Players Biography





Further Info: Signed for a World Record £4000 from Bell Vue

Hall Of Fame: St Helens Hall of Fame Member

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Biography

Stanley McCormick by Dave Dooley:
Stan McCormick was born in Oldham on the 5th. of July 1923. He was signed from Belle Vue Rangers for a then record figure of `4,000 on the 19th of January 1949. The Club was determined to sign him and raised the cash by selling Len Constance and Harry Street to Dewsbury for `3000 on the same day of the signing. Stan was an accomplished professional sprinter, who gained a reputation as an `Interception King`. McCormick would swoop from the wing as if to crash tackle the man with the ball. Then as his opponent shaped to pass, `Mac` would turn inside him, pluck the ball out of the air and was gone. He once scored 16 interception tries in one season!

On his debut against Hunslet he scored two tries in an 11 points to 5 victory. During the match Joe Ball picked up and threw a loose pass to Alan Prescott, who transferred the ball to Stan the Man. `Mac` slipped his opposite winger Bowman, sped down the wing and completed an incredible "in and out" move on the Hunslet full back Griffiths to dive over in the corner after an 80 yards run. The supporters and Directors were on their feet in state of ecstasy. An instant return on their investments and a star attraction to boot! Stan finished the season by scoring 8 tries from 12 games.

His first full season for the Saints witnessed a sharp rise in the fortunes of the Saints as the team finished seventh in the league just two points out of a `top four play-off position. His 25 try haul that campaign included a hat trick against Workington Town and four tries against Hull. Stan was instrumental in making the Saints an exciting team to watch and as a consequence the financial position of the club began to improve consequentially. Stan`s appearances were limited the following season as injuries took their toll. The 1951/52 campaign brought only 5 tries from 23 tries and it seemed a little of Stan`s magic was disappearing. However, the introduction of Jim Sullivan as coach rejuvenated Stan and the team to one of their greatest ever seasons - the 1952/53 campaign. In that season Saints remained undefeated in away matches as Stan topped the Saints try scoring charts for the only time, with 38 tries from 47 matches. This total included four try hauls against Liverpool City, Leigh and Bramley alongside hat tricks against Warrington and Widnes. As well as finishing top of the league by dropping only 6 points from 36 matches, the Club lifted the Championship by defeating Halifax by 24 points to 14 at Maine Road. Saints won the Lancashire League Championship by 10 points but lost the Lancashire Cup Final to Leigh and the Challenge Cup Final to Huddersfield.

In Stan`s last season he had scored 16 tries in 24 matches prior to being transferred to Warrington. He also landed single goals against Bradford Northern and Warrington. The glory run had continued as Saints went on to lift the Lancashire Cup against arch-enemy Wigan. When Stan played his last match for Saints against Warrington on the 2nd of January, 1954 the Saints had only lost one league match away to eventual table-toppers Halifax. The decision to sell `Mac` to their main rivals in Lancashire appeared `quirky` as he had already netted two hat tricks against Liverpool City and Castleford by the mid-point of the season.

Stan`s departure left him tantalisingly on a total of 99 tries for the Saints (currently 25th on the all time list). Whilst at Knowsley Road Stan McCormick gained one Great Britain cap, six caps for England and played for Lancashire on eight occasions. Ironically in the same season as his departure from the Saints, Stan played for Warrington in the famous re-played Challenge Cup Final at Odsal watched by over 104,000 fans! This completed Stan`s set of winner?s medals (all collected in a twelve month period). He later coached the Saints from 1962-64 leading them to a couple of Lancashire Cup triumphs as the side was rebuilt towards the glory years of the mid-sixties.





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Stan McCormick : Season Stats

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1948~498 0 0 12
1949~5024 0 0 38
1950~518 0 0 17
1951~525 0 0 23
1952~5338 0 0 47
1953~5416 2 0 24
TOTALS:99 2 0 161

Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1948~491004
1949~507003
1950~517203
1952~53 2002
1953~543001
TOTALS:202013

