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Phil Jackson (rugby league, born 1932)

Phil Jackson (born c. 1932) is a former Great Britain Rugby League World Cup winning footballer, and captain playing at Centre, or Stand-off/Five-eighth, as well as a Barrow club legend. Jackson won 27 Great Britain caps, played in the 1954 and 1957 Rugby League World Cups and twice toured Australasia with the Lions.

Jackson was born in Canada but moved to Barrow-in-Furness, England, with his parents at the age of three. He played rugby league at school but his first senior rugby experience came in union after he took up an apprenticeship at a shipyard. He switched to league when he was offered professional terms by Barrow in 1950 at the age of 18.

With Barrow, where he was known as the 'Prince Among Centres', he played in three Challenge Cup finals in the 1950s. Injury forced him to retire in 1959 but he later moved to Australia and was tempted back into playing by the Goulburn Workers Club in New South Wales. He took up coaching after retiring and eventually settled in Wagga Wagga.

He was inducted into the Barrow Hall of Fame when it was launched in 2001 alongside 1950s team-mates Willie Horne and Jimmy Lewthwaite.

Playing career

International honours

Phil Jackson also represented Great Britain while at Barrow between 1952 and 1956 against France (2 non-Test matches).[1]

Challenge Cup final appearances

Phil Jackson played Centre, i.e. number 3, in Barrow's 0-10 defeat by Wigan in the 1951 Challenge Cup final during the 1950–51 season at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 5 May 1951,[2] played in Barrow's 21-12 victory over Workington Town in the 1955 Challenge Cup final during the 1954–55 season at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 30 April 1955, and played and scored a try in Barrow's 7-9 defeat by Leeds in the 1957 Challenge Cup final during the 1956–57 season at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 11 May 1957.


  1. ^ Edgar, Harry (2007). Rugby League Journal Annual 2008 Page-110. Rugby League Journal Publishing. ISBN 0-9548355-3-0
  2. ^ "1950-1951 Challenge Cup Final". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

External links

  • Phil Jackson at
  • U.K. League Hooker in Doubt
  • Statistics at
  • Back on the Wembley trail
  • England Statistics at
  • Great Britain Statistics at
  • Wigan Wins Rugby League Cup - Short Version 1951
  • Special - Wigan Wins Rugby League Cup 1951
  • Rugby League Cup Final 1955
  • Rugby League Final 1957
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