Players Biography





Further Info: Retired with an Enlarged heart. Benefit Match v Hull 03/03/51

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Biography

Len Aston by Dave Dooley:
Len signed for the Saints just before the Second World War. He made his debut against Broughton Rangers on the 9th., December, 1939. In 125 matches for the Saints, Len scored 26 tries and kicked 9 goals for a total of 96 points.

Len played only 7 games without scoring in his first season. The following season yielded only two games, yet again his name did not appear on the scoresheet. Due to wartime duties Len did not put on a Saints jersey until the 1946-47 season when in the penultimate match of the season Aston scored a brace of tries against Barrow in a 36 points to 7 home victory on May 31st. 1947. Len scored again the following week. It had taken seven and a half years get on the scoresheet!

Season 1947-48 was the most productive in Len`s career with 15 tries and a solitary goal playing in the second row with four outings in the centres. Len played in most Saints games over the next two years with his ball handling skills coming to the fore. His final match for the Saints was against Leigh on Christmas Day 1950. He was one of those players whose rugby career was severely curtailed by the war.

Article from Rugby League Gazette October 13th 1950

Len Aston A Great Sportsman

The forward who deliberately threw away a career as a centre in order to go into the pack will take his benefit this season.

Len Aston, the man with the magic hands, the subtle sidestep, and the superb turn of speed, suddenly flashed into the limelight in 1947-48. Almost overnight he played himself into Great Britain’s team versus New Zealand as a forward. Evidently he knew, when he rejected the centre threequarter position, where his future really lay. Then, pneumonia nearly ended his career. Len beat the attack off, but it took away his sudden acceleration of pace, and brought him back to club level again.

Like most St. Helens boys, Aston played soccer or rugby, which ever game happened to be on top. Often he played both codes in the same week, even the same day. That is one of the reasons why a big lad in a junior soccer team around St. Helens today is always a possible mark for a rugby scout. Aston was in the Lancashire R.L. Schoolboy team. Five minutes after he was in Bethel Mission Soccer team, in the Sunday School League. There he stayed until 1939. Then he played in St. Helens Rugby Club’s medal competition with Cresswell Recs, and was signed on by Saints at the same time as Jim Stott and Harold Fishwick. In August, 1940, he joined the army, and added Rugby Union football to his soccer and Rugby League experience. De-mobbed, he played centre, then prop-forward, then second row, in the Saints second team; and so on to the first team and fame.

Though born within a stones throw of the ground, he was practically unknown to the home crowd until he became famous overnight.

Aston is a splendid sportsman, quiet and unobtrusive in manner, never boasting, never in trouble, never in the referee’s bad books. His biggest laugh was when two forwards advanced from opposite directions to sandwich a lightweight back. The back twigged the move and ducked! The forwards met head on, and both went down in a double knock out. Aston went down with laughter. He was entirely on the little fellow’s side. That’s typical of him. He never uses a hammer to crack a nut, even a big nut; and as a result has no enemies. The Supporters Club have already opened their campaign on his behalf, and that is a guarantee of success.





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Len Aston : Season Stats

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1939~400 0 0 7
1940~410 0 0 2
1946~473 0 0 8
1947~4815 1 0 29
1948~496 0 0 29
1949~502 4 0 34
1950~510 4 0 16
TOTALS:26 9 0 125

Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1948~493005
1949~500202
1950~510002
TOTALS:3209

