Players Biography





Further Info: Inducted into the Greatest 17 of the St. Helens Rugby League Club in 2010

Hall Of Fame: St Helens & Rugby Football League Hall of Fame Member

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Biography

Alexander James Murphy by Alex Service, with additional comments from Dave Dooley

The Saints faced a fixture backlog of 3 games in 5 days shortly before the 1956 Challenge Cup Final. For the last match of the sequence, at home to Whitehaven on 11th April, the Board selected a virtual reserve side. Skipper George Parsons was the only regular on duty that day as the lads from the` A` team, inspired by the prospect of a hefty bonus, beat the Cumbrians in every department of the game. Making his debut in the 21-7 success was Alex Murphy, an effervescent little half-back who exuded an air of confidence which totally belied his youthful appearance.

Under Jim Sullivan`s expert guidance, the 16 year old was to develop rapidly into a brilliant scrum half and certainly one of the most controversial. "You either like him or loathe him", wrote one critic, "but you can never ignore him!" Whether tangling with officials, like the imposing figure of `Sergeant Major` Eric Clay or scoring a dazzling thirty-yard try, there was always something happening when `Mr. Magic` was on the field.

Thatto Heath`s greatest rugby son was born at home at 25 Sunbury Street on April 22nd, 1939. Young Murphy was so promising in later years at St. Austin`s School, that he played in both junior and senior teams at ten years of age! Town and County honours at schoolboy level soon followed, delighting his Headmaster and mentor, Gerry Landers.

As soon as he left St. Austin`s, the talented youngster was invited to further his rugby education at the Summer School held at Knowsley Road. He certainly impressed Jim Sullivan, who took the unprecedented step of allowing him to train with the first team throughout the following season - even though he was still too young to sign for the Club!

"On training nights, I would run down the sprint track with the senior backs", he remembers. "And they were no mean performers when it came to speed. The wingers were Frank Carlton and Eric Ledger, and for extra competition, there was Alec Davies just to rub it in."

Stiff competition indeed for a rather small boy of 15 complete with a heavy pair of football boots. Alex had continued to turn out for St. Austin`s intermediate team who won the final of a local Cup Competition at Knowsley Road on the eve of his 16th birthday. After the match, he was whisked up to the Boardroom to be met by Chairman Harry Cook and two other Directors - Lionel Swift and Joe Harrison, who offered him terms he had little hesitation in accepting. An `Iron Curtain` immediately descended around the lad from `Donkey Common`.

Representatives of at least four other Clubs were waiting outside as the youthful prodigy was smuggled away to Joe Harrison`s house in Millbrook Lane. The deputation spent the time playing snooker interspersed with tea and sandwiches until after the `witching hour` when the necessary forms were signed. From the Club`s angle, the deal was most satisfactory as Murphy had become a Saint for just `80 - incredible by today`s standards - yet it seemed like a King`s ransom to him at the time!

Things could not happen quickly enough for young Murphy. After several `A` team games, he asked for a run out with the big boys, was refused, and promptly demanded a transfer. The matter was soon resolved, however, and he continued to learn his trade in the tough testing ground of reserve team football. Eager to impress, the youngster tried to go it alone far too often and was receiving quite a hammering from some of the more hardened professionals on the circuit. One man who helped Murphy to curb his rather impetuous instincts was` A` team captain Max Garbler. The Aussie loose forward told him to get rid of the ball as quickly as possible and attempt only the occasional solo break to catch defences napping. Needless to say, he took no notice until one match saw him carried from the pitch in a semi-conscious state. "Now will you take my advice?" asked Garbler - when the effects of concussion had eventually subsided! Alex was glad to and the partnership, based on mutual respect, began to flourish.

Jim Sullivan was a hard taskmaster who made sure his players` feet stayed firmly on the ground - and Murphy was no exception. After his first team debut, Alex went to the next training session extra early, hoping to hear Sullivan sing his praises. Instead he received a right dressing down as the coach listed all the things he had done wrong during the match. The dejected youngster was then told to get stripped for a training session all on his own.

"That night I resolved to be so good the next I played in the first team, that even the great Jim Sullivan would have to say so," Murphy recalls. "But he himself had decided that, and from then on he would be waiting for me in his track suit to give me individual coaching before the others arrived. "

The wily Saints` coach believed that speed would lift a player out of the `ordinary` bracket into a class of his own. There was no doubting Murphy`s football ability and Sullivan concentrated on trying to improve his biggest natural asset - devastating pace. As a result, his training consisted almost exclusively of sprint work twice weekly for the next two years. Thirty yard distances were marked with silver paper and Sullivan`s instructions were to jog up to the silver paper,flat out for thirty yards, then a gradual tailing off to avoid muscle damage.

Under Sully`s lung-bursting regime, Murphy soon made the number seven jersey his own. In his first full season, 1957/58, he scorched in for 27 tries - no mean feat for a scrum half - as Saints finished in second place in the League table behind Oldham. This haul included a hat trick against Leeds in the match when Tom Van Vollenhoven made his debut. He added another two three try tricks against Swinton and Liverpool City in the same campaign. Yet even the `Master` could not have predicted his young pupil`s meteoric rise to fame over the next few months.

Without even a County appearance to his name the quicksilver Murphy was a shock choice for the forthcoming Australian tour trials. Although he gave himself little chance of success, the selectors obviously believed that speed would be a considerable asset on the hard Australian grounds. The jubilant teenager was one of six Knowsley Road favourites to be selected for the trip `Down Under` - the Club`s greatest achievement in international football to that date. Alan Prescott captained the squad and his other St. Helens team mates included Frank Carlton, GlynMoses, Abe Terry, Vince Karalius and Murphy, who at just turned 18, became the youngest ever player to be selected for an Australian tour.

