John Dyson (rugby)

For the cricketer, see Jack Dyson.
John William Dyson
Personal information
Full name John William Dyson
Nickname Jack
Born 6 September 1866
Skelmanthorpe, England
Died 3 January 1909(1909-01-03) (aged 42)
Huddersfield, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Three-quarters
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1890–≥93 Huddersfield
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1890–93 England 4 1 0 0 2
Rugby league
As of 15 June 2012

John "Jack" William Dyson (6 September 1866 — 3 January 1909(1909-01-03) (aged 42)[1]) was a rugby union footballer of the 1890s, playing at representative level for England, and at club level for Huddersfield,[2] as a Three-quarters, i.e. Wing or Centre. Prior to Tuesday 27 August 1895, Huddersfield was a rugby union club.

Playing career

International honours

Jack Dyson was born in Skelmanthorpe, and won caps for England while at Huddersfield in 1890 against Scotland, in 1892 against Scotland, and in 1893 against Ireland, and Scotland.[3]

In the early years of rugby football the goal was to score goals, and a try had zero value, but it provided the opportunity to try at goal, and convert the try to a goal with an unopposed kick at the goal posts. The point values of both the try and goal have varied over time, and in the early years footballers could "score" a try, without scoring any points.

Change of Code

When Huddersfield converted from the rugby union code to the rugby league code on Tuesday 27 August 1895, Jack Dyson would have been 28. Consequently, he may have been both a rugby union and rugby league footballer for Huddersfield, where he died aged 42.


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