|J Andrews by SHS |
‘Recorder’ in the St. Helens Reporter gave us some insight into yet another player drafted in to keep the team going during the war years, for the home match against Castleford on 17th October 1941: “the new hooker was tried, Andrews, from Widnes way, who after a bad start, began to swing very desperately in the scrums and got quite a glut of possession”. Andrews was a Widnes player, before the club disbanded during the war and he guested for Saints, but also for Batley and played for the Yorkshiremen against Saints at Knowsley Road earlier that same month. But back to his first game for the Saints. It was bit of a peevish one, with both sides trying to knock each other about. Andrews was joined in the front row by ‘Porky’ Davies and Noonan. Second-rower Les Garner also did his share of the biff. Recorder again: “I shall remember most the beefy concussions of Garner or Davies colliding with the hefty McManus. What an argy-bargy it was, with the accent on the bargy”. Premier [Tom Reynolds] was quite impressed in the St. Helens Newspaper after his debut: “The new hooker from Widnes Andrews, who played against us in the Batley match proved a very useful man indeed”.
Andrews went on to play several matches in a front row that included George ‘Porky’ Davies and Dick Noonan, although he found himself up against it in what was his last game at home to Keighley on 22nd November 1941, when Noonan was replaced by Thompson. Premier again: “Andrews has shown that with proper support he can hook. This time he was swamped for the ball, so the alterations did not help him much”. Whilst at the Saints he was living in Russell Street, Widnes.