The lad from Thatto Heath capped a remarkable success story by being selected for all three Tests. He was in outstanding form as Britain walloped the `Green and Golds` by the record score of 40-17 in the third and deciding Test at Sydney. Indeed, his response to some unruly behaviour from the 68,720 crowd provided Tour Manager Tom Mitchell with one of his most memorable moments `Down Under`: "Towards the end of the game the crowd started throwing oranges and beer glasses on to the field. Alex Murphy, all of 18 years old, picked up a glass and turned and toasted all four sides of the ground - a magic memory! Murphy grew from boy to man in a couple of months."

It was the start of a 13 year international career during which time Murphy made 27 appearances for Great Britain and established himself as the greatest all-round scrum half ever to play Rugby League.

In the Championship winning season of 1958/9 he romped in for a further three hat tricks against Hunslet, Hull and Workington Town as the Saints clocked up an incredible 1000+ points in league matches! Alex rounded off the season on a high as his brace of touchdowns helped lift the Championship trophy over Hunslet in one of the best rugby league matches ever to have been played. After securing his first winner`s medal in the 1960 Lancashire Cup Final over Swinton Alex lined up against Wigan in the 1961 Rugby League Challenge Cup Final. In an epic battle beautiful support work by Murphy saw him scamper over for a try that separated the sides at the break. Of course the famous Vollenhoven length of the field try sealed the match for the Saints over their arch-rivals. The following season saw Alex score a try in the Lancashire Cup Final win over Swinton. At the end of that campaign Alex went on the 1962 Ashes Tour down under. It was a sweet and sour affair with Alex in fine form as Great Britain defeated Australia by two tests to one. However, Alex returned home with a serious shoulder injury and missed the first three months of the season. Alex was soon back to his best and the next two seasons saw him add a further two Lancashire Cup winner`s medals and a Western divisional Championship medal to his impressive collection.

Alex was captain of the team for the rest of his playing career at the Saints. In the 1964/5 season Alex led the team to the top of the league at the end of the season and collected the Lancashire League title on the way. His masterful leadership on the pitch and his tactical awareness were streets ahead of other mere mortals. Despite an unexpected loss in the Championship Final, Saints went into the following season with a side brimming with confidence. Murphy guided the Saints to the top of the league and into the Finals of the Challenge Cup and League Championship. Saints nearly didn`t make Wembley that year as they were trailing Hull KR in a third round tie with time up on the clock. Alex hoisted a huge `up and under` that descended in the in-goal area. Murphy following up his last gasp effort pounced on the ball and Saints were through to the semi-final. The Challenge Cup Final of 1966 was made a one-sided Final as Alex exploited Wigan`s frailties to implement a game strategy that was unbeatable on the day. His late drop goal demonstrated his ability to kill a game and the amount of time that he always seemed to have with the ball in his hand. That match had repercussions for the sport as the RFL responded with rule changes. Indeed, many pundits claim that the tap penalty and the one-point drop goal were introduced to combat Mr. Murphy`s tactical genius. One week later Alex lifted the Championship Trophy with an emphatic 35 points to 12 victory over Halifax. It was Murphy`s last donning of a Saints` jersey.

While four trophies sat on the Knowsley Road sideboard, Tommy Bishop, John Mantle and Cliff Watson travelled to Australia with Great Britain to battle for the Ashes. Skipper Alex Murphy would have been the fourth St. Helens representative, but the 26 year old, who had enjoyed a phenomenally successful testimonial year, declined to make his third trip `Down Under` - primarily for business reasons - although he was clearly disappointed at being overlooked as Tour Captain in favour of Leeds` Harry Poole.

Despite being the most successful Captain in St. Helens history, Murphy was unhappy at being `shifted out` to the threequarters and told the Club that he had no intention of playing out of position in the centre any more. By the time Alex joined his team mates for the pre-season training, two Australian Clubs had shown an interest in obtaining his signature - a move which initially appealed to him. As the 1966/67 Campaign began, Murphy declined to play and was promptly refused training facilities at Knowsley Road. He trained alone on the Pilkington Recreation Ground at Windle City and at the end of September, his written transfer request was granted by the Board who put him on the list at `12,000.

The size of the fee intentionally staggered top English and Australian Clubs and on Sunday 9th October it was announced that Leigh had secured his services on contract at an agreed wage in the position of Coach - clearly a reaction to the `ridiculous and unrealistic` price put on his head. As long as he did not play for the East Lancashire Club, the perplexed St. Helens Board would receive absolutely nothing.

Yet 24 hours later came news of an offer from North Sydney which it was thought impossible to refuse. Murphy would have earned `10,000 over 4 years, with Norths agreeing to pay St. Helens `8,000 for releasing him from their register. Despite his contract with Leigh, Major Jack Rubin the Chairman would not stand in his way.

"We were all set to go," Murphy later recalled. "1 had put my house up for sale, my wife resigned from her teaching post and I packed in my business and sold my lorry and machinery."

When the Australian contract arrived, however, Murphy shocked the St. Helens Club by returning it unsigned! At the eleventh hour he had accepted a new `30 a week 5 year agreement with Leigh as the highest paid Coach in the Rubgy League.

By a bitter irony, Murphy`s first game at the helm was against his still-seething former Club in a league match at Hilton Park on November 2nd. An injury-hit St. Helens outfit, who had played at Barrow in the Floodlit Competition the previous night, lost their 10 match unbeaten run by 29-5 to a faster and more determined Leigh side.

"It never entered my mind to leave Saints in the first place." revealed Murphy in the Rugby Leaguer in 1987. "But events took over and there was a lot of pride involved on both sides and the situation reached the stage where a parting of the ways became inevitable." The final chapter in the `Murphy Affair` saw Leigh secure his playing registration after much wrangling for `6,000 twelve months later.

