John Payne (rugby)

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John Payne
Lancashire county rugby team 1887 cropped.jpg
J. H. Payne sitting front row with ball
Personal information
Full nameJohn Henry Payne
Born(1858-03-19)19 March 1858
Broughton, England
Died4 January 1942(1942-01-04) (aged 83)
Victoria Park, Manchester, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1882–≥85 Broughton RUFC
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1887–≥87 Lancashire ≥1
1882–85 England 7 0 1 0 1

John Henry Payne (19 March 1858 – 4 January 1942) was an English rugby union footballer of the 1880s. He played at representative level for England, and Lancashire (captain), and at club level for Broughton RUFC, as a Half-back, e.g. Fly-half, or Scrum-half, he died in Victoria Park, Manchester.

Payne also played first-class cricket for Cambridge University in the 1880 season and for Lancashire in 1883.[1]

Early life[edit]

Payne was born in Broughton, Salford, Lancashire (now in Greater Manchester), the son of John Brown Payne (1826–1887), also a cricketer and lawyer.[2] He was educated at Manchester Grammar School and St John's College, Cambridge.[3]


International honours[edit]

John Payne won caps for England while at Broughton RUFC in the 1881–82 Home Nations rugby union matches against Scotland, in the 1883 Home Nations Championship against Wales, Ireland, and Scotland, in the 1884 Home Nations Championship against Ireland, and in the 1885 Home Nations Championship against Wales, and Ireland.[4]

County honours[edit]

John Payne won cap(s) for Lancashire captain while at Broughton RUFC including against Middlesex at The Oval on Saturday 12 March 1887, that was attended by the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII), and is believed to be the first rugby match attended by royalty.[5]


Payne played cricket for Lancashire and Cambridge University. He appeared in eleven first-class matches as a righthanded batsman and wicketkeeper. He scored 166 runs with a highest score of 33 and held seven catches with four stumpings.[6]

Later life[edit]

After graduating at Cambridge, Payne became a solicitor with a practice in Manchester, Messrs Galloway and Payne.[7]


  1. ^ "Player Profile: John Payne". Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  2. ^ "John Brown Payne".
  3. ^ Dunning, Eric; Sheard, Kenneth (2005). Barbarians, Gentlemen and Players: A Sociological Study of the Development of Rugby Football. Psychology Press. p. 99.
  4. ^ "Statistics at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Stones roll but Moss remains a mystery". 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  6. ^ John Payne at ESPNcricinfo
  7. ^ "Payne, John Henry (PN877JH)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.

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