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Biography

Derek Noonan Obituary by Denis Whittle (Posted 4th May 2009)

A Fond Farewell for Final Regular Derek

A locally-born centre who made four appearances in Rugby League Challenge Cup showdowns has died at the age of 62 after a brave battle against cancer. Debonair Derek Noonan had been ill for several months and passed away at his home in Marina Avenue, Sutton. He leaves his widow Alison and children Lisa and Stephen. Standing 6ft and weighing 12 stone, Derek was signed from St. Helens RUFC and first trod the Wembley turf when the Wires defeated Featherstone 24-9 in 1974, then again in the 14-7 reverse versus Widnes the following season.
On joining Saints Noonan figured in the Dadís Army 20-5 success over Widnes in 1976, thus marking a genuine hat-trick of Wembley appearances for the lad reared in Burtonhead Road.
However, a moment of real nerve-wracking drama at the National Stadium arrived both for Saints and Derek Noonan with him being dubbed villain of the piece when the men from Knowsley Road lost by a cliff-hanging 14-12 to Leeds in 1978. For Saints had mounted a last-gasp assault on the Loinersí line when Derekís centre partner Peter Glynn passed to the right in a bid to send winger Les Jones over, who had the try-line yawning in front of him. Sadly the ball ricocheted off Derekís shoulder in transit and the chance was lost, with the camera later revealing that this was the case and that Noonan did not knock on as was alleged. As a spectator I am happy to put the record straight.
A plumber by trade and a popular personality at Saints and Warrington Past Players Association functions, Derek made 122 appearances for Saints between 1976-80 in which he touched down 36 times, He also won a Premiership winners medal in 1975-76. In addition Noonan toured Australia with the World Cup squad in 1975, during which he donned the England jersey on three occasions, and on leaving Saints hung up his boots with Fulham.



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Derek Noonan : Season Stats

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1975~76 6 0 0 22
1976~77 2 0 0 16
1977~7817 0 0 45
1978~79 9 0 0 32
1979~80 2 0 0 23
TOTALS:36 0 0 138

Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1975~760002
1977~780002
1978~790002
1979~801001
TOTALS:1007