On Wednesday 15th September 1967, Alex Murphy`s first appearance as a Leigh player at St. Helens caused traffic chaos as over 20,000 packed into Knowsley Road. This time not even the great man`s presence on the field was enough to prevent a crushing 22- 0 defeat by Joe Coan`s rampaging Saints. Such setbacks proved to be rare, however, for Murphy followed in the footsteps of his mentor Jim Sullivan. It was the start of a new and equally successful career as a player-coach with Leigh and Warrington, and Coach of Salford, Wigan, Leigh (twice) and England.

Nearly two decades after the initial break with St. Helens, on November 18th 1985, the prodigal son returned in a blaze of glory to take charge of his hometown team. A jubilant Murphy, hailed as the `Messiah` by Chairman Lawrie Prescott insisted that his wandering days were now over.

"l am going to make St. Helens the best Club side in the World." vowed the irrepressible `Mr. Magic`. It`s Wigan at the moment, but we are going to take their place. The war starts now!"

By Alex Service with additional comments from Dave Dooley



Player match listings are a work in progress.
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Alex Murphy : Season Stats

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1955~560 0 0 1
1956~5710 0 0 18
1957~5827 5 0 38
1958~5931 0 0 36
1959~6021 1 0 34
1960~6123 10 0 33
1961~62 11 6 0 31
1962~63 11 2 0 24
1963~64 17 3 0 36
1964~65 12 10 0 33
1965~66 12 5 0 37
TOTALS:175 42 0 321

Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1957~583001
1958~593103
1959~600001
1960~611001
1963~642101
1964~653002
TOTALS:12209

