Cup Finalists: 1906, 1908, 1942, 1980 (4 times)
  • Charity Shield Winners: Charity Shield Winners: 1986
  • Charity Shield Finalists: 1987
  • John Player Special/Regal Trophy Winners: 1972
  • John Player Special/Regal Trophy Finalists: 1990
  • Rugby League Premiership Trophy Finalists: 1986
  • Second Division Premiership Finalists: 1991
  • Northern Rail Nines Plate: 2009
  • Northern Rail Nines Trophy: 2010
  • Co-operative Championship Grand Final Winners: 2010
  • Northern Rail Cup: Winners: 2012

All-time statistics

Match

Goals: 14, Bruce Burton at Hunslet, 27 August 1972
Tries: 8, Keith Williams v Dewsbury, 9 November 1957
Points: 32, John Schuster at Doncaster, 9 October 1994

Season

Goals: 156 Graham Holroyd 2008
Tries: 48, John "Johnny" Freeman 1956–57
Points: 362, John Schuster 1994–95

Career

Goals: 1,028, Ronald "Ronnie" James 1960–72
Tries: 290, John "Johnny" Freeman 1954–67
Points: 2,191, Ronald "Ronnie" James 1960–72

Halifax appearances

Career: Stan Kielty 482 (1946–58)
Season: John Thorley 48 (1956–57)
Consecutive: Richard "Dick" Davies 108 (1925–28)

Representative appearances

Great Britain: Karl Harrison 11
Great Britain: Ken Roberts
Great Britain: Terry Fogerty
England: Alvin Ackerley 6
Wales: Arthur Daniels 13
Yorkshire: Archie Rigg 14
Lancashire: Ken Roberts 4
Cumberland: Alvin Ackerley 13

Highest score

94–4 v Myton Warriors (Challenge Cup) 25 March 2012

Biggest loss

6–88 v Hull KR (Northern Rail Cup) 23 April 2006

Record crowd

29,153 v Wigan (Challenge Cup) at Thrum Hall 21 March 1959

All club statistics are courtesy of Andrew Hardcastle (Official Club Historian)(amendments required)

Players earning international caps while at Halifax


  • Alvin Ackerley won caps for England while at Halifax 1952 Other Nationalities (2 matches), Wales, 1953 France (2 matches), Wales, and won caps for Great Britain while at Halifax 1952 Australia, 1958 New Zealand
  • Albert Akroyd won caps for England while at Halifax 1921 Wales
  • Asa Amone won caps for Tonga while at Halifax 1995 ?-caps
  • Albert Atkinson won caps for England while at Halifax 1930 Other Nationalities
  • Simon Baldwin won caps for England while at Halifax 1995 Wales (sub), France
  • Ike Bartle won caps for England while at Halifax 1906 Other Nationalities
  • Arthur Bassett won caps for Wales while at Halifax 1939…1946 3-caps, and won caps for Great Britain while at Halifax in 1946 against Australia (2 matches)
  • David Bates won caps for Ireland while at Gateshead Thunder, Halifax and York City Knights 2003…2006 3-caps + 3-caps (sub)
  • Jack Beames won a cap for Other Nationalities while at Halifax, won caps for Wales while at Halifax 1914…1921 2-caps, and won caps for Great Britain while at Halifax in 1921 against Australia (2 matches)
  • Nat Bentham won caps for England while at Wigan Highfield 1928 Wales (2 matches), while at Halifax: 1929 Other Nationalities, while at Warrington 1930 Other Nationalities(2 matches), and won caps for Great Britain while at Wigan Highfield 1928 Australia (3 matches), New Zealand (3 matches), while at Halifax: 1929–30 Australia (2 matches), while at Warrington: Australia (2 matches)
  • John Bentley won caps for England while at Halifax 1995 France, Australia, Fiji, South Africa, 1996 Wales, and won caps for Great Britain while at Leeds 1992 France, Halifax 1994 France
  • Dai Royston Bevan won caps for Great Britain while at Halifax ?-caps
  • Harry Beverley won caps for England while at Hunslet 1935 Wales, 1936 France, 1937 France, 1938 Wales, France, and won caps for Great Britain while at Hunslet 1936 Australia (3 matches), 1937 Australia, Halifax 1937 Australia (2 matches)
  • Anthony Blackwood won caps for Wales while at Halifax, and Celtic Crusaders 2005…present 7(6?)-caps 3-tries 12-points
  • Billy Bulmer won caps for England while at Halifax 1904 Other Nationalities
  • Oliver Burgham won caps for Wales while at Ebbw Vale in 1908 against New Zealand, and England, and won a cap for Great Britain while at Halifax in 1911 against Australia
  • Gavin Clinch won caps for Ireland while at Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants, and Halifax 2000…2001 1-cap + 1-cap (sub)
  • Mike Condon won caps for Wales while at Halifax 1952…1953 3-caps
  • Terry Cook won caps for Wales while at Halifax 1951…1953 4-caps
  • Arthur Daniels won caps for Wales while at Halifax 1949…1953 13-caps, and won caps for Great Britain while at Halifax 1952…1955 3-caps
  • Ivor Davies? won caps for Wales while at Halifax, and represented Great Britain (tour-matches) while at Halifax
  • Will Davies, Will T. Davies won caps for Wales while at Batley and Halifax 1909…1912 4-caps, and won a cap for Great Britain while at Halifax in 1911 against Australia
  • Ken Dean won caps for England while at Halifax 1951 Other Nationalities, 1952 Other Nationalities
  • Colin Dixon won caps for Wales while at Halifax, Salford and Hull Kingston Rovers 1963…1981 (11?) 16-caps, and won caps for Great Britain while at Halifax, Salford and Hull Kingston Rovers 1968…1981 14-caps


