Phil Jackson (rugby league, born 1932)


Phil Jackson (born c. 1932) is an English World Cup winning former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1950s and 1960s. and captain, playing as a centre, or stand-off, as well as a Barrow club legend. Jackson won 27 Great Britain caps, played in the 1954 and 1957 Rugby League World Cups and twice toured Australasia with the Lions.[1][2][3]

Phil Jackson
Personal information
Full namePhilip Jackson
Born1932
Canada
Playing information
Positioncentre, stand-off
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1950–59 Barrow
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1952–58 Great Britain 27 8 0 0 24
1955–55 England 1 0 0 0 0

Jackson was born in Canada but moved to Barrow-in-Furness, England, with his parents at the age of three. He played rugby league at school but his first senior rugby experience came in rugby union after he took up an apprenticeship at a shipyard. He switched to rugby league when he was offered professional terms by Barrow in 1950 at the age of 18.

With Barrow, where he was known as the 'Prince Among Centres', he played in three Challenge Cup finals in the 1950s. Injury forced him to retire in 1959 but in 1960 he moved to Australia and was tempted back into playing by the Goulburn Workers Club in New South Wales.[4][5] In the role as player coach, he led the club to a Group 8 premiership.[6] The club was also awarded the Clayton Cup for being the best performed team in country New South Wales in 1960.[7] He continued coaching after retiring as a player and eventually settled in Wagga Wagga.

He was inducted into the Barrow Hall of Fame when it was launched in 2001 alongside 1950s teammates Willie Horne and Jimmy Lewthwaite.

Playing careerEdit

International honoursEdit

Phil Jackson represented Great Britain while at Barrow between 1952 and 1956 against France (2 non-Test matches).[8] He also won one cap for England v Other Nationalities on 12 September 1955 as part of the 1955-56 European Rugby League Championship, played at Central Park, Wigan.[citation needed]

Challenge Cup Final appearancesEdit

Phil Jackson played right-centre, i.e. number 3, in Barrow's 0-10 defeat by Wigan in the 1950–51 Challenge Cup Final during the 1950–51 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 5 May 1951,[9] played right-centre, i.e. number 3, in the 21-12 victory over Workington Town in the 1954–55 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-centre, i.e. number 3, and scored a try in the 7-9 defeat by Leeds in the 1956–57 Challenge Cup Final during the 1956–57 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 11 May 1957, in front of a crowd of 76,318.[citation needed]

County Cup Final appearancesEdit

Phil Jackson played right-centre, i.e. number 3, in Barrow's 12-2 victory over Oldham in the 1954–55 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1954–55 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 23 October 1954.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Archived from the original on 18 April 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Archived from the original on 18 April 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Rugby League Group Has Bright Prospects". The Canberra Times. Canberra: National Library of Australia. 24 March 1960. p. 28. Retrieved 24 October 2020 – via Trove.
  5. ^ "Fomer Test Centres In League Game". The Canberra Times. Canberra: National Library of Australia. 13 May 1960. p. 24. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Runaway Win By Goulburn In Group 8 Final". The Canberra Times. Canberra: National Library of Australia. 26 September 1960. p. 16. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  7. ^ "New Rule on Country Transfers". The Canberra Times. Canberra: National Library of Australia. 8 November 1960. p. 24. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  8. ^ Edgar, Harry (2007). Rugby League Journal Annual 2008 Page-110. Rugby League Journal Publishing. ISBN 0-9548355-3-0
  9. ^ "1950-1951 Challenge Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  10. ^ "Barrow make two finals in one year". nwemail.co.uk. 31 December 2013. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2014.

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