RULES FOR SELECTING THE THRUM HALL XIII
To help ensure that we have a chronological spread for the final XIII, we have split players into eras. There are five; namely the 1800s, 1900-1930, 1931-1960, 1961-1980 and 1981-1998. A total, in the first instance, of 78 players. People will be asked to select 13 players. There must be at least one choice from the 1800s and one from 1900-1930. In addition, there must be at least two from the other three categories. That’s 8 choices, with the other five being totally free picks from any era.
We are not looking for a team as such, i.e. a full back, two wingers, two centres etc., just the most influential 13 to have graced the old ground. For example, a colleague has picked 4 props, but no hooker or second row.
The player list is below. Also a brief historical analysis of each selected player will then be published, so people can make a more informed choice.
FULL LIST OF PLAYERS, ERA BY ERA
1800s: Jimmy DODD, George KITSON, George LANGHORN, James (Archie) RIGG
1900-1930: Jack BEAMES, Billy LITTLE, Dai REES, Joe RILEY, Asa ROBINSON, Cyril STACEY, Frank TODD
1931-1960: Alvin ACKERLEY, Arthur BASSETT, Harry BEVERLEY, John BURNETT, Arthur DANIELS, Ken DEAN, Albert FEARNLEY, Johnny FREEMAN, Hudson IRVING, Stan KIELTY, Hubert LOCKWOOD, Tommy LYNCH, Garfield OWEN, Geoff PALMER, Les PEARCE, Charlie RENILSON, Jack SCROBY, John SHAW, Charlie SMITH, John THORLEY, Ken TRAILL, Jack WILKINSON, Keith WILLIAMS.
1961-1980: Gordon BAKER, Ben BEEVERS, Bruce BURTON, Dave CALLON, Terry DEWHIRST, Colin DIXON, Terry FOGERTY, Ian FOYE, Tony HALMSHAW, Ronnie JAMES, Terry LANGTON, Ken LOXTON, John MARTIN, Ken ROBERTS, John (Sammy) SANDERSON, Mick SCOTT, George STANDIDGE, Keith WAITES, David WILLICOMBE.
1981-1998: Malcolm AGAR, Chris ANDERSON, Tony ANDERSON, Greg AUSTIN, Martin BELLA, John BENTLEY, Paul DIXON, Graham EADIE, John FIELDHOUSE, Wilf GEORGE, Michael HAGAN, Karl HARRISON, Brendan HILL, Neil JAMES, Joe KILROY, Paul LANGMACK, Seamus McCALLION, Keith NELLER, John PENDLEBURY, Mark PRESTON, Grant RIX, Geoff ROBINSON, Paul ROWLEY, John SCHUSTER, Steve SMITH, Gary STEPHENS, Fereti TUILAGI, Colin WHITFIELD.