Alex Laidlaw

Alexander "Alex" Smith Laidlaw (13 August 1877 – 12 September 1933[1]) was a Scottish dual-code international rugby union and professional rugby league footballer.[2][3]

Alex Laidlaw
Birth nameAlexander Smith Laidlaw
Date of birth(1877-08-13)13 August 1877
Place of birthEdinburgh, Scotland
Date of death12 September 1933(1933-09-12) (aged 56)
Place of deathBradford, England
Rugby league career
Position(s) Forward
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1898–1908 Bradford F.C. ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Other Nationalities ()
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1897 Hawick ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1897 Scotland 1 (0)

Background

Alex Laidlaw was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he was the landlord of The Prospect Hotel public house, 527 Bolton Road, Bradford, and he died aged 56 in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.

Playing career

Alex Laidlaw, who played rugby union (RU) for Hawick, earned one cap for Scotland in a win over Ireland during the 1897 Home Nations Championship.[2] Laidlaw later played rugby league for Bradford F.C. (now Bradford Park Avenue A.F.C.), signing in 1898,[4] and representative level rugby league (RL) for Other Nationalities, as a forward (prior to the specialist positions of; prop, hooker, second-row, loose forward), during the era of contested scrums.

Championship Final appearances

Alex Laidlaw played in Bradford F.C.'s 5-0 victory over Salford in the Championship tiebreaker during the 1903–04 season.[5]

Challenge Cup Final appearances

Alex Laidlaw played hooker, i.e. number 9, and scored a try in Bradford F.C.'s 5-0 victory over Salford in the 1906 Challenge Cup Final during the 1905–06 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds, on Saturday 28 April 1906, in front of a crowd of 15,834.[6]

References

  1. "Death details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  2. "Statistics at en.espn.co.uk (RU)". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  3. "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org (RL)". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  4. "Scotland Rugby League International Honours Board". Sport Network.
  5. "1903/04 Northern Union Champions". rlhp.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  6. "1906 Challenge Cup winning team". rlhp.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
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