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Biography

Michael Higham by Dave Dooley:

Mick Higham was born in Billinge on the 18th of September, 1980 and raised in the grand Lancashire town of Leigh. Ian Millward had groomed Higham whilst undertaking the coaches role with Leigh Centurions and so it was no surprise when Mick was brought to Knowsley Road as cover for the great Keiron Cunningham. Blessed with lightning speed off the mark and a keen sense of a gap in any defence, Mick had limited opportunities to demonstrate his prowess in his first season with the Saints. In 2001 he played 13 matches including 11 as substitute. Nevertheless, it was clear to all spectators that he had the qualities to become a vital part of the Saints` set-up.

His value as an impact player was clearly demonstrated in the 2002 season as Mick participated in 35 matches scoring 8 tries in the process. He was perfect for picking up the pace at the acting half back with darting runs that would put any defence on the back foot. He claimed his first major honour when coming on as a substitute in the epic Grand Final of 2002 when Saints edged home against Bradford Bulls by 19 points to 18.

A career threatening injury to Keiron Cunningham during the Kiwi Test Series at the end of the 2001 season provided Mick with a platform to develop his talents from the start of the 2003 season. A hat trick coming on from the substitutes bench in the home league match against London threw Mick into the national spotlight. When KC returned to the side Mick was gifted a half back role as Tommy Martyn decided to develop his coaching career with hometown Leigh. He took to the role like a duck to water inspiring Saints to a ten match unbeaten run in the second half of the season. By then, Mick was scoring tries for fun and he added two braces of touchdowns in away league games against Castleford and Bradford. In the latter match, a 35 points to nil drubbing of the Bulls, Mick should have had a hat trick but the referee failed to refer the obvious touchdown to the video referee.

At ther start of the 2004 Mick and the Saints hit a purple patch of form. Mick`s introduction into any contest found other packs on the back foot. His smart play was one the main factors which propelled the Saints on one of their most memorable Challenge Cup runs. The Challenge Cup road to Cardiff saw Saints collecting the biggest scalps in the game. A stunning away victory against Brdaford was followed up with home victories against Leeds and Hull both of whom showed tremendous resistance. A high flying and confident Huddersfield team were dumped by forty points in the glorious Warrington sunshine on semi-final day. However Mick will recall that day with great sadness. Mick stumbled as he undertook a pre-match warm-up at the HJ Stadium. The Saints` backroom staff withdrew Mick from the contest. The ultimate news was disastrous as Mick was diagnosed with a hairline fracture which would cruelly rule him out of the Challenge Cup Final in Cardiff.

After a a few months Mick rejoined the fray but the notorious betting scandal and key injuries had left the second half of the season in tatters. Nevertheless, some outstanding performances forced new Great Britain coach, Brian Noble, to include Mick in the Tri-Nations set-up. Thus, as the competition climaxed Mick made his debut at the highest level in the international game - thoroughly deserved too! At the commencement of the 2005 campaign Mick didn`t realise that it would his last season for the Saints. His contributons through the season were instrumental in Saints` finishing top of the ladder by the end of the season. His form presuade Brian Noble to include Mick in the GB Tri-Nations squad. A bizarre transfer triangle witnessed Saints dispatching Mick to Bradford and on the same day the Bulls exchanging Higham for Terry Newton. By this time He has scored a very creditable 35 tries for the Saints Club from 116 appearances.





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Micky Higham : Season Stats

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
20012 0 0 15
2002 8 0 0 35
200315 0 0 33
20043 0 0 17
20057 0 0 18
TOTALS:35 0 0 118

Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
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20010001
20021002
20040001
20051002
TOTALS:2007

