Ben Briers

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
14-02-1890
N/A
1915
Local
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
02-01-1911 v Hunslet
Widnes
1925-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1919-1925
199 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
15
3
0
51

BIOGRAPHY

Benjamin Briers by SHS

As a result of some key research in March 2016, Benjamin [Ben] Briers’s career has had something of a make-over and a number of extra appearances have been added as a result! The younger brother of Saints’ legend Billy Briers, born in Thatto Heath, took over somewhat seamlessly from him in the autumn of 1910. The Saints were down on numbers in the forwards and Billy put on the boots once more, playing five matches, before Ben made his debut on the 2nd January 1911, against Hunslet at Knowsley Road. Saints won 24-2 and the youngster clearly impressed with a competent display. ‘Referee’ in the St. Helens Reporter wrote that: “A newcomer in Ben Briers, brother of the famous William, made a fine debut in first class company. He is a big fine lad as strong as a horse and twenty years of age….with ordinary luck he will maintain the Donkey Common [Thatto Heath] reputation for producing typical forwards”.

Such optimism was realised, as Ben cemented his place in the seniors and Billy watched him in the Grandstand, eventually to become a Life Member of the club. Fast forward to the Saints’ programme for the game with Wigan Highfield, on 4th October 1924, when Ben is featured in a series of player pen pictures. More detail about his earlier sporting life is revealed. By the mid 1920s, he was 34 years old and at the veteran stage of his career. He was just under six feet in height and weighed 15 and a half stones, which would put him in the ‘burly’ category. His extra weight was a big plus in the scrums and he remained reasonably mobile in the loose. He had captained the Saints on occasions and also had a good boot on him, although this was used sparingly.

The pen picture gives us an insight into Ben’s early sporting life, which began in Association Football, with St. Annes, in the Liverpool and District League, where he played as a left-back. Ben then represented Ravenhead St. Johns in the St. Helens and District Sunday League before switching to rugby, as a second-rower with the Thatto Heath club in 1907-08. Progress was rapid and Ben captained the team for three seasons before catching the eyes of the Saints’ Committee and he signed for the Knowsley Road club in 1909.

