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Biography

Clive Ronald Griffiths by Dave Dooley:

As the great Saints side of the 1970s dispersed and club honours started to run dry, Saints once again turned to the valleys in order to regenerate their fortunes. In a blaze of publicity Saints plucked the brightest new jewel from Welsh Rugby Union when they signed the Llanelli international full back, Clive Griffith for a record `27 500. In the past such signings had ignited a fresh Saints` glory trail, but sadly this was not to be in this particular case. Clive seemed to possess all the necessary ingredients to become a great success in rugby league. He had a safe pair of hands, accurate place kicking, sound defence, speed and evasive skills.

After a salutary introduction to the code in his debut match against Widnes in the first round of the Lancashire Cup, Clive faced another tough encounter against Warrington the following week. The club`s second successive home defeat brought even worse news for the club and Griffiths as he fractured his left arm in a freak collision as he leapt to collect a high punt. Further luckless injuries stopped Clive stringing together a prolonged run of matches in the first team. However, fans witnessed glimpses of his potential such as the Castleford match on December 2nd. 1979 when Clive scored a try and kicked 6 goals in a 39 points to 21 victory.

He fared better in the 1980/1 season as he slotted over 71 goals, landed three drop goals and scored a try. At this time Saints were bleeding a large crop of exciting local youngsters which often exposed Clive as the last line of defence more than he would have wished. All successful full backs need a sustained run in the team behind a team with a strong go-forward to allow backs demonstrate their attacking prowess. The next two seasons saw Clive in and out of the side playing in the centre or on the wing with some outings at his favoured full back role. Two modest goal hauls of 42 belied Clive`s potential scoring prowess.

Ashe team consolidated and grew in confidence the 1983/4 season provided an opportunity for Clive to enjoy an extended run in the first team on the wing. He twice collected 18 points from seven goals and a try against Fulham and Wakefield Trinity to end the campaign with a career best total of 179 points from 5 tries, 77 goals and 5 drop goals. Despite his best out-turn results, Saints transferred him to Salford at the end of his fifth season at Knowsley Road.

On the international scene Clive made two substitute appearances for Wales against France in 1980 and 1981.

When you weigh up Clive`s patchy career with the Saints,it seems to accompany an improbable playing record. In exactly 100 appearances he scored 598 points from 276 goals, 8 drop goals and 11 tries. His goals position him eleventh on the all-time list. In September 1986, Clive returned to the club to take up the position of fitness conditioner. His enthusiasm for his adopted code never waned and a move into coaching the welsh national team led to some creditable performances under his guidance including a World Cup semi-final match that frightened the eventual winners Australia with a fantastic first half performance that gave Wales a healthy half time lead.





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Clive Griffiths : Season Stats

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1979~80 2 44 0 24
1980~811 71 3 25
1981~821 42 0 16
1982~83 2 42 0 14
1983~84 5 77 5 27
TOTALS:11 276 8 106

Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1980~811601
1981~820001
1983~841802
TOTALS:21404

