John Keith Bridges

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John H. Bridges
Personal information
Born (1952-04-02) 2 April 1952 (age 66)[1]
Pontefract, England
Playing information
Position Hooker
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1970–78/79 Featherstone Rovers 235 45 5 3 145
≤1979–82 Bradford Northern
1982–83 Hull F.C.
Total 235 45 5 3 145
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1975/76–≥77/78 Yorkshire ≥5
1975–77 England 9 0 0 1 2
1974 Great Britain 3 0 0 0 0
Source: [2][3][4][5]

John H. Bridges (born 2 April 1952), also known by the nickname of "Keith" (after his father; Keith Bridges), is an English former professional rugby league footballer of the 1970s and 1980s. He played at representative level for Great Britain, England and Yorkshire, and at club level for Featherstone Rovers (Heritage № 497), Bradford Northern and Hull F.C., as a hooker, i.e. number 9, during the era of contested scrums.[2][3]

Background

Bridges was born in Pontefract, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.

Playing career

International honours

John "Keith" Bridges won caps for England while at Featherstone Rovers in the 1975 Rugby League World Cup against New Zealand, Australia, Wales, France, New Zealand, Australia, and Australia, in 1975 against Papua New Guinea (non-test), in 1977 against Wales,[4] and won caps for Great Britain while at Featherstone Rovers in 1974 against France (2 matches), and Australia.[5]

He is one of only eight players who have ever scored a drop goal for England.[6]

County honours

John "Keith" Bridges won caps for Yorkshire while at Featherstone Rovers; during the 1975–76 season against Cumbria, Other Nationalities, and Lancashire, and during the 1977–78 season against Cumbria, and Lancashire.

Championship appearances

John "Keith" Bridges played in Featherstone Rovers' victory in the Championship during the 1976–77 season.[7]

Challenge Cup Final appearances

John "Keith" Bridges played hooker in Featherstone Rovers' 33–14 victory over Bradford Northern in the 1973 Challenge Cup Final during the 1972–73 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 12 May 1973, in front of a crowd of 72,395, played hooker in the 9–24 defeat by Warrington in the 1974 Challenge Cup Final during the 1973–74 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 11 May 1974, in front of a crowd of 77,400, and played hooker in Hull F.C.'s 12–14 defeat by Featherstone Rovers in the 1983 Challenge Cup Final during the 1982–83 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 7 May 1983, in front of a crowd of 84,969.

County Cup Final appearances

John "Keith" Bridges played hooker in Featherstone Rovers' 12–16 defeat by Leeds in the 1976 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1976–77 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 16 October 1976, played hooker in the 7–17 defeat by Castleford in the 1977 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1977–78 season, at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 15 October 1977, and played hooker in Hull F.C.'s 18–7 victory over Bradford Northern in the 1982 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1982–83 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 2 October 1982.

Captain Morgan Trophy Final appearances

John "Keith" Bridges played hooker in Featherstone Rovers' 0–4 defeat by Warrington in the Captain Morgan Trophy Final during the 1973–74 season at The Willows, Salford on Saturday 26 January 1974.

John Player Trophy Final appearances

John "Keith" Bridges played hooker in Bradford Northern's 6–0 victory over Widnes in the 1979–80 John Player Trophy Final during the 1979–80 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 5 January 1980.

Club career

John "Keith" Bridges made his début for Featherstone Rovers on Wednesday 26 August 1970.[8]

Honoured at Featherstone Rovers

John "Keith" Bridges is a Featherstone Rovers Hall of Fame inductee.[9]

Genealogical information

John "Keith" Bridges is the son of the rugby league footballer; Keith Bridges, and Brenda (née Barnsley), the younger brother of Gloria Bridges (birth registered during third ¼ 1949 (age 68–69) in Pontefract district), and the older brother of Nadine E. Bridges (birth registered during second ¼ 1957 (age 60–61) in Pontefract district), and Beverley Bridges (birth registered during first ¼ 1962 (age 55–56) in Pontefract district).

Outside of rugby league

John "Keith" Bridges was the Bar Manager of the Pinnacle Suite Function Room at Dewsbury District Golf Club, Mirfield until 2017.[10]

References

  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org I". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org II". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Drop Goal Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Featherstone then and now". BBC. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  8. ^ Bailey, Ron (20 September 2001). Images of Sport – Featherstone Rovers Rugby League Football Club. The History Press. ISBN 0752422952
  9. ^ "Legendary duo join Featherstone Rovers Hall of Fame". pontefractandcastlefordexpress.co.uk. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  10. ^ "The Pinnacle Suite Function Room (archived by web.archive.org)". dewsburygolf.co.uk. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.

External links

  • Legendary duo join Featherstone Rovers Hall of Fame
  • (archived by web.archive.org) Stats → PastPlayers → B at hullfc.com
  • (archived by web.archive.org) Statistics at hullfc.com
  • Photograph 'Bridges Out Cold - Northern hooker Bridges "completely out" during tonight's Odsal match. - 27 April 1979' at rlhp.co.uk
  • Photograph 'Ronnie Firth sprays the champagne - Chairman Ronnie Firth celebrates with the players in the Headingley dressing room after the win against Widnes. - 5 January 1980' at rlhp.co.uk (image upside-down)
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