Players Biography





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Biography

Reg Blakemore by Alex Service

The St.Helens club has certainly had its fair share of great hookers in the post war era and Reg Blakemore fits into that category with ease. Born in Newport, Reg became a full international hooker for Wales at rugby union before signing for Saints at the start of the 1947-48 season. His first match was on 23rd August 1947 when he appeared in the A Team against Widnes. Characterised by a high work rate in the loose, Reg had to bide his time to get a real run in the First Team at Knowsley Road because of the presence of Ike Fishwick. When the latter was transferred to Warrington, his chance came and he took full advantage.
Reg played 187 times for the Saints, including three seasons when he played in over forty matches (1949-50, 1952-53 and 1953-54) The St.Helens Newspaper talks about a presentation to Reg at the end of the 1949-50 campaign: “During the dinner party given in connection with the benefit presentation to jimmy Stott, a surprise second presentation was made, this time to Reg Blakemore. It was a happy thought on the part of the Directors to mark the quite remarkable feat by Blakemore in gaining a never absent in the forty six games played by the First team during the season and Reg hooked in every one of them a tribute to his consistency and his toughness.”
Although hookers were in the side primarily to get the ball, the red-haired Welshman was also supreme in the loose and ever-ready to back up attacking play, something which brought him a number of tries in his career. Supporters from the time will recall his brace of touchdowns during the 1953 Championship Final victory against Halifax at Maine Road, Manchester, which brought the Saints their second Championship success. Under Coach Jim Sullivan Reg was also to play in three other finals. The team lost to Leigh in the Lancashire Cup final and to Huddersfield at Wembley in 1952-53. The following season Wigan were beaten in the Lancashire Cup final at Swinton, the last final for Reg in Saints colours.
Reg stayed in St.Helens after retiring from the game and was always on hand to talk about current rugby league happenings. It was a great pity that he was never selected to play for his country in the thirteen-a-side code. He would have been a proud double international for sure. An enthusiastic member of the Saints Past Players Association, Reg passed away in July 2006 at the age of 81. He remains part of the Welsh connection that has served the St.Helens club so well over the years.

Reg Blakemore Obituary by Denis Whittle

Saints hooker of the 1950s dies.
One of the few remaining links with Saints’ championship side of the early 1950s has been severed by the death of a popular Welshman who was a hooker of the old school. Reg Blakemore, of Derbyshire Hill, died in Whiston Hospital after a brief illness. He leaves his widow Nancy, daughter Sandra and grandchildren Emma and Barrie.
Ideally built for his demanding role at 5ft 9in and 12 stone, red-haired Reg joined Saints from Newport in 1947. He had previously played for Wales at schoolboy level. In seven seasons at Knowsley Road he made 188 appearances and scored 20 tries, including two when Saints defeated Halifax 24-14 in the Championship Final at Maine Road, Manchester, in 1953. Blakemore was also a member of the side that overcame Wigan 16-8 in the Lancashire Cup Final at Swinton in the same year, and he dominated the scrums against Huddersfield in the Challenge Cup Final at Wembleybut to no avail as Saints suffered a nail-biting 15-10 defeat.
Duggie Greenall, Reg’s captain at Saints, said: “Few hookers beat Blakemore for scrum possession in the days when number nines struck for the ball, while he was a livewire in the loose and a fearless tackler.” He was a loyal member of the Saints Past Players Association and they were well represented at his funeral at St.Peter’s Church, Parr.