Although the Saints, in their unique blue and black hooped jerseys of the time failed to seriously challenge for major honours, Ben became a key member of the forward pack and one of his early highlights was to play for the club against the visiting Australians at Knowsley Road, on 14th October 1911. By then, he had become a Lancashire representative, just like his brother and featured that season in two matches for the Red Rose county: against Australia at Blackburn [12-25] and against Cumberland in the County Championship at Warrington [7-28]. He made three county appearances overall in his career.

Ben did not play for the Saints for the three remaining seasons before the outbreak of war. We do not know why this was the case. Was he injured? It is unlikely he would have played elsewhere, but he re-surfaced for some games during the War Emergency League during World War One and was there for the full resumption of Northern Union football in 1919-20, when he made 22 appearances. He continued to be a valued member of the pack for the next few years, playing 38 matches in 1924-25. Ben could play anywhere in the pack – even hooker – with success. His last game for the seniors was the opening fixture of 1925-26, against Widnes at Knowsley Road, when the Saints lost 6-23. He was getting on for 36 then and a fine career ended. The 1939 Census tells us that Ben had moved to Hornby Road, Blackpool, where he passed away in June1964, aged 74. He had worked variously in labouring jobs. If anyone can provide any further information, particularly about the ‘missing’ seasons, 1912-13, 1913-14 and 1914-15, we would like to hear from you.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1910~11 1 0 0 18
1911~12 5 0 0 35
1918~19 1 0 0 9
1919~200 0 0 22
1920~21 1 0 0 30
1921~221 0 0 19
1922~23 1 0 0 14
1923~243 0 0 13
1924~252 3 0 38
1925~26 0 0 0 1
TOTALS:15 3 0 199
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1911~12 0001
1917~18 02014
1918~19 0004
1921~22 0001
1923~240001
TOTALS:02021

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
2nd Jan 1911 W 12 Hunslet L 1910~11 H 24 2 VIEW
7th Jan 1911 W 12 Swinton L 1910~11 H 11 10 VIEW
11th Jan 1911 L 12 Wakefield Trinity L 1910~11 A 9 26 VIEW
14th Jan 1911 W 12 Coventry L 1910~11 A 14 2 VIEW
21st Jan 1911 L 12 Wakefield Trinity L 1910~11 H 8 18 VIEW
28th Jan 1911 L 12 Broughton Rangers L 1910~11 A 7 14 VIEW
4th Feb 1911 W 12 Coventry L 1910~11 H 26 15 VIEW
11th Feb 1911 D 12 Barrow L 1910~11 H 8 8 VIEW
18th Feb 1911 W 12 Bramley CC1 1910~11 H 26 7 VIEW
4th Mar 1911 L 12 Leeds CC2 1910~11 H 6 11 VIEW
11th Mar 1911 L 12 Hull K.R. L 1910~11 A 10 42 1 VIEW
18th Mar 1911 W 12 Leigh L 1910~11 H 10 3 VIEW
22nd Mar 1911 L 12 Salford L 1910~11 A 6 19 VIEW
1st Apr 1911 L 12 Widnes L 1910~11 H 6 16 VIEW
14th Apr 1911 L 12 Wigan L 1910~11 A 8 25 VIEW
