William Bate

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
21-09-1920
N/A
29-03-1940
Unknown.
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
22-03-1940 v Wigan
Castleford
1945-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1939-1944
28 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
8
0
0
24

BIOGRAPHY


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This versatile back played in the backline on twenty eight occasions during World War Two in the War Emergency League.

William was speedy enough to play on the wing and also had the skill to operate from the stand off position. His eight tries included a brace against Swinton in September 1940. In 1939 he was an Electrician living in Princess Avenue, Whiston. He died in January 1997, aged 76 and his death was registered in Knowsley. Can you help the SHS by any other personal or playing details?

Dave Dooley

Alex Service writes about his days at City Road with St Helens Recs.

William was thrown into senior rugby league by St Helens Recs at a most difficult time This is a familiar case of a young player who, as a result of Recs’ imminent demise and the outbreak of war, was unable to consolidate a First Team place with the Red, Amber and Blacks. His only match was a torrid affair against Bramley, on 21st January 1939, who won relatively easily. He was 17 years of age and was clearly ‘under the cosh’ from the more experienced Yorkshire opponents. ‘Deputy’ in the St. Helens Newspaper realised it was a difficult debut: “The display of young Bate who tackled pluckily and was never afraid to go down on the ball, was punctuated by several serious mistakes, chiefly down to the conditions, the like of which Bate had never seen in his life before.”

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1939~40 1 0 0 7
1940~41 4 0 0 9
1941~42 1 0 0 5
1944~45 2 0 0 7
TOTALS:8 0 0 28
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
TOTALS:

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
22nd Mar 1940
L
2 Wigan WEL 1939~40 A 0 6 VIEW
23rd Mar 1940
W
2 Leigh WEL 1939~40 H 11 5 VIEW
25th Mar 1940
L
5 Rochdale Hornets WEL 1939~40 A 10 12 VIEW
20th Apr 1940
L
6 Barrow WEL 1939~40 A 15 17 VIEW
27th Apr 1940
W
6 Leigh WEL 1939~40 A 16 5 VIEW
4th May 1940
W
6 Oldham WEL 1939~40 H 12 5 1 VIEW
18th May 1940
L
6 Widnes WEL 1939~40 H 11 20 VIEW
7th Sep 1940
W
5 Liverpool Stanley WEL 1940~41 H 32 15 VIEW
21st Sep 1940
W
5 Swinton WEL 1940~41 H 41 0 2 VIEW
28th Sep 1940
W
5 Oldham WEL 1940~41 A 16 5 VIEW
19th Oct 1940
W
5 Salford WEL 1940~41 H 6 0 VIEW
26th Oct 1940
L
5 Salford WEL 1940~41 A 13 15 VIEW
23rd Nov 1940
W
5 Broughton Rangers WEL 1940~41 H 23 3 VIEW
30th Nov 1940
W
5 Leigh WEL 1940~41 H 50 0 1 VIEW
14th Dec 1940
W
5 Oldham WEL 1940~41 H 19 2 1 VIEW
11th Jan 1941
L
2 Wigan WEL 1940~41 H 3 6 VIEW
17th Oct 1941
W
5 Castleford WEL 1941~42 H 16 2 VIEW
8th Nov 1941
W
2 Featherstone Rovers WEL 1941~42 H 24 10 VIEW
22nd Nov 1941
W
2 Keighley WEL 1941~42 H 17 11 VIEW
25th Dec 1941
L
2 Wigan WEL 1941~42 A 3 8 1 VIEW
3rd Jan 1942
L
2 Wigan WEL 1941~42 H 0 18 VIEW
28th Oct 1944
L
5 Barrow YC1(2) 1944~45 A 8 21 VIEW
11th Nov 1944
L
5 Leeds WEL 1944~45 H 3 23 VIEW
18th Nov 1944
L
3 Keighley WEL 1944~45 A 8 15 1 VIEW
9th Dec 1944
W
6 Dewsbury WEL 1944~45 H 12 0 VIEW
16th Dec 1944
L
6 Huddersfield WEL 1944~45 A 8 20 VIEW
10th Feb 1945
L
6 Castleford WEL 1944~45 H 2 16 VIEW
24th Feb 1945
L
6 Leeds WEL 1944~45 A 14 20 1 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 14 | LOSSES : 14 | DRAWS :

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