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Reg Blakemore : Season Stats

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1947~481 0 0 7
1948~49 4 0 0 21
1949~505 0 0 43
1950~510 0 0 26
1951~521 0 0 7
1952~53 7 0 0 43
1953~542 0 0 40
TOTALS:20 0 0 187

Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1948~490001
1949~502002
1950~510003
1951~521004
1952~530101
1953~540001
TOTALS:31012

W/D/LPosDateOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
L 9 25th Sep 1947 New Zealand Tour 1947~48 H 5 11 0 0 0 View
L 9 22nd Nov 1947 Liverpool Stanley L 1947~48 A 7 10 0 0 0 View
W 9 29th Nov 1947 Salford L 1947~48 H 31 10 1 0 0 View
L 9 17th Jan 1948 Hull K.R. L 1947~48 A 10 17 0 0 0 View
W 9 20th Mar 1948 Oldham L 1947~48 A 13 3 0 0 0 View
L 9 26th Mar 1948 Wigan L 1947~48 A 11 22 0 0 0 View
W 9 27th Mar 1948 York L 1947~48 H 44 10 0 0 0 View
L 9 9th Oct 1948 Barrow L 1948~49 A 12 20 0 0 0 View
W 9 14th Oct 1948 Australia Tour 1948~49 H 10 8 0 0 0 View
L 9 13th Nov 1948 Rochdale Hornets L 1948~49 A 3 10 0 0 0 View
W 9 20th Nov 1948 Dewsbury L 1948~49 H 27 7 1 0 0 View
W 9 27th Nov 1948 Oldham L 1948~49 H 28 2 1 0 0 View
L 9 4th Dec 1948 Warrington L 1948~49 A 5 15 0 0 0 View
W 9 11th Dec 1948 Whitehaven L 1948~49 A 13 0 0 0 0 View
W 9 18th Dec 1948 Whitehaven L 1948~49 H 61 0 1 0 0 View
D 9 25th Dec 1948 Leigh L 1948~49 A 5 5 0 0 0 View
W 9 1st Jan 1949 Leigh L 1948~49 H 12 0 0 0 0 View
W 9 8th Jan 1949 Rochdale Hornets L 1948~49 H 3 0 0 0 0 View
W 9 15th Jan 1949 Belle Vue Rangers L 1948~49 A 17 5 0 0 0 View
W 9 22nd Jan 1949 Hunslet L 1948~49 A 11 5 1 0 0 View
W 9 29th Jan 1949 Huddersfield L 1948~49 H 20 2 0 0 0 View
L 9 5th Feb 1949 Widnes L 1948~49 A 2 6 0 0 0 View
L 9 26th Mar 1949 Batley* Fr 1948~49 H 10 12 0 0 0 View
L 9 31st Mar 1949 Wigan L 1948~49 H 8 13 0 0 0 View
W 9 9th Apr 1949 Halifax L 1948~49 A 8 3 0 0 0 View
L 9 15th Apr 1949 Wigan L 1948~49 A 5 19 0 0 0 View
L 9 16th Apr 1949 Huddersfield L 1948~49 A 0 34 0 0 0 View
L 9 18th Apr 1949 Keighley L 1948~49 H 2 4 0 0 0 View
L 9 23rd Apr 1949 Swinton L 1948~49 A 3 16 0 0 0 View
W 9 13th Aug 1949 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1949~50 H 34 22 1 0 0 View
L 9 20th Aug 1949 Widnes L 1949~50 A 2 15 0 0 0 View
W 9 25th Aug 1949 Wakefield Trinity L 1949~50 H 22 12 0 0 0 View
L 9 27th Aug 1949 Workington Town LC1(1) 1949~50 H 0 7 0 0 0 View
L 9 31st Aug 1949 Workington Town LC1(2) 1949~50 A 4 7 0 0 0 View