15th Apr 1911 L 12 Swinton L 1910~11 A 9 23 VIEW
17th Apr 1911 L 12 Hull K.R. L 1910~11 H 3 20 VIEW
22nd Apr 1911 L 12 Rochdale Hornets L 1910~11 A 2 17 VIEW
2nd Sep 1911 W 8 Barrow L 1911~12 A 15 6 VIEW
9th Sep 1911 W 8 Warrington L 1911~12 H 10 2 VIEW
16th Sep 1911 W 8 Swinton L 1911~12 A 13 5 1 VIEW
23rd Sep 1911 W 8 Runcorn L 1911~12 H 25 0 VIEW
30th Sep 1911 L 8 Leigh L 1911~12 H 11 13 VIEW
7th Oct 1911 L 8 Widnes L 1911~12 A 11 14 VIEW
14th Oct 1911 L 8 Australia Tour 1911~12 H 5 16 VIEW
21st Oct 1911 W 8 Salford LC1 1911~12 H 18 7 1 VIEW
28th Oct 1911 L 8 Coventry L 1911~12 A 8 10 VIEW
4th Nov 1911 L 8 Wigan LC2 1911~12 A 8 22 VIEW
11th Nov 1911 L 8 Ebbw Vale L 1911~12 A 0 2 VIEW
18th Nov 1911 W 8 Salford L 1911~12 A 15 13 VIEW
25th Nov 1911 W 8 Rochdale Hornets L 1911~12 H 27 12 VIEW
2nd Dec 1911 W 8 Broughton Rangers L 1911~12 H 10 5 VIEW
7th Dec 1911 W 8 Oldham L 1911~12 H 21 11 VIEW
9th Dec 1911 W 8 Warrington L 1911~12 A 17 2 VIEW
16th Dec 1911 W 8 Coventry L 1911~12 H 31 2 VIEW
23rd Dec 1911 W 8 Runcorn L 1911~12 A 9 0 VIEW
25th Dec 1911 W 8 Widnes L 1911~12 H 9 4 VIEW
26th Dec 1911 L 8 Wigan L 1911~12 H 3 16 1 VIEW
30th Dec 1911 L 8 Oldham L 1911~12 A 5 35 1 VIEW
1st Jan 1912 W 8 Hunslet L 1911~12 H 31 10 VIEW
6th Jan 1912 L 8 Wakefield Trinity L 1911~12 A 5 14 VIEW
27th Jan 1912 W 8 Rochdale Hornets L 1911~12 A 10 3 VIEW
17th Feb 1912 L 8 Barrow CC1 1911~12 A 3 13 1 VIEW
20th Feb 1912 L 8 Dewsbury L 1911~12 A 8 17 VIEW
24th Feb 1912 W 8 Leigh L 1911~12 A 30 0 VIEW
2nd Mar 1912 W 8 Runcorn * Fr 1911~12 27 8 VIEW
9th Mar 1912 W 8 Swinton L 1911~12 H 20 5 VIEW
16th Mar 1912 W 8 Salford L 1911~12 H 19 6 VIEW
28th Mar 1912 W 8 Dewsbury L 1911~12 H 20 0 VIEW
30th Mar 1912 W 8 Barrow L 1911~12 H 43 2 VIEW
5th Apr 1912 L 8 Wigan L 1911~12 A 14 17 VIEW
6th Apr 1912 L 8 Broughton Rangers L 1911~12 A 5 21 VIEW
8th Apr 1912 W 8 Wakefield Trinity L 1911~12 H 41 2 VIEW
13th Apr 1912 L 8 Hunslet L 1911~12 A 7 34 VIEW
1st Sep 1917 L 12 Wigan * Fr WEL 1917~18 A 8 14 VIEW
15th Sep 1917 L 12 Leigh * Fr WEL 1917~18 A 0 13 VIEW
29th Sep 1917 L 13 St. Helens Recs * Fr WEL 1917~18 A 0 8 VIEW
6th Oct 1917 W 12 Widnes * Fr WEL 1917~18 H 9 3 VIEW
13th Oct 1917 W 12 Warrington * Fr WEL 1917~18 H 9 8 VIEW
27th Oct 1917 L 12 Swinton * Fr WEL 1917~18 A 2 5 VIEW
3rd Nov 1917 W 12 Runcorn * Fr WEL 1917~18 H 30 0 2 VIEW
10th Nov 1917 L 12 Barrow * Fr WEL 1917~18 A 3 50 VIEW
17th Nov 1917 L 12 Leigh * Fr WEL 1917~18 H 2 22 VIEW
26th Dec 1917 L 12 Wigan * Fr WEL 1917~18 H 2 5 VIEW
1st Jan 1918 L 12 St. Helens Recs * Fr WEL 1917~18 A 0 14 VIEW
5th Jan 1918 D 12 Widnes * Fr WEL 1917~18 A 10 10 VIEW
12th Jan 1918 L 12 Widnes * Fr WEL 1917~18 H 6 18 VIEW
