George Thomson (rugby)

George Thomas Thomson (26 November 1856[2] – 31 October 1899) was an English rugby union footballer who played in the 1870s and 1880s. He played at representative level for England, and Yorkshire, and at club level for Halifax,[3] in the forwards, e.g. front row, lock, or back row. Prior to Tuesday 27 August 1895, Halifax was a rugby union club.

George Thomas Thomson
Personal information
Full nameGeorge Thomas Thomson
Born26 November 1856
Skircoat, Halifax, England
Died31 October 1899 (aged 42)
Sydney, Australia
Playing information
Rugby union
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1875–85 Halifax 170 60 16
Years Team Pld T G FG P
>1875–<85 Yorkshire 29
1878–85 England 9 1 0 0 0
Source: [1]


George Thomson was born in Skircoat, Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire, and he died in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Playing careerEdit

International honoursEdit

George Thomson won caps for England 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.[1]

In the early years of rugby football the goal was to score goals, and a try had zero value, but it provided the opportunity to try at goal, and convert the try to a goal with an unopposed kick at the goal posts. The point values of both the try and goal have varied over time, and in the early years footballers could "score" a try, without scoring any points.

Honoured at Halifax RLFCEdit

George Thomson is a Halifax RLFC Hall of Fame inductee.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Statistics at". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Birth details at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  3. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. p. 178. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6.
  4. ^ "Halifax Hall of Fame". 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 10 September 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2012.

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