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Jonathan "Jonty" Parkin (1894 – 1972) was an English rugby league footballer of the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s. One of the nine inaugural inductees of the Rugby Football League Hall of Fame, he toured Australia three times, twice as captain of Great Britain, earning 17 Test caps. Parkin played at stand-off or scrum-half, i.e., number 6, or 7, and also captained England for whom he made 12 appearances, as well as 17 for Yorkshire.[3][4][5] Parkin gave the Wakefield Trinity club seventeen years' service, including victory in the 1924–25 Yorkshire Cup.

Jonty Parkin
Jonty Parkin - Wakefield Trinity.jpg
Cigarette card featuring Jonty Parkin
Personal information
Full nameJonathan Parkin
Born(1894-11-05)5 November 1894[1]
Sharlston, Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died9 April 1972(1972-04-09) (aged 77)[2]
Wakefield, England
Playing information
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight11 st 3 lb (71 kg; 157 lb)
PositionStand-off, Scrum-half
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Sharlston 0 0 0 0 0
1913–30 Wakefield Trinity 349 96 94 0 476
1930–3? Hull Kingston Rovers 57 11 28 0 89
Total 406 107 122 0 565
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1919–28 Yorkshire 17 8 2 0 28
1921–28 England 8 4 4 0 20
1920–30 Great Britain 17 9 0 0 27
Source: [3][4][5]



Parkin was born in Sharlston on 5 November 1894, and later played for the Sharlston rugby league club.

Playing careerEdit

Parkin joined Wakefield Trinity as an 18-year-old in 1913 (Heritage № 207). He would go on to become captain of the club. Parkin played stand-off in Wakefield Trinity's 0-6 defeat by Hull F.C. in the 1913–14 Challenge Cup Final at Thrum Hall, Halifax, in front of a crowd of 19,000,[6] He also won caps for Yorkshire while at Wakefield Trinity.

Parkin was selected to go on the 1920 Great Britain Lions tour of Australasia. He was the Landlord of the Griffin Hotel, Bull Ring, Wakefield circa-1921.[7] Parkin played scrum-half in Wakefield Trinity's 9-8 victory over Batley in the 1924–25 Yorkshire Cup Final at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 22 November 1924, and played scrum-half in the 3-10 defeat by Huddersfield in the 1926–27 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1926–27 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Wednesday 1 December 1926. Parkin played stand-off in Wakefield Trinity's 3-29 defeat by Australia in the 1921–22 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain match at Belle Vue, Wakefield on Saturday 22 October 1921.[8]

Parkin won caps for England while at Wakefield Trinity in 1921 against Wales, Other Nationalities and Australia, in 1922 against Wales, in 1923 against Wales, in 1924 against Other Nationalities, in 1925 against Wales, in 1926 against Wales and Other Nationalities, in 1927 against Wales, in 1928 against Wales (2 matches) and won caps for Great Britain while at Wakefield Trinity in 1920 against Australia (2 matches) and New Zealand (3 matches), in 1921-22 against Australia (2 matches), in 1924 against Australia (3 matches) and New Zealand, in 1926-27 against New Zealand (2 matches), in 1928 against Australia and New Zealand and in 1929 against Australia (2 matches). Parkin was unavailable for the first Test of the 1929-30 Ashes series, and the game was lost to the touring Australians. He recovered for the second Test and Great Britain ultimately defended the Ashes.

Parkin married Frances Akeroyd in 1926 and had six children, Patricia, Nadine, Willie (Bill), Geoff, Neal and Trevor, and 16 grandchildren. Parkin decided he wanted to leave Wakefield Trinity in 1930, at the age of thirty-four, and he was put on the transfer list at £100 (equivalent to £6,210 in 2018).[9] For some reason, Hull Kingston Rovers couldn't, or wouldn't, find the money. So Parkin paid the fee himself to secure his release.[10] The game's by-laws were adjusted shortly afterwards, so that no player could ever do that again.

Parkin 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. In addition, prior to the 1949–50 season, the archaic field-goal was also still a valid means of scoring points.


Parkin served as an administrator of the Wakefield club after retiring from playing. He died in his home town of Wakefield on 9 April 1972 at the age of 77. In 1988 Parkin was one of the inaugural nine inductees into the Rugby Football League Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Jonty Parkin". The Guardian. London. 10 April 1972. p. 18.
  3. ^ a b "Statistics at". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b "England Statistics at". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Great Britain Statistics at". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  6. ^ "A complete history of Hull FC's Challenge Cup finals". Hull Daily Mail. 22 August 2013. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  7. ^ Wakefield Trinity Committee, 7 Tammy Hall Street, Wakefield (Monday 26 December 1921). Wakefield Trinity Gazette. John Fletcher Printers, Albion Court, Westgate, Wakefield, WF1 1BD. ISBN n/a
  8. ^ Hoole, Les (2004). Wakefield Trinity RLFC - Fifty Great Games. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-429-9.
  9. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Four Rugby League Legends to enter Hall oF Fame". Leeds Rhinos. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  11. ^ Lindley, John (1960). Dreadnoughts - A History of Wakefield Trinity F. C. 1873 - 1960. John Lindley Son & Co Ltd.

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