  • Percy Eccles won caps for England while at Halifax 1908 New Zealand, and won caps for Great Britain while at Halifax 1908 New Zealand
  • Arthur 'Candy' Evans won caps for Wales while at Halifax, Leeds, Castleford, and Warrington 1928…1933 4-caps
  • Fred Firth, won caps for England (RU) while at Halifax in 1894 against Wales, Ireland, and Scotland
  • Ben Fisher won caps for Scotland while at Halifax, and Hull Kingston Rovers 2005…present 6-caps + 1-cap (sub)
  • Terry Fogerty represented Commonwealth XIII while at Halifax in 1965 against New Zealand at Crystal Palace National Recreation Centre, London on Wednesday 18 August 1965, and won caps for Great Britain while at Halifax in 1966 against New Zealand, while at Wigan in 1967 against France, and while at Rochdale in 1974 against France
  • Damian Gibson won caps for Wales while at Halifax, Salford, and Castleford (1996?)1999…present 16(15, 18?)-caps + 2-caps (sub) 8-tries 32-points
  • Tony Halmshaw won a cap for Great Britain while at Halifax in 1971 against New Zealand
  • Karl Harrison won caps for England while at Halifax 1995 Wales, Australia (2 matches), South Africa, Wales, 1996 France, and won caps for Great Britain while at Hull 1990 Australia (3 matches), while at Halifax 1991 Papua New Guinea, 1992 Australia (sub) (2 matches), New Zealand, New Zealand (sub), 1993 France, New Zealand (2 matches), 1994 Australia (3 matches)
  • James "Jimmy" Hilton won caps for England while at Halifax 1908 Wales, 1912 Wales
  • Hudson Irving won caps for England while at Halifax 1938 Wales, 1940 Wales, 1941 Wales, 1943 Wales
  • Michael Jackson won caps for Great Britain while at Wakefield Trinity 1991 Papua New Guinea, 1992 France, Australia (sub), New Zealand (sub), while at Halifax 1993 New Zealand (sub) (2 matches)
  • Walter Jesse Jackson, won caps for England (RU) while at Halifax in 1894 against Scotland
  • Neil James won a cap for Great Britain while at Halifax in 1986 against France
  • David Jones won caps for Wales while at Halifax 1968…1969 2-caps
  • Phil Joseph won caps for Wales while at Hull Kingston Rovers and Halifax 2005…2007 7(6?)-caps 1-try 4-points
  • Martin Ketteridge won caps for Scotland while at Halifax 1996 3-caps + 1-cap (sub)
  • Stanley "Stan" Kielty won caps for England while at Halifax 1953 Wales, France, Other Nationalities
  • George Langhorn won caps for England while at Halifax 1905 Other Nationalities
  • Jason Lee won caps for Wales while at Warrington, Keighley and Halifax 1994…2001 5-caps + 2-caps (sub) 2-tries 8-points
  • William "Billy" B. Little won caps for England while at Halifax 1904 Other Nationalities
  • "Bobby"/"Robbie" Lloyd won 7-caps for Wales (RU) while at Pontypool RFC, won a cap for Wales (RL) while at Halifax in 1921, and won a cap for Great Britain (RL) while at Halifax in 1920 against Australia
  • Tommy Lynch won caps for Other Nationalities while at Halifax (4-caps).