31st Jan 1918 L 12 Widnes * Fr WEL 1917~18 A 0 22 VIEW
1st Feb 1919 W 11 Warrington L 1918~19 H 8 3 VIEW
1st Mar 1919 L 11 Leigh L 1918~19 H 0 10 VIEW
8th Mar 1919 L 11 Widnes L 1918~19 A 3 22 1 VIEW
15th Mar 1919 W 11 Widnes L 1918~19 H 7 5 VIEW
22nd Mar 1919 L 11 St. Helens Recs L 1918~19 A 0 18 VIEW
29th Mar 1919 L 11 Leigh L 1918~19 A 0 9 VIEW
5th Apr 1919 W 11 Warrington LC1 1918~19 H 11 5 VIEW
12th Apr 1919 L 11 Oldham LC2 1918~19 A 8 16 VIEW
18th Apr 1919 W 11 Widnes * Fr 1918~19 H 16 10 VIEW
21st Apr 1919 D 11 Widnes * Fr 1918~19 A 3 3 VIEW
26th Apr 1919 L 11 St. Helens Recs * Fr 1918~19 H 6 8 VIEW
3rd May 1919 W 11 St. Helens Recs L 1918~19 A 8 2 VIEW
24th May 1919 L 10 Wigan * Fr 1918~19 N 3 16 VIEW
23rd Aug 1919 W 9 Broughton Rangers L 1919~20 H 28 2 VIEW
30th Aug 1919 W 9 Leigh L 1919~20 A 10 8 VIEW
6th Sep 1919 L 9 Oldham L 1919~20 H 3 12 VIEW
4th Oct 1919 L 9 Widnes L 1919~20 A 0 13 VIEW
25th Oct 1919 L 9 Oldham L 1919~20 A 3 26 VIEW
8th Nov 1919 W 9 Hull K.R. L 1919~20 H 11 0 VIEW
11th Nov 1919 L 9 Rochdale Hornets L 1919~20 A 5 6 VIEW
22nd Nov 1919 L 9 Halifax L 1919~20 A 8 17 VIEW
30th Nov 1919 L 9 Leigh L 1919~20 H 3 12 VIEW
13th Dec 1919 W 9 Swinton L 1919~20 H 12 7 VIEW
20th Dec 1919 W 9 Halifax L 1919~20 H 5 0 VIEW
25th Dec 1919 L 9 St. Helens Recs L 1919~20 A 6 21 VIEW
26th Dec 1919 W 9 Wigan L 1919~20 H 13 5 VIEW
27th Dec 1919 L 9 Broughton Rangers L 1919~20 A 0 15 VIEW
1st Jan 1920 W 9 St. Helens Recs L 1919~20 H 9 8 VIEW
3rd Jan 1920 D 9 Wakefield Trinity L 1919~20 A 9 9 VIEW
10th Jan 1920 L 9 Salford L 1919~20 H 6 13 VIEW
17th Jan 1920 W 9 Hull K.R. L 1919~20 A 17 5 VIEW
24th Jan 1920 W 9 Widnes L 1919~20 H 12 2 VIEW
7th Feb 1920 L 9 Barrow L 1919~20 A 5 25 VIEW
21st Feb 1920 D 9 Wakefield Trinity CC1 1919~20 H 2 2 VIEW
24th Feb 1920 D 9 Wakefield Trinity CC1(rep) 1919~20 A 2 2 VIEW
28th Aug 1920 L 9 Broughton Rangers L 1920~21 A 11 13 VIEW
4th Sep 1920 W 9 Widnes L 1920~21 H 18 8 VIEW
11th Sep 1920 L 9 Leigh L 1920~21 A 0 5 VIEW
18th Sep 1920 W 9 Warrington L 1920~21 H 26 6 VIEW
25th Sep 1920 W 9 Swinton L 1920~21 A 17 8 VIEW
2nd Oct 1920 W 9 Bradford Northern L 1920~21 H 38 3 VIEW
9th Oct 1920 W 9 Widnes L 1920~21 A 10 2 VIEW
16th Oct 1920 W 9 Askam LC1 1920~21 H 26 2 VIEW
23rd Oct 1920 L 9 Rochdale Hornets L 1920~21 A 8 15 VIEW
30th Oct 1920 L 9 Broughton Rangers LC2 1920~21 A 2 6 VIEW
6th Nov 1920 L 9 York L 1920~21 A 0 8 VIEW
13th Nov 1920 W 9 Barrow L 1920~21 H 8 5 VIEW
27th Nov 1920 W 9 Salford L 1920~21 H 14 5 VIEW
4th Dec 1920 L 9 Swinton L 1920~21 H 2 6 VIEW
18th Dec 1920 W 9 Bradford Northern L 1920~21 A 16 0 1 VIEW
25th Dec 1920 L 9 St. Helens Recs L 1920~21 H 0 5 VIEW