W/D/LPosDateOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
L 4 8th Feb 1976 Oldham L 1975~76 H 7 8 0 0 0 View
W 4 15th Feb 1976 Hull CC1 1975~76 A 5 3 0 0 0 View
L 3 20th Feb 1976 Castleford L 1975~76 A 10 26 0 0 0 View
W 4 29th Feb 1976 Salford CC2 1975~76 A 17 11 1 0 0 View
L 4 5th Mar 1976 Salford L 1975~76 A 9 10 0 0 0 View
W 4 9th Mar 1976 Dewsbury L 1975~76 A 7 6 0 0 0 View
W 4 14th Mar 1976 Oldham CC3 1975~76 H 17 9 0 0 0 View
L 4 17th Mar 1976 Wakefield Trinity L 1975~76 H 7 10 0 0 0 View
W 4 19th Mar 1976 Keighley L 1975~76 H 21 2 1 0 0 View
W 6 24th Mar 1976 Oldham L 1975~76 A 15 8 1 0 0 View
W 6 28th Mar 1976 Bradford Northern L 1975~76 A 21 9 0 0 0 View
W 4 30th Mar 1976 Salford L 1975~76 H 24 7 0 0 0 View
W 4 3rd Apr 1976 Keighley CCSF 1975~76 N 5 4 0 0 0 View
L 4 9th Apr 1976 Dewsbury L 1975~76 H 7 9 0 0 0 View
W 4 11th Apr 1976 Wakefield Trinity L 1975~76 A 28 12 1 0 0 View
L 4 13th Apr 1976 Keighley L 1975~76 A 12 14 1 0 0 View
L 4 19th Apr 1976 Widnes L 1975~76 A 7 23 0 0 0 View
W 4 25th Apr 1976 Hull K.R. L 1975~76 H 33 8 0 0 0 View
W 4 30th Apr 1976 Wigan PT1 1975~76 H 19 6 1 0 0 View
W 4 8th May 1976 Widnes CCF 1975~76 N 20 5 0 0 0 View
W 4 11th May 1976 Leeds PTSF(1) 1975~76 A 12 5 0 0 0 View
W 4 22nd May 1976 Salford PTF 1975~76 N 15 2 0 0 0 View
L 3 29th Jun 1976 Eastern Suburbs* Fr Tour ( Unoffic. W 1975~76 A 2 25 0 0 0 View
L 3 4th Jul 1976 Auckland* Fr Tour 1975~76 A 13 20 0 0 0 View
L 4 5th Sep 1976 Rochdale Hornets L 1976~77 A 21 24 1 0 0 View
D 4 10th Sep 1976 Wakefield Trinity L 1976~77 H 7 7 0 0 0 View
W 4 19th Sep 1976 Barrow L 1976~77 A 19 2 0 0 0 View
W 4 24th Sep 1976 Leigh L 1976~77 A 20 5 0 0 0 View
W 4 26th Sep 1976 Castleford L 1976~77 H 17 15 0 0 0 View
L 4 2nd Oct 1976 Bradford Northern L 1976~77 A 7 17 0 0 0 View
L 4 9th Oct 1976 Leeds L 1976~77 A 13 23 0 0 0 View
W 4 17th Oct 1976 Warrington L 1976~77 H 23 9 0 0 0 View
W 4 24th Oct 1976 Hull K.R. JP1 1976~77 A 12 7 0 0 0 View
W 4 29th Oct 1976 Salford L 1976~77 A 18 15 0 0 0 View
L 4 6th Nov 1976 Castleford JP2 1976~77 H 18 22 0 0 0 View
W 14 11th Apr 1977 Widnes L 1976~77 H 31 0 1 0 0 View
L 14 15th Apr 1977 Hull K.R. L 1976~77 A 13 18 0 0 0 View
W 3 20th Apr 1977 Leigh L 1976~77 H 49 2 0 0 0 View
D 5 30th Apr 1977 Wigan PT1 1976~77 H 10 10 0 0 0 View
W 4 4th May 1977 Wigan PT1 (rep) 1976~77 A 8 3 0 0 0 View
W 3 7th Aug 1977 Pilkington Recs* Fr Queens Silver Jub 1977~78 H 23 17 0 0 0 View
W 3 10th Aug 1977 Wigan* Fr Queens Silver Jub 1977~78 H 29 5 0 0 0 View
W 6 21st Aug 1977 Swinton LC1 1977~78 H 49 3 0 0 0 View
D 3 28th Aug 1977 Rochdale Hornets LC2 1977~78 A 4 4 0 0 0 View
W 3 30th Aug 1977 Rochdale Hornets LC2 (rep) 1977~78 H 16 5 0 0 0 View
L 3 4th Sep 1977 New Hunslet L 1977~78 A 17 22 1 0 0 View
W 3 11th Sep 1977 Castleford L 1977~78 H 39 17 0 0 0 View
W 3 18th Sep 1977 Dewsbury L 1977~78 A 18 0 0 0 0 View
L 3 21st Sep 1977 Workington Town LCSF 1977~78 A 4 5 0 0 0 View
