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Lawrence "Laurie"/"Gilly" M. Gilfedder (1935[2] – 7 January 2019 [3]) was an English rugby union and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1950s and 1960s. He played club level rugby union (RU) for Warrington RUFC (in Walton, Warrington),[4] and representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain and Lancashire, and at club level for Warrington (Heritage № 533), Wigan (Heritage № 625),[5] and Leigh (Heritage № 758),[6][7][8] as a goal-kicking centre, second-row, or loose forward, i.e. number 3 or 4, 11 or 12, or 13, during the era of contested scrums.[1]

Laurie Gilfedder
Lawrence Gilfedder - Warrington.jpeg
Personal information
Full nameLawrence M. Gilfedder
Born1935
Warrington, Lancashire, England
Died7 January 2019 (aged 83)
Warrington Hospital, Warrington, England
Playing information
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight15 st 0 lb (95 kg)
PositionCentre, Second-row, Loose forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1951–63 Warrington 283 96 426 1140
1963–67 Wigan 145 17 388 827
1967/68–68/69 Leigh 40 4 83 178
Total 468 117 897 0 2145
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≥1951–≤63 Lancashire 9
1962–63 Great Britain 5 0 1 0 2
Source: [1]

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BackgroundEdit

Gilfedder's birth was registered in Warrington, Lancashire and raised in Woolston and moved to Stockton Heath after his marriage in 1955, he was a senior warehouse supervisor for Greenall's Brewery from 1960-91, he died, aged 83, on 7 January 2019 in Warrington Hospital, Warrington.[3]

Playing careerEdit

International honoursEdit

Laurie Gilfedder won caps for Great Britainwhile at Warrington on the 1962 Great Britain Lions tour against Australia, New Zealand (2 matches), and France, and in 1963 against France.[1]

Only five players have played test matches for Great Britain as both a back, and a forward, they are Gilfedder, Colin Dixon, Frank Gallagher, Billy Jarman and Harry Street.[9]

Challenge Cup Final appearancesEdit

Laurie Gilfedder played loose forward, and scored a try, and 3-goals, including a penalty from the halfway line after one-minute ten-seconds,[10] in Wigan's 20–16 victory over Hunslet in the 1965 Challenge Cup Final during the 1964–65 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 8 May 1965, in front of a crowd of 89,016,[11] and played, and scored a goal in the 2–21 defeat by St. Helens in the 1966 Challenge Cup Final during the 1965–66 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 21 May 1966, in front of a crowd of 98,536.

County Cup Final appearancesEdit

Laurie Gilfedder played right-second-row, i.e. number 12, scored a try, and 2-goals in Wigan's 16–13 victory over Oldham in the 1966 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1966–67 season at Station Road, Swinton, on Saturday 29 October 1966.[12]

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final appearancesEdit

Laurie Gilfedder played loose forward, and scored a goal in Leigh's 5–8 defeat by Castleford in the 1967 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1967–68 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 16 January 1968.

Club careerEdit

Laurie Gilfedder made his début for Warrington aged 16 years and 199 days against the Belle Vue Rangers on Saturday 1 December 1951, during his time at Warrington they won the 1953–54 and 1954–55 Championship, the 1953–54 Challenge Cup (in which he did not play), the 1953–54, 1954–55 and 1955–56 Lancashire County League, and the 1959–60 Lancashire County Cup, with 22-tries he was Warrington's leading try-scorer during the 1956–57 season (the only season from 1947 to 1961 that it wasn’t Brian Bevan), he played his last match for Warrington and scored 5-goals in the 13-15 defeat by Hull Kingston Rovers at Old Craven Park, Kingston upon Hull on Saturday 1 June 1963, he was transferred to Wigan during August 1963 for a club record fee of £9,500 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £382,500 in 2017).[13]

He made his début for Wigan in the 10-3 victory over Widnes at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 24 August 1963, he scored his first try for Wigan in the 22-6 victory over Leeds at Central Park, Wigan on Wednesday 4 September 1963, following the rule change to allow of substitutions, along with Chris Hesketh he jointly became Wigan's first interchange/substitute in the 3-10 defeat by Widnes at Naughton Park, Widnes on Saturday 14 November 1964, he scored his last try for Wigan in the 40-0 victory over Whitehaven at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 12 November 1966, he played his last match for Wigan Match in the 12-15 defeat by Swinton at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 2 September 1967, he made his début for Leigh during the 1967–68 season, and he played his last match for Leigh during the 1968–69 season.[14]

Honoured at Warrington WolvesEdit

Laurie Gilfedder is a Warrington Hall of Fame inductee.[15]

Genealogical informationEdit

Laurie Gilfedder's marriage to Hilda (née Berry) was registered during first ¼ 1955 in Newton district. They had children; Dianne M. Gilfedder (birth registered during third ¼ 1955 (age 63–64) in Warrington district), and Lynne M. Gilfedder (birth registered during second ¼ 1959 (age 59–60) in Warrington district).[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "Warrington Wolves Hall Of Fame Member Laurie Gilfedder Has Died". warringtonguardian.co.uk. 9 January 2019. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Warrington RUFC". warringtonrufc.co.uk. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Heritage Numbers - In Debut Order". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Statistics at leighrl.co.uk". leighrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  7. ^ "They Played For Leigh (Statistics) at leighrl.co.uk". leighrl.co.uk. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Heritage Numbers at leighrl.co.uk". leighrl.co.uk. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  9. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. p. 160. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6.
  10. ^ "Video 1965 Challenge Cup Final – Laurie Gilfedder Penalty Goal". YouTube. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  11. ^ "1964–1965 Challenge Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  12. ^ "1966-1967 Lancashire Cup Final at wigan.rlfans.com". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  13. ^ "Measuring Worth – Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  14. ^ "Statistics at wigan.rlfans.com". Wire2Wolves.com. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Hall of Fame at Wire2Wolves.com (archived)". Wire2Wolves.com. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.

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