Bramley Legends - Johnny Wilson - Bramley Buffaloes

New Zealand Maori Johnny Wilson made his first appearance for Bramley in a 15-13 home victory against Salford where his first three goals for the club was the difference between winning and losing. A try and two goals in a 19 all draw at home to Wigan being the highlight of a season which brought Johnny 99 goals and 4 tries in his 37 appearances which included 4 matches playing at stand-off.

1954/55 saw Johnny pass 100 goals in the season after missing out by a single goal in his debut season when he notched over his first of six in a 27-6 home win against Hull with his best tally being 7 against Hull KR in a 29-3 victory at the Barley Mow.

Johnny celebrated his 100th appearance for the club when he kicked 8 goals in a thumping 31-10 victory at home to Castleford in March 1956.  Two games later he added another 7 as Bramley brushed aside Batley 35-12 at the “Mow”.  This season saw him share the goal-kicking responsibilities with George Langfield who also kicked 71 goals that season.

With Langfield taking over as the clubs first choice kicker, Johnny was reduced to 17 goals and 2 tries in 1956/57 from his 39 appearances (only missing the away match at Castleford in April) and 54 goals and a try the following season which included 7 goals away at Warrington.

Season 1958/59 saw Johnny reinstated as number one kicker for the club and celebrated by hitting 106 goals including 9 in a 30-15 home win against Keighley and 8 in a 22-14 against Dewsbury again at the Barley Mow.  91 goals followed the next season with highlights being 9 against Liverpool City in a 39-0 RL Cup-tie and 7 each at home in a 17-17 draw against Hunslet and a 29-8 victory against Liverpool City.  The 1960/61 season brought another 92 successful kicks at goal in his 35 appearances including a haul of 8 in a 28-2 home win against York.

The 1961/62 saw a record-breaking season in the career of Johnny Wilson as he broke the club goals-in-a-season record when he kicked 130 goals including 8 in a 28-2 victory at Bradford and 7 versus Rochdale and York at home, the York game being the last match of the season and where he broke and created the new record. He also kicked 3 goals for a Leeds 13 against the New Zealand touring team in a 9-24 defeat at Headingley.  The season also saw him play his 300th game for Bramley when he donned the amber and black at the Boulevard in a 9-29 defeat where he kicked 3 goals.

Another 98 goals were kicked in 1962/63 including 7 at Hull KR in a 20-12 win and 6 in a 15-7 home victory against York in the Eastern Division Championship.  The following season was his last season at Bramley and saw Johnny only make 10 appearances where he still kicked 31 goals including 7 in a 20-5 home victory against York.  His final match being a tight 8-12 defeat at Hull in an Eastern Division Championship match.  The end of an amazing career where his goal-kicking exploits were amazing but Bramley fans and Rugby League fans will always remember Johnny as well for his famous shoulder-charge tackles which often left opponents ending up flattened or in a crumpled heap among the supporters!


Bramley Career Record

1953/4     Apps  37     Tries  4     Goals  99     Points  210

1954/5     Apps  36     Tries  4     Goals  107     Points  226

1955/6     Apps  33     Tries  3     Goals  73     Points  155

1956/7     Apps  39     Tries  2     Goals  17     Points  40

1957/8     Apps  37     Tries  1     Goals  54     Points  111

1958/9     Apps  37     Tries  2     Goals  106     Points  218

1959/60   Apps  28     Tries  0     Goals  91     Points 182

1960/1     Apps  35     Tries  0     Goals  92     Points 184

1961/2     Apps  35     Tries  0     Goals  130    Points  260

1962/3     Apps  37     Tries  0     Goals  98     Points  196

1963/4     Apps  10     Tries  0     Goals  31     Points  62


Total     Apps  364     Tries  16     Goals  898     Points  1844


Total does not include the Leeds 13 v New Zealand tour match.