W/D/LPosDateOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
L 9 26th Dec 2000 Wigan Warriors* Fr 2000 A 20 40 0 0 0 View
W 25 5th Jan 2001 Salford City Reds* Fr 2001 H 46 20 0 0 0 View
W 9 25th Feb 2001 Whitehaven SCCC5 2001 A 34 22 1 0 0 View
W 17 11th May 2001 Halifax Blue Sox SL 2001 H 32 26 0 0 0 View
W 17 18th May 2001 Salford City Reds SL 2001 H 66 16 0 0 0 View
W 17 2nd Jun 2001 Bradford Bulls SL 2001 H 38 26 0 0 0 View
W 17 8th Jun 2001 London Broncos SL 2001 H 22 14 0 0 0 View
W 17 17th Jun 2001 Wakefield Trinity SL 2001 A 36 26 0 0 0 View
L 17 22nd Jun 2001 Wigan Warriors SL 2001 H 28 29 0 0 0 View
L 17 30th Jun 2001 Hull FC SL 2001 A 28 34 0 0 0 View
W 9 7th Jul 2001 Warrington Wolves SL 2001 H 70 16 1 0 0 View
W 17 13th Jul 2001 Leeds Rhinos SL 2001 H 46 24 0 0 0 View
W 17 22nd Jul 2001 Halifax Blue Sox SL 2001 A 46 22 0 0 0 View
W 17 29th Jul 2001 Salford City Reds SL 2001 A 56 18 0 0 0 View
L 17 14th Sep 2001 Wigan Warriors SL 2001 A 6 40 0 0 0 View
W 9 22nd Sep 2001 Leeds Rhinos SLEPO 2001 H 38 30 0 0 0 View
L 17 6th Oct 2001 Wigan Warriors SLEF 2001 A 10 44 0 0 0 View
L 9 9th Jan 2002 Warrington Wolves* Fr 2002 A 4 48 1 0 0 View
W 19 28th Jan 2002 Widnes Vikings* Fr 2002 H 24 10 0 0 0 View
W 17 10th Feb 2002 Oldham KNGCC4 2002 A 40 6 0 0 0 View
W 17 23rd Feb 2002 Warrington Wolves KNGCC5 2002 A 36 14 1 0 0 View
W 17 2nd Mar 2002 Widnes Vikings SL 2002 A 15 14 0 0 0 View
W 17 8th Mar 2002 Salford Reds SL 2002 H 34 2 0 0 0 View
W 17 17th Mar 2002 Halifax Blue Sox KNGCC6 2002 A 26 20 0 0 0 View
W 17 22nd Mar 2002 Hull SL 2002 H 33 14 0 0 0 View
L 17 28th Mar 2002 London Broncos SL 2002 A 6 40 0 0 0 View
W 17 1st Apr 2002 Wigan Warriors SL 2002 H 19 0 0 0 0 View
W 9 6th Apr 2002 Leeds Rhinos SL 2002 H 30 26 0 0 0 View
W 17 14th Apr 2002 Leeds Rhinos KNGCCSF 2002 N 42 16 0 0 0 View
L 6 20th Apr 2002 Bradford Bulls SL 2002 A 22 54 0 0 0 View
L 17 27th Apr 2002 Wigan Warriors KNGCCF 2002 N 12 21 0 0 0 View
L 17 7th May 2002 Castleford Tigers SL 2002 A 22 36 0 0 0 View
W 9 19th May 2002 Wakefield Trinity SL 2002 A 48 6 0 0 0 View
W 9 24th May 2002 Widnes Vikings SL 2002 H 56 6 2 0 0 View
W 9 1st Jun 2002 Salford Reds SL 2002 A 28 24 0 0 0 View
W 17 7th Jun 2002 Leeds Rhinos SL 2002 A 41 14 2 0 0 View
W 9 21st Jun 2002 Castleford Tigers SL 2002 H 26 16 0 0 0 View
W 17 28th Jun 2002 Bradford Bulls SL 2002 H 34 26 0 0 0 View
W 17 4th Jul 2002 Hull SL 2002 A 32 30 0 0 0 View
W 9 19th Jul 2002 London Broncos SL 2002 H 22 14 0 0 0 View
W 9 26th Jul 2002 Halifax Blue Sox SL 2002 A 21 18 0 0 0 View
L 17 30th Jul 2002 Wigan Warriors SL 2002 A 8 22 0 0 0 View
W 17 3rd Aug 2002 Warrington Wolves SL 2002 H 72 2 0 0 0 View
