Hall of Fame

Members of the Hall of Fame

Member Position Played From:
George Thomson Forward 1875-85
Jimmy Dodd Centre 1876-93
Archie Rigg Half-Back 1891-1915
George Langhorn Forward 1897-1913
Joe Riley Centre 1901-15
Billy Little Full-Back 1901-10
Asa Robinson Forward 1904-23
Jack Beames Forward 1913-22
Cyril Stacey Three-Quarter 1915-29
Frank Todd Stand-Off 1916-28
Dai Rees Forward 1921-32
Hudson Irving Forward 1933-47
Hubert Lockwood Full-Back 1934-46
Charlie Smith Centre 1936-48
Harry Beverley Loose Forward 1937-41
Arthur Bassett Winger 1939-48
Arthur Daniels Winger 1939-48
Stan Kielty Scrum-Half 1946-58
Ken Dean Stand-Off 1948-60
Jack Wilkinson Prop 1948-59
Alvin Ackerley Hooker 1948-58
Albert Fearnley Second Row 1950-56
Tommy Lynch Centre 1951-56
John Thorley Prop 1952-60
John Burnett Centre 1953-67
Johnny Freeman Winger 1954-67
Garfield Owen Full-Back 1956-61
Charlie Renilson Loose Forward 1957-69
Jack Scroby Prop 1959-70
Terry Fogerty Second Row 1961-73
Ronnie James Full-Back 1961-72
Colin Dixon Centre 1961-68
Ken Roberts Prop 1963-67
Gordon Baker Scrum-Half 1964-82
Mick Scott Second Row 1974-91
Chris Anderson Stand-Off 1984-87
Karl Harrison Prop 1991-98
John Martin Second row 1967-80

Introduction

The Hall of Fame was first set up by the Halifax RLFC Past Players Association in 1993, when 24 framed portraits were unveiled in the Taverners Club at Thrum Hall.

This was the culmination of months of research by the Association and club historian Andrew Hardcastle, including wide consultation with former players, officials, supporters and historians, and the checking of club records. The selection was based on great playing ability, length of service and commitment to the club, though only those who had been retired from the club for over 10 years were considered.

During the years since the original launch, additions have occasionally been made to the original 24, usually at annual dinners of the Players Association, so that there are now 36 members. More will be added in future.

When the Taverners Club closed following the sale of Thrum Hall, the Hall of Fame was moved to The Shay, where it was sited in The Weavers in an area  known as The Hall of Fame Bar.

It stood alongside other club photographs and memorabilia which tell the history of the great club, including all the great Cup and League triumphs since formation in 1873. This material was previously housed in the Thrum Hall Boardroom.

Now that  the East Stand is completed, the Hall of Fame is currently situated in the Bar adjacent to the Banqueting suite on the first Floor, where we also have the Club's Trophy cabinet.  There is a duplicate of our Hall of Fame within Asda Thrum Hall,  site of our original ground

George Thomson (1875-1885)

Born: Halifax
Position: Forward
Debut: 28/12/1875
Last Appearance: 13/03/1885
Appearances: 170
Tries: 60
Goals: 16
Honours: Yorkshire (29), England (9)

Jimmy Dodd (1876-1893)

Born; Kirby Lonsdale
Position: Centre
Debut; 7/10/1876
Last Appearance: 22/4/1893
Apearances: 327
Tries: 60
Goals: 96
Honours: Yorkshire (31)

Archie Rigg 1891-1915

Born: Halifax
Position: Half Back
Debut:19/9/1891
Last Appearance: 1915
Appearances: 333
Goals: 53
Honours: Yorkshire (32)

George Langhorn 1897- 1913

Born:  Halifax
Position: Forward
Debut: 1/1/1898
Last Appearance: 18/1/1913
Appearances: 413
Tries: 60
Goals: 16
Honours: Yorkshire (3), England (1)

Joe Riley 1901-1915

Born:  Sowerby Bridge
Position: Centre
Debut: 7/9/1901
Last Appearance: 2/1/1915
Appearances: 419
Tries: 117
Goals: 23
Points: 397
Honours: Yorkshire (6), England (2), Gt Britain (1) Tour 1910

Billy Little 1901-1910

Born: Cumberland
Position: Full Back
Debut: 21/9/1901
Last appearance: 28/3/1910
Appearances: 305
Tries: 4
Goals: 326
Points: 664
Honours: Yorkshire (4), England (1), Cumberland (8)

