Glyn Moses by Dave Dooley: "For 15 months I didn`t have a game of football in the rugby hotbed of Wales. I was hanging around on Saturday for the first time since I was in short pants. I did not even ask for a game, I knew it was useless. I came to St Helens on Christmas Day 1952 just glad to get a game. I was lucky to hit a team coming to its best." Glyn Moses was the rock solid last line of defence for the Saints in the 1950s. A natural footballer he often demonstrated his prowess in attack netting a total of 44 tries in 259 matches for the Saints.
Glyn Moses was born in Nant-y-Moel, Wales on the 30th May, 1928. Glyn played rugby union for Newbridge RFC before signing professional forms for Salford in November 1949. Unfortunately Glyn never found his niche at the Willows and became so disenchanted that he decided to return to Wales at the end of the 1950-51 season. Moses attempted to get on the books of newly formed Cardiff RLFC but was refused permission by Salford. So it was that some fifteen months passed before the great Saints` coach Jim Sullivan persuaded Glyn to come to Knowsley Road. He signed for Saints on the 31st. December 1952 after making his debut his debut in the 22 to 2 victory over Leigh on Christmas Day! Apart from one match against Wakefield away Glyn was an ever-present player in the fantastic Saints team that did not lose an away match that entire season. He scored 7 tries including a vital score in the 24 points to 14 Championship Final win over Halifax at Maine Road.
In the 1956 RL Challenge Cup Final programme he was listed at 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed in at 12st 4lbs. His fine form for the Saints led to Glyn being awarded 9 Great Britain caps, 2 Welsh caps and a further two caps for the Other Nationalities team. He was a member of the 1957 World Cup touring team to Australia where he played three tests.
I recall standing in the Knowsley Road boys pen when I was seven years old watching a proud Glyn Moses play against France in an exciting international on the 10th of April, 1957. Alan Prescott was the GB captain and Britain prevailed over a skilful French side by 29 points to 14. The match programme also revealed that Glyn Moses used to write an article every week in the St Helens edition of the Evening Chronicle.
Glyn won one RL Challenge Cup winners medal (1956 RL Cup Final v Halifax), one Championship Final winners medal(1952-3) and one Lancashire Cup winners medal (v Wigan 1953-54) for the Saints. By 1959 Austin Rhodes had established the full back berth as his own and Glyn played his final game for the Saints against Leeds on 28th November, 1959.
On retiring from the game after the Leeds match, Glyn Moses remained in the fresh air of St Helens where he can still be found frequenting the UNISON Club in Bishop Road.
The Principality`s loss was our gain! Glyn Moses in attack and defence a forerunner and model for the modern full back.