L 9 3rd Sep 1949 Dewsbury L 1949~50 A 12 18 0 0 0 View
L 9 7th Sep 1949 Barrow L 1949~50 A 3 18 0 0 0 View
W 9 10th Sep 1949 Oldham L 1949~50 H 16 8 0 0 0 View
L 9 17th Sep 1949 Wakefield Trinity L 1949~50 A 9 12 0 0 0 View
W 9 19th Sep 1949 Hull K.R. L 1949~50 A 12 5 0 0 0 View
W 9 24th Sep 1949 Workington Town L 1949~50 H 43 10 0 0 0 View
W 9 1st Oct 1949 Bramley L 1949~50 H 39 2 1 0 0 View
W 9 15th Oct 1949 Belle Vue Rangers L 1949~50 H 28 5 0 0 0 View
W 9 22nd Oct 1949 Oldham L 1949~50 A 12 2 0 0 0 View
D 9 5th Nov 1949 Hull L 1949~50 A 5 5 0 0 0 View
W 9 12th Nov 1949 Warrington L 1949~50 A 7 3 0 0 0 View
W 9 19th Nov 1949 Hull K.R. L 1949~50 H 14 3 0 0 0 View
W 9 26th Nov 1949 Liverpool Stanley L 1949~50 A 11 3 0 0 0 View
W 9 3rd Dec 1949 Rochdale Hornets L 1949~50 H 23 0 1 0 0 View
L 9 10th Dec 1949 Salford L 1949~50 A 4 8 0 0 0 View
W 9 17th Dec 1949 Widnes L 1949~50 H 7 0 0 0 0 View
W 9 24th Dec 1949 Whitehaven L 1949~50 A 14 7 0 0 0 View
W 9 26th Dec 1949 Wigan L 1949~50 H 15 8 1 0 0 View
W 9 27th Dec 1949 Swinton L 1949~50 H 10 5 0 0 0 View
L 9 31st Dec 1949 Leigh L 1949~50 A 10 15 0 0 0 View
W 9 2nd Jan 1950 Hull L 1949~50 H 30 0 0 0 0 View
W 9 7th Jan 1950 Rochdale Hornets L 1949~50 A 23 2 0 0 0 View
L 9 21st Jan 1950 Dewsbury L 1949~50 H 2 15 0 0 0 View
W 9 4th Feb 1950 Halifax CC1(1) 1949~50 H 10 6 0 0 0 View
L 9 11th Feb 1950 Halifax CC1(2) 1949~50 A 0 2 0 0 0 View
L 9 18th Feb 1950 Swinton L 1949~50 A 8 11 0 0 0 View
W 9 25th Feb 1950 Salford CC2 1949~50 A 9 2 0 0 0 View
W 9 4th Mar 1950 Warrington L 1949~50 H 12 3 0 0 0 View
D 9 11th Mar 1950 Bradford Northern CC3 1949~50 H 0 0 0 0 0 View
L 9 15th Mar 1950 Bradford Northern CC3(rep) 1949~50 A 0 11 0 0 0 View
D 9 18th Mar 1950 Belle Vue Rangers L 1949~50 A 7 7 0 0 0 View
L 9 25th Mar 1950 Workington Town L 1949~50 A 0 5 0 0 0 View
W 9 1st Apr 1950 Liverpool Stanley L 1949~50 H 27 2 0 0 0 View
L 9 7th Apr 1950 Wigan L 1949~50 A 12 17 0 0 0 View
W 9 8th Apr 1950 Barrow L 1949~50 H 16 0 0 0 0 View
W 9 10th Apr 1950 Whitehaven L 1949~50 H 30 17 0 0 0 View
L 9 15th Apr 1950 Leigh L 1949~50 H 5 12 0 0 0 View
W 9 19th Apr 1950 Salford L 1949~50 H 38 3 2 0 0 View
W 9 22nd Apr 1950 Neath * Fr 1949~50 H 48 10 1 0 0 View
W 9 26th Apr 1950 Bramley L 1949~50 A 12 2 0 0 0 View
W 9 5th Aug 1950 Carcassonne* Fr 1950~51 H 24 22 0 0 0 View
W 9 12th Aug 1950 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1950~51 A 15 2 0 0 0 View
W 9 19th Aug 1950 Widnes L 1950~51 H 17 2 0 0 0 View
