Paul Loughlin

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Paul Loughlin
Personal information
Full name Paul John Loughlin[1]
Born (1966-07-28) 28 July 1966 (age 52)
St. Helens, England
Playing information
Position Fullback, Centre

Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1984–95 St. Helens 297 80 842 0 2004
1995–97 Bradford Bulls 64 28 13 0 138
1998–99 Huddersfield Giants 38 5 4 0 28
2000–01 Swinton Lions 30 11 2 0 48
Total 429 124 861 0 2218
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1988–89 Lancashire 2 0 3 0 6
1988–92 Great Britain 15 2 31 0 70
Source: [2][3]

Paul John Loughlin (born 28 July 1966) is an English former rugby league centre who played for his hometown team St. Helens, Bradford Bulls, Huddersfield Giants, and the Swinton Lions.[2]

Loughlin was born in St. Helens, Lancashire. At the age of 17, he made his first team début against Oldham in 1984.[4] He went on to score over 2,000 points for the club, and holds the club record for most points scored in a game - 2 tries and 16 goals for a total of 40 points in a 112–0 win against Carlisle in September 1986.[1] In 1995, he was transferred to Bradford Bulls as part of the record breaking deal to bring Paul Newlove to Knowsley Road.

Loughlin was also a regular selection for Great Britain.[2] He was selected to go on the 1988 Great Britain Lions tour.

Loughlin played right-centre, i.e. number 3, scored 2-tries a drop goal, and was man of the match in St. Helens' 15-14 victory over Leeds in the 1987–88 John Player Special Trophy Final during the 1987–88 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 9 January 1988.

After his move to Bradford, he enjoyed several successful seasons with the Bulls. He played for Bradford at centre in their 1996 Challenge Cup Final loss to St. Helens.[5] Loughlin then played a prominent role in the Bulls winning the Super League title in 1997. After spending two further seasons in the Super League with Huddersfield Giants, he ended his career with Swinton Lions.

Loughlin appeared in a total of five Challenge Cup Finals, three times for St. Helens, and twice for Bradford, and was a member of the losing side on each of these occasions.[6]

Loughlin is now head coach of amateur rugby league team Garswood Stags ARLFC who have recently gained promotion to Northwest Mens League Division 4.

References

  1. ^ a b Dooley, Dave. "Paul Loughlin". Saints Heritage Society. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  3. ^ Loughlin, Paul; Quirke, Andrew (2011). From grass to glass : A rugby league journey. London: London League Publications. ISBN 978-1903659564. 
  4. ^ de la Rivière, Richard (28 December 2010). "Paul Loughlin". WordPress. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "steveprescottfoundation.co.uk". Steve Prescott Stats. Steve Prescott Foundation. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Cup heroes: Paul Loughlin". BBC Sport. 27 February 2004. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 

External links

  • !Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk (statistics currently missing due to not having appeared for both Great Britain, and England)
  • (archived by web.archive.org) Bull Masters - Paul Loughlin
  • Saints Heritage Society profile
  • [permanent dead link] ĎŔƑ Meninga saves the day
  • Garswood Stags ARLFC
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