W/D/LPosDateOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
W 7 16th Apr 1956 Whitehaven L 1955~56 H 22 7 0 0 0 View
L 7 27th Oct 1956 Workington Town L 1956~57 H 9 11 1 0 0 View
W 6 6th Jan 1957 Warrington L 1956~57 H 33 7 1 0 0 View
W 6 12th Jan 1957 Swinton L 1956~57 A 14 9 1 0 0 View
L 6 19th Jan 1957 Leeds L 1956~57 A 11 22 1 0 0 View
W 6 26th Jan 1957 Barrow L 1956~57 H 59 5 1 0 0 View
W 6 2nd Feb 1957 Rochdale Hornets L 1956~57 A 23 8 1 0 0 View
L 6 9th Feb 1957 Whitehaven CC1 1956~57 A 8 9 0 0 0 View
D 6 16th Feb 1957 Hull L 1956~57 H 9 9 0 0 0 View
W 7 16th Mar 1957 Bradford Northern L 1956~57 H 23 6 1 0 0 View
W 7 20th Mar 1957 Halifax L 1956~57 A 10 4 0 0 0 View
W 7 23rd Mar 1957 Huddersfield L 1956~57 A 10 9 0 0 0 View
W 7 3rd Apr 1957 Whitehaven L 1956~57 A 5 2 0 0 0 View
W 7 6th Apr 1957 Leeds L 1956~57 H 44 3 0 0 0 View
W 7 13th Apr 1957 Swinton L 1956~57 H 34 0 2 0 0 View
L 7 15th Apr 1957 Barrow L 1956~57 A 8 11 0 0 0 View
L 7 19th Apr 1957 Wigan L 1956~57 A 11 19 0 0 0 View
L 7 20th Apr 1957 Workington Town L 1956~57 A 3 26 0 0 0 View
W 7 22nd Apr 1957 Blackpool Borough L 1956~57 H 48 10 1 0 0 View
W 7 10th Aug 1957 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1957~58 H 79 13 3 0 0 View
W 7 17th Aug 1957 Widnes L 1957~58 A 22 13 1 0 0 View
W 7 21st Aug 1957 Huddersfield L 1957~58 H 28 8 1 0 0 View
W 7 24th Aug 1957 Hunslet L 1957~58 H 30 9 0 0 0 View
W 7 26th Aug 1957 Oldham L 1957~58 A 21 7 0 0 0 View
W 7 31st Aug 1957 Workington Town LC1 1957~58 A 16 12 0 0 0 View
L 7 7th Sep 1957 Leeds L 1957~58 A 5 23 0 0 0 View
W 7 12th Sep 1957 Blackpool Borough LC2 1957~58 A 28 12 2 0 0 View
W 7 14th Sep 1957 Hull L 1957~58 H 13 4 0 0 0 View
W 7 12th Oct 1957 Whitehaven L 1957~58 H 26 9 2 0 0 View
W 7 19th Oct 1957 Liverpool City L 1957~58 A 28 4 1 0 0 View
W 7 26th Oct 1957 Leeds L 1957~58 H 36 7 3 0 0 View
W 7 2nd Nov 1957 Whitehaven L 1957~58 A 15 7 1 0 0 View
W 7 9th Nov 1957 Swinton L 1957~58 H 43 11 3 0 0 View
W 7 16th Nov 1957 Barrow L 1957~58 A 18 12 0 0 0 View
W 7 23rd Nov 1957 Workington Town L 1957~58 H 29 6 0 0 0 View
W 7 30th Nov 1957 Warrington L 1957~58 A 13 11 0 0 0 View
W 7 7th Dec 1957 Barrow L 1957~58 H 25 7 1 0 0 View
W 7 14th Dec 1957 Rochdale Hornets L 1957~58 A 10 5 0 0 0 View
W 7 25th Dec 1957 Leigh L 1957~58 H 11 9 0 0 0 View
W 7 26th Dec 1957 Wigan L 1957~58 A 12 9 0 0 0 View
L 7 1st Jan 1958 Leigh L 1957~58 A 5 15 0 0 0 View
W 7 4th Jan 1958 Rochdale Hornets L 1957~58 H 51 0 1 0 0 View
W 7 11th Jan 1958 Blackpool Borough L 1957~58 A 17 7 0 0 0 View
W 7 18th Jan 1958 Liverpool City L 1957~58 H 27 8 3 0 0 View
L 7 1st Feb 1958 Wakefield Trinity L 1957~58 A 12 17 1 0 0 View
W 7 12th Feb 1958 Hunslet CC1 1957~58 A 15 0 1 0 0 View
W 7 15th Feb 1958 Oldham L 1957~58 H 5 4 1 0 0 View
W 7 22nd Feb 1958 Keighley CC2 1957~58 A 19 4 0 2 0 View
L 7 1st Mar 1958 Workington Town L 1957~58 A 10 15 0 0 0 View
L 7 8th Mar 1958 Featherstone Rovers CC3 1957~58 A 0 5 0 0 0 View
L 7 15th Mar 1958 Hull L 1957~58 A 11 22 2 0 0 View
W 7 22nd Mar 1958 Widnes L 1957~58 H 14 7 0 0 0 View
W 7 29th Mar 1958 Blackpool Borough L 1957~58 H 25 11 1 0 0 View
W 7 4th Apr 1958 Wigan L 1957~58 H 32 7 0 0 0 View
W 7 5th Apr 1958 Hunslet L 1957~58 A 33 2 0 0 0 View
W 7 7th Apr 1958 Halifax L 1957~58 A 18 2 0 0 0 View
W 7 14th Apr 1958 Salford L 1957~58 H 42 8 2 0 0 View
L 7 3rd May 1958 Workington Town ChSF 1957~58 H 13 14 0 3 0 View
W 7 6th Sep 1958 Wakefield Trinity L 1958~59 A 24 14 0 0 0 View
W 7 8th Sep 1958 Leigh LC2 1958~59 A 12 2 0 0 0 View
W 7 13th Sep 1958 Halifax L 1958~59 H 45 20 1 0 0 View
W 7 17th Sep 1958 Barrow LCSF 1958~59 H 18 6 0 0 0 View
W 7 20th Sep 1958 Warrington L 1958~59 A 29 15 1 0 0 View
W 7 27th Sep 1958 Hunslet L 1958~59 H 31 15 3 0 0 View
W 7 11th Oct 1958 Wakefield Trinity L 1958~59 H 15 8 0 0 0 View
