Garry Schofield OBE

DOB
01/07/1965
Birth Place
Leeds
Position
Stand Off
Honours
Great Britain; England
Heritage Number
1183
APPS
250
POINTS
746

BIOGRAPHY

251 appearances between 1987-96 Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2018

On eight occasions, Leeds have broken the world transfer record. After avoiding relegation on points’ difference, they did it twice in quick succession in 1987, on both occasions splashing the cash to Hull FC.

The second of those cheques was for a try poacher supreme who lived up the road and came through the Hunslet schools system, emerging as an astonishing teenage talent at right centre for both club and country, after captaining the GB BARLA Youth tour in 1983.

Revered on both sides of the world at club level, his major successes came in the international arena, including scoring the ‘Try of the Century’ in Brisbane in 1984, which was only his third cap and as the youngest-ever tourist aged just 18.

Eight years later, Garry Schofield was captaining his country in a World Cup final at a packed Wembley.

He went on a record four tours – the outstanding performer when skippering his side to Second Test triumph in a record away win against the green and golds in Melbourne in ’92 – and left the representative arena as the joint most capped player for Great Britain, a total of 46.

He posted 30 tries in the red, white and blue, including a joint record four at home to New Zealand in 1985 and played in six Ashes series, scoring in every Test in 1986.

A Yorkshire Cup winner with the Loiners, like at Hull, he debuted here against Auckland, crossing twice and posted a total of 147 tries for Leeds, at a ratio of one every one-and-a-half games, together with 64 goals and 30 drop goals.

He moved to stand off and appeared twice at Wembley and in three other finals for Leeds, garnering 328 touchdowns in his career of almost 500 games, including having four summer stints down under with Balmain and then Wests.

When he left Leeds, Huddersfield were prepared to pay a world record fee for a lower division club.

Retrospectively awarded the Golden Boot as best player in the world for 1990, he was Man of Steel the following year and is a member of the Rugby League Hall of Fame.

He becomes the second to be admitted to the Leeds version tonight who has been awarded the OBE for services to the game.

Schofield made 251 appearances between 1987-96 for his home town club before leaving Headingley at the advent of the first Super League season to join Huddersfield Giants as player coach.