Hunslet “Greats” Hall of Fame

Albert Goldthorpe proudley showing all four cup 1908

Albert Goldthorpe proudley showing all four cup 1908

Albert Goldthorpe

One of Rugby League's foremost personalities probably the finest talents in the game when the Northern Union was formed in 1895. Albert a goal kicking half back who captained Hunslet to the Historic "all four cups" in 1907-08.

Goldthorpe became the first player to surpass a century of goals in a season kicking 101 in 1907-08 and topped the league's goal kicking charts on seven occasions. After serving Hunslet for 20 years playing 682 games for his beloved Hunslet, Albert retired in 1910, having scored more goals (695) and points(1565) than any player in the game at that point.


Alan Snowden scoring at Parkside

Snowden try

Herbert Alan Snowden

Alan as he was fondly known in his Hunslet days was born in Leeds and signed from Roundhay R.U on 15.12.1949 for the sum of £600. Alan a speedy wingman played 220 first team games and scored 155 tries in the Hunslet colours. Alan debut was on 15.04.1950 at Parkside against Wakefield Trinity. While at Hunslet Alan gained his Yorkshire County Caps.

He Was transferred to Halifax on the 14th of January 1955.

Alf shakes hands with the lord mayor of Leeds.

Burnell & lord mayor of Leeds

Alf “Ginger” Burnell

Alf Burnell born in Leeds 14.06.1924 what a great day for Rugby League. Signed for Hunslet on the 15th April 1943 from Hunslet supporters for the sum of £100. Made his first team debut on 28th September 1946 at Swinton. Alf went on to make 360 first team appearances and scoring 114 tries.

Alf represented Yorkshire, England, Great Britain and went on tour in 1954 with the British Lions.

Alf was crossed off the Hunslet register on the 16/06/1959 spending 16 years in the Hunslet Colours.



Gunney and Shaw receive county caps

Brian Shaw

Brian Shaw born in Leeds 15th July 1931 a keen Hunslet supporter, Brian signed for Hunslet as a twenty year old for a fee of £250 in all  £400 in contract money. His  first appearance was an "A" team game on 22nd of December 1951. His first outing with the first team was the long journey to Workington. Brian was an outstanding back rower for Hunslet.

Brian made 334 first team appearances in the Hunslet colours scoring 81 tries represented Yorkshire on 3 occations and 1956-57 season played for Great Britain against Australia.

On 27th January 1961 Brian was transferred to Leeds for £13,250 + two players coming the other way.


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Brian Gabbitas

Brian Gabbitas one ot the most talented players ever to pull on a Hunslet Shirt an outstaning stand off and sportsman on and off the field. Brian signed as a 17 year old in 1952, a product of the Hunslet Junior set up.

Brian went on to play 349 times in the Hunslet colours scoring 67 tries and was capped for Yorkshire on 3 occasions and also played for Great Britian.

Brian also made history in the 1965 Wembley final when he shared the Lance Todd trophy with Ray Ashby of Wigan for the most outstanding player, the first time ever the trophy had been shared.

Geoff Gunney

Mr Hunslet Geoff Gunney MBE

Mr Hunslet Geoff Gunney MBE

Geoff Gunney

Geoff Gunney One of the greatest one -club servants in Rugby League history, playing for Hunslet on 579 occasions throughout a period of 22 years, between 1951 when he was signed as a 17 year old till 1973.Geoff was an outstanding second-row forward and a true gentleman. Geoff crossed the white wash on 120 occasions and kicked 72 goals in his beloved Hunslet Colours.

Sent off only once in is career, Geoff was deeply saddened at the decline of Hunslet and was the last player to leave the field in 1973 the very last game for Hunslet parkside against York.

Geoff had become one of the youngest Test forwards in history, when he toured Australasia in 1954.H played 11 times for Great Britain and a further 9 times for Yorkshire.

Billy Langton

Billy Langton

Billy Langton Joining Hunslet from local junior football in 1953, Billy a strong tackling, goal-kicking full back went on to break and create many club scoring records at Parkside. Billy's debut for Hunslet was in the Lazenby cup age 18 playing for Leeds on that day was the legend Lewis Jones.

Billy appeared in Championship and Wembley cup finals and won Yorkshire cup winners medal in 1962-63. After captaining Hunslet Schools, Billy soon established himself as one of the best goal-kickers in the league, and in 1958-59 season became only the second player to play and score in every game in a season, 44 league and cup games. Billy created another record that season kicking 181 goals and 380 points.

In August 1959 Billy kicked 12 goals against Keighley another club record. Billy retired in 1966 after the famous Rugby cup final of 65 having set record Hunslet figures for goals 1064 and points 2245 in Hunslet colours.

2 thoughts on “Hunslet “Greats” Hall of Fame

  1. I worked with Billy Langton at Oxley Dempster many years ago.
    I understand he died some years ago. Could you tell me when that was and did he always live the rest of his days in Leeds.
    I have lived in Pembroke for nearly fifty years but have recently been looking at photographs of old Hunslet, the Anchor pub etc. Happy days

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