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Isaac "Ike" Southward (15 August 1934[3](2006-06-06)6 June 2006) was an English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1950s and 1960s, and coached in the 1960s. He played at representative level for Great Britain and Cumberland, and at club level for Workington Town (two spells), and Oldham,[4] as a wing, i.e. number 2 or 5,[1] and coached at club level for Whitehaven and Workington Town.[2]

Ike Southward
Personal information
Full nameIsaac Southward
Born(1934-08-15)15 August 1934
Maryport, England
Died6 June 2006(2006-06-06) (aged 71)
Workington, England
Playing information
PositionWing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1953–59 Workington Town
1959–61 Oldham 52 54 162
1961–68 Workington Town
Total 52 54 0 0 162
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1954–68 Cumberland 13
1958–62 Great Britain 11 5 1 0 17
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
≥1968–≥68 Whitehaven
≥1968–≥68 Workington Town
Total 0 0 0 0
Source: [1][2]</ref>

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BackgroundEdit

Ike Southward was born in Maryport, Cumberland, and came from a family of accomplished rugby players, Ike died aged 71 in Workington, Cumbria, England.

Playing careerEdit

International honoursEdit

Ike Southward won caps for Great Britain while at Workington Town in 1958 against Australia (3 matches) and New Zealand, while at Oldham in 1959 against France (2 matches), and Australia (2 matches), and in 1960 against France (2 matches), and New Zealand.[1]

Ike Southward also represented Great Britain while at Workington Town in 1956 against France (1 non-Test match).[5]

Four Workington players were selected for the 1958 tour of Australia, and New Zealand; Harry Archer, Brian Edgar, Ike Southward and Bill Wookey (later of Barrow).

Challenge Cup Final appearancesEdit

Ike Southward played right wing, i.e. number 2, in the 12-21 defeat by Barrow in the 1955 Challenge Cup Final during the 1954-55 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 30 April 1955, in front of a crowd of 66,513, and played right wing, and scored a try, and three conversions in the 9–13 defeat by Wigan in the 1958 Challenge Cup Final during the 1957–58 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 10 May 1958.[6]

Club careerEdit

Oldham paid Workington Town a straight cash world-record transfer fee of £10,065 for Ike Southward at the start of the 1959–60 Northern Rugby Football League season (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £465,100 in 2013),[7] Workington Town then paid Oldham a straight cash world-record transfer fee of £11,002 10s 0d for Ike Southward during the 1960–61 Northern Rugby Football League season (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £499,300 in 2013),[7] this was £2 10s 0d more than St. Helens had recently paid Wigan for Mick Sullivan.

Career recordsEdit

Ike Southward holds Workington Town's "Tries in a Career" record (with 274-tries between 1951 and 1968), "Tries in a Match" record (with 7-tries against Blackpool Borough in 1955), and "Consecutive matches in which tries were scored" record (with 10-tries from April to May 1958).[8]

Genealogical informationEdit

Ike Southward's marriage to Sarah Elizabeth "Betty" (née McDonald) (birth registered fourth ¼ 1934 (age 84–85) in Cockermouth district) was registered during third ¼ 1955 in Cockermouth district,[9] they had children; David M. Southward (birth registered second ¼ 1957 (age 61–62) in Cockermouth district), and Judith E. Southward (birth registered second ¼ 1961 (age 57–58) in Cockermouth district)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Coach Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  4. ^ "OLDHAM RLFC INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATION". Hall of Fame. Oldham Rugby League Heritage Trust. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  5. ^ Edgar, Harry (2007). Rugby League Journal Annual 2008 Page-110. Rugby League Journal Publishing. ISBN 0-9548355-3-0
  6. ^ "1957-1958 Challenge Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Measuring Worth - Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Workington Town → Player records". sandylonning.u-net.com. 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 8 May 2005. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Marriage details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 29 July 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2012.

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