Robert Doherty was a stalwart for the club playing over 200 matches mostly on the right wing, although he could play in the centres with equal effectiveness. He made his debut in Saints first ever Northern Union game against Rochdale Hornets on the 7th. September 1895. Playing for six shillings under Rugby Union rules and scoring system, Robert Doherty has the distinction of scoring the first ever try for Saints as a Rugby League team.
After a scrum on Rochdale`s 25 yard line, Bob Doherty Saints pint sized winger intercepted a pass meant for his opposite number Uttley, swerved past Midgley and rushed for the line. He was half-tackled by full back Wood, but broke away and rolled head over heels to score Saints` first ever try under Northern union rules.
Bob scored a hat trick for the Saints in a first round Challenge Cup match against Lees on 20th. March 1897 as part of a comfortable 58 points to nil victory. In 224 matches for the Saints `Bob Doc` scored 38 tries for a total points aggregate of 114 points.
Bob was a member of the first Saints side to lift a trophy under Northern Union rules when the team beat Runcorn, in extra time, by 6 points to nil in the South West Lancs and Border Towns Cup at Widnes on April 30th., 1900.
Bob was signed from Kendal Hornets I895 and he immediately became a very popular figure with the fans, as this pint sized back utilised great strength and determination to bring down players weighing up to 40 or 50 pounds heavier than himself. Whilst at the Saints Bob gained representative honours for Lancashire.
His most famous match was the inaugural 1897 Challenge Cup Final against Batley when despite losing by 10 points to 3 to the `Gallant Youths`, Bob played a vital part in the only points scored for the Saints during the Final.
Alex Service in the `Millennium Book` takes up the commentary:-
"In the third quarter of the match a sliced drop goal from Goodall was fielded by Saints Cumbrian threequarter `Bob` Doherty, who shrugged off two attempted tackles. A dummy to the supporting Jacques, a quick turn and a lovely timed pass fizzed out to Dave Traynor on the wing. The auburn haired Widnesian ran like a frightened stag along the touchline hotly pursued by Garner and Davies. Goodall and Shaw tried to cut him off, but he brushed them aside with ease, eventually running a few yards nearer the posts, grounding the ball just as he was tackled. The spontaneous applause showed how highly this feat was appreciated."
Bob`s final match for the Club was against Swinton on the 31st. of January 1903. He was later made a Life Member ten years later