D 7 18th Oct 1958 Workington Town L 1958~59 A 10 10 0 0 0 View
L 7 25th Oct 1958 Oldham LCF 1958~59 N 2 12 0 0 0 View
W 7 1st Nov 1958 Salford L 1958~59 A 28 12 0 0 0 View
W 7 8th Nov 1958 Rochdale Hornets L 1958~59 H 42 12 2 0 0 View
W 7 15th Nov 1958 Featherstone Rovers L 1958~59 A 36 9 1 0 0 View
W 7 29th Nov 1958 Whitehaven L 1958~59 A 25 2 1 0 0 View
W 7 6th Dec 1958 Leeds L 1958~59 H 38 12 2 0 0 View
W 7 13th Dec 1958 Swinton L 1958~59 H 32 3 1 0 0 View
W 7 20th Dec 1958 Barrow L 1958~59 A 7 5 0 0 0 View
W 7 26th Dec 1958 Wigan L 1958~59 H 13 9 0 0 0 View
W 7 27th Dec 1958 Oldham L 1958~59 H 22 6 1 0 0 View
W 7 1st Jan 1959 Leigh L 1958~59 H 9 6 0 0 0 View
L 7 3rd Jan 1959 Leeds L 1958~59 A 11 12 0 0 0 View
L 7 24th Jan 1959 Hunslet L 1958~59 A 11 19 1 0 0 View
W 7 31st Jan 1959 Whitehaven L 1958~59 H 27 3 1 0 0 View
W 7 14th Feb 1959 Barrow L 1958~59 H 71 15 2 0 0 View
W 7 21st Feb 1959 Oldham CC1 1958~59 A 7 6 0 0 0 View
W 7 28th Feb 1959 Widnes L 1958~59 H 38 4 1 0 0 View
W 7 7th Mar 1959 Dewsbury CC2 1958~59 H 35 8 0 0 0 View
W 7 16th Mar 1959 Salford L 1958~59 H 44 4 2 0 0 View
L 7 21st Mar 1959 Featherstone Rovers CC3 1958~59 A 6 20 1 0 0 View
L 6 27th Mar 1959 Wigan L 1958~59 A 14 19 1 0 0 View
W 7 30th Mar 1959 Blackpool Borough L 1958~59 H 46 11 1 0 0 View
W 7 14th Apr 1959 Hull L 1958~59 H 37 16 3 0 0 View
L 7 18th Apr 1959 Swinton L 1958~59 A 11 19 1 0 0 View
W 7 25th Apr 1959 Liverpool City L 1958~59 H 41 22 0 0 0 View
L 7 27th Apr 1959 Oldham L 1958~59 A 14 15 1 0 0 View
W 7 2nd May 1959 Oldham ChSF 1958~59 H 42 4 1 0 0 View
W 7 16th May 1959 Hunslet ChF 1958~59 N 44 22 2 0 0 View
W 7 18th May 1959 Welsh XIII* Fr Tour 1958~59 P 44 28 0 0 0 View
W 7 20th May 1959 Welsh XIII* Fr Tour 1958~59 L 35 19 1 0 0 View
W 7 23rd May 1959 Welsh XIII* Fr Tour 1958~59 C 47 31 2 1 0 View
W 7 8th Aug 1959 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1959~60 H 50 3 0 0 0 View
W 7 15th Aug 1959 Widnes L 1959~60 A 27 14 1 0 0 View
W 7 17th Aug 1959 Blackpool Borough L 1959~60 H 59 17 2 0 0 View
W 7 22nd Aug 1959 Wakefield Trinity L 1959~60 H 40 7 1 0 0 View
W 7 26th Aug 1959 Swinton L 1959~60 A 32 9 1 0 0 View
W 7 29th Aug 1959 Swinton LC1 1959~60 A 17 9 0 0 0 View
W 7 2nd Sep 1959 Widnes L 1959~60 H 22 0 0 0 0 View
W 7 19th Sep 1959 Hunslet L 1959~60 H 38 17 0 0 0 View
W 7 30th Sep 1959 Whitehaven LCSF 1959~60 A 18 2 1 0 0 View
W 7 3rd Oct 1959 Salford L 1959~60 H 40 11 0 0 0 View
L 7 10th Oct 1959 Australia Tour 1959~60 H 2 15 0 0 0 View
W 7 24th Oct 1959 Hull L 1959~60 H 29 11 1 0 0 View
L 7 31st Oct 1959 Warrington LCF 1959~60 N 4 5 0 0 0 View
W 6 7th Nov 1959 Liverpool City L 1959~60 H 40 17 2 0 0 View
W 7 14th Nov 1959 Dewsbury L 1959~60 A 20 15 1 1 0 View
W 6 21st Nov 1959 Halifax L 1959~60 H 25 10 1 0 0 View
L 6 28th Nov 1959 Leeds L 1959~60 A 11 24 1 0 0 View
L 7 5th Dec 1959 Workington Town L 1959~60 H 11 12 0 0 0 View
W 6 19th Dec 1959 Rochdale Hornets L 1959~60 H 26 2 2 0 0 View
W 6 25th Dec 1959 Leigh L 1959~60 H 14 10 0 0 0 View
W 6 26th Dec 1959 Wigan L 1959~60 A 19 7 0 0 0 View
W 6 1st Jan 1960 Leigh L 1959~60 A 12 4 0 0 0 View
W 6 9th Jan 1960 Warrington L 1959~60 H 40 6 0 0 0 View
W 6 16th Jan 1960 Barrow L 1959~60 A 16 8 1 0 0 View
W 6 23rd Jan 1960 Oldham L 1959~60 H 27 6 0 0 0 View
D 6 30th Jan 1960 Salford L 1959~60 A 2 2 0 0 0 View
W 6 12th Mar 1960 Barrow L 1959~60 H 13 12 0 0 0 View
L 6 19th Mar 1960 Halifax L 1959~60 A 15 20 1 0 0 View
W 6 2nd Apr 1960 Swinton L 1959~60 H 46 10 1 0 0 View
W 7 15th Apr 1960 Wigan L 1959~60 H 12 4 1 0 0 View
W 6 16th Apr 1960 Whitehaven L 1959~60 H 41 5 2 0 0 View
W 6 18th Apr 1960 Hull L 1959~60 A 10 7 0 0 0 View
W 6 23rd Apr 1960 Hunslet L 1959~60 A 20 8 1 0 0 View
W 6 26th Apr 1960 Oldham L 1959~60 A 10 2 0 0 0 View
L 6 7th May 1960 Wigan ChSF 1959~60 H 9 19 0 0 0 View
W 6 6th Aug 1960 Liverpool City* Fr Charity Cup 1960~61 H 34 10 1 0 0 View
