Disclaimer : I also like Rugby League !
Jason Robinson, England fullback and possibly one of the most talented player of the last RWC, started his Rugby League career in Hunslet (South Leeds)
Hunslet, founded 1883, was one of the founding members of the Northern Union in 1895, then one of the sport's strongest clubs in its early years, becoming the first to win All Four Cups in 1907-1908.
The gentlemen on my trade card could very well be Albert Goldthorpe, aka "Arh Albert" aka "the gentleman of Yorkshire football". Albert Goldthorpe made his debut as a 16 years old in October 1888. He is believed to have kicked nearly 1000 goals, including 14 from 15 attempts against Dudley Hill at Parkside. He is remembered by an older generation as a drop kick specialist and is credited with having dropped over 200 goals in his great career, 5 in one match.
In his last full season in the game, the “All Four Cups” season, Albert then aged 36 played in 42 games, scored 5 tries and kicked a new Northern Union record of 101 goals.
(credit to Hunslet website for this short bio - credit to Wikipedia for the picture)
PS : can somebody help me to identify this trade card... it looks like a Baines card... but it's oval... and there is nothing written on the back... or could it have been cut out from a larger print ?