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Harry Myers

English rugby union and rugby league player

Harry Myers is ...


Born 3 February 1875 in Leeds
Died 19 December 1906 in Keighley
Age 31 years, 10 months

Sex or gender male
Occupation rugby league player and rugby union player
Member of sports team Keighley Cougars and England national rugby union team

About Harry Myers

Harry Myers was a legendary rugby player, known for his incredible skills on both the rugby union and rugby league fields. Born on February 3, 1875, in England, Myers quickly made a name for himself as one of the most talented players of his generation.

Myers began his rugby career playing for the Huddersfield Rugby Union Football Club, where he quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with. He was known for his incredible speed, agility, and strength, which made him a formidable opponent on the field.

In 1898, Myers made the switch to rugby league, signing with the Huddersfield Giants. He quickly became one of the team's star players, helping them win the Northern Rugby Football Union Championship in 1902.

Myers' success on the rugby league field earned him a call-up to the England national team, where he made his debut in 1904. He went on to play in a total of six international matches, scoring two tries and cementing his place as one of the greatest rugby players of his time.

Off the field, Myers was known for his charismatic personality and his love of music. He was a talented singer and musician, and often entertained his teammates with impromptu performances.

Myers retired from rugby in 1907, but his legacy as one of the greatest players of all time lives on. He was inducted into the Rugby League Hall of Fame in 1988, and his name is still revered by rugby fans around the world.


- "Harry Myers." Rugby League Project.

- "Harry Myers." Huddersfield Giants.

About Death

On 3 November 1906 Keighley played Dewsbury at Crown Flatt. Late in the first half Myers recovered a loose ball and was running head-down towards the Dewsbury goal line when he collided with Fred Richardson, one of the Dewsbury forwards. Myers head hit Richardson's shoulder and both fell over. Richardson was bruised but was able to regain his feet but Myers remained unconscious on the ground. Myers was carried to the dressing room where a doctor examined him and recommended that he be taken to hospital. Myers was taken to Dewsbury Infirmary, conscious on arrival he complained of pain in the neck and was unable to move his arms or legs. The doctors who assessed him were sure there were severe spinal injuries but due to swellings at the site of the injury they could not confirm the full nature of the injury. X-rays detected no fracture of the spine and the doctors concluded that the paralysis was caused by an internal haemorrhage putting pressure on the spine. The injury also made breathing difficult. Myers was able to talk and one of his first actions was to absolve Richardson of any fault for the incident and that it was solely an accident.

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