Steve Norton

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Steve Norton
Personal information
Born (1951-12-22) December 22, 1951 (age 69)
Castleford, England
Playing information
Position Second-row, Loose forward
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1970–78 Castleford 1835641177
1976–77 Manly 321003
1978–87 Hull F.C. 253+174409146
1988–89 Wakefield Trinity 9+130012
Total495104410338
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1972–82 Yorkshire 131003
1975–81 England 112006
1974–82 Great Britain 11+10000
1974 GB tour games 12+250015
Coaching information
Club
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
199093 Barrow
Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

Stephen Norton (22 December 1951), [6] also known by the nickname of "Knocker", is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s and 1980s, and coached in the 1990s. He played at representative level for Great Britain, England and Yorkshire, and at club level for Fryston ARLFC, Castleford (Heritage № 531), Hull F.C. and Wakefield Trinity (Heritage № 1008), as a second-row or loose forward, [2] and coached at club level for Barrow. [5]

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Background

Steve Norton was born in Castleford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. [7] He is the brother-in-law of the rugby league footballer Lee Crooks, and the uncle of the rugby league footballer Ben Crooks.

Playing career

International honours

Steve Norton won caps playing loose forward for England while at Castleford in the 7–12 defeat by Wales in Brisbane on 10 June 1975, the 17–17 draw with New Zealand in Auckland on 21 June 1975, the 10–10 draw with Australia in Sydney on 28 June 1975, the 22–16 victory over Wales at Warrington's stadium on 20 September 1975, the 48–2 victory over France in Bordeaux on 11 October 1975, the 27–12 victory over New Zealand at Bradford Northern's stadium on 25 October 1975, the 16–13 victory over Australia at Wigan's stadium on 1 November 1975, and the 15–28 defeat by France in Carcassonne on 20 March 1977, and while at Hull in 1978 against Wales, and in 1981 against Wales (2 matches), [3] and won caps for Great Britain while at Castleford playing as a substitute in the victory over 16–11 Australia in Sydney on 6 July 1974, playing left-second-row, i.e. number 11, in the 8–13 defeat by New Zealand in Auckland on 27 July 1974, and left-second-row, i.e. number 11, in the 17–8 victory over New Zealand in Christchurch on 4 August 1974, [8] and while at Hull in 1978 against Australia (3 matches), in 1979 against Australia (2 matches), in 1980 against New Zealand, and in 1981 against France (2 matches), and 1982 Australia. [4]

County honours

Steve Norton won caps playing loose forward for Yorkshire while at Castleford in the 32–18 victory over Lancashire at Castleford's stadium on 11 October 1972, the 7–10 defeat by Cumberland at Workington Town's stadium on 11 September 1974, the 22–15 victory over Other Nationalities at Hull Kingston Rovers' stadium on 18 September 1974, the 20–14 victory over Lancashire at Keighley's stadium on 25 September 1974, scoring 1-try in the 11–29 defeat by Lancashire at Widnes' stadium on 16 October 1974, the 10–7 victory over Cumbria at Dewsbury's stadium on 19 November 1975, the 16–16 draw with Other Nationalities at Bradford Northern's stadium on 6 December 1975, the 17–7 victory over Lancashire at Wigan's stadium on 20 December 1975, and the 18–15 victory over Lancashire at Castleford's stadium on 1 March 1977. [8]

Challenge Cup Final appearances

Steve Norton played loose forward, and was captain in Hull FC's 5-10 defeat by Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1980 Challenge Cup Final during the 1979–80 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 3 May 1980, in front of a crowd of 95,000, played loose forward, and scored a try in the 14-14 draw with Widnes in the 1982 Challenge Cup Final during the 1981–82 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 1 May 1982, in front of a crowd of 92,147, played loose forward in the 18-9 victory over Widnes in the 1982 Challenge Cup Final replay during the 1981–82 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Wednesday 19 May 1982, in front of a crowd of 41,171, and played loose forward in the 24-28 defeat by Wigan in the 1985 Challenge Cup Final during the 1984–85 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 4 May 1985, in front of a crowd of 99,801, [9] in what is regarded as the most marvellous cup final in living memory, [10] which Hull narrowly lost after fighting back from 12-28 down at half-time.

County Cup Final appearances

Steve Norton played right-centre, i.e. number 3, in Castleford's 7–11 defeat by Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1971 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1971–72 season at Belle Vue, Wakefield on Saturday 21 August 1971, played as an interchange/substitute, i.e. number 15, (replacing loose forward Mick Crane) in Hull FC's 18–7 victory over Bradford Northern in the 1982 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1982–83 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 2 October 1982, was as interchange/substitute in the 13–2 victory over Castleford in the 1983 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1983–84 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 15 October 1983, played left-second-row, i.e. number 11, and scored a try in the 29–12 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1984 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1984–85 season at Boothferry Park, Kingston upon Hull on Saturday 27 October 1984, and played left-second-row, i.e. number 11, in the 24–31 defeat by Castleford in the 1986 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1986–87 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 11 October 1986.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final appearances

Steve Norton played loose forward in Castleford's 12-4 victory over Leigh in the 1976 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1976-77 season at Hilton Park, Leigh on Tuesday 14 December 1976, and played loose forward in Hull FC's 13-3 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1979 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1979-80 season at The Boulevard, Kingston upon Hull on Tuesday 18 December 1979.

Player's No.6/John Player Trophy Final appearances

Steve Norton played loose forward in Castleford's 25-15 victory over Blackpool Borough in the 1976–77 Player's No.6 Trophy Final during the 1976-77 season at The Willows, Salford on Saturday 22 January 1977, and played loose forward in Hull FC's 12-4 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1981–82 John Player Trophy Final during the 1981–82 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 23 January 1982.

National Rugby League Grand Finals

Steve Norton is one of only fourteen Englishmen to have played in Australian National Rugby League Grand Final winning teams, they are;

Testimonial match

Steve Norton's Testimonial match at Hull F.C. took place in 1986.

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References

  1. RL Record Keepers' Club
  2. 1 2 "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. 1 2 "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Archived from the original on 19 April 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2018.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
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  5. 1 2 "Coach Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  6. "SPORTING MEMORIES: When Steve Norton took over at Barrow RL". North Western Mail. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  7. "Hull F.C. Hall of Fame". HullFC.com. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  8. 1 2 "Statistics at thecastlefordtigers.co.uk". 31 December 2013. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2014.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dennis Jackson
(interim)
1988-1989
Coach
Barrowcolours.svg
Barrow Raiders

1990-1993
Succeeded by
Geoff Worrall
1993
Achievements
Preceded by
Mike Stephenson
Rugby league transfer record
Castleford to Hull F.C.

1978
Succeeded by
Phil Hogan