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Bramley Legends 

A series of articles written by our colleague Paul Abraham, on the legends that have played for the Bramley Club over the years.

Arthur Keegan

After a glorious and hugely successful career at Hull including playing in all three Ashes tests in 1967 and won a further four test caps against France. His international career ended with appearances for England against Wales and France in 1969.

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Dave Horn

Dave made his Bramley debut in a 5-16 defeat at York on Dec 13th 1958, but then had to wait until Sept 1960 before he featured in the first team again when he was part of the Bramley team who lost 8-15 at home to Hull KR.

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Harold Edmondson

Harold Edmondson’s claim to fame lay dormant for almost seventy years.  It had generally been accepted that Harold Wagstaff at 15 years 175 days of age on his debut for Huddersfield in 1906 was the youngest player to have figured in first-class Rugby League.  Waggie’s claim is now obsolete as it has been conclusively shown that Harold Edmondson, still a schoolboy, played stand-off for Bramley against Bradford Northern on 1st February 1919 aged only 15 years 81 days where he celebrated with his first try for the club in his only appearance that season.

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James Lomas

Signed by Bramley from his home town club of Maryport, the 21 year-old stand-off made his Bramley debut in a 5-14 home defeat against Halifax.  His first try in Bramley’s colours came in a 10-0 home victory versus Liversedge where he also kicked two goals.  October brought another try when he scored the only points in a 3-0 victory against local rivals Holbeck.

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Johnny Wilson

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.

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John Wolford

John Wolford made his first appearance for Bramley as a sixteen year-old, at home to Hunslet in a 12-18 defeat on the 29th Sept 1962 in an Eastern Division championship match.  His only other appearance that season was a 4-23 reverse at Featherstone Rovers in March 1963.

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Lou Marshall

Lou joined the Villagers from Leeds in February 1919 in exchange for winger Squire Stockwell, who later became a Test player, and made his debut for Bramley on Feb 15th 1919 as a try-scoring centre in an impressive 33-0 home victory against York.

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Bob Bartlett

Bob was spotted by Bramley Chairman Walter Popplewell as he managed the 1946 Great Britain Rugby League tourists in Australia.  It is rumoured that Bob thought he was signing for Leeds and not for Bramley in Leeds! However his 100% commitment and skills soon made him a big hit with the Bramley supporters.

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Chris Bowman

Having signed from the Otley Rugby Union club, “Big Chris” soon became a Bramley fan favourite with his block-busting runs and tries which usually had two or three would-be tacklers still trying to stop him as he crashed over the whitewash.

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Jack Austin

Having played at Wakefield and Castleford (where he scored the only try in Castleford’s 7-2 victory in the 1966 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final against Swinton) Jack Austin signed for Bramley for the 1969/70 season and made a try-scoring debut in a tremendous 16-15 home victory against Hull, the next game also at home he scored again although this time for the losing side as Bramley went down 13-22.

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Peter Lister

Having signed from Leeds to obtain regular first team rugby, Peter made his debut at right centre in a 9-28 defeat at Hunslet on the 20th September 1981.  The following week saw him play his first match at McClaren Field and celebrated with his first try for the club in a 15-10 victory against Dewsbury.

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Steve Carroll

Steve made his Bramley debut on the right wing in the 12-23 Yorkshire Cup defeat in the opening game of the 1981-82 season.  His first try for the club came as Bramley lost 13-16 at Doncaster in the Easter weekend.  In all Steve’s debut season consisted of 8 starting appearances and five substitute appearances.

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Graham Idle

Having shone playing in the amateur game in Leeds, Bramley quickly swooped to sign Graham in 1969. Nobody could have predicted when he made his debut as a substitute for scrum-half Horsman in a 9-22 home defeat against Keighley that Graham would finish his career after 740 professional matches over 24 years and nine clubs later.

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Ernest Humphries

Having played Rugby Union for Leeds Grammar School, Ernest signed for his beloved Bramley in 1948 and made his debut on the right-wing in the 17-7 home victory against Batley on 27th August 1949.

He appeared in a total of four matches during the season, three on the right-wing and one on the left-wing.

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Peter Jarvis

Peter Jarvis made his first appearance for Bramley in the 15-12 victory at Huyton on August 28th 1971.  He featured in 29 matches that season and scored his first try for the club against his former club Hunslet at McClaren Field in a hard-fought 8-0 victory.