W 6 15th Aug 1960 Liverpool City L 1960~61 H 17 9 0 0 0 View
W 6 20th Aug 1960 Hunslet L 1960~61 H 22 10 1 0 0 View
W 6 27th Aug 1960 Widnes LC1 1960~61 A 19 17 2 0 0 View
L 6 3rd Sep 1960 Wakefield Trinity L 1960~61 H 5 18 0 0 0 View
W 7 7th Sep 1960 Wigan LC2 1960~61 H 7 4 0 0 0 View
W 7 17th Sep 1960 Oldham L 1960~61 H 26 12 2 0 0 View
W 7 15th Oct 1960 Blackpool Borough L 1960~61 A 34 13 2 3 0 View
W 7 17th Oct 1960 Leigh LCSF 1960~61 A 15 2 0 0 0 View
W 7 22nd Oct 1960 Wigan L 1960~61 H 11 6 2 1 0 View
W 7 29th Oct 1960 Swinton LCF 1960~61 N 15 9 0 0 0 View
W 7 12th Nov 1960 Rochdale Hornets L 1960~61 A 38 5 2 0 0 View
W 7 19th Nov 1960 Barrow L 1960~61 A 29 15 0 0 0 View
W 7 26th Nov 1960 Workington Town L 1960~61 H 47 2 1 0 0 View
W 7 24th Dec 1960 Salford L 1960~61 A 17 5 0 0 0 View
W 7 26th Dec 1960 Rochdale Hornets L 1960~61 H 51 4 2 0 0 View
W 7 2nd Jan 1961 Leigh L 1960~61 H 10 4 0 0 0 View
W 7 16th Jan 1961 Hull L 1960~61 H 22 15 1 0 0 View
W 7 21st Jan 1961 Whitehaven L 1960~61 A 15 11 1 0 0 View
L 7 4th Feb 1961 Warrington L 1960~61 H 7 8 0 0 0 View
W 6 16th Feb 1961 Widnes CC1(rep) 1960~61 A 29 10 2 0 0 View
W 7 18th Feb 1961 Widnes L 1960~61 H 44 7 1 0 0 View
W 7 25th Feb 1961 Castleford CC2 1960~61 A 18 10 1 0 0 View
W 7 11th Mar 1961 Swinton CC3 1960~61 H 17 9 1 0 0 View
W 7 18th Mar 1961 Halifax L 1960~61 A 19 12 1 0 0 View
L 7 27th Mar 1961 Wakefield Trinity L 1960~61 A 2 4 0 0 0 View
L 6 31st Mar 1961 Wigan L 1960~61 A 2 12 0 0 0 View
L 7 1st Apr 1961 Workington Town L 1960~61 A 11 12 0 0 0 View
L 6 3rd Apr 1961 Swinton L 1960~61 H 3 10 0 0 0 View
W 6 15th Apr 1961 Hull CCSF 1960~61 N 26 9 0 0 0 View
W 6 19th Apr 1961 Widnes L 1960~61 A 17 5 0 0 0 View
W 6 29th Apr 1961 Featherstone Rovers L 1960~61 H 38 0 0 6 0 View
L 6 6th May 1961 Leeds ChSF 1960~61 A 4 11 0 0 0 View
W 6 13th May 1961 Wigan CCF 1960~61 N 12 6 1 0 0 View
W 7 19th Aug 1961 Leeds L 1961~62 H 20 5 1 0 0 View
L 7 26th Aug 1961 Swinton L 1961~62 A 6 15 1 0 0 View
W 7 30th Aug 1961 Wakefield Trinity L 1961~62 H 10 5 0 1 0 View
W 6 2nd Sep 1961 Leigh LC1 1961~62 H 43 8 2 0 0 View
W 7 9th Sep 1961 Salford L 1961~62 A 24 7 0 0 0 View
W 7 12th Sep 1961 Rochdale Hornets L 1961~62 A 14 2 0 0 0 View
W 7 16th Sep 1961 Whitehaven L 1961~62 H 44 0 1 1 0 View
W 7 23rd Sep 1961 Barrow L 1961~62 A 34 2 0 0 0 View
W 7 2nd Oct 1961 Oldham LC2 1961~62 H 30 7 1 0 0 View
W 7 7th Oct 1961 Whitehaven L 1961~62 A 10 3 0 0 0 View
W 7 10th Oct 1961 Salford LCSF 1961~62 H 21 2 1 0 0 View
W 7 14th Oct 1961 New Zealand Tour 1961~62 H 25 10 0 0 0 View
L 7 28th Oct 1961 Warrington L 1961~62 A 7 11 0 0 0 View
W 7 11th Nov 1961 Swinton LCF 1961~62 N 25 9 1 0 0 View
L 7 18th Nov 1961 Widnes L 1961~62 A 12 13 0 0 0 View
W 7 25th Nov 1961 Workington Town L 1961~62 H 16 7 0 0 0 View
L 7 9th Dec 1961 Wakefield Trinity L 1961~62 A 10 12 0 0 0 View
W 6 6th Jan 1962 Barrow L 1961~62 H 30 6 0 0 0 View
W 6 20th Jan 1962 Warrington L 1961~62 H 11 7 0 3 0 View
L 7 27th Jan 1962 Workington Town L 1961~62 A 7 23 0 0 0 View
W 6 3rd Feb 1962 Huddersfield L 1961~62 H 36 5 0 0 0 View
W 6 10th Feb 1962 Salford CC1 1961~62 A 15 2 0 0 0 View
L 6 3rd Mar 1962 Huddersfield CC2 1961~62 H 2 13 0 0 0 View
W 7 13th Mar 1962 Liverpool City L 1961~62 H 31 7 1 0 0 View
L 7 17th Mar 1962 Oldham L 1961~62 A 7 10 0 0 0 View
W 3 7th Apr 1962 Hull L 1961~62 A 12 8 0 1 0 View
W 6 9th Apr 1962 Leigh L 1961~62 H 42 4 0 0 0 View
W 6 14th Apr 1962 Blackpool Borough L 1961~62 A 15 2 0 0 0 View
L 6 20th Apr 1962 Wigan L 1961~62 H 16 18 0 0 0 View
W 7 23rd Apr 1962 Blackpool Borough L 1961~62 H 37 5 1 0 0 View
L 7 28th Apr 1962 Wigan L 1961~62 A 3 12 1 0 0 View
W 6 24th Nov 1962 Huddersfield L 1962~63 H 36 3 0 0 0 View
W 6 8th Dec 1962 Leeds L 1962~63 H 13 6 0 0 0 View
L 6 15th Dec 1962 Wakefield Trinity L 1962~63 A 7 10 0 0 0 View
