Leonard Haigh

Leonard Haigh (19 October 1880 – 6 August 1916) was an English rugby player. He won seven caps for England between 1910 and 1911, and also represented Manchester and Lancashire.

Leonard Haigh
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Date of birth(1880-10-19)19 October 1880
Date of death6 August 1916(1916-08-06) (aged 35)
Rugby union career
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1911 Barbarians 2 ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Manchester ()
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Lancashire 18 ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1910–1911 ENG 7
Military career
Buried (53°18′35″N 2°05′05″W / 53.3098°N 2.0847°W / 53.3098; -2.0847Coordinates: 53°18′35″N 2°05′05″W / 53.3098°N 2.0847°W / 53.3098; -2.0847)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service1914–1916
UnitArmy Service Corps

He enlisted with the Army Service Corps at the start of the First World War, and died of pneumonia, which he contracted while on a training exercise. He is buried in Pott Shrigley cemetery.

Early life and familyEdit

Leonard Haigh was born on 19 October 1880 in Prestwich, Lancashire, the son of Charles Henry Haigh and Alice Clara Haigh.[1] He attended Sandringham House School in Southport, where he played football and cricket.[2]

He was married in 1912 to Eudora Mason, and they had a son, John Guy Leonard Haigh.[1]

Rugby careerEdit

Haigh took up rugby late in life, playing for Manchester Rugby Club. From there, he earned selection for Lancashire on eighteen occasions,[2] including the match on 25 November 1908 against Australia, then on tour in Britain.[3] He gained his first cap for England at the age of 30, against Wales on 15 January 1910, in the host nation's first match at Twickenham.[4] In the last of the trials matches before the game, Haigh was selected for the Rest against England, and was on the winning side, with England's forwards especially marked out for criticism. The 10–19 defeat caused problems for the selectors, who delayed announcing the team to face Wales.[5] When they did, two days later, Haigh was included in the line up,[6] and on the day, England, who had lost the previous five encounters, beat the Welsh 11–6.[7] He kept his place in the team for the match against Ireland, on 12 February, with the England selectors keeping the same team, with the exception of Mobbs replacing Poulton.[8] After missing the game against France, he played in the match against Scotland on 19 March, but only after another player withdrew from the team.[9]

In 1911, Haigh played in every game of the Five Nations Championship.[2] The selectors at first excluded him from the England side, announced 29 November 1910 for the trials match against the South on 10 December.[10] However, on 3 December, he "shone" in the County Championships match for Lancashire against Cumberland, although on the losing side.[11] For the second trial, on 17 December, Haigh was selected for the North, and although England won the game 23–13 in heavy rain, the North's forwards "were smart... playing particularly well in the loose".[12] "Forward", in the Welsh Evening Express, did not think highly of the England pack, and thought it "imperative that Berry, Griffith and Haigh be included in the national side."[12] Haigh was the only one of the three to be included in the England side for the third trial against the Rest on 7 January.[13]

He was invited to play for the Barbarians in two matches, against Penarth on 14 April 1911, and the following day against Cardiff,[14] in their Easter tour of Wales.[2]

International appearancesEdit

Opposition Score Result Date Venue Ref(s)
  Wales 11–6 Won 15 January 1910 Twickenham [15]
  Ireland 0–0 Draw 12 February 1910 Twickenham [16]
  Scotland 5–14 Won 19 March 1910 Inverleith [17]
  Wales 15–11 Lost 21 January 1911 Swansea [18]
  France 37–0 Won 28 January 1911 Twickenham [19]
  Ireland 3–0 Lost 11 February 1911 Lansdowne Road [20]
  Scotland 13–8 Won 18 March 1911 Twickenham [21]

Military serviceEdit

Haigh joined the Army Service Corps as an Officer Cadet at the start of the First World War. At the time, motor vehicles were beginning to replace horses as a means of transport. Haigh was a motor enthusiast and his mechanical knowledge was of particular value to the Army. He was, therefore, not sent to the front line.[1] He died on 6 August 1916 of pneumonia, which he had contracted during a training exercise.[22] He is buried in the cemetery of St Christopher's Church, Pott Shrigley.[23]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Hagger 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d McCrery 2014, p. 31.
  3. ^ "Wallabies Up North". Evening Express. 25 November 1908. hdl:10107/4197253.
  4. ^ Cooper 2012, p. [page needed].
  5. ^ "International Trial Match at Twickenham". Evening Express. 10 January 1910. hdl:10107/4213304.
  6. ^ "Rugby International". Evening Express. 11 January 1910. hdl:10107/4213339.
  7. ^ "Wales Whacked". Evening Express. 15 January 1910. hdl:10107/4213563.
  8. ^ "Football". Evening Express. 1 February 1910. hdl:10107/4214214.
  9. ^ "England Win". Evening Express. 19 March 1910. hdl:10107/4216078.
  10. ^ "FOOTBALL". Evening Express. 29 November 1910. hdl:10107/4225884.
  11. ^ "Rugby County Championships". Evening Express. 3 December 1910. hdl:10107/4226078.
  12. ^ a b "Rugby Trial at Leeds". Evening Express. 17 December 1910. hdl:10107/4226628.
  13. ^ "Football". Evening Express. 21 December 1910. hdl:10107/4226728.
  14. ^ "Archive – Barbarian FC".
  15. ^ "England v Wales".
  16. ^ "England v Ireland".
  17. ^ "Scotland v England".
  18. ^ "Wales v England".
  19. ^ "England v France".
  20. ^ "Ireland v England".
  21. ^ "England v Scotland".
  22. ^ McCrery 2014, p. 32.
  23. ^ "Casualty Details: Haigh, L". Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


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