Asa Robinson 1904-1923

Born: Halifax
Position: forward
Debut: 5/11/1904
Last appearance: 9/9/1923
Appearances: 348
Tries: 38
Goals: 14
Points: 142
Honours: Yorkshire(4), England (5), Gt Britain (3)

Jack Beames 1913-1922

Born: Wales
Position: Forward
Debut: 6/9/1913
Last Appearance: 11/12/1922
Appearances: 149
Tries: 30
Goals: 0
Points: 90
Honours: Other Nat. (1), Wales (2), Gt Britain (2)

Cyril Stacey 1915-1929

Born: Halifax
Position: Three Quarter
Debut: 1915
Last appearance: 9/2/1929
Appearances: 199
Tries: 87
Goals: 17
Honours: Yorkshire (5), Gt Britain (1), Tour 1920

Frank Todd 1916-1928

Born: Halifax
Position: Stand Off
Debut: 1916
Last Appearance: 21/4/1928
Appearances: 333
Tries: 66
Goals: 2
Points: 202
Honours: Yorkshire (8), England (3)

Dai Rees 1921-1932

Born: Wales
Position: Second Row
Debut: 27/8/1921
Last appearance: 16/1/1932
Appearances: 279
Tries: 28
Goals: 2
Points: 88
Honours: Glam & Mon (1), Other Nat(1) Tour 1924, Wales (6), Gt Britain (1)

Hudson Irving 1933-1947

Born:  Cumberland
Position: Forward
Debut: 2/9/1933
Last Appearance: 12/4/1947
Appearances: 392
Tries: 73
Goals: 0
Points: 219
Honours: Yorkshire (1), Cumberland (6), England (4)

Hubert Lockwood 1934 -1946

Born: Huddersfield
Position: FullBack
Debut: 27/1/1934
Last appearance: 22/4/1946
Appearances: 348
Tries: 6
Goals: 819
Points: 1656
Honours: Yorkshire(3)

Charlie Smith 1936-1948

Born: New Zealand
Position: Centre
Debut: 5/12/1936
Last Appearance: 25/12/1948
Appearances: 318
Tries: 62
Goals: 0
Points: 186
Honours: British Empire X111 (1)

Harry Beverley 1937-1941

Born: Hunslet
Position: Loose Forward
Debut: 20/10/1937
Last appearance: 17/5/1941
Appearances: 112
Tries: 16
Goals: 0
Points: 48
Honours: Yorkshire(2), England (1), Gt Britain (2)

Arthur Bassett 1939 - 1948

Born: Wales
Position: Wing
Debut: 28/1/1939
Last Appearance: 14/2/1948
Appearances: 110
Tries:
66
Goals: 1
Points: 200
Honours:  Wales (3), Gt Britain (2), Tour 1946

Arthur Daniels 1946 - 1957

Born: wales
Position: Wing
Debut: 25/8/1945
Last Appearance: 22/4/1957
Appearances: 376
Tries: 215
Goals: 2
Points: 649
Honours: Wales (13)

Stan Kielty 1946 - 1958

Born: Castleford
Position: Scrum Half
Debut:19/10/1946
Last appearance: 9/9/1958
Appearances: 482
Tries: 73
Goals: 7
Points: 233
Honours: Yorkshire (11), England (3)

Ken Dean 1948 - 1960

Born: Halifax
Position: Stand Off
Debut: 6/11/1948
Last Appearance: 5/3/1960
Appearances: 393
Tries: 89
Goals: 67
Points: 401
Honours: Yorkshire (11), England (2)

Jack Wilkinson 1948 - 1959

Born: Halifax
Position: Prop
Debut: 11/10/1948
Last Appearance: 15/4/1959
Appearances: 250
Tries: 22
Goals: 0
Points: 66
Honours: Yorkshire (4), Gt Britain (6) Tour 1954

Alvin Ackerley 1948 - 1958

Born: Cumberland
Position: Hooker
Debut: 9/10/1948
Last Appearance: 4/10/1959
Appearances: 396
Tries; 13
Goals: 0
Points: 39
Honours: Cumberland (10), England (6), Gt Britain (2) Tour 1958

Albert Fearnley 1950 - 1956

Born: Bradford
Position: Second Row
Debut: 18/11/1950
Last appearance: 1/9/1956
Appearances: 207
Tries: 38
Goals: 0
Points: 114
Honours:  Yorkshire (5)