W 6 22nd Dec 1962 Hull L 1962~63 H 27 14 2 0 0 View
L 6 9th Mar 1963 Hull K.R. L 1962~63 A 2 3 0 0 0 View
L 7 11th Mar 1963 Halifax CC1 1962~63 A 2 9 0 0 0 View
W 7 23rd Mar 1963 Bramley L 1962~63 H 38 0 0 0 0 View
W 7 26th Mar 1963 Wigan L 1962~63 H 20 11 0 0 0 View
W 7 30th Mar 1963 Featherstone Rovers L 1962~63 A 17 10 0 0 0 View
W 7 1st Apr 1963 Workington Town L 1962~63 H 29 0 0 0 0 View
W 7 6th Apr 1963 Halifax L 1962~63 H 33 3 2 0 0 View
W 7 12th Apr 1963 Wigan L 1962~63 A 24 4 1 0 0 View
L 6 13th Apr 1963 Swinton L 1962~63 A 8 9 0 0 0 View
L 7 15th Apr 1963 Swinton L 1962~63 H 9 24 1 0 0 View
W 7 20th Apr 1963 Featherstone Rovers L 1962~63 H 18 5 0 0 0 View
L 7 27th Apr 1963 Hull L 1962~63 A 7 15 1 0 0 View
L 7 29th Apr 1963 Wakefield Trinity L 1962~63 H 15 16 0 0 0 View
W 7 4th May 1963 Widnes L 1962~63 A 25 2 2 1 0 View
W 7 6th May 1963 Oldham L 1962~63 H 22 8 0 0 0 View
W 7 13th May 1963 Widnes L 1962~63 H 14 6 0 0 0 View
W 7 18th May 1963 Bramley L 1962~63 A 21 9 0 0 0 View
W 7 25th May 1963 Halifax L 1962~63 A 33 5 0 0 0 View
W 7 27th May 1963 Hull K.R. L 1962~63 H 16 15 2 0 0 View
W 6 30th May 1963 Oldham L 1962~63 A 24 9 0 1 0 View
W 7 17th Aug 1963 Liverpool City* Fr Charity Cup 1963~64 H 34 8 2 1 0 View
W 7 2nd Sep 1963 Hunslet L 1963~64 A 15 7 1 0 0 View
W 6 7th Sep 1963 Swinton LC1 1963~64 A 12 2 0 0 0 View
W 6 14th Sep 1963 Hull K.R. L 1963~64 H 40 5 1 0 0 View
W 6 16th Sep 1963 Workington Town LC2 1963~64 H 28 4 0 0 0 View
L 6 21st Sep 1963 Halifax L 1963~64 A 5 13 0 0 0 View
W 6 19th Oct 1963 Hull L 1963~64 H 11 10 0 0 0 View
W 7 26th Oct 1963 Leigh LCF 1963~64 N 15 4 0 0 0 View
W 7 2nd Nov 1963 Warrington L 1963~64 H 19 8 0 0 0 View
D 7 16th Nov 1963 Featherstone Rovers L 1963~64 H 11 11 0 0 0 View
W 7 30th Nov 1963 Liverpool City WDC 1963~64 H 16 0 0 0 0 View
W 7 7th Dec 1963 Wakefield Trinity L 1963~64 A 8 7 1 0 0 View
L 7 14th Dec 1963 Halifax L 1963~64 H 12 13 1 0 0 View
W 7 28th Dec 1963 Workington Town L 1963~64 A 5 0 0 0 0 View
L 6 1st Jan 1964 Swinton L 1963~64 H 6 8 0 1 0 View
W 6 4th Jan 1964 Salford WDC 1963~64 A 15 5 0 0 0 View
L 3 11th Jan 1964 Hunslet L 1963~64 H 10 12 2 0 0 View
W 6 25th Jan 1964 Keighley L 1963~64 H 28 3 1 0 0 View
W 6 1st Feb 1964 Hull K.R. L 1963~64 A 9 5 0 0 0 View
L 6 8th Feb 1964 Castleford CC1 1963~64 H 6 13 0 0 0 View
W 6 15th Feb 1964 Barrow WDC 1963~64 A 14 10 1 0 0 View
L 3 22nd Feb 1964 Leeds L 1963~64 H 6 14 0 0 0 View
W 7 29th Feb 1964 Warrington L 1963~64 A 17 10 0 0 0 View
W 7 7th Mar 1964 Huddersfield L 1963~64 A 16 11 0 0 0 View
W 7 14th Mar 1964 Workington Town L 1963~64 H 14 8 0 0 0 View
W 6 21st Mar 1964 Whitehaven WDC 1963~64 H 50 7 1 0 0 View
W 6 27th Mar 1964 Wigan L 1963~64 H 11 5 1 0 0 View
W 7 28th Mar 1964 Salford WDC 1963~64 H 24 13 0 0 0 View
W 7 11th Apr 1964 Wakefield Trinity L 1963~64 H 24 10 2 0 0 View
W 7 15th Apr 1964 Whitehaven WDC 1963~64 A 3 0 1 0 0 View
W 7 18th Apr 1964 Liverpool City WDC 1963~64 A 32 7 1 0 0 View
W 7 22nd Apr 1964 Wigan L 1963~64 A 22 13 1 1 0 View
W 7 25th Apr 1964 Widnes L 1963~64 A 19 8 1 1 0 View
W 7 1st May 1964 Oldham WDCSF 1963~64 H 22 11 0 0 0 View
W 7 6th May 1964 Hull L 1963~64 A 17 9 0 0 0 View
W 7 16th May 1964 Swinton WDCF 1963~64 N 10 7 0 0 0 View
L 7 27th May 1964 Castleford L 1963~64 A 10 11 1 0 0 View
W 7 14th Aug 1964 Swinton* Fr Gallie Cup 1964~65 H 22 2 2 0 0 View
W 7 29th Aug 1964 Widnes L 1964~65 H 29 6 2 0 0 View
W 7 31st Aug 1964 Whitehaven L 1964~65 A 15 5 0 0 0 View
W 7 5th Sep 1964 Liverpool City LC1 1964~65 A 41 11 1 0 0 View
W 7 12th Sep 1964 Blackpool Borough L 1964~65 H 37 5 2 5 0 View
W 7 14th Sep 1964 Barrow LC2 1964~65 A 22 11 0 0 0 View
W 7 29th Sep 1964 Warrington LCSF 1964~65 A 10 8 0 1 0 View
W 7 3rd Oct 1964 Workington Town L 1964~65 H 32 6 0 0 0 View
W 7 24th Oct 1964 Swinton LCF 1964~65 N 12 4 0 0 0 View
