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George Bennet 08/07/13 - 31/08/1970   Comments: 2
Photo: r Charnock   Item #: 13042  
George Bennet  08/07/13 - 31/08/1970

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  left to right. John Garswood, Keith Bennet,Sandra Bennet, George Bennet, Richard Garswood, David Garswood.Outside 28 Holme Avenue,Swinley Wigan. George Bennet played for Wigan and in 1934 was the first black man to represent Great Britain at Rugby League.He boarded with the Hallmarks in Upper Dicconsin street in the 1930s and returned to visit them with his family in 1953.  

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Comments by r charnock, 13th January 2010  
George Bennett played scrum half, stand off and centre for Wigan from 1930 to 1937. During this time he made a total of 230 apperances, scored 101 tries and 5 goals (313 points in total).His debut game aged 17 was on 8th November 1930 v Broughton at Central Park scoring his first try on debut.His last apperance was on 27th November 1937 v Rochdale(a)(Lost 8-19)where he scored his last try. Information is from Wigan Warriors Rugby League Fansite. Oddly enough, his international appearance is not mentioned/listed on that site, but is on Wikapia and in several history of rugby league books.

Comments by r charnock, 13th January 2010  
An extract from Rugby League in Britain by Tony Collins. Feb 1936 - Wigan's team featured athletes from around the world at the peak of their powers. Among them were full back Jim Sullivan, one of rugby league's greatest ever players: George Bennett, the first black player to appear in a league international; Hector Gee, an Australian who had travelled halfway around the world to play for Wigan; and Charlie Seeling, A New Zealander whose father had played for the 1905 All Black tourists but had made his home in the town.

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