Alf “Ginger” Burnell emerged as one of the outstanding half backs in the immediate post war period. His career was delayed by the Second World War but he played 351 matches for Hunslet before retiring in 1958. He helped Yorkshire win the County Championship in 1946 representing his county on 5 occasions in all. His 4 England caps were against Wales (2) and France (2). He was selected for Great Britain against New Zealand in 1951 and played in all 3 tests in the series triumph. He toured with the British Lions in 1954 playing 17 times including one test against New Zealand.