W/D/LPosDateOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
W 5 22nd Jan 1949 Hunslet L 1948~49 A 11 5 2 0 0 View
W 5 12th Feb 1949 Bradford Northern CC1(1) 1948~49 A 4 3 0 0 0 View
L 5 19th Feb 1949 Bradford Northern CC1(2) 1948~49 H 0 5 0 0 0 View
L 5 26th Feb 1949 Swinton L 1948~49 H 8 11 1 0 0 View
L 5 19th Mar 1949 Salford L 1948~49 A 6 7 0 0 0 View
L 5 26th Mar 1949 Batley* Fr 1948~49 H 10 12 1 0 0 View
L 5 31st Mar 1949 Wigan L 1948~49 H 8 13 2 0 0 View
W 5 9th Apr 1949 Halifax L 1948~49 A 8 3 1 0 0 View
L 5 15th Apr 1949 Wigan L 1948~49 A 5 19 0 0 0 View
L 5 16th Apr 1949 Huddersfield L 1948~49 A 0 34 0 0 0 View
L 5 18th Apr 1949 Keighley L 1948~49 H 2 4 0 0 0 View
L 5 23rd Apr 1949 Swinton L 1948~49 A 3 16 1 0 0 View
W 5 25th Apr 1949 Barrow L 1948~49 H 16 5 1 0 0 View
L 5 16th May 1949 Huddersfield* Fr Tour 1948~49 P 11 46 0 0 0 View
W 5 18th May 1949 Huddersfield* Fr Tour 1948~49 B 33 17 0 0 0 View
L 5 21st May 1949 Huddersfield* Fr Tour 1948~49 A 16 25 0 0 0 View
W 5 13th Aug 1949 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1949~50 H 34 22 3 0 0 View
L 5 20th Aug 1949 Widnes L 1949~50 A 2 15 0 0 0 View
W 5 25th Aug 1949 Wakefield Trinity L 1949~50 H 22 12 1 0 0 View
L 5 27th Aug 1949 Workington Town LC1(1) 1949~50 H 0 7 0 0 0 View
L 5 31st Aug 1949 Workington Town LC1(2) 1949~50 A 4 7 0 0 0 View
L 5 3rd Sep 1949 Dewsbury L 1949~50 A 12 18 0 0 0 View
W 5 24th Sep 1949 Workington Town L 1949~50 H 43 10 3 0 0 View
W 5 1st Oct 1949 Bramley L 1949~50 H 39 2 1 0 0 View
W 5 15th Oct 1949 Belle Vue Rangers L 1949~50 H 28 5 0 0 0 View
W 5 22nd Oct 1949 Oldham L 1949~50 A 12 2 1 0 0 View
W 5 29th Oct 1949 Leeds* Fr 1949~50 H 18 12 0 0 0 View
D 5 5th Nov 1949 Hull L 1949~50 A 5 5 0 0 0 View
W 5 12th Nov 1949 Warrington L 1949~50 A 7 3 0 0 0 View
W 5 19th Nov 1949 Hull K.R. L 1949~50 H 14 3 0 0 0 View
W 5 26th Nov 1949 Liverpool Stanley L 1949~50 A 11 3 2 0 0 View
W 5 3rd Dec 1949 Rochdale Hornets L 1949~50 H 23 0 1 0 0 View
L 5 10th Dec 1949 Salford L 1949~50 A 4 8 0 0 0 View
W 5 17th Dec 1949 Widnes L 1949~50 H 7 0 0 0 0 View
W 5 24th Dec 1949 Whitehaven L 1949~50 A 14 7 1 0 0 View
W 5 26th Dec 1949 Wigan L 1949~50 H 15 8 1 0 0 View
W 5 27th Dec 1949 Swinton L 1949~50 H 10 5 1 0 0 View
L 5 31st Dec 1949 Leigh L 1949~50 A 10 15 1 0 0 View
W 5 2nd Jan 1950 Hull L 1949~50 H 30 0 4 0 0 View
W 5 7th Jan 1950 Rochdale Hornets L 1949~50 A 23 2 2 0 0 View
L 5 21st Jan 1950 Dewsbury L 1949~50 H 2 15 0 0 0 View
W 5 4th Feb 1950 Halifax CC1(1) 1949~50 H 10 6 0 0 0 View
L 5 11th Feb 1950 Halifax CC1(2) 1949~50 A 0 2 0 0 0 View
L 5 18th Feb 1950 Swinton L 1949~50 A 8 11 0 0 0 View
