Brian Gabbitas

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Brian Gabbitas
Personal information
Full nameBrian Lawrence Gabbitas [1]
Bornc. 1935 (age 8586)
Playing information
Position Stand-off
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1952–65 Hunslet 343670201
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1958English League XIII20000
1959 Great Britain 10000
Source: [2]

Brian Lawrence Gabbitas (born c. 1935) is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1950s and 1960s. He played at representative level for Great Britain, and English League XIII, and at club level for Hunslet, as a stand-off. [2]

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Playing career

Hunslet

Gabbitas made his début for Hunslet on Boxing Day 1952. [3] He went on to make 343 appearances for the club before announcing his retirement in December 1965. [4]

Gabbitas played Stand-off in Hunslet's 12-2 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1962 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1962–63 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 27 October 1962.

Gabbitas played Stand-off in Hunslet's 16-20 defeat by Wigan in the 1965 Challenge Cup Final during the 1964–65 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 8 May 1965, in front of a crowd of 89,016. [5]

Wigan's Ray Ashby, and Hunslet's Brian Gabbitas, jointly won the Lance Todd Trophy for man of the match in the 1965 Challenge Cup final, [6] it was the first time two players polled the same number of votes. [7]

International honours

Gabbitas won a cap for Great Britain while at Hunslet in 1959 against France. [2]

Gabbitas played stand-off for English League XIII while at Hunslet in the 8-26 defeat by France on Saturday 22 November 1958 at Knowsley Road, St. Helens.

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References

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  2. 1 2 3 "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "Brian Gabbitas". Hunslet RLFC. 28 October 2014. Archived from the original on 2 January 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2018.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. "St Helens sign Sayer". The Guardian. London. 9 December 1965. p. 19.
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  6. "Lance Todd Trophy winners". BBC Sport. 26 August 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2009.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. Ledger, John (31 December 2011). "What a shoddy way to treat Challenge Cup final heroes". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 1 January 2012.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)