L 4 1st Oct 1977 Warrington L 1977~78 A 10 22 0 0 0 View
W 4 8th Oct 1977 Leeds L 1977~78 A 17 6 0 0 0 View
W 3 11th Oct 1977 Dewsbury FT1 1977~78 H 51 0 2 0 0 View
W 3 16th Oct 1977 Hull L 1977~78 H 52 14 0 0 0 View
W 3 23rd Oct 1977 Swinton JP1 1977~78 A 28 11 1 0 0 View
W 3 30th Oct 1977 Featherstone Rovers L 1977~78 A 12 5 0 0 0 View
L 3 6th Nov 1977 Featherstone Rovers JP2 1977~78 A 10 17 0 0 0 View
W 3 13th Nov 1977 Leeds L 1977~78 H 19 10 1 0 0 View
W 3 20th Nov 1977 Bramley L 1977~78 A 36 11 0 0 0 View
W 3 22nd Nov 1977 Leigh FT2 1977~78 A 14 7 0 0 0 View
W 3 27th Nov 1977 Salford L 1977~78 H 13 12 0 0 0 View
L 3 4th Dec 1977 Workington Town L 1977~78 A 3 16 0 0 0 View
W 3 6th Dec 1977 Salford FTSF 1977~78 H 7 4 0 0 0 View
W 3 10th Dec 1977 Featherstone Rovers L 1977~78 H 20 19 1 0 0 View
L 3 13th Dec 1977 Hull K.R. FTF 1977~78 A 11 26 0 0 0 View
W 3 26th Dec 1977 Wigan L 1977~78 A 24 13 1 0 0 View
W 3 27th Dec 1977 Workington Town L 1977~78 H 11 0 0 0 0 View
W 3 31st Dec 1977 Widnes L 1977~78 H 16 3 1 0 0 View
W 3 8th Jan 1978 Dewsbury L 1977~78 H 23 7 1 0 0 View
W 3 22nd Jan 1978 New Hunslet L 1977~78 H 39 7 1 0 0 View
W 3 29th Jan 1978 Hull L 1977~78 A 18 12 0 0 0 View
W 3 5th Feb 1978 Warrington L 1977~78 H 17 6 0 0 0 View
W 3 24th Feb 1978 Huyton CC1 1977~78 H 36 8 1 0 0 View
W 3 5th Mar 1978 Bramley L 1977~78 H 71 7 0 0 0 View
W 3 12th Mar 1978 Oldham CC2 1977~78 A 26 11 0 0 0 View
W 3 19th Mar 1978 Huddersfield CC3 1977~78 H 31 5 1 0 0 View
W 3 21st Mar 1978 Salford L 1977~78 A 24 11 2 0 0 View
L 3 24th Mar 1978 Wigan L 1977~78 H 17 22 0 0 0 View
L 3 27th Mar 1978 Widnes L 1977~78 A 5 33 0 0 0 View
W 3 30th Mar 1978 Bradford Northern L 1977~78 H 28 13 0 0 0 View
W 3 2nd Apr 1978 Wakefield Trinity L 1977~78 H 36 5 0 0 0 View
W 3 8th Apr 1978 Warrington CCSF 1977~78 N 12 8 0 0 0 View
D 3 12th Apr 1978 Bradford Northern L 1977~78 A 9 9 0 0 0 View
L 3 16th Apr 1978 Wakefield Trinity L 1977~78 A 23 36 1 0 0 View
W 3 30th Apr 1978 Salford PT1 1977~78 H 29 11 1 0 0 View
W 3 3rd May 1978 Bradford Northern PTSF(1) 1977~78 H 14 10 0 0 0 View
L 3 7th May 1978 Bradford Northern PTSF(2) 1977~78 A 12 19 1 0 0 View
L 3 13th May 1978 Leeds CCF 1977~78 N 12 14 0 0 0 View
D 3 4th Aug 1978 Widnes* Fr Testimonial 1978~79 H 31 31 0 0 0 View
W 3 13th Aug 1978 Oldham* Fr Charity 1978~79 H 44 20 0 0 0 View
D 3 20th Aug 1978 Rochdale Hornets LC1 1978~79 H 14 14 0 0 0 View
D 14 23rd Aug 1978 Rochdale Hornets LC1 (rep) 1978~79 A 8 8 0 0 0 Y View
W 14 25th Aug 1978 Rochdale Hornets LC1 (2nd rep) 1978~79 N 28 9 0 0 0 View
L 3 27th Aug 1978 Leigh LC2 1978~79 A 4 21 0 0 0 View
W 2 3rd Sep 1978 Huddersfield L 1978~79 A 18 11 1 0 0 View
W 2 6th Sep 1978 Barrow L 1978~79 H 21 7 0 0 0 View
W 2 10th Sep 1978 Wakefield Trinity L 1978~79 H 20 15 0 0 0 View
W 2 12th Sep 1978 Warrington FTP 1978~79 H 13 9 0 0 0 View
D 2 17th Sep 1978 Barrow L 1978~79 A 16 16 0 0 0 View
W 14 23rd Sep 1978 Leeds JP1 1978~79 H 16 11 0 0 0 Y View
