Players Biography





Representative Honours: Wales
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Biography

Vivian Harrison by Alex Service

A former player with Chingford Rugby Union Club in Essex. Denis Whittle recalls yet another Welshman in the Saints’ post-war squad: “A schoolmaster. He was round about the same time as Don Gullick and was a quite brilliant player on his day. Vivian was a centre with a good sidestep, very much in the mould of Lewis Jones. He was a good kicker of a ball and was classical in many ways. He was not a ‘rough’ type of player at all.”
Vivian’s stay in the thirteen-a-side code was not particularly long, but he certainly made his mark. He made his debut against Belle Vue Rangers on 18th April 1950 (another team with a strong Welsh connection) and kicked two goals in a 7-7 draw. The presence of Doug Greenall and another local legend, Jimmy Stott in the centres made it difficult for Vivian to put together a series of matches consecutively, but he was able to take part in 25 matches during the 1951-52 season, scoring 4 tries and kicking 29 goals. Probably his best individual performance came on 26th August 1950, when he scored two tries and kicked 6 goals in Saints’ 36-2 success. He also put his winger Stan McCormick in for a three-pointer.
Vivian tended to play less with the arrival of famous Coach Jim Sullivan at Knowsley Road and played his last First Team game at home to Barrow on 13th December 1952 in a 26-9 success. He scored a try and his winger that afternoon was fellow Welshman Steve Llewellyn. Vivian was also good enough to represent his country at Rugby League, in what was a time of relative strength for the international XIII of Wales. He made his debut in the left centre position against France in Marseilles on 15th April 1951, when the other centre berth as occupied by his Saints’ team-mate Don Gullick. George Parsons and Ray Cale were also in the team that day. Although the visitors lost 13-28, Vivian’s next match for the Principality was against England on 15th September 1951 at Knowsley Road. Wales were beaten 11-35. Vivian’s final representative game was against Other Nationalities at Abertillery on 1st December 1951. Unfortunately, Wales lost once again 11-22.
Vivian moved to Essex and carried on with his teaching career after leaving St.Helens. He died in Redbridge, Essex in August,1989.



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Viv Harrison : Season Stats

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1949~500 2 0 1
1950~5114 51 0 27
1951~524 29 0 25
1952~53 2 0 0 4
TOTALS:20 82 0 57

Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1949~50 0301
1950~5171004
1951~520001
1952~53 0001
TOTALS:71307

