Keighley RLFC have only twice had the honour of providing players to tour Australia with the Great Britain touring team (or England as they were called before the war). The first of these was Harold (Hal) Jones. Born in Maesteg in 1908 he played first for his town team then on to Bridgend, Neath and Cardiff. While playing for Neath he won two caps for Wales against England at Twickenham and Scotland at Swansea in 1929. He also won eight caps for Glamorgan County.
Hal’s Rugby League career started when he was signed from Cardiff by Wigan in 1930 appearing in the Lancashire Cup Final against St.Helens that year. The following season he sustained a fractured leg and missed much of the remainder.
Hal followed Ted Spillane from Wigan to Keighley in 1933 appearing first in the second-row but later at blind-side prop.
Hal played for the Welsh Rugby League side against France twice in 1935 and England in 1936. In September 1935 he became captain of Keighley deputizing for Norman Foster who was away on International duty. In 1936 he was selected for the squad to tour Australia, an honour richly deserved after putting in regular performances of high quality. Hal played eight matches before suffering a knee injury.
Hal was one of eight Welshmen when Keighley reached the Challenge Cup Final in 1937. On the outbreak of War he joined the RAF and made just one further appearance for Keighley in a Challenge Cup semi-final in 1943 filling in during an injury crisis at the club. Hal suffered a badly bruised eye in the game and vowed never to play again. He took over as landlord of the Goat’s Head Inn at Steeton and died aged only 46 in October 1955.