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Ernest Ward
Born (1920-07-30)30 July 1920[1]
Dewsbury, England
Died 9 July 1987(1987-07-09) (aged 66)[2]

Ernest Ward (30 July 1920 – 9 July 1987) was an English rugby league footballer who played in the 1940s and 1950s, and coached in the 1950s. He played at representative level for Great Britain, British Empire, Combined Nationalities and England, and at club level for Bradford Northern (captain), and Castleford (Heritage № 366), as a goal-kicking Fullback, Centre or second-row, i.e. number 1, 3 or 4, or, 11 or 12, during the era of contested scrums,[3][4][5][6] and coached at club level for Castleford.[7][8] Ernest Ward was a Private in the British Army during World War II.[9]

Background

Ward was born in Dewsbury, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, and he lived in a bungalow in Wyke, Bradford.

Playing career

Bradford Northern

Ernest Ward made 391 appearances for Bradford Northern, scoring 117 tries and 538 goals, for a total of 1427 points, he was inducted into the Bradford Northern/Bradford Bulls Hall of Fame in September 2006.

International honours

Ernest Ward won caps for England while at Bradford Northern in 1941 against Wales, in 1945 against Wales (2 matches), in 1946 against France (2 matches), and Wales (2 matches), in 1947 against France, and Wales, in 1948 against France (2 matches), in 1949 against Wales, and France (2 matches), in 1950 against Wales (2 matches), and France, in 1952 against Other Nationalities (2 matches), and Wales, won caps for Wales while at Bradford Northern in 1946 against France, in 1947 against France, England, New Zealand, France, and England, in 1948 against France, England, France, and Australia, in 1949 against England, and France, and in 1951 against Other Nationalities (2 matches),[10] represented British Empire while at Bradford Northern in 1952 against New Zealand, and won caps for Great Britain while at Bradford Northern in 1946 against Australia (3 matches), and New Zealand, in 1947 against New Zealand (2 matches), in 1948 against Australia (3 matches), in 1950 against Australia (3 matches), and New Zealand (2 matches), in 1951 against New Zealand (3 matches), and in 1952 against Australia (3 matches).[11]

As of September 2010, With 26 goals, Ernest Ward is fourth in the list of England's all-time Goal Scorers, behind George Fairbairn, Andrew Farrell & Kevin Sinfield,[12] with 58 points he is 4th in the list of England's all-time Point Scorers, again behind George Fairbairn, Andrew Farrell & Kevin Sinfield.[13]

Championship Final appearances

Ernest Ward played in Bradford Northern's 26-20 aggregate victory over Halifax in the Championship Final during the 1944–45 season; the 2-9 defeat at Thrum Hall, Halifax, and the 24-11 victory at Odsal Stadium, Bradford.

Challenge Cup Final appearances

Ernest Ward played in Bradford Northern's 8-3 aggregate victory over Wigan in the 1943–44 Challenge Cup Final during the 1943–44 season; the 0-3 defeat at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 15 April 1944, and the 8-0 victory at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 22 April 1944, played and scored 2 conversions in the 8-4 victory over Leeds in the 1946–47 Challenge Cup Final during the 1946–47 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 3 May 1947, played left-centre, i.e. number 4, and was captain in the 3-8 defeat by Wigan in the 1947–48 Challenge Cup Final during the 1947–48 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 1 May 1948,[14] and played, and was man of the match winning the Lance Todd Trophy in Bradford Northern's 12-0 victory over Halifax in the 1948–49 Challenge Cup Final during the 1948–49 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 7 May 1949.

Bradford Northern played in five of the six Challenge Cup finals between 1944 and 1949, the first two finals; the 1943–44 Challenge Cup Final against Wigan, and the 1944–45 Challenge Cup Final against Huddersfield were played over two-legs, five Bradford Northern players played in all five of these finals, they were; Eric Batten, Vic Darlison, Donald Ward, Ernest Ward, and Frank Whitcombe.

County Cup Final appearances

Ernest Ward played in Bradford Northern's 5-2 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the 1945–46 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1945–46 season at Thrum Hall, Halifax on Saturday 3 November 1945, played left-centre, i.e. number 4, in the 18-9 victory over Castleford in the 1948–49 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1948–49 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 30 October 1948, and played left-centre, i.e. number 4, and scored 4-conversions in the 11-4 victory over Huddersfield in the 1949–50 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1949–50 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 29 October 1949.

Other notable matches

Ernest Ward played fullback for Northern Command XIII against a Rugby League XIII at Thrum Hall, Halifax on Saturday 21 March 1942.[9]

Coaching career

Club career

Ernest Ward was the coach of Castleford, his first game in charge was on Saturday 7 November 1953, and his last game in charge was on Saturday 7 April 1956.[8]

Honoured at Bradford

Ernest Ward, has been included in Bradford's; 'Millennium Masters', 'Bull Masters', and in August 2007 he was named in the 'Team of the Century'. Only six players have been included in all three lists, they are; Karl Fairbank, Trevor Foster, James Lowes, Keith Mumby, Robbie Paul, and Ernest Ward.

Genealogical information

Ernest Ward was the younger brother of the rugby league footballer; Donald Ward.

Note

In some references the Wales international statistics of Edward H. "Ted" Ward are misallocated to Ernest Ward.

References

  1. Ray French's 100 great Rugby League players.. London: MacDonald/Queen Anne. 1989. ISBN 978-0-356-17578-2. 
  2. Thomson, Colin (2009). The Indomitables: The 1946 Rugby League Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand. London League Publications. p. 143. ISBN 978-1903659-44-1. 
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org
  4. David Smart & Andrew Howard (1 July 2000). "Images of Sport – Castleford Rugby League – A Twentieth Century History". The History Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0752418957
  5. "Castleford RLFC A to Z Player List (All Time)". thecastlefordtigers.co.uk ℅ web.archive.org. 31 December 2017. http://www.thecastlefordtigers.co.uk/alltime.php. 
  6. "Player Statistics at thecastlefordtigers.co.uk". thecastlefordtigers.co.uk ℅ web.archive.org. 31 December 2017. http://www.thecastlefordtigers.co.uk/playerprofile.php?pid=665. 
  7. "Coach Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. http://www.rugbyleagueproject.org/coaches/ernest-ward/summary.html. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Coach Statistics at thecastlefordtigers.co.uk". thecastlefordtigers.co.uk ℅ web.archive.org. 31 December 2017. http://www.thecastlefordtigers.co.uk/coachprofile.php?p=coach&id=24. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "inside programme, Northern Command v. A Rugby League XIII, 1942". rugbyleagueoralhistory.co.uk. 31 December 2011. http://rugbyleagueoralhistory.co.uk/gallery-images/86-large.jpg. 
  10. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
  11. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
  12. "Top Goal Scorers at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2011. http://www.englandrl.co.uk/international_stats.php?GBOrd=goals&GBOrdD=DESC&EnOrd=goals&EnOrdD=DESC. 
  13. "Top Point Scorers at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2011. http://www.englandrl.co.uk/international_stats.php?GBOrd=points&GBOrdD=DESC&EnOrd=points&EnOrdD=DESC. 
  14. "1947–1948 Challenge Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. http://wigan.rlfans.com/fusion_pages/index.php?page_id=428. 

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
William Rhodes
1952–1953
Coach
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Castleford

1953–1956
Succeeded by
Len Garbett
1956–1957

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