|Thomas Byrom by SHS |
A local lad, who apparently worked as a bottle blower, Thomas made his debut for the seniors at home to Saints’ deadly rivals Wigan at Knowsley Road on 21st December 1907. This was not the easiest of assignments, by any means, and the visitors came away with a 2-18 victory. Thomas played on the left wing, with Cumbrian representative ‘Gilly’ Hillen as his centre. Needless to say the New Boy in the St. Helens Newspaper had his say on the display of the lad making his debut: “Byrom will require a deal more experience with the A team before he is fit for first class football. Lack of confidence is at present his great fault, and he hesitates when following up, unfortunately, a failing which takes some remedying as a rule. Pluck is essential in football nowadays. However, I hope to see Byrom train into a useful player”.
Fast forward to 19th September 1908 and the Saints beat Aberdare 46-13 at Knowsley Road. Byrom was nowhere to be seen in the threequarter line. [Bate, Helsby, Hill and Flanagan] He was actually in the halves, partnering scrum-half Fred Trenwith. Saints won 46-13, but that was the last time the player appeared in the seniors for the club. The experiment was not continued. In 1911 Thomas lived in Stanhope Street, St Helens. He died in Blackpool in March 1959 at the age of 73. If anyone has any information and, perhaps, an image of Thomas, please feel free to contact us.