Asa Robinson

Asa Robinson MM (1883 – 8 December 1924) was an English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1900s, 1910s and 1920s. He played at representative level for Great Britain, England and Yorkshire, and at club level for Halifax (Heritage № 138), as a forward (prior to the specialist positions of; prop, hooker, second-row, loose forward), during the era of contested scrums.[4]

Asa Robinson
Personal information
Full nameAsa Robinson
Born1883
Northowram, Yorkshire, England[1]
Died8 December 1924 (aged 40)[2]
Halifax, Yorkshire, England[3]
Playing information
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight15 st (210 lb; 95 kg)
PositionForward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
5 Nov 1904–9 Sep 23 Halifax 348 38 14 0 142
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Yorkshire 4
1908–09 England 6 1 0 0 3
1908–09 Great Britain 3 3 0 0 9
Source: [4][5][6]

BiographyEdit

Robinson was born in Northowram, Yorkshire. Standing 6'2", his expansive reach earned him the nickname "The Octopus." During the First World War, he served as a gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery in France and was awarded the Military Medal.[2]

He remained in Yorkshire and was a frequent site at Thrum Hall, where he was one of the most popular players of his era. He died at age 40 some time after undergoing an operation for an internal health complaint.[2]

Playing careerEdit

International honoursEdit

Asa Robinson won caps for England while at Halifax in 1908 against Wales (2 matches), and New Zealand, in 1909 against Australia (3 matches),[5] and won caps for Great Britain while at Halifax in 1908 against New Zealand, and in 1908-09 against Australia (2 matches).[6]

County HonoursEdit

Asa Robinson won caps for Yorkshire while at Halifax.[citation needed]

Testimonial matchEdit

A testimonial match at Halifax was shared by Joe Riley, and Asa Robinson at Thrum Hall, Halifax in 1920, 20,000 people attended the match.[7]

Honoured at HalifaxEdit

Asa Robinson is a Halifax Hall Of Fame Inductee.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1911 England Census
  2. ^ a b c "Death of Asa Robinson – Veteran Halifax Footballer". Hull Daily Mail. 9 December 1924. p. 4. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  3. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
  4. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Archived from the original on 30 March 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Archived from the original on 30 March 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  7. ^ Tom Mather (2010). "Best in the Northern Union". Pages 128-142. ISBN 978-1-903659-51-9
  8. ^ "Halifax RLFC Hall of Fame". halifaxrlfc.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 10 September 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2012.