Thomas "Tom" McKinney (31 December 1926 - 10 November 1999) was a Northern Irish rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1940s and '50s, playing club level rugby union (RU) for Jed-Forest RFC, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain, Other Nationalities, British Empire XIII, Rugby League XIII, and Combined Nationalitiess, and at club level for Salford (twice), Warrington, and St. Helens, as a Prop, Hooker, i.e. number 8 or 10, or 9, during the era of contested scrums.
1 Playing career
1.1 International honours,
1.2 Club career,
2 Honoured by Rugby League Ireland,
4 External links,
31 December 1926 in Ballymena, Tom McKinney represented Combined Nationalities and scored a try in the 15-19 defeat to France at Stade de Gerland, Lyon on Sunday 3 January 1954, won 7(8?)-caps for Other Nationalities (RL), represented British Empire XIII (RL) while at Salford in 1952 against New Zealand, represented Rugby League XIII while at Salford in 1954 against France, and won caps for Great Britain while at Salford in 1951 against New Zealand, in 1952 against France (non-test), Australia (2 matches), in 1953 against France (non-test), in 1954 against France (non-test), Australia (3 matches), New Zealand, while at Warrington in 1955 against New Zealand (2 matches), France (non-test), New Zealand, in 1956 against France (non-test), while at St. Helens in the 1957 Rugby League World Cup against New Zealand.
In the 1954 Australasian Tour he was brought out of the scrum by Darcy Lawler 1, Australia's most controversial referee at the time, and accused of biting. A flabbergasted McKinney just opened his mouth to reveal his toothless gums.
Raised in Scotland, Tom McKinney played rugby union for Jed-Forest RFC, in November 1949 he changed to the rugby league code and transferred to Salford, in January 1955 he transferred to Warrington, winning a 1954-55 Rugby Football League Championship medal, on Tuesday 22 January 1957 he transferred to St. Helens for £2000 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £91,200 in 2009), winning a 1958-59 Rugby Football League Championship medal, after Friday 25 December 1959 he transferred to Salford.
Honoured by Rugby League Ireland:
On Thursday 25 March 2004 six footballers were inducted into Rugby League Ireland's inaugural Hall of Fame at the Rugby League Heritage Centre in Huddersfield, they were; John "Jack" Daly (Huddersfield/Featherstone Rovers), Robert "Bob" Kelly (Keighley/Wakefield Trinity/Batley), Seamus McCallion (Halifax/Leeds/Bramley), Thomas "Tom" McKinney, (Salford/Warrington/St. Helens), Terry O'Connor (Salford/Wigan Warriors/Widnes Vikings), Patrick "Paddy" Reid (Huddersfield/Halifax).
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