Rugby Football League Hall of Fame

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Douglas Clark was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

The Rugby League Hall of Fame honours the leading players of the sport of rugby league. It was established by the sport's governing body in the UK, the Rugby Football League, in 1988.[1] Players must have been retired for at least five years to be eligible; they must also have played at least ten years within the British game. Players are chosen for induction to the hall of fame by a panel consisting of sports writers, broadcasters and officials.[2]

Inductions to the hall of fame have been sporadic. Nine players were inducted when the hall was opened in 1988 and one more was added the following year. In 1995 the members of the hall of fame appeared on postage stamps released as part of Britain's centenary celebrations.[3] There were no new inductees until 2000, when three more players were introduced as part of the buildup to the 2000 Rugby League World Cup. A further four players were inducted in 2005, and four more in 2013 during the fourteenth World Cup.

The Hall of Fame is located at the George Hotel in Huddersfield, where a group of northern clubs met in 1895 and resolved to leave the Rugby Football Union to form their own body, which led to the development of the separate codes of rugby league and rugby union.[4]

Hall of Fame members[edit]

Inducted Player Name Position Club(s)
1988 England Billy Batten Centre Hull
1988 Australia Brian Bevan Wing Warrington
1988 Wales Billy Boston Wing Wigan, Blackpool Borough
1988 England Alex Murphy Scrum-half St. Helens, Leigh, Warrington
1988 England Jonty Parkin Scrum-half Wakefield Trinity, Hull Kingston Rovers
1988 Wales Gus Risman Centre Salford, Workington Town
1988 Australia Albert Rosenfeld Wing Huddersfield, Wakefield Trinity, Bradford Northern, Easts
1988 Wales Jim Sullivan Fullback Wigan
1988 England Harold Wagstaff Centre Huddersfield
1989 England Neil Fox Centre Wakefield Trinity, Bradford Northern, Hull Kingston Rovers, York, Huddersfield
2000 England Vince Karalius Loose forward St. Helens, Widnes
2000 England Roger Millward Stand-off Castleford, Hull Kingston Rovers
2000 South Africa Tom van Vollenhoven Wing St. Helens
2005 England Eric Ashton Centre Wigan
2005 England Douglas Clark Loose forward Huddersfield
2005 England Ellery Hanley Loose forward Bradford Northern, Wigan, Leeds, Balmain, Western Suburbs
2005 England Martin Hodgson Second-row Swinton
2013 Wales Lewis Jones Stand-off Leeds
2013 England Martin Offiah Wing Widnes, Wigan, Eastern Suburbs, St George Dragons, London Broncos, Salford City Reds
2013 England Garry Schofield Centre, Stand-off Hull FC, Leeds, Balmain, Western Suburbs, Doncaster, Huddersfield, Bramley
2013 England Mick Sullivan Wing Huddersfield, Wigan, St. Helens, York, Dewsbury
2014 England Willie Horne Stand-off Oldham, Barrow
2014 England Mal Reilly Loose forward Castleford, Manly-Warringah
2015 England Shaun Edwards Scrum-half, Stand-off Wigan, Balmain, London, Bradford
2015 England Albert Goldthorpe Fullback, Stand-off Hunslet

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Barrow legend Willie Horne inducted into RL Hall of Fame". North-West Evening Mail. 20 October 2014. Archived from the original on 21 March 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
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  3. ^ Carr, Richard (1995-10-01). "Britain marks centennial of the Rugby League". Sun Sentinel. Fort Lauderdale. p. 6. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
  4. ^ Whitwam, Linda (14 February 2012). "Huddersfield's historic George Hotel has new owners". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 13 January 2015.

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