Bill Kirkbride

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Bill Kirkbride
Personal information
Full name William Kirkbride
Born first ¼ 1944 (age 73–74)
Workington, England
Playing information
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 14 st 0 lb (89 kg)
Position Prop, Second-row

Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
12 May 1964–68 Workington Town 75 7
1968–69 Halifax 52 8
1969–71 Castleford 43 3 0 1 11
1971–≥71 Salford
≥1971(Loan) Leigh
≥1971–≥71 Brisbane Souths
Jan 1979–Apr 80 Wakefield Trinity
Apr 1980–82 York
≤23 Jan 1983–23 Jan 83 Rochdale Hornets
Total 170 18 0 1 11
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
12 Sep 1967–71 Cumberland 7
Coaching information

Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
Jan 1979–Apr 80 Wakefield Trinity
1980–82 York
Jun 1982–Sep 84 Rochdale Hornets
Total 0 0 0 0
Source: [1][2]

William Kirkbride (first ¼ 1944[3]), also known by the nickname of "Bill", is an English former professional rugby league footballer of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and coach of the 1970s and 1980s. He played at representative level for Cumberland, and at club level for United Steel ARLFC, Workington Town, Halifax, Castleford, Salford, Leigh (Loan), Brisbane Souths, Wakefield Trinity (Heritage № 831), York, and Rochdale Hornets, as a prop or second-row, i.e. number 8 or 10, or, 11 or 12,[1][4] and coached at club level for Wakefield Trinity, York, and Rochdale Hornets.[2]

Background

Kirkbride's birth was registered in Workington, Cumberland.

Playing career

County honours

Kirkbride won caps for Cumberland while at Workington Town making his début against Lancashire at Derwent Park in 1967, playing in the 17-15 victory over Australia at Derwent Park in 1967, and while at Castleford playing left-second-row, i.e. number 11, in the 3-42 defeat by Yorkshire at Hull Kingston Rovers' stadium on 1 October 1969, and Left-Second-row in the 15-21 defeat by Yorkshire at Whitehaven's stadium on 14 September 1970.[4]

Club career

Kirkbride made his début for Workington Town playing Second-row alongside fellow Cumbrian Frank Foster in the 11-10 victory over Widnes at Naughton Park in the last game of the 1963–64 season on Tuesday 12 May 1964, he joined Halifax in 1968 for a fee of £6,000 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £165,900 in 2013),[5] he made his début for Halifax against Leigh Miners Welfare[1] in the Challenge Cup on Saturday 3 February 1968, he joined Castleford in 1969 for a fee of £5,750, he joined Salford in 1971 for a fee of £6,000.[6]

Challenge Cup Final appearances

Kirkbride played left-second-row, i.e. number 11, and was man of the match winning the Lance Todd Trophy in Castleford's 7-2 victory over Wigan in the 1970 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium, London during the 1969–70 season on Saturday 9 May 1970, in front of a crowd of 95,255.[7]

Players No.6 Trophy Final appearances

Kirkbride played right-second-row, i.e. number 12, in Salford's 7-12 defeat by Leeds in the 1972–73 Players No.6 Trophy final at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield on Saturday 24 March 1973.

Coaching career

Challenge Cup Final

Kirkbride was the coach in Wakefield Trinity's 3-12 defeat by Widnes in the 1979 Challenge Cup Final during the 1978–79 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 5 May 1979, in front of a crowd of a crowd of 94,218.[8]

Rugby Football League Championship Second Division

Kirkbride was the coach in York's victory in the 1980–81 Championship Second Division.

Honoured at Castleford Tigers

Kirkbride is a Tigers Hall Of Fame Inductee.[9]

References

  1. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Coach statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Statistics at thecastlefordtigers.co.uk". thecastlefordtigers.co.uk ℅ web.archive.org. 31 December 2013. Archived from the original on 12 May 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Measuring Worth - Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Gate, Robert (2002). 100 Greats - Cumberland Rugby League. Tempus Publishing Limited. ISBN 0-7524-27318
  7. ^ "Sat 9th May 1970 - Challenge Cup - Neutral Ground - 95,255". thecastlefordtigers. 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 31 December 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Hoole, Les (2004). Wakefield Trinity RLFC - FIFTY GREAT GAMES. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-429-9
  9. ^ "Hall of Fame at castigers.com". castigers. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2009. 

External links

  • Former Wire Greats Return For Centenary
  • Lance Todd Winner: I Owe My Career To Brian
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