W/D/LPosDateOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
L 1 19th Aug 1979 Widnes LC1 1979~80 H 16 28 0 2 0 View
L 1 2nd Sep 1979 Warrington L 1979~80 H 17 23 0 3 0 View
W 3 18th Nov 1979 Blackpool Borough L 1979~80 H 27 2 0 6 0 View
D 14 25th Nov 1979 Hull L 1979~80 A 8 8 0 0 0 Y View
L 3 27th Nov 1979 Bradford Northern L 1979~80 A 9 13 0 1 0 View
W 14 30th Nov 1979 Salford FT2 1979~80 H 15 10 0 0 0 Y View
W 1 2nd Dec 1979 Castleford L 1979~80 H 39 21 1 6 0 View
L 14 9th Dec 1979 Warrington L 1979~80 A 10 19 0 0 0 Y View
L 2 11th Dec 1979 Hull K.R. FTSF 1979~80 A 7 10 0 2 0 View
W 14 15th Dec 1979 Leigh L 1979~80 A 12 3 0 0 0 Y View
W 14 23rd Dec 1979 Workington Town L 1979~80 H 51 0 0 4 0 View
W 14 26th Dec 1979 Wigan L 1979~80 A 16 10 0 1 0 View
W 14 4th Jan 1980 Castleford L 1979~80 A 23 7 0 2 0 View
L 3 12th Jan 1980 Salford L 1979~80 H 17 18 1 4 0 View
W 3 3rd Feb 1980 Blackpool Borough L 1979~80 A 23 0 0 1 0 View
W 3 10th Feb 1980 Workington Town CC1 1979~80 H 16 0 0 3 0 View
W 3 17th Feb 1980 Hunslet L 1979~80 H 25 11 0 1 0 View
W 1 23rd Mar 1980 Wakefield Trinity L 1979~80 A 24 19 0 3 0 View
L 1 30th Mar 1980 Leeds L 1979~80 H 15 22 0 2 0 View
L 1 6th Apr 1980 Widnes L 1979~80 A 9 16 0 0 0 View
L 1 9th Apr 1980 Workington Town L 1979~80 A 5 20 0 1 0 View
L 1 12th Apr 1980 Widnes L 1979~80 H 0 19 0 0 0 View
L 1 20th Apr 1980 Hull K.R. L 1979~80 A 4 21 0 2 0 View
L 1 26th Apr 1980 Bradford Northern PT1 1979~80 A 0 30 0 0 0 View
W 1 10th Aug 1980 Oldham* Fr Ward Cup 1980~81 H 30 12 1 6 0 View
W 1 17th Aug 1980 Workington Town LC1 1980~81 A 15 5 0 4 0 View
L 1 24th Aug 1980 Widnes LC2 1980~81 A 20 22 0 1 0 View
L 1 14th Sep 1980 Wakefield Trinity L 1980~81 H 14 16 0 5 0 View
W 1 19th Sep 1980 Salford L 1980~81 A 25 19 0 5 0 View
W 1 28th Sep 1980 Featherstone Rovers L 1980~81 H 19 5 0 5 0 View
D 1 5th Oct 1980 Workington Town L 1980~81 A 16 16 0 5 0 View
W 1 12th Oct 1980 New Zealand Tour 1980~81 H 11 6 0 4 0 View
L 1 19th Oct 1980 Warrington L 1980~81 A 11 15 0 3 0 View
L 1 26th Oct 1980 Castleford L 1980~81 H 5 8 1 1 0 View
W 1 9th Nov 1980 Leigh L 1980~81 A 21 7 0 4 1 View
W 1 16th Nov 1980 Workington Town L 1980~81 H 18 8 0 3 0 View
L 1 23rd Nov 1980 Warrington JP1 1980~81 H 12 14 0 3 0 View
L 14 30th Nov 1980 Featherstone Rovers L 1980~81 A 8 12 0 0 0 View
W 5 4th Jan 1981 Salford L 1980~81 H 29 14 0 3 0 View
W 2 11th Jan 1981 Hull K.R. L 1980~81 A 12 10 0 4 0 View
W 5 18th Jan 1981 Barrow L 1980~81 H 11 2 0 1 0 View
L 5 25th Jan 1981 Leeds L 1980~81 A 17 20 0 4 0 View
L 2 8th Feb 1981 Leigh L 1980~81 H 9 10 0 3 0 View
W 2 15th Feb 1981 Huddersfield CC1 1980~81 A 10 8 0 3 1 View
W 1 28th Feb 1981 Hull CC2 1980~81 H 5 3 0 1 0 View
W 1 8th Mar 1981 Hull K.R. L 1980~81 H 11 5 0 2 1 View
W 1 15th Mar 1981 Oldham CC3 1980~81 A 6 5 0 1 0 View
L 1 24th Mar 1981 Hull L 1980~81 A 15 18 0 2 0 View
L 1 4th Apr 1981 Hull K.R. CCSF 1980~81 N 5 22 0 1 0 View
W 1 17th Apr 1981 Oldham L 1980~81 A 21 18 0 3 0 View
L 1 24th Jan 1982 Leigh L 1981~82 A 5 27 0 1 0 View
W 1 27th Jan 1982 York L 1981~82 H 17 3 1 4 0 View
L 1 31st Jan 1982 Hull L 1981~82 A 8 26 0 1 0 View
L 1 7th Feb 1982 Leeds L 1981~82 H 6 15 0 1 0 View
L 1 13th Feb 1982 Wigan CC1 1981~82 H 12 20 0 3 0 View
W 1 21st Feb 1982 York L 1981~82 A 19 7 0 2 0 View