W/D/LPosDateOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
W 11 9th Dec 1939 Broughton Rangers WEL 1939~40 H 27 9 0 0 0 View
D 10 25th Dec 1939 Widnes WEL 1939~40 A 6 6 0 0 0 View
W 10 24th Feb 1940 Liverpool Stanley WEL 1939~40 H 18 8 0 0 0 View
W 10 2nd Mar 1940 Broughton Rangers LC1 (1) 1939~40 H 26 7 0 0 0 View
W 10 29th Mar 1940 Wigan LC2 (2) 1939~40 H 10 4 0 0 0 View
W 10 6th Apr 1940 Widnes LCSF (1) 1939~40 H 7 5 0 0 0 View
W 10 4th May 1940 Oldham WEL 1939~40 H 12 5 0 0 0 View
L 10 2nd Nov 1940 Warrington WEL 1940~41 H 0 13 0 0 0 View
W 11 9th Nov 1940 Warrington WEL 1940~41 A 2 0 0 0 0 View
L 12 1st Jan 1947 Liverpool Stanley L 1946~47 A 7 8 0 0 0 View
L 10 4th Jan 1947 Leeds L 1946~47 A 5 20 0 0 0 View
W 12 10th May 1947 Bramley L 1946~47 H 29 0 0 0 0 View
W 4 17th May 1947 Featherstone Rovers L 1946~47 H 35 0 0 0 0 View
L 12 24th May 1947 Barrow L 1946~47 A 9 15 0 0 0 View
L 11 26th May 1947 Halifax L 1946~47 A 9 10 0 0 0 View
W 11 31st May 1947 Barrow L 1946~47 H 36 7 2 0 0 View
W 11 7th Jun 1947 Rochdale Hornets L 1946~47 H 26 4 1 0 0 View
L 12 23rd Aug 1947 Widnes L 1947~48 A 8 9 1 0 0 View
W 11 4th Sep 1947 Leigh LC1(2) 1947~48 H 31 5 2 0 0 View
W 11 13th Sep 1947 Oldham L 1947~48 H 16 2 0 0 0 View
L 11 25th Sep 1947 New Zealand Tour 1947~48 H 5 11 0 0 0 View
L 11 29th Sep 1947 Wigan LC2 1947~48 H 7 8 0 0 0 View
L 11 11th Oct 1947 Wakefield Trinity L 1947~48 A 7 10 0 0 0 View
W 11 15th Nov 1947 Liverpool Stanley L 1947~48 H 23 8 1 0 0 View
W 11 29th Nov 1947 Salford L 1947~48 H 31 10 0 0 0 View
W 11 13th Dec 1947 Halifax L 1947~48 A 6 2 0 1 0 View
W 12 25th Dec 1947 Leigh L 1947~48 H 22 3 0 0 0 View
W 11 26th Dec 1947 Wigan L 1947~48 H 13 6 1 0 0 View
D 11 27th Dec 1947 Wakefield Trinity L 1947~48 H 5 5 0 0 0 View
L 12 1st Jan 1948 Leigh L 1947~48 A 3 8 0 0 0 View
W 11 3rd Jan 1948 Swinton L 1947~48 A 6 3 0 0 0 View
L 11 10th Jan 1948 Warrington L 1947~48 H 2 8 0 0 0 View
L 3 17th Jan 1948 Hull K.R. L 1947~48 A 10 17 1 0 0 View
L 3 24th Jan 1948 Rochdale Hornets L 1947~48 H 8 9 1 0 0 View
L 3 31st Jan 1948 Workington Town L 1947~48 A 0 20 0 0 0 View
W 12 7th Feb 1948 Bustlingthorpe Vale CC1(1) 1947~48 H 48 0 2 0 0 View
W 12 14th Feb 1948 Bustlingthorpe Vale CC1(2) 1947~48 A 13 2 1 0 0 View
L 12 28th Feb 1948 Oldham CC2 1947~48 A 0 5 0 0 0 View
L 12 6th Mar 1948 Warrington L 1947~48 A 3 21 0 0 0 View
W 4 13th Mar 1948 Bramley L 1947~48 H 13 7 1 0 0 View
W 12 20th Mar 1948 Oldham L 1947~48 A 13 3 0 0 0 View
L 11 26th Mar 1948 Wigan L 1947~48 A 11 22 0 0 0 View
W 11 6th Apr 1948 Rochdale Hornets L 1947~48 A 15 10 2 0 0 View
W 11 17th Apr 1948 Halifax L 1947~48 H 20 7 1 0 0 View
W 12 22nd Apr 1948 Belle Vue Rangers L 1947~48 A 21 2 0 0 0 View