W 13 9th Aug 2002 Wakefield Trinity SL 2002 H 34 2 0 0 0 View
W 17 16th Aug 2002 Bradford Bulls SL 2002 A 50 22 0 0 0 View
W 17 23rd Aug 2002 Halifax Blue Sox SL 2002 H 64 0 0 0 0 View
W 17 30th Aug 2002 Leeds Rhinos SL 2002 H 38 18 0 0 0 View
L 7 8th Sep 2002 Wigan Warriors SL 2002 A 8 48 0 0 0 View
W 9 13th Sep 2002 Hull SL 2002 H 64 10 2 0 0 View
W 9 22nd Sep 2002 London Broncos SL 2002 A 18 16 0 0 0 View
L 17 5th Oct 2002 Bradford Bulls SLQSF 2002 H 26 28 0 0 0 View
W 17 11th Oct 2002 Wigan Warriors SLEF 2002 H 24 8 0 0 0 View
W 17 19th Oct 2002 Bradford Bulls SLGF 2002 N 19 18 0 0 0 View
L 7 25th Oct 2002 New Zealand Tour 2002 H 26 38 1 0 0 View
W 9 8th Feb 2003 Union Treiziste Catalane PCC4 2003 A 70 6 0 0 0 View
L 14 14th Feb 2003 Sydney City Roosters WCC 2003 N 0 38 0 0 0 View
W 17 21st Feb 2003 Bradford Bulls SL 2003 H 46 22 1 0 0 View
W 9 28th Feb 2003 Batley Bulldogs PCC5 2003 H 38 12 0 0 0 View
W 15 8th Mar 2003 Widnes Vikings SL 2003 A 22 4 0 0 0 View
W 9 16th Mar 2003 Salford City Reds PCC6 2003 A 54 6 0 0 0 View
W 9 21st Mar 2003 Castleford Tigers SL 2003 H 54 12 1 0 0 View
L 9 30th Mar 2003 Huddersfield Giants SL 2003 A 22 36 0 0 0 View
L 15 5th Apr 2003 Leeds Rhinos SL 2003 H 16 24 0 0 0 View
L 9 12th Apr 2003 Leeds Rhinos PCCSF ** 2003 N 26 33 0 0 0 View
L 9 18th Apr 2003 Wigan Warriors SL 2003 A 22 24 1 0 0 View
W 17 21st Apr 2003 Warrington Wolves SL 2003 H 56 6 1 0 0 View
L 9 9th May 2003 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2003 H 10 16 0 0 0 View
W 17 16th May 2003 London Broncos SL 2003 H 62 16 3 0 0 View
L 14 26th May 2003 Hull FC SL 2003 A 6 30 0 0 0 View
D 17 1st Jun 2003 Warrington Wolves SL 2003 A 30 30 0 0 0 View
L 17 6th Jun 2003 Wigan Warriors SL 2003 H 34 38 0 0 0 View
L 17 13th Jun 2003 Leeds Rhinos SL 2003 A 14 20 0 0 0 View
W 7 20th Jun 2003 Halifax SL 2003 H 58 2 1 0 0 View
W 7 27th Jun 2003 Bradford Bulls SL 2003 A 35 0 2 0 0 View
W 7 4th Jul 2003 Widnes Vikings SL 2003 H 32 18 0 0 0 View
W 7 11th Jul 2003 Castleford Tigers SL 2003 A 46 32 2 0 0 View
W 7 18th Jul 2003 Huddersfield Giants SL 2003 H 22 18 0 0 0 View
W 7 27th Jul 2003 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2003 A 36 15 0 0 0 View
W 7 3rd Aug 2003 London Broncos SL 2003 A 30 18 1 0 0 View
W 7 9th Aug 2003 Hull FC SL 2003 H 28 18 0 0 0 View
L 7 24th Aug 2003 Hull FC SL 2003 A 18 42 1 0 0 View
W 7 31st Aug 2003 Widnes Vikings SL 2003 A 40 4 1 0 0 View
L 7 5th Sep 2003 Wigan Warriors SL 2003 H 4 28 0 0 0 View
L 17 12th Sep 2003 Leeds Rhinos SL 2003 A 20 30 0 0 0 View
L 16 19th Sep 2003 Bradford Bulls SL 2003 H 18 22 0 0 0 View
