Mark Aston

Last updated

Mark Aston
Mark Aston.jpg
Personal information
Full nameMark Aston
Born (1967-09-27) 27 September 1967 (age 53)
Castleford, England
Playing information
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Position Scrum-half
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1986–94 Sheffield Eagles 228+440588341370
1987–88Bramley (loan)20000
1994–95 Featherstone Rovers 34+16852196
1995–03 Sheffield Eagles
Total26946673361566
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1991 Great Britain 0+10000
1992 GB tour games 1+30000
Coaching information
Club
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
199905 Sheffield Eagles
2007 Sheffield Eagles 410226617855
Total410226617855
Representative
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
201117 Ireland 221001245
Source: [1] [2] [3]

[4]

Mark Aston (born 27 September 1967) is the head coach of Sheffield Eagles in the Betfred Championship. He is an English rugby league coach, and former rugby league scrum-half who spent the majority of his playing career with Sheffield Eagles. He also had short spells with Featherstone Rovers and Bramley, and won one cap for Great Britain in 1991. [1] In 1998, he was awarded the Lance Todd Trophy after helping Sheffield win the Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium with a 17–8 victory against Wigan Warriors.

Contents

Following the club's merger with Huddersfield Giants in 1999, he co-founded a new Sheffield Eagles club, and was named player-coach. He retired from playing in 2004, and briefly stepped down as head coach in 2005 before resuming coaching duties in 2007. [2] In addition to coaching, he was held various positions in the Eagles boardroom, including CEO and Director of Rugby. From 2011 to 2017, he was also the head coach of the Ireland national team. In 2012, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University for his services to sport in Sheffield, and received the Rugby League Writers' Association Merit Award for services to rugby league.

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

Early years

Aston was born in Castleford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.

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 AstonScrum-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." [5]

Challenge Cup Final appearances

Mark Aston played scrum-half, was man of the match winning the Lance Todd Trophy, and scored 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

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.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Andy Kelly
2000-2011
Coach
Four Provinces Flag.svg  Ireland

2011-2017
Succeeded by
Carl De Chenu (Interim)
2018
Preceded by
Gary Wilkinson
2006
Coach
Sheffeagles colours.svg
Sheffield Eagles

2007–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
John Kear
1997-1999
Coach
Sheffeagles colours.svg
Sheffield Eagles

1999-2005
Succeeded by
Gary Wilkinson
2006

Related Research Articles

Shaun Edwards English rugby league footballer and rugby union coach

Shaun Edwards, OBE is an English rugby union coach and former rugby league footballer, who is the assistant coach for defence of France. A scrum-half or stand-off, Edwards is the most decorated player in rugby league history, with 37 winner's medals. In 2015 he was the 25th person inducted into the Rugby League Hall of Fame.

Danny Orr former GB & England international rugby league footballer

Daniel Crawford Orr, is an English rugby league coach and former player. He is an assistant coach of the Castleford Tigers. A Great Britain international representative stand-off or scrum-half, Orr played in the Super League for the Castleford Tigers, Harlequins RL and the Wigan Warriors.

Antony "Tony" Smith, also known by the nickname "Casper", is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, and coached in the 2000s. He played at representative level for Great Britain, England and Yorkshire, and at club level for the Castleford Tigers, Wigan Warriors and Hull FC, as a stand-off, scrum-half or hooker, i.e. number 6, 7, or 9, and coached at club level for the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

Daryl Powell Professional rugby league coach & former player

Daryl A. Powell is and English professional rugby league coach who is the head coach of the Castleford Tigers in the Super League. He is a former professional rugby league footballer who played as a stand-off in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.

Alexander James Murphy OBE is an English former professional rugby league footballer, and coach of the mid to late 20th century. Known as 'Murphy the Mouth' and regarded as one of the greatest halfbacks in the history of the British game, he represented Great Britain in 27 Tests and his club career was played at three clubs, St. Helens, Leigh and Warrington. Murphy assumed a player-coach role of the last two clubs and expanded his coaching role toward the end of his playing career to include clubs such as Wigan, Salford and Huddersfield. He later returned to both Warrington and Leigh respectively as a football manager. He was the first player to captain three different clubs to victory in the Challenge Cup Final.

Andy Gregory English RL coach and former GB international rugby league footballer

Andrew Gregory is an English former professional rugby league footballer. A Great Britain international representative scrum-half, he is an inductee of the Wigan Hall of Fame.first player to win five Challenge Cup Final winners medals, first player to play in eight Challenge Cup finals, only one of only two players to have played in six Ashes series against Australia ; Andy Gregory and Garry Schofield.

