Ray Batten

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Ray Batten
Personal information
Full nameRaymond Batten
Born(1945-09-23)23 September 1945
York, Yorkshire, England
Died23 September 2020(2020-09-23) (aged 75)
Playing information
Position Second-row, Loose forward
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1963–76 Leeds 434
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1968–69 England 32006
1969–73 Great Britain 30000
Coaching information
Club
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
198283 Wakefield Trinity
Source: [1] [2] [3] [4]

Raymond Batten (23 September 1945 23 September 2020 [5] ) was an English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1960s and 1970s, and coached in the 1980s. He played at representative level for Great Britain and England, and at club level for Heworth ARLFC and Leeds as a second-row or loose forward, i.e. number 11 or 12, or 13, during the era of contested scrums, [1] [6] and coached at club level for Wakefield Trinity. [4]

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Playing career

International honours

Ray Batten won caps for England while at Leeds in 1968 against Wales, in 1969 against Wales, and France, [2] and won caps for Great Britain while at Leeds in 1969 against France, and in 1973 against Australia (2 matches). [3]

Challenge Cup Final appearances

Ray Batten played loose forward in Leeds' 11-10 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the 1968 Challenge Cup "Watersplash" final during the 1967-68 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 11 May 1968, and played loose forward in the 13-16 defeat by St. Helens in the 1972 Challenge Cup Final during the 1971-72 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 13 May 1972.

County Cup Final appearances

Ray Batten played loose forward in Leeds' 22-11 victory over Castleford in the 1968 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1968–69 season at Belle Vue, Wakefield on Saturday 19 October 1968, played loose forward in the 23-7 victory over Featherstone Rovers in the 1970 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1970–71 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 21 November 1970, played loose forward in the 36-9 victory over Dewsbury in the 1972 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1972–73 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 7 October 1972, played loose forward in the 7-2 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the 1973 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1973–74 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 20 October 1973, and played right-second-row, i.e. number 12, in the 15-11 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1975 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1975–76 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 15 November 1975.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final appearances

Ray Batten played loose forward in Leeds' 9-5 victory over St. Helens in the 1970 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1970–71 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Tuesday 15 December 1970.

Testimonial match

Ray Batten's Testimonial match at Leeds took place in 1974.

Coaching career

Ray Batten was the coach of Wakefield Trinity from April 1980 to May 1981 and again from May 1982 to July 1983.

Death

Batten died on 23 September 2020, at the age of 75. [7] [8]

Genealogical Information

Ray Batten was the son of the rugby league footballer; Billy Batten Jr., the grandson of the rugby league footballer; Billy Batten, and the nephew of the rugby league footballer; Eric Batten.

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References

  1. 1 2 "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. 1 2 "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2012.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. 1 2 "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2012.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. 1 2 "Coach Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. Leeds Rhinos mourn club legend Ray Batten - outstanding loose-forward who also coached Wakefield Trinity and was director at York
  6. "Profile at leedsrugby.dnsupdate.co.uk". leedsrugby.dnsupdate.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 17 November 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2012.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  8. Daly, Phil. "Ray Batten RIP". Leeds Rhinos. Leeds Rhinos. Retrieved 24 September 2020.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bill Ashurst
1981-1982
Coach
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Wakefield Trinity

1982-1983
Succeeded by
Derek Turner
1983-1984