W 14 1st Oct 1978 Castleford L 1978~79 H 48 14 2 0 0 View
W 14 8th Oct 1978 Rochdale Hornets L 1978~79 H 33 5 0 0 0 View
W 3 17th Oct 1978 Salford FT1 1978~79 A 17 15 0 0 0 View
L 3 22nd Oct 1978 Warrington L 1978~79 H 8 10 1 0 0 View
L 5 13th Jan 1979 Leeds L 1978~79 A 11 26 1 0 0 View
W 3 3rd Feb 1979 Featherstone Rovers L 1978~79 H 25 16 1 0 0 View
W 15 11th Feb 1979 Doncaster CC1 1978~79 H 34 9 1 0 0 View
W 15 20th Feb 1979 Workington Town L 1978~79 H 10 6 0 0 0 View
D 3 23rd Feb 1979 Castleford L 1978~79 A 13 13 0 0 0 View
W 14 4th Mar 1979 Rochdale Hornets CC2 1978~79 A 11 10 0 0 0 View
W 14 10th Mar 1979 Castleford CC3 1978~79 A 10 6 0 0 0 Y View
L 14 18th Mar 1979 Leeds L 1978~79 H 15 20 0 0 0 Y View
L 14 25th Mar 1979 Hull K.R. L 1978~79 A 5 20 0 0 0 View
L 3 29th Mar 1979 Workington Town L 1978~79 A 8 10 1 0 0 View
L 14 1st Apr 1979 Wakefield Trinity L 1978~79 A 3 23 0 0 0 View
L 14 7th Apr 1979 Wakefield Trinity CCSF 1978~79 N 7 9 0 0 0 View
L 3 13th Apr 1979 Wigan L 1978~79 A 5 7 0 0 0 View
L 3 16th Apr 1979 Widnes L 1978~79 H 16 18 0 0 0 View
W 3 29th Apr 1979 Bradford Northern L 1978~79 A 13 12 0 0 0 View
W 3 30th Apr 1979 Bradford Northern L 1978~79 H 31 15 1 0 0 View
W 3 7th May 1979 Hull K.R. L 1978~79 H 14 5 0 0 0 View
L 3 10th May 1979 Widnes L 1978~79 A 8 15 0 0 0 View
W 4 12th Aug 1979 Oldham* Fr Charity 1979~80 A 27 20 1 0 0 View
L 3 19th Aug 1979 Widnes LC1 1979~80 H 16 28 0 0 0 View
L 3 2nd Sep 1979 Warrington L 1979~80 H 17 23 1 0 0 View
L 3 7th Sep 1979 Salford L 1979~80 A 21 25 0 0 0 View
W 3 16th Sep 1979 Barrow JP1 1979~80 A 18 13 0 0 0 View
W 3 19th Sep 1979 Oldham FTP 1979~80 A 20 9 0 0 0 View
L 3 7th Oct 1979 Leeds L 1979~80 A 12 21 0 0 0 View
W 4 28th Oct 1979 Wakefield Trinity L 1979~80 H 13 8 0 0 0 View
D 4 4th Nov 1979 Hunslet L 1979~80 A 8 8 0 0 0 View
W 4 11th Nov 1979 Leigh L 1979~80 H 19 12 0 0 0 View
W 4 18th Nov 1979 Blackpool Borough L 1979~80 H 27 2 0 0 0 View
D 4 25th Nov 1979 Hull L 1979~80 A 8 8 0 0 0 View
L 4 27th Nov 1979 Bradford Northern L 1979~80 A 9 13 0 0 0 View
W 4 30th Nov 1979 Salford FT2 1979~80 H 15 10 1 0 0 View
L 4 9th Dec 1979 Warrington L 1979~80 A 10 19 0 0 0 View
L 4 11th Dec 1979 Hull K.R. FTSF 1979~80 A 7 10 0 0 0 View
W 4 15th Dec 1979 Leigh L 1979~80 A 12 3 0 0 0 View
W 4 23rd Dec 1979 Workington Town L 1979~80 H 51 0 0 0 0 View
W 3 26th Dec 1979 Wigan L 1979~80 A 16 10 0 0 0 View
W 4 4th Jan 1980 Castleford L 1979~80 A 23 7 0 0 0 View
L 4 12th Jan 1980 Salford L 1979~80 H 17 18 0 0 0 View
W 14 10th Feb 1980 Workington Town CC1 1979~80 H 16 0 0 0 0 Y View
W 4 17th Feb 1980 Hunslet L 1979~80 H 25 11 0 0 0 View
L 4 23rd Feb 1980 Bradford Northern CC2 1979~80 H 10 11 0 0 0 View


*Unofficial Match.
**Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 126 OTHER 7 = 138
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 11 Subs) = 133
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