Lawkholmers to Cougars - A Rugby League History

Brian Jefferson played rugby league as a schoolboy in Leeds but later went on to
play rugby union for Moortown quickly progressing to play for the Yorkshire
County side.
He was watched by many top professional league sides but after being contacted
by Keighley's scout Geoff Beadnall moved to Lawkholme and made his league debut
as a trialist named 'Johnson' in 1965 for Keighley against Halifax kicking three

goals and creating one try. Keighley's then coach Harry Street was amazed at
Brian's continental style boots and that he could kick goals at all with such
footwear. Over the next thirteen seasons Brian, first at stand-off and then on
the wing and at full-back, was the shining light at Lawkholme with his
dependable goal-kicking and polished, pin-point tactical kicks to touch. Another
feature of Brian's game was his deadly high 'bombs' which often turned defence
into attack and provided the team with many try-scoring opportunities as well as
confining the opposition in their own half. Combined with this was his ability
to score a drop-goal from virtually anywhere, from any angle and in the 1973-4
season he kicked 34 of these.
Brian made seven appearances for the Yorkshire Rugby League County side making
one International appearance in 1968 for England against Wales though if he had
played for a more fashionable club there would undoubtedly have been many more.
Brian had the opportunity to move to other bigger clubs including Castleford but
turned them all down. Brian explains, "The years I played here were absolutely
tremendous. I enjoyed my rugby and we had great supporters. They can't take that
away from you".
Brian's 967 goals and 2,116 points in 300 games for the club between 1965 and
1977 are a career record at Keighley.
In 1977 a recurring knee injury brought his career to an end but he went on to
put his experience back into the club coaching the successful colts side.
Brian Smith, who rates Brian as Keighley's best ever full-back, writing in
Jefferson's testimonial brochure, summed him up, "If my life depended on someone
kicking a rugby ball to land on a given spot I wouldn't hesitate to choose Brian
Jefferson for the task".