W/D/LPosDateOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
D 4 18th Mar 1950 Belle Vue Rangers L 1949~50 A 7 7 0 2 0 View
W 4 22nd Apr 1950 Neath * Fr 1949~50 H 48 10 0 3 0 View
W 4 5th Aug 1950 Carcassonne* Fr 1950~51 H 24 22 1 5 0 View
W 4 12th Aug 1950 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1950~51 A 15 2 1 3 0 View
W 4 26th Aug 1950 Liverpool Stanley L 1950~51 A 36 2 2 6 0 View
W 4 30th Aug 1950 Italy* Fr 1950~51 H 74 38 2 2 0 View
W 4 9th Sep 1950 Rochdale Hornets L 1950~51 H 31 12 2 0 0 View
W 5 13th Sep 1950 Swinton LC1(2) 1950~51 H 11 3 0 0 0 View
W 4 23rd Sep 1950 Swinton L 1950~51 H 21 2 1 3 0 View
L 4 30th Sep 1950 Huddersfield L 1950~51 A 9 19 0 3 0 View
W 4 7th Oct 1950 Hunslet L 1950~51 H 20 14 1 4 0 View
L 4 11th Oct 1950 Wigan LCSF 1950~51 H 7 9 0 2 0 View
L 4 14th Oct 1950 Salford L 1950~51 A 3 25 0 0 0 View
W 4 21st Oct 1950 Liverpool Stanley L 1950~51 H 26 4 1 4 0 View
L 5 28th Oct 1950 Warrington L 1950~51 A 2 19 0 1 0 View
W 3 4th Nov 1950 Workington Town L 1950~51 H 13 11 2 1 0 View
L 3 11th Nov 1950 Oldham L 1950~51 H 7 13 0 2 0 View
D 4 18th Nov 1950 York L 1950~51 A 6 6 1 0 0 View
W 4 2nd Dec 1950 Whitehaven L 1950~51 H 47 10 1 7 0 View
L 4 25th Dec 1950 Leigh L 1950~51 H 2 12 0 0 0 View
L 4 26th Dec 1950 Wigan L 1950~51 H 5 39 0 0 0 View
W 6 20th Jan 1951 Barrow L 1950~51 H 10 6 0 2 0 View
W 4 27th Jan 1951 Whitehaven L 1950~51 A 3 2 0 0 0 View
W 4 3rd Feb 1951 Salford L 1950~51 H 10 0 0 2 0 View
L 4 10th Feb 1951 Bradford Northern CC1(1) 1950~51 A 6 11 0 3 0 View
W 6 17th Feb 1951 Bradford Northern CC1(2) 1950~51 H 4 0 0 2 0 View
L 6 24th Feb 1951 Hunslet L 1950~51 A 4 8 0 0 0 View
W 4 17th Mar 1951 Belle Vue Rangers L 1950~51 H 13 4 1 2 0 View
L 4 23rd Mar 1951 Wigan L 1950~51 A 13 22 0 2 0 View
W 4 24th Mar 1951 Warrington L 1950~51 H 5 3 0 1 0 View
W 4 21st Apr 1951 York L 1950~51 H 31 3 2 2 0 View
L 4 25th Apr 1951 Leigh L 1950~51 A 7 10 0 2 0 View
W 4 30th Apr 1951 Players Union * Fr 1950~51 H 45 38 3 0 0 View
W 4 11th Aug 1951 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1951~52 H 16 7 0 0 0 View
W 4 18th Aug 1951 Widnes L 1951~52 A 20 11 0 0 0 View
W 4 21st Aug 1951 Rochdale Hornets L 1951~52 A 20 2 1 4 0 View
W 4 25th Aug 1951 Liverpool City L 1951~52 H 23 3 0 4 0 View
D 4 29th Aug 1951 Swinton L 1951~52 H 12 12 0 2 0 View
L 4 1st Sep 1951 Belle Vue Rangers LC1(1) 1951~52 H 4 8 0 2 0 View
D 4 6th Sep 1951 Belle Vue Rangers LC1(2) 1951~52 A 2 2 0 1 0 View
W 4 8th Sep 1951 Dewsbury L 1951~52 H 14 8 1 4 0 View
L 4 15th Sep 1951 Oldham L 1951~52 A 7 13 0 1 0 View
L 4 20th Oct 1951 New Zealand Tour 1951~52 H 10 33 0 2 0 View
L 4 25th Dec 1951 Leigh L 1951~52 A 3 13 0 0 0 View
D 4 26th Dec 1951 Wigan L 1951~52 H 2 2 0 1 0 View
L 4 29th Dec 1951 Swinton L 1951~52 A 2 27 0 1 0 View
W 4 1st Jan 1952 Leigh L 1951~52 H 9 0 0 3 0 View
L 4 5th Jan 1952 Belle Vue Rangers L 1951~52 H 5 6 0 1 0 View
W 4 12th Jan 1952 Batley L 1951~52 H 22 2 0 2 0 View
L 4 19th Jan 1952 Whitehaven L 1951~52 A 5 7 0 1 0 View
L 4 2nd Feb 1952 Whitehaven L 1951~52 H 6 7 0 0 0 View
W 4 9th Feb 1952 Belle Vue Rangers CC1(1) 1951~52 H 6 5 0 0 0 View
W 3 1st Mar 1952 Liverpool City L 1951~52 A 31 6 2 0 0 View
W 4 15th Mar 1952 Belle Vue Rangers L 1951~52 A 16 8 0 0 0 View
W 4 2nd Apr 1952 Warrington L 1951~52 H 13 5 0 0 0 View
L 4 5th Apr 1952 Hull L 1951~52 A 7 14 0 0 0 View
W 3 12th Apr 1952 Halifax L 1951~52 H 16 11 0 0 0 View
L 4 14th Apr 1952 Huddersfield L 1951~52 A 15 34 0 0 0 View
L 4 26th Apr 1952 Barrow L 1951~52 A 8 12 0 0 0 View
L 1 18th Aug 1952 Barrow * Fr Ward Cup 1952~53 A 18 32 0 0 0 View
W 4 10th Sep 1952 Oldham L 1952~53 H 6 2 0 0 0 View
W 3 18th Oct 1952 Salford L 1952~53 H 14 6 1 0 0 View
W 3 8th Nov 1952 Barrow L 1952~53 A 14 7 0 0 0 View
W 3 13th Dec 1952 Barrow L 1952~53 H 26 9 1 0 0 View


*Unofficial Match.
**Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 50 OTHER 7 = 57
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 57
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