W 11 24th Apr 1948 Bramley L 1947~48 A 19 11 1 0 0 View
W 11 14th Aug 1948 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1948~49 A 38 2 1 0 0 View
W 11 21st Aug 1948 Widnes L 1948~49 H 6 2 0 0 0 View
L 11 23rd Aug 1948 Workington Town L 1948~49 A 11 15 1 0 0 View
L 11 28th Aug 1948 Oldham L 1948~49 A 11 15 0 0 0 View
L 11 4th Sep 1948 Wigan LC1(1) 1948~49 H 9 24 0 0 0 View
W 11 23rd Sep 1948 Liverpool Stanley L 1948~49 H 41 0 0 0 0 View
W 3 25th Sep 1948 Dewsbury L 1948~49 A 14 7 0 0 0 View
W 11 2nd Oct 1948 Hunslet L 1948~49 H 41 11 1 0 0 View
L 4 23rd Oct 1948 Keighley L 1948~49 A 10 12 0 0 0 View
W 11 6th Nov 1948 Salford L 1948~49 H 17 12 1 0 0 View
L 12 13th Nov 1948 Rochdale Hornets L 1948~49 A 3 10 0 0 0 View
W 11 20th Nov 1948 Dewsbury L 1948~49 H 27 7 0 0 0 View
W 11 27th Nov 1948 Oldham L 1948~49 H 28 2 0 0 0 View
L 12 4th Dec 1948 Warrington L 1948~49 A 5 15 0 0 0 View
W 12 11th Dec 1948 Whitehaven L 1948~49 A 13 0 0 0 0 View
W 11 18th Dec 1948 Whitehaven L 1948~49 H 61 0 1 0 0 View
D 12 25th Dec 1948 Leigh L 1948~49 A 5 5 1 0 0 View
W 11 1st Jan 1949 Leigh L 1948~49 H 12 0 0 0 0 View
W 12 8th Jan 1949 Rochdale Hornets L 1948~49 H 3 0 0 0 0 View
W 11 15th Jan 1949 Belle Vue Rangers L 1948~49 A 17 5 0 0 0 View
W 11 22nd Jan 1949 Hunslet L 1948~49 A 11 5 0 0 0 View
L 11 26th Feb 1949 Swinton L 1948~49 H 8 11 0 0 0 View
W 11 12th Mar 1949 Belle Vue Rangers L 1948~49 H 18 0 0 0 0 View
L 12 19th Mar 1949 Salford L 1948~49 A 6 7 0 0 0 View
L 11 26th Mar 1949 Batley* Fr 1948~49 H 10 12 0 0 0 View
L 11 31st Mar 1949 Wigan L 1948~49 H 8 13 0 0 0 View
W 11 9th Apr 1949 Halifax L 1948~49 A 8 3 0 0 0 View
L 11 15th Apr 1949 Wigan L 1948~49 A 5 19 1 0 0 View
L 11 16th Apr 1949 Huddersfield L 1948~49 A 0 34 0 0 0 View
L 11 23rd Apr 1949 Swinton L 1948~49 A 3 16 0 0 0 View
W 11 25th Apr 1949 Barrow L 1948~49 H 16 5 0 0 0 View
L 13 16th May 1949 Huddersfield* Fr Tour 1948~49 P 11 46 1 0 0 View
W 13 18th May 1949 Huddersfield* Fr Tour 1948~49 B 33 17 1 0 0 View
L 11 21st May 1949 Huddersfield* Fr Tour 1948~49 A 16 25 0 0 0 View
W 11 13th Aug 1949 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1949~50 H 34 22 0 2 0 View
L 12 20th Aug 1949 Widnes L 1949~50 A 2 15 0 0 0 View
W 12 25th Aug 1949 Wakefield Trinity L 1949~50 H 22 12 0 0 0 View
L 12 27th Aug 1949 Workington Town LC1(1) 1949~50 H 0 7 0 0 0 View
L 12 31st Aug 1949 Workington Town LC1(2) 1949~50 A 4 7 0 0 0 View
L 11 3rd Sep 1949 Dewsbury L 1949~50 A 12 18 0 0 0 View
L 11 7th Sep 1949 Barrow L 1949~50 A 3 18 0 0 0 View
W 12 10th Sep 1949 Oldham L 1949~50 H 16 8 0 0 0 View
L 12 17th Sep 1949 Wakefield Trinity L 1949~50 A 9 12 0 0 0 View
W 11 19th Sep 1949 Hull K.R. L 1949~50 A 12 5 0 0 0 View
W 12 24th Sep 1949 Workington Town L 1949~50 H 43 10 0 0 0 View
