Mark Aston

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Mark Aston
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Personal information
Full name Mark Aston
Born (1967-09-27) 27 September 1967 (age 51)
Castleford, England
Playing information
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Position Scrum-half
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1986–94 Sheffield Eagles
1994–95 Featherstone Rovers
1995–03 Sheffield Eagles
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1991 Great Britain 1 0 0 0 0
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1999–05 Sheffield Eagles 100+ 60+ 0 40+
2007– Sheffield Eagles 410 226 6 178 55
Total 510 286 6 218 56
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2011– Ireland 12 4 0 8 33
Source: [1][2]

Mark Aston (born 27 September 1967) is an English rugby league coach, and former rugby league scrum-half with the Sheffield Eagles, and Great Britain. He also had short spells with Featherstone Rovers (captain) (Heritage № 709) and Bramley, but the bulk of his career was spent with the Sheffield Eagles, who he joined in 1985.[1] He retired from playing in 2004, having been the figurehead in the fight to save the Sheffield Eagles after their merger with Huddersfield in 1999. In less than three months, a new club was formed that was allowed into the Northern Ford Premiership with Aston as player-coach, and a completely new semi-professional team.[2] This must have seemed a long way from the day, only 18 months earlier, when Aston won the Lance Todd Trophy in the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, inspiring Sheffield Eagles to a famous 17-8 win over Wigan.

Aston is the Chief Executive, and Head Coach at the new Sheffield Eagles club, who play in the Championship. In May 2011 he was named as the new Head Coach of the Irish National Team. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University in 2012 for his services to sport in Sheffield.

He is the father of the rugby league stand-off or scrum-half; Cory Aston.

The early years

Aston was born in Castleford, West Riding of Yorkshire, he started playing rugby union at the age of eight in his home town of Castleford. He played one or two games but decided to switch to rugby league. He moved on to Stanley Rangers, in Wakefield, then after a couple of years until the age of fifteen at Oulton Raiders, where his father; Brian Aston had played as an amateur. He then moved to Lock Lane for one season, then started playing at Under-17 level for Castleford. Despite an offer of a professional contract with his home town club, he decided to accept an offer from Sheffield Eagles. At that point he had been playing open age rugby for Selby Gaffers, coached by his father Brian, and had made his first Eagles appearance as an unnamed trialist on Easter Day 1985.

Contemporaneous article extract

"Mark Aston Scrum-half. Alongside Daryl Powell, has become very much the standard bearer for League in Sheffield. A prolific points scorer and fine tactician, Aston became Sheffield Eagles' second Test player when he appeared as a substitute for Great Britain against France in 1991. A graduate of the Oulton amateur club near Leeds." [3]

Challenge Cup Final appearances

Mark Aston played scrum-half/halfback, was man of the match winning the Lance Todd Trophy, and scord 2-conversions and a drop goal in Sheffield Eagles' 17-8 victory over Wigan in the 1998 Challenge Cup Final during Super League III at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 2 May 1998.

Eagles career

  • Total matches: 389 (Eagles record)
  • Total points: 2142 (Eagles record)
  • Total goals: 940 + 46 drop goals (Eagles record)
  • Total tries: 54

Career highlights

Winning the Man-of-the-Match in the 1998 Rugby League Challenge Cup Final was the highlight of Aston's playing career. He controlled the game and drove the team to execute the game plan devised by Eagles' coach John Kear.

He also played for Great Britain against France in 1991 and was selected to go on the 1992 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand.


  1. ^ a b "Statistics at". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Coach Statistics at". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ Merlin (01/08/1991). The Official Rugby league Collection (Card 156 of 160). Merlin. ISBN n/a

External links

  • !Great Britain Statistics at (statistics currently missing due to not having appeared for both Great Britain, and England)
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