W 5 25th Feb 1950 Salford CC2 1949~50 A 9 2 0 0 0 View
W 5 4th Mar 1950 Warrington L 1949~50 H 12 3 1 0 0 View
D 5 11th Mar 1950 Bradford Northern CC3 1949~50 H 0 0 0 0 0 View
L 5 15th Mar 1950 Bradford Northern CC3(rep) 1949~50 A 0 11 0 0 0 View
D 5 18th Mar 1950 Belle Vue Rangers L 1949~50 A 7 7 0 0 0 View
W 5 1st Apr 1950 Liverpool Stanley L 1949~50 H 27 2 0 0 0 View
L 5 7th Apr 1950 Wigan L 1949~50 A 12 17 0 0 0 View
W 5 8th Apr 1950 Barrow L 1949~50 H 16 0 0 0 0 View
W 5 10th Apr 1950 Whitehaven L 1949~50 H 30 17 2 0 0 View
L 5 15th Apr 1950 Leigh L 1949~50 H 5 12 1 0 0 View
W 5 19th Apr 1950 Salford L 1949~50 H 38 3 0 0 0 View
W 5 22nd Apr 1950 Neath * Fr 1949~50 H 48 10 4 0 0 View
W 5 26th Apr 1950 Bramley L 1949~50 A 12 2 1 0 0 View
W 5 12th Aug 1950 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1950~51 A 15 2 0 0 0 View
W 5 19th Aug 1950 Widnes L 1950~51 H 17 2 1 0 0 View
W 5 23rd Aug 1950 Barrow L 1950~51 A 14 4 0 0 0 View
W 5 26th Aug 1950 Liverpool Stanley L 1950~51 A 36 2 1 0 0 View
W 5 30th Aug 1950 Italy* Fr 1950~51 H 74 38 4 2 0 View
W 5 2nd Sep 1950 Swinton LC1(1) 1950~51 A 19 10 0 0 0 View
L 5 30th Sep 1950 Huddersfield L 1950~51 A 9 19 0 0 0 View
W 5 3rd Mar 1951 Hull L 1950~51 H 39 13 2 0 0 View
W 5 17th Mar 1951 Belle Vue Rangers L 1950~51 H 13 4 0 0 0 View
L 5 23rd Mar 1951 Wigan L 1950~51 A 13 22 0 0 0 View
W 5 24th Mar 1951 Warrington L 1950~51 H 5 3 0 0 0 View
L 5 26th Mar 1951 Oldham L AB 1950~51 A 0 3 0 0 0 View
W 5 4th Apr 1951 Leeds L 1950~51 H 22 14 1 0 0 View
L 5 7th Apr 1951 Oldham L 1950~51 A 4 17 0 0 0 View
W 5 12th Apr 1951 Widnes L 1950~51 A 5 2 0 0 0 View
W 5 14th Apr 1951 Leeds L 1950~51 A 9 3 1 0 0 View
L 5 18th Apr 1951 Huddersfield L 1950~51 H 9 14 1 0 0 View
W 5 21st Apr 1951 York L 1950~51 H 31 3 1 0 0 View
L 5 25th Apr 1951 Leigh L 1950~51 A 7 10 0 0 0 View
W 5 30th Apr 1951 Players Union * Fr 1950~51 H 45 38 3 0 0 View
D 5 29th Aug 1951 Swinton L 1951~52 H 12 12 0 0 0 View
L 5 1st Sep 1951 Belle Vue Rangers LC1(1) 1951~52 H 4 8 0 0 0 View
D 5 6th Sep 1951 Belle Vue Rangers LC1(2) 1951~52 A 2 2 0 0 0 View
W 5 22nd Sep 1951 Barrow L 1951~52 H 16 3 1 0 0 View
W 5 29th Sep 1951 Warrington L 1951~52 A 19 13 1 0 0 View
L 5 6th Oct 1951 Hull L 1951~52 H 10 15 0 0 0 View
W 5 13th Oct 1951 Halifax L 1951~52 A 20 9 0 0 0 View
L 6 20th Oct 1951 New Zealand Tour 1951~52 H 10 33 0 0 0 View
L 5 27th Oct 1951 Workington Town L 1951~52 A 8 11 0 0 0 View
W 5 3rd Nov 1951 Rochdale Hornets L 1951~52 H 5 2 0 0 0 View
L 5 17th Nov 1951 Workington Town L 1951~52 H 11 20 0 0 0 View
L 4 24th Nov 1951 Dewsbury L 1951~52 A 2 6 0 0 0 View
