The Daily Telegraph - Sport

SPORTING NUMBERS 3,279

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THE number of points that Jimmy Ledgard, who died

in January at the age of 84, accumulate­d in a rugby

league career that spanned 17 years between 1944

and 1961. ‘Gentleman Jim’ was a highly reliable

full-back who would regularly out-punt his opposite

number at a time when kicking duels were prevalent

in the game. But it was for unerringly accurate

goal-kicking that Ledgard will perhaps be best

remembered. He started and finished his career at

Dewsbury, for whom he scored 11 tries and 399

goals in 182 matches. In between, in 1948, he was

transferre­d to Leigh for a then British record fee of

£2,650 and scored 36 tries and 1,043 goals for them

in 334 games. Ledgard played for Great Britain 11 times and was a member of the side who won the

Christophe­r Lyles

inaugural World Cup in 1954.

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