James F Mavitty by Dave Dooley: Jimmy Mavitty was a stalwart for the club playing over 200 matches mostly as a prop. He made his debut against Salford on the 11th. November, 1899 with the Saints winning by 8 points to 6. In 246 matches for the Saints Jim scored 52 tries, kicked no goals for a total points aggregate of 156 points. This represented an excellent strike rate for Jim considering the era and his playing position. This feature of his play was best demonstrated on the 30th March, 1907 when Jimmy notched an incredible four tries in the 68 points to nil drubbing of Liverpool City.
During his career Jim won county caps playing for Lancashire. He was one of the strongest forwards ever to play for the Saints and a redoubtable swimmer to boot. In the 1907-08 season Jimmy played against the New Zealand tourists on two occasions.
His final match for the Club was against Broughton Rangers on the 9th. of April, 1913. In the final phase of his career Jimmy tended to play in the second row or even the loose forward position. Jim retired after giving great service to the Club. He became a member of the Saints Committee in the early 1920s and passed away on 7th November 1935 aged 55.
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