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Andy Mason

Can a player who only made forty-four appearances for the club, be classed as a legend, in Andy Mason’s case it can.  After representing Yorkshire County Rugby Union on several occasions, Bramley acted swiftly and fought off many bigger and richer clubs to sign Andy for a club-record signing on fee.

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Dennis Warrior

Dennis Warrior joined Bramley in a transfer exchange with Leeds that also brought Joseph “Joe” Hulme to the Barley Mow, with Bob Bartlett and Dennis Murphy going to Headingley in January 1949.  Dennis made a try-scoring debut in the 19-4 home victory against Keighley.

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Ivor Rees

Welsh-born Ivor signed for Bramley from Salford and made a stunning start by scoring the only try of the game in a 5-4 victory at Keighley on October 22nd 1932 while playing at left centre. His other try that season came in the Boxing day 5-8 home defeat against Bradford Northern.

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Paul Fletcher

After giving loyal service to his beloved Leeds, Paul signed for Bramley and made his debut on September 6th 1981 in the impressive 21-12 victory at Halifax.  In a season which saw him start in 22 matches, he scored his first try for the club in a comfortable 20-6 home win versus Blackpool Borough with his second try of the season coming in an 18-11 victory against Batley at McClaren Field.

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Syd Abram

Syd Abram was a rugby league history maker before joining Bramley as he had the distinction of scoring the first try at Wembley in a Rugby League Challenge Cup final.  Playing at stand-off for Wigan as they defeated Dewsbury 13-2 in front of a crowd of 41,500 in May 1929.

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Jim Hainsworth

Jim pulled on the amber and black of Bramley for the first time on the 26th September 1959 in a memorable 14-10 home victory against Castleford.  He then became one of the first names on the team-sheet and ended the season with 31 appearances including a try-scoring appearance in the 39-0 Rugby League Challenge cup victory over Liverpool City at the Barley Mow ground.

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Trevor Briggs

Having to compete at Leeds with Mick Shoebottom, John Holmes, Syd Hynes and John Langley for a centre or stand-off place, Trevor decided to travel the short distance and sign for Bramley.  His enthusiasm, tenacity and drive to win made him an instant fans favourite.

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Dave Sampson

Having signed from Wakefield Trinity Dave made his Bramley debut on the left-wing in the 11-16 home defeat against Leeds in the opening match of the 1966-67 season.  His first points for the club came as he kicked three goals in the stunning 20-18 Yorkshire Cup victory at Leeds while his first try in the Bramley colours was scored in the 23-7 stroll at home to Liverpool City.

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Terry Hollindrake

Having played in a test match for Great Britain and represented Yorkshire while at Keighley, Terry signed for Bramley from Hull in 1964 and made his debut in the 3-19 defeat at York on the 1st February.  His first try in the amber and black came at his former old ground the Boulevard when Bramley went down 8-12 in an Eastern Division match.

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Peter Goodchild

Having represented Yorkshire while at Doncaster, Peter made his first Bramley appearance in the 17-5 home victory at home in the opening match of the 1970-71 season, Peter announced his arrival to McClaren field with two well taken tries.

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Willis Rushton

Classy three-quarter Willis made his debut for Bramley at stand-off in the 12-5 home victory against fierce neighbours Hunslet on the 25th February 1956.  His first try for the club came in a stunning 31-10 home thrashing of Castleford while his other try of the season was scored in the 7-21 defeat at Hunslet’s Parkside ground.

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Shaun Kilner

Shaun achieved what every Bramley supporter dreamt of as he pulled on the amber and black to make his first-team debut on his beloved McClaren Field on the 1st Nov 1981 against Blackpool Borough, a match that Bramley won 20-6.

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Barry Langton

Barry joined Bramley as part of the club record transfer deal, which took Graham Idle to Wakefield Trinity in 1975. The highly-rated half-back made his Bramley debut in the 12-28 Yorkshire Cup first-round defeat at Odsal on 31st August 1975.

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Keith Bollon

Keith holds the distinction of playing for both Bramley Rugby League and Bramley Old Boys Rugby Union, as they were called at the time, a unique achievement, and he is always welcomed back at both clubs since his retirement from playing.

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