W 5 1st Dec 1951 Widnes L 1951~52 H 14 3 1 0 0 View
L 5 5th Jan 1952 Belle Vue Rangers L 1951~52 H 5 6 0 0 0 View
W 5 9th Feb 1952 Belle Vue Rangers CC1(1) 1951~52 H 6 5 0 0 0 View
W 5 16th Feb 1952 Belle Vue Rangers CC1(2) 1951~52 A 9 4 0 0 0 View
W 5 23rd Feb 1952 Huddersfield L 1951~52 H 37 13 2 0 0 View
L 2 8th Mar 1952 Workington Town CC2 1951~52 A 4 15 0 0 0 View
W 5 15th Mar 1952 Belle Vue Rangers L 1951~52 A 16 8 0 0 0 View
L 5 22nd Mar 1952 Batley L 1951~52 A 5 16 0 0 0 View
W 5 2nd Apr 1952 Warrington L 1951~52 H 13 5 0 0 0 View
L 5 5th Apr 1952 Hull L 1951~52 A 7 14 0 0 0 View
L 5 11th Apr 1952 Wigan L 1951~52 A 11 15 0 0 0 View
L 5 18th Aug 1952 Barrow * Fr Ward Cup 1952~53 A 18 32 1 0 0 View
W 5 23rd Aug 1952 Widnes L 1952~53 H 41 2 3 0 0 View
W 5 27th Aug 1952 Salford L 1952~53 A 15 9 1 0 0 View
W 5 30th Aug 1952 Barrow LC1(1) 1952~53 A 24 21 0 0 0 View
W 5 3rd Sep 1952 Barrow LC1(2) 1952~53 H 23 5 2 0 0 View
W 5 6th Sep 1952 Liverpool City L 1952~53 A 42 2 4 0 0 View
W 5 10th Sep 1952 Oldham L 1952~53 H 6 2 0 0 0 View
L 5 13th Sep 1952 Workington Town L 1952~53 H 9 15 1 0 0 View
W 5 20th Sep 1952 Keighley L 1952~53 A 27 7 0 0 0 View
W 5 23rd Sep 1952 Rochdale Hornets LC2 1952~53 H 31 7 2 0 0 View
W 5 27th Sep 1952 Australia Tour 1952~53 H 26 8 2 0 0 View
W 5 4th Oct 1952 Castleford L 1952~53 H 18 17 0 0 0 View
W 5 11th Oct 1952 Bramley L 1952~53 A 21 0 0 0 0 View
W 5 14th Oct 1952 Warrington LCSF 1952~53 A 17 10 0 0 0 View
W 5 18th Oct 1952 Salford L 1952~53 H 14 6 0 0 0 View
L 5 25th Oct 1952 Huddersfield L 1952~53 H 14 17 0 0 0 View
W 5 1st Nov 1952 Swinton L 1952~53 A 14 7 0 0 0 View
W 5 8th Nov 1952 Barrow L 1952~53 A 14 7 0 0 0 View
W 5 15th Nov 1952 Swinton L 1952~53 H 23 10 0 0 0 View
W 5 22nd Nov 1952 Warrington L 1952~53 A 19 8 3 0 0 View
L 5 29th Nov 1952 Leigh LCF 1952~53 N 5 22 0 0 0 View
W 5 6th Dec 1952 Workington Town L 1952~53 A 22 5 0 0 0 View
W 5 13th Dec 1952 Barrow L 1952~53 H 26 9 0 0 0 View
W 5 20th Dec 1952 Widnes L 1952~53 A 7 2 1 0 0 View
W 5 25th Dec 1952 Leigh L 1952~53 A 22 2 4 0 0 View
W 5 26th Dec 1952 Wigan L 1952~53 H 5 0 0 0 0 View
W 5 27th Dec 1952 Wakefield Trinity L 1952~53 A 20 11 2 0 0 View
D 5 1st Jan 1953 Leigh L 1952~53 H 9 9 1 0 0 View
W 5 3rd Jan 1953 Rochdale Hornets L 1952~53 H 37 5 1 0 0 View
W 5 17th Jan 1953 Bramley L 1952~53 H 52 14 4 0 0 View
W 5 24th Jan 1953 Warrington L 1952~53 H 17 5 0 0 0 View
W 5 31st Jan 1953 Castleford L 1952~53 A 8 0 0 0 0 View
W 5 7th Feb 1953 Oldham CC1(1) 1952~53 H 20 4 1 0 0 View
D 5 14th Feb 1953 Oldham CC1(2) 1952~53 A 5 5 0 0 0 View
