Donald "Don" George Vines (6 February 1932[3] – 17 September 1989) was a Welsh rugby union, and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1950s and 1960s, and a heel wrestler in professional wrestling of the 1960s. He played club level rugby union (RU) for Newbridge RFC, as a centre, or later in the forwards, and representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain, Wales and Other Nationalities, and at club level for Oldham, Wakefield Trinity (Heritage № 649) (two spells), and St. Helens, as a prop, second-row, or loose forward, i.e. number 8 or 10, 11 or 12, or 13, during the era of contested scrums.[1][4]

Don Vines
Personal information
Full nameDonald George Vines
Born6 February 1932
Newbridge (Newport district), Wales
Died17 September 1989 (aged 57)
Wakefield, England
Playing information
Rugby union
PositionCentre, Forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1953?–56 Newbridge RFC
Rugby league
PositionProp, Second-row, Loose forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1956–58 Oldham 70 4 0 0 12
1958–Sep 60 Wakefield Trinity 71 4 0 0 12
1960–61 St. Helens 38 1 0 0 3
Aug 1961–65 Wakefield Trinity 114
Total 293 9 0 0 27
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1965 Other Nationalities 1
1959–63 Wales 2
1959 Great Britain 3 1 0 0 3
Source: [1][2]

BackgroundEdit

Don Vines was born in Newbridge, Wales, his birth was registered in Newport district, he worked as a blacksmith at Crigglestone Colliery c. 1960, he worked at Wakefield College c. 1980s, and he died aged 57 in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England.

Playing careerEdit

International honoursEdit

Don Vines won caps for Wales (RL) while at Wakefield Trinity 1959…1963 2-caps, and won caps for Great Britain (RL) while at Wakefield Trinity in 1959 against France (2 matches), and Australia,[1] and represented Other Nationalities (RL) while at Wakefield Trinity, he played right-second-row, i.e. number 12, in the 2-19 defeat by St. Helens at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Wednesday 27 January 1965, to mark the switching-on of new floodlights.[5]

Championship appearancesEdit

Don Vines played right-prop, i.e. number 10, in Wakefield Trinity's 3-27 defeat by Wigan in the Championship Final during the 1959–60 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 21 May 1960.[6]

Challenge Cup Final appearancesEdit

Don Vines played right-prop, i.e. number 10, in Wakefield Trinity's 38-5 victory over Hull F.C. in the 1959–60 Challenge Cup Final during the 1959–60 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 14 May 1960, in front of a crowd of 79,773,[7] played left-second-row, i.e. number 11, in St. Helens' 12-6 victory over Wigan in the 1960–61 Challenge Cup Final during the 1960–61 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 13 May 1961, in front of a crowd of 94,672, and played left-second-row in Wakefield Trinity's 25-10 victory over Wigan in the 1962–63 Challenge Cup Final during the 1962–63 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 11 May 1963, in front of a crowd of 84,492.[7]

County Cup Final appearancesEdit

Don Vines played right-prop, i.e. number 10, in Oldham's 13-8 victory over Wigan in the 1957–58 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1957–58 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 19 October 1957, played left-second-row, i.e. number 11, in St. Helens' 15-9 victory over Swinton in the 1960–61 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1960–61 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 29 October 1960, played right-second-row, i.e. number 12, in Wakefield Trinity's 19-9 victory over Leeds in the 1961–62 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1961–62 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 11 November 1961, and played right-prop in the 18-2 victory over Leeds in the 1964–65 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1964–65 season at Fartown, Huddersfield on Saturday 31 October 1964.

Club careerEdit

Don Vines made his début for Wakefield Trinity in the 15-14 victory over Huddersfield at Fartown, Huddersfield on Saturday 27 September 1958.

Contemporaneous article extractEdit

"Don Vines. Playing as off-half for the Welsh Association of Boys' Clubs, then at centre for Welsh Youth against Welsh Secondary Schools, Don started his football career with two caps. That was in 1950. There followed three years in the Army and after that a period with the Newbridge R.U. club, still at centre threequarter. A brief break and then resumption with Newbridge, this time as a forward, but after three more months Don decided to change his code, and signed for Oldham Rugby League Club in 1956. Two years later came another move, this time, we are glad to say, to Trinity. Whilst with us he has gained international honours for Wales v. France, twice for Great Britain v. France, and again, during the recent tour of the Australians, for Great Britain v. Australia. Trinity followers are glad to know that Don is happily settled in Wakefield. We shall look forward to many more grand displays such as he has given since coming to Belle Vue."[8]

Genealogical informationEdit

Don Vines' marriage to Patricia B. (née Cook, birth registered during fourth ¼ 1934 (age 85–86) in Newport district) was registered during second ¼ 1954 in Caerleon district, Wales. They had children; Beverley S. Vines (birth registered during fourth ¼ 1960 (age 59–60) in St. Helens district), and the twins, Belinda J. Vines (birth registered during third ¼ 1962 (age 57–58) in Wakefield district), and Lee J. Vines (birth registered during third ¼ 1962 (age 57–58) in Wakefield district)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ Statistics at orl-heritagetrust.org.uk
  3. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  4. ^ Graham Williams, Peter Lush, David Farrar (November 2009). "The British Rugby League Records Book [Page-108…114]". London League Publications Ltd. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6
  5. ^ Cook, H.B. (1965). Programme - St. Helens versus Other Nationalities. St. Helens Rugby F.C. Ltd.
  6. ^ "1959–1960 Championship Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  7. ^ a b Hoole, Les (2004). Wakefield Trinity RLFC – FIFTY GREAT GAMES. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-429-9
  8. ^ Lindley, John (20 February 1960). Wakefield Trinity RLFC Official Programme: Oldham. John Lindley Son & Co Ltd. ISBN n/a

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