  • Melvyn "Mel" Meek won caps for Wales while at Halifax 1935…1949 14-caps
  • Alf Milnes won caps for Great Britain while at Halifax in 1920 against Australia (2 matches)
  • Paul Moriarty won caps for Wales while at Widnes, Halifax, South Wales, and unattached 1991…2000 15(14?)-caps + 1-cap (sub)
  • Chris Morley won caps for Wales while at St. Helens in 1996 against France (sub), and England, while at Salford in 1999 against Ireland and Scotland, while at Sheffield Eagles in 2000 against South Africa (sub), while at Leigh in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup against Lebanon (sub), New Zealand, Papua New Guinea (sub), and Australia, while at Oldham in 2001 against England, while at Halifax in 2003 against Russia, and Australia, while at Swinton in 2006 against Scotland, 1996…2006 13(14?)-caps + 4-caps (sub) 1(2?)-try 4(8?)-points
  • Johnny Morley won caps for England while at Halifax 1904 Other Nationalities
  • Walter Morton won caps for England while at Halifax 1905 Other Nationalities
  • Andrew Murdison won cap(s) for Other Nationalities while at Halifax
  • Garfield Owen a won cap for Wales while at Halifax 1959 1-cap
  • Sean Penkywicz won caps for Wales while at Halifax 2007…present 1-cap + 3-caps (sub) 1-try 4-points
  • Mark Perrett won caps for Wales while at Halifax 1994…1996(1995?) 9(7?)-caps
  • Daio Powell won caps for Wales while at Halifax?/Bradford Northern? 1994(…1998?) 1(4?)-caps + 2-caps (sub) 2-tries 8-points
  • Stuart Prosser won a cap for Great Britain while at Halifax in 1914 against Australia
  • Dai Rees won a cap for Other Nationalities while at Halifax, won caps for Wales while at Halifax 1921…32 6-caps, and won a cap for Great Britain while at Halifax in 1926 against New Zealand
  • Charlie Renilson won caps for Great Britain while at Halifax 1965 New Zealand, 1967 Australia (sub), 1968 France (2 matches), Australia, France, New Zealand, France (World Cup 1968 3-caps)
  • Jack Riley won caps for England while at Halifax 1904 Other Nationalities
  • Joe Riley won caps for England while at Halifax 1910 Wales, 1911 Australia, and won caps for Great Britain while at Halifax 1910 Australia
  • Ken Roberts won caps for Great Britain whilst at Halifax 1963 Australia, 1964 against France (2 matches), in 1965 against France, and New Zealand (3 matches), and in 1966 against France, and New Zealand (2 matches)
  • Mark Roberts won a cap for Wales while at Halifax 2007 1-cap
  • Asa Robinson won caps for England while at Halifax 1908 Wales (2 matches), New Zealand, 1909 Australia (3 matches), and won caps for Great Britain while at Halifax 1908 New Zealand, 1908–09 Australia (2 matches)
  • Paul Rowley won caps for England while at Halifax 1996 France (sub), 2000 Australia, Russia, Ireland


