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Title: ... p110 - Charlie Pawsey From League Express, sent to Team Era by Fred Parky of Leigh

Making his debut in the Leigh pack that day was Charlie Pawsey, a tough second row forward

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From League Express, sent to Team Era by Fred Parky of Leigh

Leigh

2004

02/12/2004

ARTICLE FROM THE LEAGUE EXPRESS ... Sent from Fred Parkinson. (Thanks Fred)

On Saturday 29th November 1947 Lancashire rivals Leigh and Warrington fought out an 11-11 draw at Kirkhall Lane.

Making his debut in the Leigh pack that day was Charlie Pawsey, a tough second row forward who had been signed from Langworthy, the Salford based junior club.

Pawsey developed into a fiery forward who enjoyed many brutal confrontations, not only in domestic competition, but also on the international stage. He was a member of the British pack which was involved in a vicious clash with New South Wales in 1954, when that infamous fixture was sensationally abandoned because of brawling. (see memorable matches No3, NSW-v-Great Britain SCG 1954 )

During his eight years with Leigh, Pawsey made 216 appearances and scored 27 tries. He was a member of Leight teams which lost Lancashire Cup Finals to Wigan in both 1949 and 1951 before assisting Leigh to lift the trophy with a 22 -5 victory over St Helens in 1952.

Those were the only finals in which Charlie Pawsey appeared, but he did enjoy success at representative level. He made five appearances for Lancashire, enjoying County Championship success in the 1952-53 campaign.

Pawsey was also a member of the England squad which won the International Championship in 1953 - 54. In total he made eight appearances for England, and he also played in seven Test matches for Great Britain, three against France and twice against both Australia and New Zealand during the 1954 Britishi Lions tour.

That tour marked the end of Pawsey's representative career. He missed out on the inaugural World Cup three months later, and the following season he moved from Leigh to Huddersfield.

Pawsey's stay in Yorkshire was bried and covered only eight matches. He later enjoyed a spell at Swinton coaching at "A"team level.


Appears in the following pages ....P110_Charlie PAWSEY
Date of posting ... 03-May-2004
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