W 9 23rd Aug 1950 Barrow L 1950~51 A 14 4 0 0 0 View
W 9 26th Aug 1950 Liverpool Stanley L 1950~51 A 36 2 0 0 0 View
W 9 2nd Sep 1950 Swinton LC1(1) 1950~51 A 19 10 0 0 0 View
W 9 9th Sep 1950 Rochdale Hornets L 1950~51 H 31 12 0 0 0 View
W 9 13th Sep 1950 Swinton LC1(2) 1950~51 H 11 3 0 0 0 View
L 9 16th Sep 1950 Workington Town L 1950~51 A 11 19 0 0 0 View
W 9 23rd Sep 1950 Swinton L 1950~51 H 21 2 0 0 0 View
W 9 27th Sep 1950 Salford LC2 1950~51 H 20 3 0 0 0 View
L 9 30th Sep 1950 Huddersfield L 1950~51 A 9 19 0 0 0 View
W 9 7th Oct 1950 Hunslet L 1950~51 H 20 14 0 0 0 View
L 9 11th Oct 1950 Wigan LCSF 1950~51 H 7 9 0 0 0 View
L 9 14th Oct 1950 Salford L 1950~51 A 3 25 0 0 0 View
W 9 4th Nov 1950 Workington Town L 1950~51 H 13 11 0 0 0 View
L 9 11th Nov 1950 Oldham L 1950~51 H 7 13 0 0 0 View
W 9 23rd Dec 1950 Swinton L 1950~51 A 11 3 0 0 0 View
L 9 25th Dec 1950 Leigh L 1950~51 H 2 12 0 0 0 View
L 9 26th Dec 1950 Wigan L 1950~51 H 5 39 0 0 0 View
W 9 20th Jan 1951 Barrow L 1950~51 H 10 6 0 0 0 View
W 9 27th Jan 1951 Whitehaven L 1950~51 A 3 2 0 0 0 View
W 9 3rd Feb 1951 Salford L 1950~51 H 10 0 0 0 0 View
L 9 10th Feb 1951 Bradford Northern CC1(1) 1950~51 A 6 11 0 0 0 View
W 9 17th Feb 1951 Bradford Northern CC1(2) 1950~51 H 4 0 0 0 0 View
L 9 24th Feb 1951 Hunslet L 1950~51 A 4 8 0 0 0 View
W 9 21st Apr 1951 York L 1950~51 H 31 3 0 0 0 View
L 9 25th Apr 1951 Leigh L 1950~51 A 7 10 0 0 0 View
W 9 30th Apr 1951 Players Union * Fr 1950~51 H 45 38 0 0 0 View
W 9 11th Aug 1951 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1951~52 H 16 7 0 0 0 View
W 9 18th Aug 1951 Widnes L 1951~52 A 20 11 0 0 0 View
W 9 21st Aug 1951 Rochdale Hornets L 1951~52 A 20 2 0 0 0 View
W 9 25th Aug 1951 Liverpool City L 1951~52 H 23 3 1 0 0 View
D 9 26th Dec 1951 Wigan L 1951~52 H 2 2 0 0 0 View
L 9 29th Dec 1951 Swinton L 1951~52 A 2 27 0 0 0 View
W 9 9th Feb 1952 Belle Vue Rangers CC1(1) 1951~52 H 6 5 0 0 0 View
W 9 16th Feb 1952 Belle Vue Rangers CC1(2) 1951~52 A 9 4 0 0 0 View
L 9 30th Apr 1952 Toulouse* Fr Tour 1951~52 A 5 31 0 0 0 View
L 9 1st May 1952 French XIII* Fr Tour 1951~52 T 5 45 0 0 0 View
W 9 4th May 1952 French XIII* Fr Tour 1951~52 F 27 24 1 0 0 View
W 9 10th Sep 1952 Oldham L 1952~53 H 6 2 0 0 0 View
L 9 13th Sep 1952 Workington Town L 1952~53 H 9 15 0 0 0 View
W 9 20th Sep 1952 Keighley L 1952~53 A 27 7 0 0 0 View
W 9 23rd Sep 1952 Rochdale Hornets LC2 1952~53 H 31 7 0 0 0 View
W 9 27th Sep 1952 Australia Tour 1952~53 H 26 8 0 0 0 View