W 16 26th Sep 2003 London Broncos SLEPO 2003 H 24 6 0 0 0 View
L 16 3rd Oct 2003 Wigan Warriors SLESF 2003 A 24 40 0 0 0 View
W 9 12th Feb 2004 Widnes Vikings* Fr 2004 H 36 14 0 0 0 View
W 14 20th Feb 2004 Hull FC SL 2004 H 30 16 0 0 0 View
W 15 29th Feb 2004 Bradford Bulls PCC4 2004 A 30 10 0 0 0 View
W 15 6th Mar 2004 London Broncos SL 2004 A 26 12 0 0 0 View
W 13 13th Mar 2004 Leeds Rhinos PCC5 2004 H 24 14 0 0 0 View
W 15 19th Mar 2004 Widnes Vikings SL 2004 H 38 20 0 0 0 View
W 15 28th Mar 2004 Hull FC PCC6 2004 H 31 26 0 0 0 View
W 15 2nd Apr 2004 Castleford Tigers SL 2004 A 22 14 0 0 0 View
D 15 9th Apr 2004 Wigan Warriors SL 2004 H 21 21 0 0 0 View
W 15 16th Apr 2004 Salford City Reds SL 2004 H 40 4 1 0 0 View
W 15 25th Apr 2004 Huddersfield Giants PCCSF 2004 N 46 6 0 0 0 View
L 16 8th Aug 2004 Salford City Reds SL 2004 A 20 30 1 0 0 View
L 9 13th Aug 2004 London Broncos SL 2004 H 22 28 0 0 0 View
W 9 27th Aug 2004 Huddersfield Giants SL 2004 H 48 12 0 0 0 View
W 7 5th Sep 2004 Warrington Wolves SL 2004 A 26 24 1 0 0 View
L 7 10th Sep 2004 Leeds Rhinos SL 2004 H 19 25 0 0 0 View
L 9 17th Sep 2004 Bradford Bulls SL 2004 A 24 64 0 0 0 View
L 9 25th Sep 2004 Wigan Warriors SLEPO 2004 A 12 18 0 0 0 View
W 9 20th Jan 2005 Widnes Vikings* Fr 2005 A 22 16 0 0 0 View
W 9 2nd Feb 2005 Hull FC* Fr 2005 H 28 18 1 0 0 View
W 9 11th Feb 2005 Widnes Vikings SL 2005 H 40 18 1 0 0 View
L 9 18th Feb 2005 Leeds Rhinos SL 2005 A 18 30 0 0 0 View
W 7 25th Feb 2005 Huddersfield Giants SL 2005 H 34 24 0 0 0 View
W 7 4th Mar 2005 Warrington Wolves SL 2005 A 18 16 1 0 0 View
W 9 11th Mar 2005 Salford City Reds SL 2005 H 46 12 0 0 0 View
W 14 3rd Apr 2005 Huddersfield Giants PCC4 2005 A 26 22 0 0 0 View
W 14 8th Apr 2005 Leigh Centurions SL 2005 H 60 16 0 0 0 View
W 7 16th Apr 2005 London Broncos SL 2005 A 30 20 0 0 0 View
W 7 24th Apr 2005 Huddersfield Giants SL 2005 A 36 22 2 0 0 View
W 14 29th Apr 2005 Warrington Wolves SL 2005 H 31 30 1 0 0 View
W 14 6th May 2005 York City Knights PCC5 2005 H 62 0 0 0 0 View
L 14 13th May 2005 Hull FC SL 2005 A 6 44 0 0 0 View
W 14 21st May 2005 Widnes Vikings SL 2005 A 29 22 1 0 0 View
W 14 4th Sep 2005 Leigh Centurions SL 2005 A 78 4 1 0 0 View
W 14 9th Sep 2005 Wigan Warriors SL 2005 A 38 12 0 0 0 View
L 9 17th Sep 2005 Bradford Bulls SL 2005 H 18 32 0 0 0 View
L 14 30th Sep 2005 Leeds Rhinos SLQSF 2005 H 16 19 0 0 0 View
L 17 7th Oct 2005 Bradford Bulls SLEF 2005 H 18 23 0 0 0 View


*Unofficial Match.
**Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 111 OTHER 7 = 118
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 66 Subs) = 116
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