The Johnny Whiteley Interview

Johnny Whiteley
The 2 hour 52 minute Johnny Whiteley interview

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Johnny Whiteley Rugby League

John William Whiteley MBE (born 20 November 1930 (age 89) is an English World Cup winning former professional rugby league footballer, and coach. A Great Britain international representative forward, and later coach, he played his entire club football with Hull FC.

He signed for Hull F.C. in 1950 for free. Rather than offering Johnny a signing-on fee he was promised a place in the squad the following game. He played 15 seasons for Hull making 417 appearances and scoring 156 tries and 2 goals for at total of 472 points. In his time with Hull, he was never dropped.

Johnny Whiteley was selected for Great Britain squad while at Hull for the 1954 Rugby League World Cup in France. However he did not participate in any of the four matches, with Dave Valentine playing as loose forward in all four matches.

He captained Hull from 1956 and that year the side won the league championship when Colin Hutton kicked a last-minute penalty in the final against Halifax at Maine Road, Manchester.

Hull won the European Club championship in 1957. Johnny Whiteley represented the Rest of the World in the 11–20 defeat by Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on 29 June 1957. Johnny was a member of the 1958 Great Britain touring squad that retained the Ashes, and he scored a try in the 40–17 third Test success in Sydney.

In 1958 Hull won the play-offs again, against Workington Town. They lost in the Challenge Cup Final to Wigan at Wembley in 1959.

Whiteley was a member of the last Great Britain team to beat Australia on home soil in the 1959 test series, scoring the try that beat the Aussies that year.