Ryan Sheridan (rugby league) former GB & Ireland international rugby league footballer

Ryan Sheridan is an assistant-coach at the Castleford Tigers and a former Ireland international rugby league footballer. Sheridan was an Ireland international and played at the 2000 Rugby League World Cup. Ryan Sheridan was one of the most influential players in the late 1990s for the Rhinos.

Paul Broadbent English RL coach and former GB & England international rugby league footballer

Paul Broadbent, also known by the nickname "Beans", is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1990s and 2000s, and has coached in the 2000s, 2010s and 2020s. He played at representative level for Great Britain and England, and at club level for Sheffield Eagles, Halifax, Hull FC, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (captain), and York City Knights, as a prop, i.e. number 8, and coached at club level for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. He's inspired many with his speech about 'stepping over the line'.

Kelvin Skerrett is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1980s and 1990s, and coached in the 2000s. He played at representative level for Great Britain and Wales, and at club level for Hunslet, Bradford Northern, Western Suburbs Magpies, Wigan and the Halifax Blue Sox, as prop or second-row, and coached at club level for Oulton Raiders ARLFC, and Methley Royals ARLFC.

Gareth Stephens is an English-born former professional rugby league footballer who played as a stand-off or scrum-half in the 1990s and 2000s. He played at representative level for Great Britain (Under-21s), and Wales, and at club level for Leeds where he signed a record schoolboy contract and made his first team debut at the age of 17, Castleford Tigers, Hull FC, Sheffield Eagles and the York Wasps.

James Richard "Richie" Blackmore is a rugby league coach, and former professional footballer who represented New Zealand. His position of preference was as a centre.

Tawera Nikau former NZ & NZ Māori international rugby league footballer

Tawera Nuieia Nikau is a New Zealand former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1990s and 2000s. A New Zealand international representative forward, he played club football at a number of different clubs in New Zealand, England and Australia during his career, including the Melbourne Storm's victory in the 1999 NRL season Grand Final.

Thomas "Tommy" Smales was an English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and coached in the 1960s and 1970s. He played at representative level for Great Britain and England, and at club level for Castleford, Huddersfield (captain), Bradford Northern, North Sydney Bears and Wakefield Trinity as a scrum-half, i.e. number 7, and coached at club level for Castleford and Featherstone Rovers.

A. Edward "Ted" Toohey was an English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, and coached in the 1970s. He played at representative level for Great Britain and England, and at club level for Wigan, Barrow, Leigh and Liverpool City, as a centre or scrum-half, i.e. number 3 or 4, or, 7, and coached at club level for Wigan.

Lee Crooks is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1980s and 1990s, and coached in the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. He played at representative level for Great Britain, England and Yorkshire, and at club level for Hull FC, Western Suburbs Magpies, Balmain Tigers, Leeds and Castleford, as a prop or second-row, i.e. number 8 or 10, or, 11 or 12, captain of Hull during the 1985–86 and 1986–87 seasons, and coached at representative level for Serbia, and at club level for Keighley and York.

Keith Hepworth, also known by the nickname of 'Heppy', is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and coached in the 1980s. He played at representative level for Great Britain, Yorkshire and Commonwealth XIII, and at club level for Castleford, Leeds and Hull FC, as a scrum-half, i.e. number 7, and coached at club level for Bramley and Hull FC.

Paul Harkin is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, and coached in the 1990s. He played at representative level for Great Britain, and at club level for Bradford Northern, Featherstone Rovers, Hull Kingston Rovers, Leeds, Halifax, and Hunslet, as a scrum-half, i.e. number 7, and coached at club level for Wakefield Trinity, Town Leagues Club, and Crigglestone All Blacks ARLFC.

Graham Steadman is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1980s and 1990s, and coached in the 2000s. He played at representative level for Great Britain and Yorkshire, and at club level for York Wasps, Featherstone Rovers, Gold Coast-Tweed Giants and Castleford, as a goal-kicking fullback or stand-off, and coached at club level for the Castleford Tigers.

Gary Stephens is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and coached in the 1980s and 1990s.

Cory Aston English rugby league footballer

Cory Aston is an English rugby league footballer who plays as a stand-off or scrum-half for the London Broncos in the Betfred Championship.

References

  1. 1 2 "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. 1 2 "Coach Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. Fletcher, Raymond (1999). Rothmans Rugby League yearbook 1999. London: Headline. p. 147. ISBN   978-0-7472-7572-5.
  4. RL Record Keepers' Club
  5. Merlin (01/08/1991). The Official Rugby league Collection (Card 156 of 160). Merlin. ISBN n/a