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Jack "Jackie" Fennell (6 May 1933[1](2019-01-03)3 January 2019) was an English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1950s and 1960s. He played at representative level for Yorkshire Schoolboys (versus Lancashire Schoolboys on Saturday 24 April 1948), and at club level for Bagley's Recs (a pressed glass factory in Knottingley) and Featherstone Rovers (Heritage № 341), as a goal-kicking fullback, wing, centre or stand-off, i.e. number 1, 2 or 5, 3 or 4, or 6.[2]

Jack Fennell
Jack Fennell - Featherstone Rovers.jpeg
Personal information
Full nameJack Fennell
Born(1933-05-06)6 May 1933
Pontefract, England
Died3 January 2019(2019-01-03) (aged 85)
Playing information
PositionFullback, Wing, Centre, Stand-off
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1952–65 Featherstone Rovers 319+3 30 455 0 1000



Jackie Fennell was born in Pontefract, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, he died aged 85, his funeral will take place at Pontefract Crematorium, Wakefield Road, Pontefract at 11:40am on Monday 28 January 2019, followed by a reception at the Featherstone Rovers RLFC.

Playing careerEdit

County Cup Final appearancesEdit

Jackie Fennell played fullback in Featherstone Rovers' 15-14 victory over Hull F.C. in the 1959–60 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1959–60 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 31 October 1959, and played fullback in the 0-10 defeat by Halifax in the 1963–64 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1963–64 season at Belle Vue, Wakefield on Saturday 2 November 1963.

Club careerEdit

Jackie Fennell signed for Featherstone Rovers during December 1952, and made his début on Saturday 20 December 1952,[3] he played in the Challenge Cup semi-final three times, losing on each occasion; the 1957–58 Challenge Cup during the 1957–58 season, 1959–60 Challenge Cup during the 1959–60 season, and the 1961–62 Challenge Cup during the 1961–62 season, he played his last match for Featherstone Rovers against Batley during April 1965, he appears to have scored no drop-goals (or field-goals as they are currently known in Australasia), but prior to the 1974–75 season all goals, whether; conversions, penalties, or drop-goals, scored 2-points, consequently prior to this date drop-goals were often not explicitly documented, therefore '0' drop-goals may indicate drop-goals not recorded, rather than no drop-goals scored.

Testimonial matchEdit

Jackie Fennell's benefit season/testimonial match at Featherstone Rovers took place during the 1962–63 season, including the match against Huddersfield at Post Office Road, Featherstone on Saturday 25 May 1963.

Honoured at Featherstone RoversEdit

Jackie Fennell is a Featherstone Rovers Hall of Fame inductee.[4]

Genealogical informationEdit

Jackie Fennell's marriage to Priscilla J. (née Bannister) was registered during second ¼ 1954 in Pontefract district.[5] They had children; the future rugby league footballer; Dale Fennell.


  1. ^ "Birth details at". 31 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Rovers Mourn Legend Fennell". 3 January 2019. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  3. ^ Bailey, Ron (20 September 2001). Images of Sport - Featherstone Rovers Rugby League Football Club. The History Press. ISBN 0752422952
  4. ^ "Featherstone Rovers legends added to Hall of Fame". 5 November 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Marriage details at". 31 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.

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