Bill Kirkbride

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Bill Kirkbride
Personal information
Full nameWilliam Kirkbride
Bornfirst ¼ 1944 (age 7677)
Workington, England
Playing information
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight14 st 0 lb (89 kg)
Position Prop, Second-row
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1964–68 Workington Town 757
1968–69 Halifax 528
1969–71 Castleford 4330111
1971–≥71 Salford
≥1971(Loan)Leigh
≥1971–≥71 Brisbane Souths
1979–80 Wakefield Trinity
1980–82 York
1983–83 Rochdale Hornets
Total170180111
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1967–71 Cumberland 7
Coaching information
Club
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
197980 Wakefield Trinity
198081 York
198284 Rochdale Hornets
Total0000
Source: [1] [2]

William Kirkbride (birth registered first ¼ 1944 [3] ) is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and coached in the 1970s and 1980s. He played at representative level for Cumberland, and at club level for United Steel ARLFC, Workington Town, Halifax, Castleford (Heritage № 523), 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]

Contents

Background

Kirkbride's birth was registered in Workington, Cumberland, England.

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 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]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dick Bonser
(caretaker)
1982
Coach
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Rochdale Hornets

1982–1984
Succeeded by
Charlie Birdsall
1984-1986
Preceded by
Coach
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York Wasps

1980–1981
Succeeded by
Alan Hardisty
1982
Preceded by
Ian Brooke
1978-1979
Coach
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Wakefield Trinity

1979–1980
Succeeded by
Bill Ashurst
1981-1982