Arthur "Artie" 'Bruss' Atkinson born in Castleford, was an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s playing at representative level for Great Britain, England and Yorkshire, and at club level for Castleford (Captain), as a Centre, i.e. number 3 or 4.
Arthur Atkinson holds the world record for a goal kick in any form of rugby, he kicked a Penalty from 75-Yards in the 20-10 victory over St. Helens at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Saturday 26 October 1929, a record that still stands today (This is disputed. England and Cumberland forward Martin Hodgson kicked a penalty goal kick of 77¾ yards for Swinton against Rochdale Hornets at the Athletic Grounds, Rochdale on 13 April 1940.).
Artie Atkinson won caps for England while at Castleford in 1929 against Other Nationalities, in 1930 against Other Nationalities, in 1931 against Wales, in 1932 against Wales, in 1933 against Australia, in 1936 against France, and won caps for Great Britain while at Castleford in 1929-30 against Australia (3 matches), in 1932 against Australia (3 matches), and New Zealand (3 matches), in 1933 against Australia, and in 1936 against Australia.
Artie Atkinson won caps generally playing Centre, i.e. number 3 for Yorkshire while at Castleford in the 17-22 defeat by Glamorgan & Monmouth in Cardiff on 15 April 1929, scoring 1-try, and 1-conversion in the 12-25 defeat by Australia at Wakefield Trinity's stadium on 20 November 1929, the 9-3 victory over Cumberland at Huddersfield's stadium on 22 January 1930, the 6-13 defeat by Glamorgan & Monmouth at Hunslet's stadium on 26 February 1930, the 25-15 victory over Lancashire at Wakefield Trinity's stadium on 18 October 1930, scoring 1-try, and 6-conversions in the 33-12 victory over Glamorgan & Monmouth at Halifax's stadium on 15 April 1931, scoring 1-conversion in the 8-11 defeat by Lancashire at Warrington's stadium on 17 October 1931, playing Left-Wing, i.e. number 2 in the 20-35 defeat by Cumberland at York's stadium on 28 October 1931, scoring 1-try in the 10-39 defeat by Cumberland at Whitehaven's stadium on 1 October 1932, scoring 1-try, and 2-conversions in the 30-3 victory over Lancashire at Wakefield Trinity's stadium on 29 October 1932, the 0-10 defeat by Cumberland at Whitehaven's stadium on 29 September 1934, the 5-5 draw with Lancashire at Leeds's stadium on 9 January 1935, the 16-5 victory over Lancashire at Widnes' stadium on 12 October 1935, and the 6-28 defeat by Lancashire at Castleford's stadium on 21 October 1936.
Challenge Cup final appearances
Artie Atkinson played Centre, i.e. number 3, scored a conversion, and was captain in Castleford's 11-8 victory over Huddersfield in the 1935 Challenge Cup final during the 1934–35 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 4 May 1935.
County League appearances
Artie Atkinson played in Castleford's victories in the Yorkshire League during the 1932–33 season, and 1938–39 season.
Artie Atkinson played in Castleford's inaugural 1926–27 season. With 431-appearances, Artie Atkinson is joint second (along with Dean Sampson) in Castleford's all-time appearance list behind John Joyner, who has 613-appearances.
Honoured at Castleford Tigers
Artie Atkinson is a Tigers Hall of Fame Inductee.