Jim Leytham

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Jim Leytham
Personal information
Full name James Leytham
Born fourth ¼ 1879
Lancaster, England
Died 20 August 1916 (aged 36)
Morecambe Bay, England
Playing information
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 12 st 8 lb (80 kg)
Position Wing

Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1897–03 Lancaster
1903–12 Wigan 280 258 267 1,308
Total 280 258 267 0
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Lancashire
1905–10 England 5 8 7 0 38
1908–10 Great Britain 5 10 1 0 32
Source: [1][2][3]

James Leytham (birth registered fourth ¼ 1879[4] – 20 August 1916[5]), also known by the nicknames of "Jim", and "Gentleman Jim", was an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1890s, 1900s and 1910s. He played at representative level for Great Britain, England, and Lancashire, and at club level for Lancaster, and Wigan (captain), as a wing, i.e. number 2 (number 14 in a 15-player team) or 5 (number 11 in a 15-player team).[1]

Background[edit]

Jim Leytham's birth was registered in Lancaster, Lancashire, he along with several members of his family died in a fishing accident in the River Lune Estuary, Morecambe Bay, Lancashire on Sunday 20 August 1916,[6] his death aged 36 was registered in Lancaster, Lancashire[7]

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Leytham made his début for Wigan, and scored a try in the 14-0 victory over Batley at Central Park, Wigan, on Saturday 12 December 1903, and played his last match for Wigan, and scored a try in the 8-8 draw with Hull F.C. at Central Park, Wigan, on Monday 8 April 1912, after which injury forced him to retire.[7] During Jim Leytham's time at Wigan, they also won the South West Lancashire League in 1904–05, and 1905–06.[8]

Leytham played right wing, and scored two conversions in Wigan's 7-3 victory over Oldham in the Championship Final during the 1908–09 season at The Willows, Salford on Saturday 1 May 1909.[9]

Leytham played in Wigan's victories in the Lancashire County League during the 1908–09 season, 1910–11 season, and 1911–12 season.[8]

Leytham played right wing, in Wigan's 0-0 draw with Leigh in the 1905–06 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1905–06 season at Wheater's Field, Broughton, on Saturday 2 December 1905,[10] played right wing, and scored a conversion in the 8-0 victory over Leigh in the 1905–06 Lancashire County Cup Final replay during the 1905–06 season at Wheater's Field, Broughton, on Monday 11 December 1905,[10] played right wing, and scored a conversion in the 10-9 victory over Oldham in the 1908–09 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1908–09 season at Wheater's Field, Broughton, on Saturday 19 December 1908,[11] and played right wing and scored a try, and two conversions in the 22-5 victory over Leigh in the 1909–10 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1909–10 season at Wheater's Field, Broughton, on Saturday 27 November 1909.[12]

Notable tour matches[edit]

Leytham played right wing, and scored 3-conversions in Wigan's 12-8 victory over New Zealand in the 1907–1908 New Zealand rugby tour of Australia and Great Britain match at Central Park, Wigan, on Saturday 9 November 1907,[13] played right wing, and scored 2-conversions in the 10-7 victory over Australia in the 1908–09 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain match at Central Park, Wigan, on Saturday 9 January 1909,[14] played right wing in the 16-8 victory over Australia in the 1908–09 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain match at Central Park, Wigan, on Wednesday 20 January 1909,[15] and played right wing, and scored his team's sole try in the 7-2 victory over Australia in the 1911–12 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain match at Central Park, Wigan, on Saturday 28 October 1911.[16]

International honours[edit]

Leytham played in the first ever rugby league international for England while at Wigan in 1905 against Other Nationalities, he went on to win further caps in 1906 against Other Nationalities and in 1908 against New Zealand,[2] and won caps for Great Britain while at Wigan in 1908 against New Zealand (2 matches), and in 1910 against Wales (2 matches).[3]

He was selected to go on the 1910 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand, and played against Australia (2 matches), Australasia (2 matches), and New Zealand.[17] In this tour's Ashes series, he set the record for most tries in a match with four in Britain's victory in the second test.

Along with Stanley "Stan" Moorhouse, Peter Norburn, Keith Fielding, Stuart Wright, Martin Offiah, and Sam Tomkins; having scored four tries, Jim Leytham, jointly holds the record for the most tries scored in an England match, scoring four tries against Other Nationalities at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on 2 January 1905.

Genealogical information[edit]

Jim Leytham's marriage to Mary Isabella (née Wilson) was registered during April→Jun 1908 in Lancaster district.[18] They had children; Isabel Leytham (birth registered fourth ¼ 1908 in Lancaster district), Reginald G. Leytham (birth registered fourth ¼ 1910 in Lancaster district), and James Leytham (birth registered fourth ¼ 1911 in Lancaster district).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Death details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "New trophy will honour Lancaster's rugby great". Lancashire Evening Post. UK: Johnston Publishing Ltd. 12 December 2003. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Tom Mather (2010). "Best in the Northern Union". Pages 128–142. ISBN 978-1-903659-51-9
  8. ^ a b "Statistics at wigan.rlfans.com". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "1908–1909 Championship Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "1905–1906 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "1908–1909 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "1909–1910 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "1907 Tour match: Wigan 12 New Zealand 8". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "1909 Tour match: Wigan 10 Australia 7". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "1909 Tour match: Wigan 16 Australia 8". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "1911 Tour match: Wigan 7 Australia 2". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Papers Past – Evening Post – 14 May 1910 – Football". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Marriage details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

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