W 7 7th Nov 1964 Warrington L 1964~65 H 26 10 1 1 0 View
W 7 14th Nov 1964 Hull K.R. L 1964~65 A 25 12 1 0 0 View
W 7 21st Nov 1964 Barrow L 1964~65 H 37 3 1 0 0 View
W 7 19th Dec 1964 Leigh L 1964~65 H 10 7 0 0 0 View
W 7 1st Jan 1965 Swinton L 1964~65 A 11 5 0 1 0 View
W 7 9th Jan 1965 Liverpool City L 1964~65 H 23 3 0 0 0 View
L 7 16th Jan 1965 Warrington L 1964~65 A 4 6 0 1 0 View
W 7 27th Jan 1965 Other Nationalities* Fr Opening of Floodl 1964~65 H 19 2 1 0 0 View
W 7 6th Feb 1965 Castleford CC1 1964~65 H 22 9 1 1 0 View
W 7 16th Feb 1965 Salford L 1964~65 H 12 6 0 0 0 View
W 7 20th Feb 1965 Huddersfield L 1964~65 H 28 6 1 0 0 View
L 7 27th Feb 1965 Wigan CC2 1964~65 A 2 7 0 0 0 View
W 7 13th Mar 1965 Oldham L 1964~65 A 15 9 0 0 0 View
L 7 16th Mar 1965 Wakefield Trinity L 1964~65 H 2 9 0 0 0 View
L 6 20th Mar 1965 Wakefield Trinity L 1964~65 A 4 5 0 0 0 View
L 7 23rd Mar 1965 Wigan L 1964~65 H 6 10 0 0 0 View
W 6 30th Mar 1965 Hull K.R. L 1964~65 H 8 2 0 0 0 View
W 7 5th Apr 1965 Barrow L 1964~65 A 21 14 0 0 0 View
W 6 16th Apr 1965 Wigan L 1964~65 A 16 8 1 0 0 View
W 7 17th Apr 1965 Widnes L 1964~65 A 14 2 0 0 0 View
W 7 19th Apr 1965 Swinton L 1964~65 H 16 5 0 0 0 View
W 14 21st Apr 1965 Huddersfield L 1964~65 A 20 6 0 0 0 Y View
W 7 24th Apr 1965 Barrow Ch1 1964~65 H 23 7 1 0 0 View
W 7 30th Apr 1965 Hull K.R. Ch2 1964~65 H 24 6 0 0 0 View
W 6 15th May 1965 Wakefield Trinity ChSF 1964~65 H 10 5 0 0 0 View
L 6 22nd May 1965 Halifax ChF 1964~65 N 7 15 0 0 0 View
W 7 20th Aug 1965 Halifax L 1965~66 H 15 4 0 0 0 View
W 7 24th Aug 1965 Rochdale Hornets L 1965~66 A 17 9 1 0 0 View
W 7 28th Aug 1965 Castleford L 1965~66 A 19 15 0 0 0 View
W 7 30th Aug 1965 Whitehaven L 1965~66 H 30 5 0 0 0 View
W 7 4th Sep 1965 Warrington L 1965~66 A 11 2 0 0 0 View
L 7 10th Sep 1965 Swinton LC1 1965~66 H 7 8 0 1 0 View
W 6 18th Sep 1965 Castleford L 1965~66 H 21 6 1 0 0 View
W 7 27th Sep 1965 Widnes L 1965~66 A 9 4 0 0 0 View
W 6 1st Oct 1965 Oldham L 1965~66 H 23 17 2 0 0 View
W 6 5th Oct 1965 Leigh FT1 1965~66 H 25 19 0 0 0 View
W 6 9th Nov 1965 Huddersfield L 1965~66 H 11 4 0 0 0 View
W 6 19th Nov 1965 Rochdale Hornets L 1965~66 H 19 7 0 0 0 View
D 6 27th Nov 1965 Wakefield Trinity L 1965~66 H 9 9 0 0 0 View
W 7 4th Dec 1965 Whitehaven L 1965~66 A 4 2 0 0 0 View
W 6 7th Dec 1965 Swinton FTSF 1965~66 H 9 5 0 1 0 View
L 6 14th Dec 1965 Castleford FTF 1965~66 H 0 4 0 0 0 View
W 3 17th Dec 1965 Blackpool Borough L 1965~66 H 21 9 2 0 0 View
W 3 1st Jan 1966 Salford L 1965~66 H 16 3 0 0 0 View
W 3 29th Jan 1966 Halifax L 1965~66 A 5 2 0 0 0 View
W 3 1st Feb 1966 Widnes L 1965~66 H 9 4 1 0 0 View
W 3 5th Feb 1966 Blackpool Borough L 1965~66 A 25 11 0 0 0 View
W 3 14th Feb 1966 Leigh L 1965~66 H 17 2 0 0 0 View
L 3 19th Feb 1966 Wakefield Trinity L 1965~66 A 12 20 1 0 0 View
W 3 26th Feb 1966 Wakefield Trinity CC1 1965~66 A 10 0 0 0 0 View
W 3 1st Mar 1966 Warrington L 1965~66 H 22 6 0 0 0 View
W 3 8th Mar 1966 Liverpool City L 1965~66 H 16 2 0 0 0 View
W 3 12th Mar 1966 Huddersfield L 1965~66 A 8 7 0 0 0 View
W 3 19th Mar 1966 Swinton CC2 1965~66 H 16 4 0 0 0 View
W 6 2nd Apr 1966 Hull K.R. CC3 1965~66 H 12 10 1 0 0 View
W 3 8th Apr 1966 Wigan L 1965~66 H 17 10 1 1 0 View
W 3 16th Apr 1966 Dewsbury CCSF 1965~66 N 12 5 0 0 0 View
L 3 22nd Apr 1966 Swinton L 1965~66 H 10 15 0 0 0 View
W 3 25th Apr 1966 Liverpool City L 1965~66 A 28 3 2 0 0 View
W 3 7th May 1966 Oldham Ch2 1965~66 H 15 10 0 0 0 View
W 3 14th May 1966 Hull K.R. ChSF 1965~66 H 14 6 0 0 0 View
W 3 21st May 1966 Wigan CCF 1965~66 N 21 2 0 1 0 View
W 3 28th May 1966 Halifax ChF 1965~66 N 35 12 0 1 0 View


*Unofficial Match.
**Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 311 OTHER 9 = 321
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 320
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