W 12 1st Oct 1949 Bramley L 1949~50 H 39 2 1 0 0 View
W 12 15th Oct 1949 Belle Vue Rangers L 1949~50 H 28 5 1 0 0 View
W 11 22nd Oct 1949 Oldham L 1949~50 A 12 2 0 0 0 View
D 12 5th Nov 1949 Hull L 1949~50 A 5 5 0 0 0 View
W 12 12th Nov 1949 Warrington L 1949~50 A 7 3 0 0 0 View
W 12 19th Nov 1949 Hull K.R. L 1949~50 H 14 3 0 0 0 View
W 12 3rd Dec 1949 Rochdale Hornets L 1949~50 H 23 0 0 4 0 View
L 11 10th Dec 1949 Salford L 1949~50 A 4 8 0 0 0 View
W 12 24th Dec 1949 Whitehaven L 1949~50 A 14 7 0 0 0 View
W 12 26th Dec 1949 Wigan L 1949~50 H 15 8 0 0 0 View
W 12 27th Dec 1949 Swinton L 1949~50 H 10 5 0 0 0 View
W 13 2nd Jan 1950 Hull L 1949~50 H 30 0 0 0 0 View
W 12 7th Jan 1950 Rochdale Hornets L 1949~50 A 23 2 0 0 0 View
L 12 21st Jan 1950 Dewsbury L 1949~50 H 2 15 0 0 0 View
L 11 11th Feb 1950 Halifax CC1(2) 1949~50 A 0 2 0 0 0 View
L 11 18th Feb 1950 Swinton L 1949~50 A 8 11 0 0 0 View
W 11 25th Feb 1950 Salford CC2 1949~50 A 9 2 0 0 0 View
W 11 4th Mar 1950 Warrington L 1949~50 H 12 3 0 0 0 View
D 12 11th Mar 1950 Bradford Northern CC3 1949~50 H 0 0 0 0 0 View
L 12 15th Mar 1950 Bradford Northern CC3(rep) 1949~50 A 0 11 0 0 0 View
D 11 18th Mar 1950 Belle Vue Rangers L 1949~50 A 7 7 0 0 0 View
W 13 1st Apr 1950 Liverpool Stanley L 1949~50 H 27 2 0 0 0 View
W 12 19th Apr 1950 Salford L 1949~50 H 38 3 0 0 0 View
W 11 22nd Apr 1950 Neath * Fr 1949~50 H 48 10 0 0 0 View
W 12 26th Apr 1950 Bramley L 1949~50 A 12 2 0 0 0 View
W 13 12th Aug 1950 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1950~51 A 15 2 0 0 0 View
W 12 19th Aug 1950 Widnes L 1950~51 H 17 2 0 0 0 View
W 12 23rd Aug 1950 Barrow L 1950~51 A 14 4 0 0 0 View
W 12 26th Aug 1950 Liverpool Stanley L 1950~51 A 36 2 0 0 0 View
W 12 30th Aug 1950 Italy* Fr 1950~51 H 74 38 0 0 0 View
W 12 2nd Sep 1950 Swinton LC1(1) 1950~51 A 19 10 0 0 0 View
L 12 16th Sep 1950 Workington Town L 1950~51 A 11 19 0 0 0 View
W 12 23rd Sep 1950 Swinton L 1950~51 H 21 2 0 0 0 View
W 12 27th Sep 1950 Salford LC2 1950~51 H 20 3 0 4 0 View
L 12 30th Sep 1950 Huddersfield L 1950~51 A 9 19 0 0 0 View
W 12 7th Oct 1950 Hunslet L 1950~51 H 20 14 0 0 0 View
L 12 11th Oct 1950 Wigan LCSF 1950~51 H 7 9 0 0 0 View
L 12 14th Oct 1950 Salford L 1950~51 A 3 25 0 0 0 View
L 11 28th Oct 1950 Warrington L 1950~51 A 2 19 0 0 0 View
W 11 4th Nov 1950 Workington Town L 1950~51 H 13 11 0 0 0 View
L 11 11th Nov 1950 Oldham L 1950~51 H 7 13 0 0 0 View
W 11 23rd Dec 1950 Swinton L 1950~51 A 11 3 0 0 0 View
L 11 25th Dec 1950 Leigh L 1950~51 H 2 12 0 0 0 View


*Unofficial Match.
**Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 116 OTHER 9 = 125
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 125
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