Rugby League Lions T-Shirt Great Britain 1958


In the 1958 Ashes Series, Great Britain lost the first test 25-8 to the Kangaroos in Sydney.

In the second test, the Lions were inspired by captain Alan Prescott who played on until the end despite breaking his right arm in just the 3rd minute of the game, Great Britain leveled the series at 1–all with a 25–18 win over Australia in Brisbane. The injury ended Prescott’s tour as a player. At half time, Prescott was offered a pain killing injection but refused, telling team manager Tom Mitchell “I just can’t come off, Tom. We would be two men short. We have got to win, so I had better help the boys”. Great Britain also lost Dave Bolton with a broken collar bone after just 17 minutes.


An Introduction to Rugby League Lions T-Shirt Great Britain 1958

The Rugby League Lions T-Shirt Great Britain 1958 design is inspired by the great Ashes Winning Tourists of Australia. Here is the story of the Third Test decider.

Great Britain were based in Cronulla in the lead-up to the deciding third test. The players enjoyed the early morning surfs. Also, they enjoyed the hospitality in what was the end of the Australian leg of a tough tour itinerary.

Captain Alan Prescott had continued to lead the players off the field despite his arm injury. Prescott believed the Great Britain team were much stronger than the Kangaroos. And if the pack of Forwards worked hard and did their job, then the superior pace of the backs out wide would be too much for Australia.

The experienced St Helens Prop Abe Terry was drafted in to the front row to replace the injured Prescott. Barrow’s Canadian born three-quarter Phil Jackson moved in to the Stand Off position. He moved in the place of the injured Dave Bolton. Jackson also took over the Captaincy in this vital game.

The only other change from the 2nd Test team was the inclusion of Oldham’s Alan Davies in the Centre in place of Warrington’s Jim Challinor. The Forward pack was intact with the exception of Prescott. Johnny Whiteley, Dick Huddart and Vince Karalius made an outstanding back three. Brian McTigue, Tommy Harris along with Abe Terry were a pretty formidable Front row.

The Ashes Series Decider

Australia were boosted by the return of Centre Harry Wells and Stand Off Greg Hawick. Their team was equally talented with some legendary Rugby League players, such as Keith Holman, Rex Mossop and Norm Provan.

When the teams arrived at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the atmosphere was electric. And a crowd of 68,720 mainly Aussie fans there to see a famous win for the home team. But they left disappointed. Great Britain were truly sensational. Wingers, Mick Sullivan and Ike Southward had a field day, with Sullivan scoring three times and Southward once.

The total of 40 points was a record for an Ashes Test match. And was a tribute to the magnificent teamwork under the captaincy on the day of Stand-Off Phil Jackson.

There was also some wonderful individual efforts. None better than a 30 yard try to 19-year-old halfback, Alex Murphy, who twice wriggled out of attempted tackles by Wells. And then left fullback, Gordon Clifford standing in his wake.

As expected it was a tough Test with plenty of fire and heavy tackling. But the players from both sides swapped jerseys on full time and enjoyed a beer afterwards. Great Britain had reclaimed the Ashes with a 40-17 victory, prompting a jubilant lap of honour with Prescott, his broken arm in a sling, carried high by the tourists.

Manufacturing and Rugby League Cares

With every sale, Rugby League Cares receives donations as a charity that helps players transition out of the sport. And supports players’ past and present who are enduring poor health or hardship.

Manufactured from satin touch 100% cotton, the Ellis Rugby Rugby League Lions T-Shirt Great Britain 1958 features the Vintage Lions crest in the form of a detailed applique. Also included in this garment is herringbone detail on the side vents,  tape on the neck opening and a decorative woven label.

This T-Shirt is available in sizes S – 5XL.

As well as the Rugby League Lions T-Shirt Great Britain 1958, we also offer a Great Britain Rugby League Shirt 1958 and smart Sweatshirt.

The Story Behind the Design

This product includes our unique ‘Story-Teller’ microchip. Scan the garment label on the front, just above the hem. A message will appear on iPhones, tap the icon and the video will launch. Android Smartphones often scan better if the back of the phone is placed over the label. Once the chip is detected the video will launch automatically on your phone.

Please note: The Ellis Rugby ‘Story-Teller’ is an additional feature to our garments. We will not accept returns. Or supply replacements if the tag does not work, or stops working during the garment’s life.

Here’s the video you will see, telling the story behind the garment –

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