Tommy Lynch 1951 - 1956

Born: New Zealand
Position: Centre
Debut: 1/1/1952
Last Appearance: 12/5/1956
Appearances: 188
Tries: 112
Goals: 9
Points: 354
Honours: Other Nats (4)

John Thorley 1952 - 1960

Born: Wales
Position: Prop
Debut: 12/4/1952
Last Appearance: 16/1/1960
Appearances: 261
Tries: 27
Goals: 0
Points: 81
Honours: Other Nats (2), Wales(2) World Cup 1954, Gt Britain(4)

John Burnett 1953 - 1967

Born: Halifax
Position: Centre
Debut: 16/1/1954
Last Appearance: 15/4/1967
Appearances: 344
Tries: 130
Goals: 0
Points: 390
Honours: Yorkshire (6)

Johnny Freeman 1954 - 1967

Born: Wales
Position: Wing
Debut; 4/12/1954
Last Appearance: 27/3/1967
Appearances: 395
Tries: 290
Goals: 15
Points: 900
Honours: Wales X111 91

Garfield Owen 1956 - 1961

Born: Wales
Position: FullBack
Debut: 1/11/1956
Last appearance: 21/8/1961
Appearances: 166
Tries: 4
Goals: 535
Points: 1082
Honours: wales X111 (1)

Charlie Renilson 1957 - 1969

Born: Scotland
Position: Loose Forward
Debut: 12/10/1957
Last appearance: 26/3/1969
Appearances: 302
Tries: 70
Goals: 19
Points: 248
Honours:  Gt Britain (8) World Cup 1968

Jack Scroby 1959 - 1970

Born: Halifax
Position: Prop
Debut: 28/8/1959
Last appearance: 28/2/1970
Appearances: 315
Tries: 22
Goals: 0
Points: 66
Honours: Yorkshire (7)

Terry Fogerty 1961 - 1973

Born: Glossop
Position; Second row
Debut: 23/3/1961
Last appearance: 8/9/1973
Appearances: 298
Tries: 65
Goals; 1
Points: 197
Honours: Lancashire (2), Gt Britain (1) Tour 1966

Ronnie James 1961 - 1972

Born: Wales
Position: FullBack
Debut: 25/3/1961
Last appearance: 14/11/1971
Appearances: 372
Tries: 45
Goals: 1028
Points: 2191
Honours: Commonwealth X111 (1)

Colin Dixon 1961 - 1968

Born: Wales
Position: Centre/Second Row
Debut: 30/8/1961
Last appearance:14/12/1968
Appearances: 245
Tries: 73
Goals: 0
Points: 219
Honours: Wales (1), Gt Britain (1)

Ken Roberts 1963 - 1967

Born: Atherton
Position: Prop
Debut: 24/8/1963
Last appearance: 27/1/1967
Appearances: 127
Tries: 6
Goals: 0
Points: 18
Honours: Lancashire (4), Gt Britain (10) Tour 1966

Gordon Baker 1964 - 1982

Born: Rochdale
Position: Scrum Half
Debut: 2/9/1964
Last Appearance: 4/4.1982
Appearances: 304
Tries: 60
Goals: 0
Points: 180
Honours:

Mick Scott 1974 - 1991

Born: Halifax
Position: Second Row
Debut: 20/10/1974
Last Appearance: 12/5/1991
Appearances: 306
Tries: 43
Goals: 43
Points: 202
Honours:

Chris Anderson 1984 - 1987

Born: Australia
Position: Stand Off
Debut: 2/12/1984
Last Appearance: 2/5/1987 (Cup final)
Appearances: 92
Tries: 22
Goals: 0
Points: 88
Honours:

Karl Harrison 1991-1998

Born 20/2/1964
Position
Prop
Debut
1/9/1991
Last appearance
9/10/1998
Appearances
203
Tries
13
Goals
0
Points
52
Honours
  Gt Britain (11) England (6)

John Martin 1967-1980

Born 1/5/1948
Position
Second Row
Debut
22/8/1967
Last appearance
14/9/1980
Appearances
262
Tries
20
Goals
8
Points
76
Honours

When the Hall of Fame was relocated to the Shay Stadium all the surviving members were invited to come along. In the picture from left to right are;

Garfield Owen, Jack Scroby, Ronnie James, John Burnett, Ken Dean,Gordon Baker, John Martin, and Mick Scott