26th Dec 1920 L 9 Wigan L 1920~21 H 4 22 VIEW
22nd Jan 1921 W 9 Hunslet L 1920~21 H 8 7 VIEW
29th Jan 1921 L 9 Warrington L 1920~21 A 2 15 VIEW
5th Feb 1921 L 9 Rochdale Hornets L 1920~21 H 0 10 VIEW
12th Feb 1921 L 9 Keighley L 1920~21 A 0 9 VIEW
19th Feb 1921 L 9 Barrow L 1920~21 A 5 25 VIEW
26th Feb 1921 L 9 Bramley CC1 1920~21 H 0 7 VIEW
5th Mar 1921 W 9 Oldham L 1920~21 H 11 3 VIEW
19th Mar 1921 L 9 Hunslet L 1920~21 A 5 7 VIEW
25th Mar 1921 L 9 Wigan L 1920~21 A 3 24 VIEW
26th Mar 1921 L 9 Oldham L 1920~21 A 0 28 VIEW
28th Mar 1921 W 9 Broughton Rangers L 1920~21 H 9 7 VIEW
2nd Apr 1921 W 9 Salford L 1920~21 A 10 5 VIEW
22nd Apr 1921 W 9 Leigh L 1920~21 H 15 8 VIEW
27th Aug 1921 L 8 Oldham L 1921~22 H 3 10 VIEW
3rd Sep 1921 L 8 Huddersfield L 1921~22 A 3 38 VIEW
10th Sep 1921 W 8 Salford L 1921~22 H 16 6 VIEW
1st Oct 1921 W 9 Broughton Rangers L 1921~22 A 5 2 VIEW
8th Oct 1921 W 9 Barrow L 1921~22 H 31 8 VIEW
22nd Oct 1921 L 9 Warrington L 1921~22 A 0 11 VIEW
29th Oct 1921 L 9 Hull * Fr 1921~22 H 12 29 VIEW
5th Nov 1921 L 9 Oldham LC1 1921~22 H 5 17 1 VIEW
12th Nov 1921 L 9 Leigh L 1921~22 A 3 9 VIEW
17th Nov 1921 W 9 Wakefield Trinity L 1921~22 H 6 5 VIEW
18th Nov 1921 L 9 Bramley L 1921~22 A 4 8 VIEW
25th Feb 1922 L 11 Broughton Rangers CC1 1921~22 A 0 13 VIEW
4th Mar 1922 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1921~22 H 14 9 VIEW
11th Mar 1922 L 10 Wakefield Trinity L 1921~22 A 5 17 VIEW
18th Mar 1922 W 10 York L 1921~22 H 17 8 VIEW
25th Mar 1922 W 10 Featherstone Rovers L 1921~22 H 24 13 VIEW
1st Apr 1922 L 10 Featherstone Rovers L 1921~22 A 4 11 VIEW
8th Apr 1922 D 10 Warrington L 1921~22 H 5 5 VIEW
14th Apr 1922 L 10 Wigan L 1921~22 A 5 8 VIEW
16th Apr 1922 L 10 York L 1921~22 A 3 6 VIEW
16th Sep 1922 W 10 Wigan Highfield L 1922~23 H 21 5 VIEW
23rd Sep 1922 L 10 Hull L 1922~23 A 15 18 VIEW
30th Sep 1922 W 10 Bramley L 1922~23 H 19 5 VIEW
7th Oct 1922 L 10 Warrington L 1922~23 A 14 21 1 VIEW
14th Oct 1922 W 10 Salford LC1 1922~23 H 25 8 VIEW
21st Oct 1922 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1922~23 H 24 10 VIEW
28th Oct 1922 L 12 Warrington LC2 1922~23 H 4 17 VIEW
10th Feb 1923 W 9 Keighley L 1922~23 A 8 3 VIEW
24th Feb 1923 L 13 Salford L 1922~23 A 3 11 VIEW
30th Mar 1923 L 9 Rochdale Hornets L 1922~23 A 5 22 VIEW
2nd Apr 1923 L 8 Hull L 1922~23 H 8 23 VIEW
7th Apr 1923 L 8 Wigan L 1922~23 A 10 41 VIEW
14th Apr 1923 W 8 Oldham L 1922~23 H 17 12 VIEW
21st Apr 1923 W 8 Salford L 1922~23 H 56 10 VIEW
25th Aug 1923 W 9 Widnes L 1923~24 H 5 3 VIEW
1st Sep 1923 L 9 Warrington L 1923~24 H 5 8 VIEW
27th Oct 1923 D 9 Swinton LC2 1923~24 H 5 5 VIEW
9th Feb 1924 L 10 Dewsbury L 1923~24 A 10 16 VIEW
