Steve Pitchford

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Steve Pitchford
Personal information
Full nameStephen Pitchford
Born (1952-02-06) 6 February 1952 (age 69)
Leeds, England
Playing information
Position Prop
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1971–80 Leeds 315+123700111
1984–85 Bramley 22+12008
Total3503900119
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1977 Great Britain 41003
Source: [1] [2]

Stephen Pitchford (born 6 February 1952 [3] ) is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s and 1980s. He played at representative level for Great Britain, and at club level for Leeds and Bramley as a prop, i.e. number 8 or 10, during the era of contested scrums. [1]

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Background

Pitchford was born in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.

He was a pupil at Foxwood School, Seacroft, Leeds. [4] [5]

Playing career

International honours

Pitchford won caps for Great Britain while at Leeds in the 1977 Rugby League World Cup against France, New Zealand, and Australia (2 matches). [1]

Challenge Cup Final appearances

Pitchford played right-prop, i.e. number 10, and was voted Man of the Match winning the Lance Todd Trophy in Leeds' 16-7 victory over Widnes in the 1977 Challenge Cup Final during the 1976–77 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 7 May 1977, in front of a crowd of 80,871, and played right-prop in the 14-12 victory over St. Helens in the 1978 Challenge Cup Final during the 1977–78 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 13 May 1978, in front of a crowd of 96,000.

County Cup Final appearances

Pitchford played right-prop, i.e. number 10, (replaced by interchange/substitute Roy Dickinson) in Leeds' 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, played right-prop in the 15-6 victory over Featherstone Rovers in the 1976 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1976–77 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 16 October 1976, played right-prop in the 15-6 victory over Halifax in the 1979 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1979–80 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 27 October 1979, and played right-prop in the 8-7 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1980 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1980–81 season at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield on Saturday 8 November 1980.

Open Rugby inaugural World XIII

The Open Rugby inaugural World XIII was revealed in June 1978, it was; Graham Eadie, John Atkinson, Steve Rogers, Jean-Marc Bourret , Green Vigo, Roger Millward, Steve Nash, Jim Mills, Keith Elwell, Steve Pitchford, Terry Randall, George Nicholls and Greg Pierce.

Work life

During the period that Pitchford played for the Leeds side, the players were not full-time professionals. Pitchford worked as a highly skilled miller in several Engineering companies in Leeds and was held in high regard at Crabtree Vickers, the Printing Press manufacturers on Water Lane in the City, and, after the closure of that company, at the Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF) at Barnbow in East Leeds, where he was renowned for his good nature. He also ran a public house, in Eastfield, North Yorkshire for many years.[ citation needed ]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. RL Record Keepers' Club
  3. "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  4. "Foxwood Sporting Triumphs". Armadale.org.uk. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  5. Foxwood School’s Jubilee Brochure, 1980