Tony Thomas (rugby league)

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Tony Thomas
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YearsTeamPldTGFGP
Oct 1959–66 Wakefield Trinity 80150045
1966–71 Castleford 136280084
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Tony Thomas is a former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. He played at club level for Wakefield Trinity (Heritage № 659), and Castleford (Heritage №), as a centre, i.e. number 3 or 4. [1] [2] [3]

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Wakefield Trinity English rugby league club

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Playing career

Tony Thomas made his début for Wakefield Trinity during October 1959, and he played his last match for Wakefield Trinity during the 1966–67 season.

The 1966–67 Northern Rugby Football League season was the 72nd season of rugby league football in Britain. After Leeds had ended the regular season as league leaders, Wakefield Trinity won their first Championship when they beat St. Helens 21-9 in the Final replay, after a 7-7 draw. The Challenge Cup-winners were Featherstone Rovers who beat Barrow 17-12 in the Wembley final.

Challenge Cup Final appearances

Tony Thomas played left-centre, i.e. number 4, in Castleford’s 11-6 victory over Salford in the 1969 Challenge Cup Final during the 1968–69 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 17 May 1969, in front of a crowd of 97,939, [4] and played right-centre, i.e. number 3, in the 7-2 victory over Wigan in the 1970 Challenge Cup Final during the 1969–70 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 9 May 1970, in front of a crowd of 95,255. [5]

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County Cup Final appearances

Tony Thomas played right-centre, i.e. number 3, in Wakefield Trinity's 18-2 victory over Leeds in the 1964 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1964–65 season at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield on Saturday 31 October 1964, and played left-centre, i.e. number 4, in Castleford's 11-22 defeat by Leeds in the 1968 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1968–69 season at Belle Vue, Wakefield on Saturday 19 October 1968.

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The RFL Yorkshire Cup is a rugby league county cup competition for teams in Yorkshire. Starting in 1905 the competition ran, with the exception of 1915 to 1918, until the 1992–93 season, when it folded due to fixture congestion. In 2019, the competition was relaunched as a pre-season tournament.

Historically, English rugby league clubs competed for the Lancashire Cup and the Yorkshire Cup, known collectively as the county cups. The leading rugby clubs in Yorkshire had played in a cup competition for several years prior to the schism of 1895. However, the Lancashire authorities had refused to sanction a similar tournament, fearing it would lead to professionalism.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final appearances

Tony Thomas played right-centre, i.e. number 3, in Castleford's 8-5 victory over Leigh in the 1967 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1967–68 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 16 January 1968.

Leigh Centurions

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1967 was the third occasion on which the BBC2 Floodlit Trophy competition had been held.

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