1st Mar 1924 L 10 Huddersfield CC2 1923~24 A 13 24 VIEW
8th Mar 1924 W 10 Wigan Highfield L 1923~24 H 10 9 VIEW
15th Mar 1924 W 10 Keighley L 1923~24 H 34 6 1 VIEW
22nd Mar 1924 L 10 Oldham L 1923~24 A 10 48 VIEW
29th Mar 1924 W 12 Bramley L 1923~24 H 13 8 VIEW
5th Apr 1924 W 12 Rochdale Hornets L 1923~24 H 15 13 VIEW
12th Apr 1924 L 12 St. Helens Recs* Fr 1923~24 H 8 10 VIEW
18th Apr 1924 L 12 Wigan L 1923~24 H 3 14 VIEW
19th Apr 1924 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1923~24 H 21 6 1 VIEW
26th Apr 1924 W 11 Salford L 1923~24 H 37 15 1 VIEW
30th Aug 1924 W 11 Widnes L 1924~25 A 10 9 VIEW
6th Sep 1924 L 11 Widnes L 1924~25 H 7 8 VIEW
13th Sep 1924 L 11 Barrow L 1924~25 A 8 19 VIEW
20th Sep 1924 W 11 Keighley L 1924~25 H 16 9 2 VIEW
27th Sep 1924 W 11 Hull L 1924~25 A 9 0 1 VIEW
4th Oct 1924 W 11 Wigan Highfield L 1924~25 H 15 5 VIEW
11th Oct 1924 D 11 Widnes LC1 1924~25 A 7 7 VIEW
15th Oct 1924 W 11 Widnes LC1(rep) 1924~25 H 19 5 1 VIEW
18th Oct 1924 L 11 Wakefield Trinity L 1924~25 A 2 3 VIEW
25th Oct 1924 W 11 Warrington LC2 1924~25 H 15 5 VIEW
8th Nov 1924 L 11 Oldham LCSF 1924~25 H 9 16 VIEW
13th Nov 1924 L 11 Swinton L 1924~25 H 6 20 VIEW
15th Nov 1924 L 11 Salford L 1924~25 A 3 13 VIEW
22nd Nov 1924 W 11 Broughton Rangers L 1924~25 H 12 2 VIEW
29th Nov 1924 W 11 Keighley L 1924~25 A 5 4 VIEW
6th Dec 1924 W 11 Dewsbury L 1924~25 H 21 2 VIEW
13th Dec 1924 W 11 Leigh L 1924~25 H 21 3 VIEW
20th Dec 1924 L 11 Rochdale Hornets L 1924~25 A 0 11 VIEW
25th Dec 1924 W 11 St. Helens Recs L 1924~25 H 7 5 VIEW
26th Dec 1924 L 11 Wigan L 1924~25 H 7 13 1 VIEW
1st Jan 1925 D 11 St. Helens Recs L 1924~25 A 5 5 VIEW
3rd Jan 1925 W 11 Wakefield Trinity L 1924~25 H 15 2 VIEW
10th Jan 1925 L 11 Wigan Highfield L 1924~25 A 8 12 VIEW
17th Jan 1925 L 11 Oldham L 1924~25 H 5 24 VIEW
24th Jan 1925 L 11 Swinton L 1924~25 A 3 49 VIEW
31st Jan 1925 W 11 Salford L OBJ 1924~25 H 14 0 VIEW
2nd Feb 1925 W 11 Barrow L 1924~25 H 12 8 VIEW
7th Feb 1925 L 8 Oldham L 1924~25 A 5 32 VIEW
14th Feb 1925 L 8 Widnes CC1 1924~25 A 8 10 VIEW
21st Feb 1925 W 8 Warrington L 1924~25 H 9 5 VIEW
28th Feb 1925 W 8 Salford L 1924~25 H 17 0 VIEW
7th Mar 1925 D 8 Halifax L 1924~25 A 11 11 VIEW
14th Mar 1925 W 8 Halifax L 1924~25 H 10 2 VIEW
21st Mar 1925 D 10 Broughton Rangers L 1924~25 A 10 10 VIEW
28th Mar 1925 W 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1924~25 H 34 3 VIEW
10th Apr 1925 L 8 Wigan L 1924~25 A 4 51 VIEW
11th Apr 1925 L 8 Leigh L 1924~25 A 10 17 VIEW
18th Apr 1925 W 12 Warrington L 1924~25 A 15 8 VIEW
28th Aug 1925 L 11 Widnes L 1925~26 H 6 23 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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