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Victor H. Leadbetter


Victor H. Leadbetter selected for England (No.8) in 1954 while playing for Edinburgh Wanderers. Born Kettering 14th Feb 1930. He was a Cambridge Blue 1951-52. He joined Clifton for the start of the 1961-62 season. He was still playing and coaching at Clifton in 1966.

INTERNATIONAL RECORD: England Appearances 1954

Career Record: P2, W1, D0, L1, Tries 0, Cons 0, Pen 0, DropG 0

20th March 1954 v Scotland (Murrayfield) (FN) W 13-3

10th April 1954 v France (Stade Colombes) (FN) L 3-11


OTHER RECORD: Barbarians Appearances 1954-55

Career Record: P5, W4, D1, L0

16th April 1954 v Penarth W 15-0

19th April 1954 v Swansea W 16-6

8th April 1955 v Penarth D 3-3

9th April 1955 v Cardiff W 6-3

11th April 1955 v Swansea W 6-3

Above programme cover and team sheet for the 1951 Varsity match which featured Vic Leadbetter. Oxford won by 13-0

Standing (L-R): B.J.C.Woodall , R.M.Bartlett, V.H.Leadbetter, P.J.F.Wheeler, M.J.O.Massey, R.B.Harrison. Seated: G.A.J.Bevan, D.G.H.Jones, H.Willis (Hon. Asst. Treasurer), J.M.Jenkins (Captain), G.M.D.Archer, P.B.Reeve, T.U.Wells. On Ground: F.R.Beringer, K.J.Dalgleish. (I.S.Gloag, the Hon. Secretary, was unfit)

Above the Cambridge team from the 1951 Varsity match which featured Vic Leadbetter.

Above the Cambridge University v Wasps match played on 27th February 1952 with Vic Leadbetter on the Cambridge side.

Above the Cambridge University v Rosslyn Park match played on 1st March 1952 with Vic Leadbetter on the Cambridge side and ex Clifton RFC player and future England Captain Peter Young on the Rosslyn Park side.

Above programme cover and team sheet for the 1952 Varsity match which featured Vic Leadbetter. Cambridge won 6-5

Above the Cambridge team from the 1952 Varsity match which featured Vic Leadbetter.

Standing (L-R): A.R.C.Connet (Hon Sec), L.J.Walker, J.Syme, R.Gordon, V.H.Leadbetterm R.A.Cadzow, D.Borthwick, F.McLachlan. Seated: B.M.McKenzie, J.S.Ure, J.R.Glen, J.Newall, G.A.Robinson, W.S.Glen, F.E.R.Hamblin. Inset: R.M.Holgate, W.L.K.Cowie.

Above Vic Leadbetter in the 1853-54 Edinburgh Wanderers side

Above programme cover and team sheet from Vic Ledbetter’s debut for England v Scotland on 20th March 1954. A game which also featured ex Clifton RFC player Peter Young who scored a try.

Back Row: Ivor David (Referee) (Wales), John Kendall-Carpenter (Bath), Alec Lewis (Bath), Dyson Stayt 'Tug' Wilson (Harlequins), Christopher Elliot Winn (Rosslyn Park), Peter Dalton Young (Dublin Wanderers), Nigel Gibbs (Harlequins), Victor H.Leadbetter (Edinburgh Wanderers), John Edward Woodward (Wasps), James Patrick Quinn (New Brighton). Front Row: John Edward Williams (Old Millhillians) , Eric Evans (Sale), Donald Louis 'Sandy' Sanders (Harlequins), Robert Victor Stirling (Wasps), Martin Regan (Liverpool), Jeffrey Butterfield (Northampton)

Above the England team that lost against France 3-11 on 10th April 1954 at Stade Colombes in Paris. In the picture are Peter Young and Vic Leadbetter. This team had won the Triple Crown 3 weeks previously.

Back Row: ?,?,?,?,?,?,?,?. Second Row: ?,?,?,Christopher Elliot Winn (Rosslyn Park),?, M.J.K.Smith (Oxford University),?,?,Robert Victor Stirling(Wasps),?. Third Row: ?,?,?,?,?,?,?,?,Victor H.Leadbetter (Edinburgh Wanderers),?. Seated: ?,?,?,?,?,?,?,?,?. On Ground: ?,?, Eric Evans (Sale), Cliff Morgan (Cardiff), ?, Martin Reagan (Liverpool),?.

Above the 1954 Barbarians tour party to Wales.

Back Row: O.L.Owen, G.E.Jones, B.Meredith, J.W.Y.Kemp, A.Cameron, A.R.Smith, I.A.A.MacGregor, R.C.Bazley, N.J.Henderson, R.E.Syrett, S.C.Cravos. Second Row: J.P.Jordan, H.F.MacLeod, B.M.Gray, R.H.Thompson, J.T.Greenwood, V.H.Leadbetter, A.Robson, P.G.Yarranton, M.Collins, R.Higgins, P.Wright, J.S.Ritchie, A.J.O'Reilly, D.R.Gent. Seated: C.J.Saunders, J.H.Gage, W.E.Crawford, H.Waddell, H.L.G.Hughes, H.A.Haigh Smith, M.R.Steele-Bodger, A.Wemyss, C.R.Hopwood, D.W. Swarbrick, I.King. On Ground: G.W.Hastings, D.W.Shittleworth, M.Regan, G.Griffiths, J.P.Quinn, P.H.Ryan, G.Owen, B.L.Williams, J.E.Williams, E.Evans.

Above: Vic Leadbetter with the 1955 Barbarians Easter tour party to Wales. He played 5 times for the Barbarians during the Easter tours of Wales in 1954 and 1955. His first match for the Barbarians was only 6 days after his England debut winning the Calcutta Cup.

Above programme cover and team sheet from the Barbarians v Cardiff at Cardiff Arms Park on 9th April 1955 which featured Vic Leadbetter. Barbarians won 6-3.