Hugh Duffy (rugby)

Hugh Duffy (1 April 1934 - 30 December 2017) was a Scottish rugby union, and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1950s and 1960s. He played representative level rugby union (RU) for Scotland, making his début in a five nations international match against France in Paris, and at club level for Jed Thistle, and Jed-Forest RFC, as a Flanker, i.e. number 6 or 7, and club level rugby league (RL) for Salford and Halifax (Heritage № 722), as a forward.[2] Duffy was one of the first XV Scottish rugby union internationals to move to rugby league.

Hugh Duffy
Personal information
Full nameHugh Duffy
Born1 April 1934
Shotts, North Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died30 December 2017 (aged 83)[1]
Playing information
Rugby union
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1951–55 Jed-Forest RFC
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1955 Scotland 1
Rugby league
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1955–≥62 Salford 241 51 2 0 155
≥1962–≥66 Halifax
Total 241 51 2 0 155


Hugh Duffy was born in Shotts, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, he was the landlord, with his wife Irene (née Gregory), of the now demolished 'Star Inn' at the corner of Broughton Road/Garden Street, Greengate, Salford, he died aged 83, his funeral took place at St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Woodford Lane, Winsford, at 10.00am, on Tuesday 9 January 2018, followed by internment at Wharton Cemetery, Wharton.

Playing career

International honours

Hugh Duffy won a cap for Scotland (RU) while at Jed-Forest RFC in 1955 against France at Stade Colombes, Paris on Saturday 8 January 1955.[3]

Championship Final appearances

Hugh Duffy was a non-playing interchange/substitute in Halifax's 15-7 victory over St. Helens in the 1964–65 Championship Final during the 1964–65 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 22 May 1965, and played as a interchange/substitute in the 12-35 defeat by St. Helens in the 1965–66 Championship Final during the 1965–66 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 28 May 1966, in front of a crowd of 30,634.

County Cup Final appearances

Hugh Duffy played in Halifax's 10-0 victory over the Featherstone Rovers in the 1963 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1963–64 season at Belle Vue, Wakefield on Saturday 2 November 1963.

Notable tour matches

Hugh Duffy played in Salford's 5-21 defeat by New Zealand, at The Willows, Salford on 6 November 1955, this was the first Salford match to ever be televised, and played in the 20-22 defeat by Australia, during the 1959–60 Kangaroo tour match at The Willows, Salford on 26 September 1959, in front of a crowd of 11,000.

Club career

Hugh Duffy played a trial match under the pseudonym 'McDonald' for Salford against Oldham at Watersheddings, Oldham on Tuesday 28 December 1954, he declined contract offers from Huddersfield and Oldham, and signed for Salford, he made his début for Salford against Liverpool City, at The Willows, Salford on Saturday 5 February 1955, he kicked his solitary goal for Salford in the match against Blackpool Borough at The Willows, Salford in 1962, he was transferred from Salford to Halifax in exchange for Halifax's centre; Ernie Critchley plus £600 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £24,830 in 2016).[4]


  1. ^ "Hugh Duffy". 2 January 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Statistics at". rugbyleagueproject. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Statistics at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Measuring Worth - Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.

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