Isaac Cole

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Isaac Cole
Cole in 1906
Personal information
Full name Isaac Cole
Born Friday (1886-04-09)9 April 1886
Pontefract district, England
Died Saturday 30 March 1940(1940-03-30) (aged 53)
Halifax district, England
Playing information
Weight 13 st 10 lb (87.1 kg; 192.0 lb)[1]
Rugby union
Years Team Pld T G FG P
–Dec 1904 Castleford (incomplete) 2 2 1 8
Rugby league
Position Wing, Forwards
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Dec 1904–Jan 06 Castleford 17 4 3 18
Jan 1906–1 Feb 10 Huddersfield 50 8 7 38
1 Feb 1910–7 Jan 13 Wakefield Trinity 19 2 0 6
7 Jan 1913–21 Mar Keighley 32 1 1 5
1914–18 Others – WWI years (York/Halifax), Benefit (1919), Friendlies (Wakefield Trinity (1910) 7 0 0
Total 125 15 11 0 67
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Nov 1905–6 Jan Yorkshire 1 0 0 0 0
Sep 1905–5 Oct Yorkshire trial games 2 0 0 0 0
1906 England 1 0 0 0 0

Isaac Cole (9 April 1886[2] – 30 March 1940) born in Pontefract district, was an English rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1900s and '10s, playing club level rugby union (RU) for Castleford, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for England, and Yorkshire, and at club level for Castleford,[3] Huddersfield, Wakefield Trinity, (York and Halifax during the World War I) and Keighley playing mainly in the forwards, though occasionally on the Wing,[4] he died 30 March 1940 in Halifax district[5]

Isaac Cole scored 6 tries playing on the wing for Huddersfield on 30 January 1907 in the 63–0 defeat of Liverpool City.

He played for Huddersfield in the 8–19 defeat by New Zealand on Saturday 12 October 1907.[6]

Upon signing for Wakefield Trinity on Tuesday 1 February 1910,[7] the game against Rochdale Hornets was cancelled due to the weather, resulting in them being unable to qualify him for the cup ties,[8] although he did receive a winners medal.

In the benefit match played for Ernest Whitehouse, on 21 December 1919, Isaac Cole played for the defeated Billy Batten XIII versus Halifax by 6–16. Ernest Whitehouse was a World War I leg amputee who had played for Whitwood Melbourne (RU), Castleford (1912), been registered with Hull (28 January 1913 – 1916) and played for York and Halifax in 1917–18. The benefit match was the first rugby league game to be played at Wheldon Road, Castleford.

Playing career

International honours

Isaac Cole won a cap for England (RL) while at Castleford in 1906 in the 3–3 draw with Other Nationalities on Monday 1 January 1906 at Central Park, Wigan.[9]

This game was the last 15-a-side rugby league international to be played and 'Cole at 19 years and eight months old, was thought to have been the youngest forward of either code to have played at international level up to that time'.[10]

County honours

In Yorkshire trial games, Isaac Cole played for "The Stripes" in the 8–13 defeat by "The Whites" at Huddersfield on Monday 25 September 1905, and "The Possibles" in the 18–15 victory over "The Probables" at Hull on Tuesday 10 October 1905.

Isaac Cole won one cap for Yorkshire in the 0–8 defeat by Lancashire at Hull on Saturday 4 November 1905, while at Castleford.

He was also selected as reserve for Yorkshire against Cumberland for the game at Whitehaven on Saturday 13 January 1906.

County League appearances

Isaac Cole played in Wakefield Trinity's victory in the Yorkshire League during the 1910–11 season.

County Cup final appearances

During Isaac Cole's time, there was Huddersfield's 21–0 victory over Batley in the 1909 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1909–10 season at Headingley Stadium on Saturday 27 November 1909, and he played in Wakefield Trinity's 8–2 victory over Huddersfield in the 1910 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1910–11 season at Headingley Stadium on Saturday 3 December 1910.


  1. Weight noted on signing for Huddersfield in the Yorkshire Post newspaper, Thursday 18 January 1906
  2. "Birth details at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Surname, Castleford & District Almanack 1922
  4. surname, forename (Thursday 18 January 1906). Yorkshire Post. Yorkshire Post Newspapers. ISBN n/a
  5. "Death details at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Claret and Gold 1895–1945 by Stanley Chadwick p.33
  7. Lindley, John "Dreadnoughts", A history of Wakefield Trinity by D. W. Armitage and J. C . Lindley p.17
  8. Qualification for cup ties, Wakefield Express newspaper, Saturday 5 February 1910
  9. "England Statistics at". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. The official Rugby League centenary magazine p.40

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