Garry Schofield (b.1934)

Garry Schofield: Tries the Limit

Garry Schofield OBE is a former rugby league footballer.

He was born in Hunslet, Leeds on 1st July 1965 and attended Clapgate School in Leeds. As a boy played for Hunslet Parkside.

He began playing professionally with Hull in 1983 after captaining the BARLA under 18s on a tour to New Zealand.

Within a year of entering the professional game with Hull FC, Schofield was a full British lion, making his debut as an 18-year-old on the 1984 tour of Australia.

In 1985 Schofield re-wrote the record books by scoring four tries as Great Britain beat New Zealand in a test series at Central Park, Wigan.

After spending 1986 playing in Australia for the Balmain Tigers and gaining the rare distinction for a British footballer of becoming the season's top try-scorer, Schofield moved from Hull FC to his home town club Leeds in 1987. In 1990, as vice-captain, he was outstanding in Great Britain's series triumph in New Zealand and then in the famous victory over Australia at Wembley. He remains the most capped Great Britain player of all time.

He was voted 1991 Man of Steel and in 1994 was awarded an OBE for services to sport.

He joined Huddersfield as player/coach in 1997 and subsequently played in the lower reaches of rugby league with Doncaster and Bramley before announcing his retirement from the game in August 1999.

In March 2001, Schofield's Autobiography, Tries the Limit, was published.

He can currently be seen on the BBC's Super League show, and can be heard as an expert on BBC Radio Leeds.

External Links

Wikipedia article on Garry Schofield.

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