W 9 4th Oct 1952 Castleford L 1952~53 H 18 17 0 0 0 View
W 9 11th Oct 1952 Bramley L 1952~53 A 21 0 1 0 0 View
W 9 14th Oct 1952 Warrington LCSF 1952~53 A 17 10 0 0 0 View
L 9 25th Oct 1952 Huddersfield L 1952~53 H 14 17 0 0 0 View
W 9 1st Nov 1952 Swinton L 1952~53 A 14 7 0 0 0 View
W 9 8th Nov 1952 Barrow L 1952~53 A 14 7 0 0 0 View
W 9 15th Nov 1952 Swinton L 1952~53 H 23 10 0 0 0 View
W 9 22nd Nov 1952 Warrington L 1952~53 A 19 8 1 0 0 View
L 9 29th Nov 1952 Leigh LCF 1952~53 N 5 22 0 0 0 View
W 9 6th Dec 1952 Workington Town L 1952~53 A 22 5 0 0 0 View
W 9 13th Dec 1952 Barrow L 1952~53 H 26 9 0 0 0 View
W 9 20th Dec 1952 Widnes L 1952~53 A 7 2 0 0 0 View
W 9 25th Dec 1952 Leigh L 1952~53 A 22 2 0 0 0 View
W 9 26th Dec 1952 Wigan L 1952~53 H 5 0 0 0 0 View
W 9 27th Dec 1952 Wakefield Trinity L 1952~53 A 20 11 0 0 0 View
D 9 1st Jan 1953 Leigh L 1952~53 H 9 9 0 0 0 View
W 9 3rd Jan 1953 Rochdale Hornets L 1952~53 H 37 5 0 0 0 View
W 9 17th Jan 1953 Bramley L 1952~53 H 52 14 0 0 0 View
W 9 24th Jan 1953 Warrington L 1952~53 H 17 5 0 0 0 View
W 9 31st Jan 1953 Castleford L 1952~53 A 8 0 0 0 0 View
W 9 7th Feb 1953 Oldham CC1(1) 1952~53 H 20 4 0 0 0 View
D 9 14th Feb 1953 Oldham CC1(2) 1952~53 A 5 5 0 0 0 View
W 9 21st Feb 1953 Belle Vue Rangers L 1952~53 A 20 7 1 0 0 View
W 9 28th Feb 1953 Belle Vue Rangers CC2 1952~53 H 28 0 0 0 0 View
W 9 7th Mar 1953 Wakefield Trinity L 1952~53 H 69 17 0 0 0 View
W 9 14th Mar 1953 Leigh CC3 1952~53 A 12 3 0 0 0 View
W 9 18th Mar 1953 Whitehaven L 1952~53 A 17 15 1 0 0 View
W 9 21st Mar 1953 Whitehaven L 1952~53 H 26 10 0 0 0 View
W 9 28th Mar 1953 Warrington CCSF 1952~53 N 9 3 0 0 0 View
W 9 31st Mar 1953 Rochdale Hornets L 1952~53 A 8 0 1 0 0 View
W 9 3rd Apr 1953 Wigan L 1952~53 A 16 5 0 0 0 View
W 9 4th Apr 1953 Liverpool City L 1952~53 H 20 4 0 0 0 View
D 9 6th Apr 1953 Huddersfield L 1952~53 A 10 10 0 0 0 View
W 9 11th Apr 1953 Belle Vue Rangers L 1952~53 H 38 9 0 0 0 View
W 9 13th Apr 1953 Keighley L 1952~53 H 29 12 0 0 0 View
L 9 25th Apr 1953 Huddersfield CCF 1952~53 N 10 15 0 0 0 View
W 9 2nd May 1953 Huddersfield ChSF 1952~53 H 46 0 0 0 0 View
W 9 7th May 1953 Halifax ChF 1952~53 N 24 14 2 0 0 View
W 9 16th May 1953 Workington / Whitehaven* Fr Benefit 1952~53 A 53 26 0 1 0 View
W 9 8th Aug 1953 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1953~54 H 29 20 0 0 0 View
W 9 15th Aug 1953 Liverpool City L 1953~54 A 46 0 0 0 0 View