W 5 21st Feb 1953 Belle Vue Rangers L 1952~53 A 20 7 2 0 0 View
W 5 28th Feb 1953 Belle Vue Rangers CC2 1952~53 H 28 0 1 0 0 View
W 5 7th Mar 1953 Wakefield Trinity L 1952~53 H 69 17 1 0 0 View
W 5 14th Mar 1953 Leigh CC3 1952~53 A 12 3 0 0 0 View
W 5 18th Mar 1953 Whitehaven L 1952~53 A 17 15 0 0 0 View
W 5 21st Mar 1953 Whitehaven L 1952~53 H 26 10 0 0 0 View
W 5 28th Mar 1953 Warrington CCSF 1952~53 N 9 3 0 0 0 View
W 5 31st Mar 1953 Rochdale Hornets L 1952~53 A 8 0 0 0 0 View
W 5 3rd Apr 1953 Wigan L 1952~53 A 16 5 0 0 0 View
W 5 4th Apr 1953 Liverpool City L 1952~53 H 20 4 1 0 0 View
W 5 13th Apr 1953 Keighley L 1952~53 H 29 12 0 0 0 View
L 5 25th Apr 1953 Huddersfield CCF 1952~53 N 10 15 0 0 0 View
W 5 2nd May 1953 Huddersfield ChSF 1952~53 H 46 0 1 0 0 View
W 5 7th May 1953 Halifax ChF 1952~53 N 24 14 0 0 0 View
W 5 16th May 1953 Workington / Whitehaven* Fr Benefit 1952~53 A 53 26 1 0 0 View
W 5 8th Aug 1953 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1953~54 H 29 20 3 0 0 View
W 5 15th Aug 1953 Liverpool City L 1953~54 A 46 0 3 0 0 View
D 5 22nd Aug 1953 Widnes L 1953~54 A 11 11 0 0 0 View
W 5 26th Aug 1953 Barrow L 1953~54 H 23 10 2 0 0 View
W 5 29th Aug 1953 Huddersfield L 1953~54 H 12 9 0 0 0 View
L 5 5th Sep 1953 Barrow LC1(1) 1953~54 A 13 14 1 0 0 View
W 5 9th Sep 1953 Barrow LC1(2) 1953~54 H 21 17 0 0 0 View
W 5 12th Sep 1953 Bradford Northern L 1953~54 A 19 14 0 1 0 View
W 5 19th Sep 1953 Bramley L 1953~54 H 49 16 2 0 0 View
W 5 23rd Sep 1953 Swinton LC2 1953~54 H 38 9 2 0 0 View
L 5 26th Sep 1953 Halifax L 1953~54 A 3 14 0 0 0 View
W 5 30th Sep 1953 Warrington LCSF 1953~54 A 17 10 0 1 0 View
W 5 3rd Oct 1953 Bradford Northern L 1953~54 H 22 12 1 0 0 View
W 5 10th Oct 1953 Belle Vue Rangers L 1953~54 A 27 5 0 0 0 View
W 5 17th Oct 1953 Castleford L 1953~54 H 35 9 3 0 0 View
W 5 24th Oct 1953 Wigan LCF 1953~54 N 16 8 0 0 0 View
W 5 11th Nov 1953 Castleford L 1953~54 A 31 14 0 0 0 View
W 5 14th Nov 1953 Swinton L 1953~54 H 2 0 0 0 0 View
W 5 28th Nov 1953 Whitehaven L 1953~54 A 12 4 0 0 0 View
W 5 5th Dec 1953 Belle Vue Rangers L 1953~54 H 38 7 0 0 0 View
W 5 12th Dec 1953 Oldham L 1953~54 H 21 9 1 0 0 View
W 5 19th Dec 1953 Salford L 1953~54 A 11 7 0 0 0 View
W 5 25th Dec 1953 Leigh L 1953~54 H 11 9 0 0 0 View
W 5 26th Dec 1953 Wigan L 1953~54 H 14 4 1 0 0 View
L 5 2nd Jan 1954 Warrington L 1953~54 H 2 7 0 0 0 View


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CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 148 OTHER 13 = 161
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 161
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