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Ernest Ashcroft

Ernest J. Ashcroft
Personal information
Full name Ernest J. Ashcroft
Nickname Ernie
Born April→June 1925 (age 88–89)
Wigan district, England
Playing information
Position Fullback, Wing, Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1942–58 Wigan 525 241 723
1958–61 Huddersfield
Total 525 241 0 0 723
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1946–51 England 11 2 0 0 6
1952 British Empire XIII 1? 0 0 0 0
1947–54 Great Britain 11 3 0 0 9
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1958–61 Huddersfield
1961–≥61 Warrington
Total 0 0 0 0
Source: englandrl.co.uk

Ernest "Ernie" J. Ashcroft (birth registered April→June 1925 (age 88–89) in Wigan district[1]) is an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1940s, '50s and '60s, and coach of the 1950s and '60s, playing at representative level for Great Britain, England, and British Empire XIII, and at club level for Wigan, and Huddersfield, as a Fullback, Wing, or Centre, i.e. number 1, 2 or 5, or, 3 or 4, and coaching at club level for Huddersfield, and Warrington.

Playing career

International honours

Ernie Ashcroft won caps for England while at Wigan in 1946 against Wales, in 1947 against France, and Wales, in 1948 against France, in 1949 against France, and Other Nationalities, in 1950 against Wales, and France, in 1951 against Other Nationalities, Wales, and France,[2] for British Empire XIII while at Wigan in 1952 against New Zealand (Reserve), and won caps for Great Britain while at Wigan in 1947 against New Zealand (2 matches), in 1950 against Australia (2 matches), New Zealand, and Australia, and in 1954 against Australia (3 matches), and New Zealand (2 matches).[3]

Rugby Football League Championship final appearances

Ernie Ashcroft played Wing, i.e. number 5 in Wigan's 13–9 victory over Dewsbury in the 1943–44 Wartime Emergency League Rugby Football League Championship final first-leg at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 13 May 1944,[4] in the 12–5 victory over Dewsbury in the 1943–44 Wartime Emergency League Rugby Football League Championship final second-leg at Crown Flatt, Dewsbury on Saturday 20 May 1944,[4] played Centre, i.e. number 4 and scored two tries in the 13–4 victory over Huddersfield in the 1945–46 Rugby Football League Championship final at Maine Road, Manchester on Saturday 18 May 1946,[5] and in the 13–4 victory over Dewsbury in the 1946–47 Rugby Football League Championship final at Maine Road, Manchester on Saturday 21 June 1947.[6]

Rugby League County League appearances

Ernie Ashcroft played in Wigan's 1946–47, 1949–50, and 1951–52 Lancashire League victories.[7]

Challenge Cup final appearances

Ernie Ashcroft played Centre, i.e. number 4 in Wigan's 8–3 victory over Bradford Northern in the 1947–48 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 1 May 1948.[8]

Rugby League County Cup final appearances

Ernie Ashcroft played Centre, i.e. number 4 in Wigan's 9-3 victory over Belle Vue Rangers in the 1946–47 Lancashire Cup final at Station Road, Swinton, on Saturday 26 October 1946,[9] played Stand-off/Five-eighth, i.e. number 6 in the 10-7 victory over Belle Vue Rangers in the 1947–48 Lancashire Cup final at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington, on Saturday 1 November 1947,[10] played Centre, i.e. number 4 in the 14-8 victory over Warrington in the 1948–49 Lancashire Cup final at Station Road, Swinton, on Saturday 13 November 1948,[11] and in the 20-7 victory over Leigh in the 1949–50 Lancashire Cup final at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington, on Saturday 29 October 1949.[12]

Genealogical information

Ernie Ashcroft's marriage to Vera Dean was registered on 23 February 1952 in Wigan district.[13]

References

External links

  • England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
  • Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
  • Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org
  • Statistics at wigan.rlfans.com
  • U.K. League Hooker in Doubt
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