D 9 22nd Aug 1953 Widnes L 1953~54 A 11 11 0 0 0 View
W 9 26th Aug 1953 Barrow L 1953~54 H 23 10 0 0 0 View
W 9 29th Aug 1953 Huddersfield L 1953~54 H 12 9 0 0 0 View
L 9 5th Sep 1953 Barrow LC1(1) 1953~54 A 13 14 0 0 0 View
W 9 9th Sep 1953 Barrow LC1(2) 1953~54 H 21 17 0 0 0 View
W 9 12th Sep 1953 Bradford Northern L 1953~54 A 19 14 0 0 0 View
W 9 19th Sep 1953 Bramley L 1953~54 H 49 16 0 0 0 View
W 9 23rd Sep 1953 Swinton LC2 1953~54 H 38 9 0 0 0 View
L 9 26th Sep 1953 Halifax L 1953~54 A 3 14 0 0 0 View
W 9 30th Sep 1953 Warrington LCSF 1953~54 A 17 10 0 0 0 View
W 9 3rd Oct 1953 Bradford Northern L 1953~54 H 22 12 0 0 0 View
W 9 10th Oct 1953 Belle Vue Rangers L 1953~54 A 27 5 0 0 0 View
W 9 17th Oct 1953 Castleford L 1953~54 H 35 9 0 0 0 View
W 9 24th Oct 1953 Wigan LCF 1953~54 N 16 8 0 0 0 View
W 9 31st Oct 1953 Workington Town L 1953~54 H 20 5 0 0 0 View
W 9 7th Nov 1953 Oldham L 1953~54 A 5 3 0 0 0 View
W 9 28th Nov 1953 Whitehaven L 1953~54 A 12 4 0 0 0 View
W 9 5th Dec 1953 Belle Vue Rangers L 1953~54 H 38 7 0 0 0 View
W 9 12th Dec 1953 Oldham L 1953~54 H 21 9 0 0 0 View
W 9 19th Dec 1953 Salford L 1953~54 A 11 7 0 0 0 View
W 9 25th Dec 1953 Leigh L 1953~54 H 11 9 0 0 0 View
W 9 26th Dec 1953 Wigan L 1953~54 H 14 4 0 0 0 View
L 9 2nd Jan 1954 Warrington L 1953~54 H 2 7 0 0 0 View
W 9 9th Jan 1954 Swinton L 1953~54 A 8 0 1 0 0 View
W 9 16th Jan 1954 Rochdale Hornets L 1953~54 H 28 5 1 0 0 View
W 9 23rd Jan 1954 Barrow L 1953~54 A 15 11 0 0 0 View
W 9 30th Jan 1954 Salford L 1953~54 H 29 0 0 0 0 View
W 9 13th Feb 1954 Featherstone Rovers CC1(1) 1953~54 H 26 7 0 0 0 View
W 9 17th Feb 1954 Featherstone Rovers CC1(2) 1953~54 A 27 16 0 0 0 View
D 9 20th Feb 1954 Halifax L 1953~54 H 5 5 0 0 0 View
L 9 27th Feb 1954 Warrington L 1953~54 A 8 12 0 0 0 View
L 9 6th Mar 1954 Huddersfield CC2 1953~54 A 5 12 0 0 0 View
L 9 13th Mar 1954 Rochdale Hornets L 1953~54 A 5 9 0 0 0 View
W 9 20th Mar 1954 Liverpool City L 1953~54 H 18 0 0 0 0 View
W 9 24th Mar 1954 Workington Town L 1953~54 A 15 7 0 0 0 View
W 9 3rd Apr 1954 Whitehaven L 1953~54 H 34 12 0 0 0 View
L 9 7th Apr 1954 Leigh L 1953~54 A 13 14 0 0 0 View
W 9 10th Apr 1954 Bramley L 1953~54 A 25 12 0 0 0 View
W 9 16th Apr 1954 Wigan L 1953~54 A 14 8 0 0 0 View


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CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 175 OTHER 12 = 187
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 187
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