W 1 28th Feb 1982 Whitehaven L 1981~82 H 41 7 0 7 0 View
W 1 3rd Mar 1982 Featherstone Rovers L 1981~82 H 14 4 0 1 0 View
W 1 14th Mar 1982 Warrington L 1981~82 H 18 10 0 6 0 View
W 1 21st Mar 1982 Fulham L 1981~82 A 17 2 0 3 0 View
W 1 9th Apr 1982 Wigan L 1981~82 H 13 11 0 2 0 View
W 1 12th Apr 1982 Widnes L 1981~82 A 21 16 0 4 0 View
W 1 18th Apr 1982 Barrow L 1981~82 H 15 6 0 3 0 View
L 1 21st Apr 1982 Hull L 1981~82 H 13 14 0 2 0 View
L 1 25th Apr 1982 Wigan L 1981~82 A 5 23 0 1 0 View
L 1 5th May 1982 Hull PT1 1981~82 A 8 23 0 1 0 View
D 1 5th Jun 1982 Welsh XIII* Fr Testimonial 1981~82 L 18 18 0 0 0 View
W 5 15th Sep 1982 Barrow LC2 1982~83 A 9 6 0 3 0 View
L 1 19th Sep 1982 Barrow L 1982~83 A 12 19 0 1 0 View
L 1 17th Oct 1982 Australia Tour 1982~83 H 0 32 0 0 0 View
W 1 2nd Jan 1983 Widnes L 1982~83 A 18 11 0 3 0 View
W 1 9th Jan 1983 Hull L 1982~83 H 19 18 0 3 0 View
L 1 16th Jan 1983 Castleford L 1982~83 A 10 31 1 2 0 View
W 1 23rd Jan 1983 Barrow L 1982~83 H 20 5 0 4 0 View
W 1 30th Jan 1983 Hull K.R. L 1982~83 H 13 7 0 3 0 View
W 1 6th Feb 1983 Oldham L 1982~83 A 10 0 0 2 0 View
W 1 15th Feb 1983 Carlisle CC1 1982~83 H 52 0 1 8 0 View
W 1 27th Feb 1983 Leeds CC2 1982~83 A 23 13 0 4 0 View
W 1 6th Mar 1983 Leeds L 1982~83 H 19 7 0 3 0 View
L 1 12th Mar 1983 Featherstone Rovers CC3 1982~83 H 10 11 0 2 0 View
W 1 16th Mar 1983 Warrington L 1982~83 A 17 13 0 4 0 View
W 1 7th Aug 1983 Huyton* Fr Charity 1983~84 H 48 14 0 5 0 View
W 14 10th Aug 1983 Widnes * Fr Testimonial 1983~84 H 44 20 1 3 0 View
L 14 18th Sep 1983 Bradford Northern L 1983~84 A 10 14 0 0 0 Y View
W 1 25th Sep 1983 Wakefield Trinity L 1983~84 H 50 12 1 7 0 View
L 1 2nd Oct 1983 Oldham L 1983~84 A 6 32 0 1 0 View
W 14 9th Oct 1983 Fulham L 1983~84 H 18 14 0 0 0 View
W 14 23rd Oct 1983 Bradford Northern L 1983~84 H 29 14 1 0 0 View
W 14 30th Oct 1983 Featherstone Rovers L 1983~84 H 19 13 0 0 0 View
W 4 6th Nov 1983 Kent Invicta JP1 1983~84 A 40 7 1 5 0 View
L 4 13th Nov 1983 Leigh L 1983~84 A 12 20 0 0 0 View
W 3 19th Nov 1983 Warrington JP2 1983~84 A 18 10 0 3 0 View
W 3 27th Nov 1983 Featherstone Rovers JP3 1983~84 H 16 12 0 3 1 View
L 4 4th Dec 1983 Hull K.R. L 1983~84 A 7 32 0 1 1 View
L 4 17th Dec 1983 Widnes JPSF 1983~84 N 4 18 0 1 0 View
W 2 22nd Jan 1984 Fulham L 1983~84 A 30 0 1 7 0 View
W 5 5th Feb 1984 Salford L 1983~84 H 20 0 0 4 0 View
W 5 12th Feb 1984 Leigh CC1 1983~84 H 16 10 0 3 1 View
L 5 19th Feb 1984 Leeds L 1983~84 A 7 18 0 3 1 View
W 5 25th Feb 1984 Hull CC2 1983~84 H 24 14 0 4 0 View
W 5 4th Mar 1984 Featherstone Rovers L 1983~84 A 21 13 0 4 0 View
L 5 11th Mar 1984 Wigan CC3 1983~84 H 7 16 0 1 0 View
W 5 16th Mar 1984 Hull L 1983~84 H 22 10 0 4 1 View
L 5 25th Mar 1984 Castleford L 1983~84 A 22 26 0 3 0 View
W 5 6th Apr 1984 Leigh L 1983~84 H 37 12 0 6 0 View
W 5 10th Apr 1984 Leeds L 1983~84 H 20 10 1 3 0 View
W 5 15th Apr 1984 Whitehaven L 1983~84 A 27 21 0 5 0 View
W 5 20th Apr 1984 Wigan L 1983~84 H 20 13 0 2 0 View
W 5 29th Apr 1984 Warrington PT1 1983~84 A 19 13 0 4 0 View
L 5 7th May 1984 Hull K.R. PTSF 1983~84 A 16 21 0 3 0 View


*Unofficial Match.
**Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 97 OTHER 4 = 106
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 6 Subs) = 100
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