  • Derrick Schofield won caps for England while at Rochdale 1952 Wales, 1953 France, and won caps for Great Britain while at Halifax 1955 New Zealand
  • John Schuster won caps for Western Samoa while at Halifax 1995 ?-caps
  • John Shaw won caps for Great Britain while at Halifax 1960 France, Australia, France, 1961 France, 1962 New Zealand (World Cup 1960 2-caps)
  • Matthew Silva won a cap for Wales while at Halifax 1991 1-cap
  • George Slicker won a cap for Ireland while at Halifax 1995 1-cap + 1-cap (sub)
  • Herbert Smith won caps for England while at Halifax 1927 Wales, and won caps for Great Britain while at Bradford 1926–27 New Zealand (2 matches)
  • Cyril Stacey won a cap for Great Britain while at Halifax in 1920 against New Zealand
  • Dai Thomas won caps for Wales while at Halifax 1908, against England in 1908 3-caps
  • George Thomson, won caps for England (RU) while at Halifax in 1878 against Scotland, in 1882 against Ireland, Scotland and Wales, in 1883 against Ireland, and Scotland, in 1884 against Ireland and Scotland, and in 1885 against Ireland
  • John Thorley won caps for Other Nationalities while at Halifax circa-1952…60 2-caps, won caps for Wales while at Halifax 1953…1959 (2?)3-caps, and won caps for Great Britain while at Halifax in the 1954 Rugby League World Cup against Australia, France, New Zealand, and France, and also represented Great Britain while at Halifax between 1952 and 1956 against France (1 non-Test match)
  • Frank Todd won caps for England while at Halifax 1921 Australia, 1923 Wales, 1924 Other Nationalities
  • Ernest Ward won caps for England while at Halifax 1909 Australia
  • Les White won caps for England while at York 1946 France (2 matches), Wales (2 matches), 1947 France (2 matches), Wales, while at Wigan 1947 Wales, 1948 France, while at Halifax 1951 Wales, and won caps for Great Britain while at York 1946 Australia (3 matches), New Zealand, while at Wigan 1947 New Zealand (2 matches)
  • Jack Wilkinson won caps for England while at Halifax 1953 Other Nationalities, 1955 Other Nationalities, and won caps for Great Britain while at Halifax 1954 Australia, New Zealand (2 matches), 1955 New Zealand (3 matches), Wakefield Trinity 1959 Australia, 1960 France (2 matches), New Zealand, France, Australia, 1962 New Zealand (World Cup 1960 3-caps, 1-try)
  • Harry Wilkinson, won a cap for England (RU) while at Halifax in 1889 against New Zealand Natives
  • Frank Williams won a cap for Wales while at Halifax in 1914, and won caps for Great Britain while at Halifax in 1914 against Australia (2 matches)
  • Billy J. Williams won caps for Wales while at Halifax 1908…10 4-caps
  • David Willicombe won caps for Wales while at Halifax in 1970 against England, while at Wigan in 1975 against France, and England, in the 1975 Rugby League World Cup against France, England, Australia, New Zealand, New Zealand and France, and in 1978 against France, England and Australia, and won caps for Great Britain while at Wigan in 1974 against France (2 matches), and New Zealand
  • Albert Wood, won a cap for England (RU) while at Halifax in 1884 against Ireland

Halifax RLFC Hall of Fame

Other notable players

These players have either; played in a Challenge Cup, Rugby Football League Championship, Yorkshire Cup, or Yorkshire League final, played during Super League (Super League I (1996)) -to- Super League VIII (2003)), have received a Testimonial match, were international representatives before, or after, their time at Halifax, or are notable outside of rugby league.





References

External links

  • Official Website
  • Independent Halifax Supporters Website
  • RLFax.com
  • Shay Stadium Trust
  • The Fax Trust
  • Match DVDs Available
  • Official Matchday Broadcasts by Phoenix FM
  • Blue Base Learning Support Centre
  • Halifax RLFC Virtual Stadium Webcam Tour
  • Halifax RLFC forum on rlfans.com
  • National League website
  • Halifax RLFC Fans' Forums – RugbyLeague.org

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