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Paul Deacon

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Paul Deacon born 13 February 1979 is an English former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s A Great Britain, and England international representative stand-off or scrum-half, he played in the Super League for Oldham, Bradford Bulls who named him in their "Team of the Century", having won the 2001, 2003, and 2005 Super League Grand Finals, the 2003 Challenge Cup, and the 2002 World Club Challenge, and his home-town club, Wigan with whom he won the 2010 Super League Grand Final, and 2011 Challenge Cup Deacon followed this with becoming a member of Wigan's coaching staff, working closely with manager Shaun Wane


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Playing career
    • 21 1990s
    • 22 2000s
    • 23 2010s
  • 3 Statistics
    • 31 Club career
    • 32 Representative career
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Deacon was born in Wigan, Greater Manchester, England

Playing career


Hailing from Standish near Wigan, a former Hindley amateur, Deacon made his senior professional début four days before his 18th birthday as a substitute for Oldham in a 48–6 RL Challenge Cup fourth round home defeat of Rochdale Hornets on 9 February 1997 He made only four appearances for Oldham before moving to Bradford He has been one of Bradford's most influential players in the 21st century so far He signed for Bradford from Oldham, and came through the youth system at the same time as Jamie Peacock, and Stuart Fielden Deacon scored a try and goal on his début for Bradford at scrum-half in a 36–10 Super League home defeat of Huddersfield on 28 June 1998 Deacon won caps for England while at Bradford in 1999 against France 2 matches Deacon played for Bradford Bulls from the interchange bench in the 1999 Super League Grand Final which was lost to St Helens


Deacon played for England in their 2000 World Cup campaign against Russia, Fiji, Ireland and New Zealand, and in 2001 against Wales He went on to be one of Bradford's key players, a superb organiser with a tremendous kicking game For Great Britain he won caps while at Bradford in 2001 against France and Australia Deacon played for the Bradford Bulls from the interchange bench in their 2001 Super League Grand Final victory against the Wigan Warriors As Super League VI champions, the Bulls played against 2001 NRL Premiers, the Newcastle Knights in the 2002 World Club Challenge Deacon played at srum half back, kicking eight goals and one field goal in Bradford's victory Deacon played for Bradford Bulls at scrum half back, kicking three goals in their 2002 Super League Grand Final loss against St Helens He was awarded the Harry Sunderland Trophy as grand final man-of-the-match despite being on the losing side In the seasons of 2002 and 2003 Deacon's goal kicking percentage was near 80% He represented Great Britain in 2002 against New Zealand 3 matches, in 2003 against Australia 2 matches, plus 1 as sub Deacon played for the Bradford Bulls at scrum half back, kicking six goals and one drop goal in their 2003 Super League Grand Final victory against the Wigan Warriors He also played for Bradford at scrum half back in their 2004 Super League Grand Final loss against the Leeds Rhinos

Deacon played for the Bradford Bulls at dcrum half back, kicking three goal from five attempts in their 2005 Super League Grand Final victory against Leeds Rhinos He played in the 2005 Tri Nations against Australia and New Zealand 2 matches On 23 June 2006, Paul Deacon broke the record points scored for a Bradford player 1,834, which was previously held by Keith Mumby In 2007 Paul became the Bradford captain taking over from Iestyn Harris In August 2007 he was named in Bradford's Team of the Century In September 2007 Deacon reached 2,000 goals for Bradford Deacon was recalled for the Great Britain train-on squad for the 2007 test series with New Zealand, but pulled out due to injury In 2008 Deacon celebrated his testimonial year with Bradford after 10 years of service for the Super League club As well as a testimonial match against his hometown club Wigan in January, Paul Deacon's name also appeared on all away jerseys to commemorate his loyalty to Bradford On 16 April 2008 Paul signed a new 2-year contract until 2010 He was forced to rule himself out of contention for the England training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup through injury In November 2009, Deacon signed for Wigan after 11 years at Bradford


Deacon appeared in his first Grand Final in 5 years by being part of the winning team in 2010 who'd beaten St Helens 22–10 at Old Trafford Deacon played for Wigan in the 2011 Challenge Cup Final at stand-off half, helping defeat Leeds 28–18

In 2013, Deacon was appointed assistant to Steve McNamara at the England national rugby league team, just before the beginning of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup


Club career

Year Club Apps Pts T G FG
1998 Bradford Bulls 13 24 4 4 -
1999 Bradford Bulls 28 69 1 32 1
2000 Bradford Bulls 27 85 9 23 3
2001 Bradford Bulls 27 78 6 25 4
2002 Bradford Bulls 28 319 6 147 1
2003 Bradford Bulls 29 313 9 137 3
2004 Bradford Bulls 28 276 7 123 2
2005 Bradford Bulls 31 359 12 153 5
2006 Bradford Bulls 28 264 7 118 -
2007 Bradford Bulls 21 216 5 98 -
2008 Bradford Bulls 12 109 1 52 1

Representative career

Year Team Matches Tries Goals Field Goals Points
1999 England 2 0 0 0
2000 England 4 0 0 0
2001 England 4 0 0 0
2002 Great Britain 3 0 0 0
2003 Great Britain 3 0 6 0 12
2004 Great Britain 0 0 0 0
2005 Great Britain 3 1 3 0 10


  1. ^ "Wigan Warriiors Player Profile Paul Deacon" web page wiganwarriorscom Archived from the original on 14 March 2011 Retrieved 16 August 2011 
  2. ^ a b "Profile at loverugbyleaguecom" loverugbyleaguecom 31 December 2017 Retrieved 1 January 2018 
  3. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueprojectcom" rugbyleagueprojectorg 31 December 2017 Retrieved 1 January 2018 
  4. ^ a b "England Statistics at englandrlcouk" englandrlcouk 31 December 2017 Retrieved 1 January 2018 
  5. ^ a b "Great Britain Statistics at englandrlcouk" englandrlcouk 31 December 2017 Retrieved 1 January 2018 
  6. ^ "Deacon pulls out of England squad" BBC 16 September 2008 Retrieved 1 January 2012 

External links

  • Paul Deacon Statistics at wiganrlfanscom
  • Paul Deacon Official player page
  • 2001 Ashes profile
  • archived by webarchiveorg Deacon replaces Harris as skipper
  • archived by webarchiveorg Team Of The Century
  • Statistics at orl-heritagetrustorguk

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