John Hickson
Personal information
Full nameJohn Lawrence Hickson
Born18 July 1862
Clapham Common, England
Died4 August 1920 (aged 58)
Bradford, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1887–≥90 Bradford FC 6
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Yorkshire 27
1887–90 England 6 0 0 0 0
Source: [1]

John Lawrence "Laurie" Hickson (18 July 1862[2] – 4 August 1920[3]) was an English rugby union footballer who played in the 1880s and 1890s. He played at representative level for England (captain),[1] and Yorkshire,[4] and at club level for Bradford FC,[5] a forward, e.g. front row, lock, or back row. Prior to Tuesday 27 August 1895, Bradford FC was a rugby union club, it then became a rugby league club, and since 1907 it has been the association football (soccer) club Bradford Park Avenue.


John Hickson was born in Clapham Common,[1] his birth was registered in Wandsworth, he died aged 58 in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire.[1]

Playing career

Rugby union career

Hickson made his international début while at Bradford FC on Saturday 8 January 1887 at Stradey Park, Llanelli in the Wales versus England match.[1] Subsequent caps were awarded in 1887 against Ireland, and Scotland. England did not play international rugby for two years and then in 1890 he was again selected to play against Wales, Scotland,[1] and he played his last match for England on Saturday 15 March 1890 at Rectory Field, Blackheath in the England versus Ireland match.[1] Of the 6 matches he played for his national side he was on the winning side on 2 occasions.[1]

Change of Code

When Bradford FC converted from the rugby union code to the rugby league code on Tuesday 27 August 1895, Laurie Hickson would have been approximately 33. Consequently, he could have been both a rugby union and rugby league footballer for Bradford FC.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Statistics at". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Birth details at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Death details at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  4. ^ Philip Gaunt (1969). "Yorkshire Rugby Union - Centenary 1869-1969 (Page-28)". Chadwick Studios/Frederick Duffield & Sons Ltd Archived 6 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine. ISBN n/a
  5. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. p. 178. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6.
Sporting positions Preceded byAndrew Stoddart English National Rugby Union Captain Mar 1890 Succeeded byAndrew Stoddart