John Lawrence Hickson

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John Hickson
Personal information
Full name John Lawrence Hickson
Nickname Laurie
Born October–December 1862
Wandsworth, England
Died 4 August 1920 (aged 58)
Bradford, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Forward
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1887–≥90 Bradford F.C. 6
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Yorkshire 27
1887–90 England 6 0 0 0 0
Rugby league

John Lawrence "Laurie" Hickson (birth registered October–December 1862[1] — 4 August 1920 (aged 58)[2]) birth registered in Wandsworth, was a rugby union footballer of the 1880s and '90s, playing at representative level for England,[3] and Yorkshire,[4] and at club level for Bradford F.C.,[5] a Forward, e.g. Front row, Lock, or Back row, he died in Bradford. Prior to Tuesday 27 August 1895, Bradford F.C. was a rugby union club, and since 1907 it has been the association football (soccer) club Bradford Park Avenue A.F.C.. He also captained his country.[3]

Early life

John Hickson was born on 1862 in Wandsworth.[3]

Playing career

Rugby union career

Hickson made his international début while at Bradford F.C. on Saturday 8 January 1887 at Llanelli Cricket Ground in the Wales versus England match.[3] Subsequent caps were awarded in 1887 against Ireland, and Scotland. England did not play international rugby for two years and then in 1890 he was again selected to play against Wales, Scotland[3] and he played his final match for England on Saturday 15 March 1890 at Rectory Field, Blackheath in the England versus Ireland match.[3] Of the 6 matches he played for his national side he was on the winning side on 2 occasions.[3]

Change of Code

When Bradford F.C. converted from the rugby union code to the rugby league code on Tuesday 27 August 1895, Laurie Hickson would have been approximately 33. Consequently, he could have been both a rugby union and rugby league footballer for Bradford F.C.


  1. "Birth details at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  2. "Death details at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Statistics at
  4. Philip Gaunt (1969). "Yorkshire Rugby Union - Centenary 1869-1969 (Page-28)". Chadwick Studios/Frederick Duffield & Sons Ltd. ISBN n/a
  5. Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. p. 178. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Andrew Stoddart
English National Rugby Union Captain
Mar 1890
Succeeded by
Andrew Stoddart
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