George Cotton

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
20-06-1902
N/A
24-10-1923
Local
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
08-12-1923 v Widnes
Wigan
1927- when he Retired
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1923-1926
83 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
40
1
0
122

BIOGRAPHY

George Cotton by Alex Service

George Cotton was the archetypal club winger with a fair turn of speed, sidestep and finishing ability. It was a great pity that a shoulder injury necessitated his early retirement from the game, because he had shown what he was capable of in a Saints jersey. In the 1924-25 season, his second in the First Team, he notched 25 tries in 39 appearances and forged a fine partnership with another local lad, Alf Frodsham, as his centre. Unfortunately George’s injury problems coincided with the arrival of the great Alf Ellaby, who fairly set the try-scoring charts on fire in his early days at Knowsley Road. He remained a staunch supporter of the club, however and became a valued member of the Supporters Club Committee (Secretary) for many years.
His wife was the legendary Minnie Cotton (daughter of Saints Committeeman Tom Topping), who terrorised Dewsbury front-rower Trevor Walker with an umbrella in the 1966 Challenge Cup semi-final at Station Road, Swinton. In 1939 George was living in St Luke’s Road, St Helens and working as a Foreman Glass Baker. George passed away on 2nd July 1963 aged 61. His wife, Minnie, was an ardent Saints supporter and provided lodgings for John Warlow in the 1960s after George had passed away. Her encroachments onto the Swinton pitch, wielding an umbrella, brought her national media coverage during the Championship Final against Halifax in 1965.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1923~247 1 0 18
1924~2525 0 0 39
1925~26 3 0 0 15
1926~275 0 0 11
TOTALS:40 1 0 83
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1923~241001
TOTALS:1001

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
8th Dec 1923 L 5 Widnes L 1923~24 A 0 18 VIEW
15th Dec 1923 W 2 Hull L 1923~24 H 5 3 VIEW
29th Dec 1923 L 5 Barrow L 1923~24 A 5 41 VIEW
5th Jan 1924 L 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1923~24 A 5 23 VIEW
12th Jan 1924 L 2 Leigh L 1923~24 H 5 12 VIEW
19th Jan 1924 L 2 Leigh L 1923~24 A 0 25 VIEW
26th Jan 1924 L 2 Hull L 1923~24 A 6 11 1 VIEW
31st Jan 1924 W 2 Barrow L 1923~24 H 12 11 1 VIEW
2nd Feb 1924 L 2 Bramley L 1923~24 A 7 18 VIEW
16th Feb 1924 W 2 Wardley CC1 1923~24 A 73 0 3 VIEW
23rd Feb 1924 L 2 Warrington L 1923~24 A 11 39 VIEW
1st Mar 1924 L 5 Huddersfield CC2 1923~24 A 13 24 1 VIEW
8th Mar 1924 W 5 Wigan Highfield L 1923~24 H 10 9 VIEW
15th Mar 1924 W 5 Keighley L 1923~24 H 34 6 VIEW
22nd Mar 1924 L 5 Oldham L 1923~24 A 10 48 VIEW
29th Mar 1924 W 5 Bramley L 1923~24 H 13 8 VIEW
5th Apr 1924 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1923~24 H 15 13 2 VIEW
12th Apr 1924 L 5 St. Helens Recs* Fr 1923~24 H 8 10 1 VIEW
18th Apr 1924 L 5 Wigan L 1923~24 H 3 14 VIEW
30th Aug 1924 W 5 Widnes L 1924~25 A 10 9 1 VIEW
6th Sep 1924 L 5 Widnes L 1924~25 H 7 8 1 VIEW
13th Sep 1924 L 5 Barrow L 1924~25 A 8 19 1 VIEW
20th Sep 1924 W 5 Keighley L 1924~25 H 16 9 VIEW
27th Sep 1924 W 5 Hull L 1924~25 A 9 0 VIEW
4th Oct 1924 W 5 Wigan Highfield L 1924~25 H 15 5 3 VIEW
11th Oct 1924 D 5 Widnes LC1 1924~25 A 7 7 VIEW
15th Oct 1924 W 5 Widnes LC1(rep) 1924~25 H 19 5 1 VIEW
18th Oct 1924 L 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1924~25 A 2 3 VIEW
25th Oct 1924 W 5 Warrington LC2 1924~25 H 15 5 1 VIEW
8th Nov 1924 L 5 Oldham LCSF 1924~25 H 9 16 1 VIEW
13th Nov 1924 L 5 Swinton L 1924~25 H 6 20 VIEW
15th Nov 1924 L 5 Salford L 1924~25 A 3 13 VIEW
22nd Nov 1924 W 5 Broughton Rangers L 1924~25 H 12 2 1 VIEW
29th Nov 1924 W 5 Keighley L 1924~25 A 5 4 1 VIEW
6th Dec 1924 W 5 Dewsbury L 1924~25 H 21 2 1 VIEW
13th Dec 1924 W 5 Leigh L 1924~25 H 21 3 VIEW
20th Dec 1924 L 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1924~25 A 0 11 VIEW
25th Dec 1924 W 5 St. Helens Recs L 1924~25 H 7 5 VIEW
26th Dec 1924 L 5 Wigan L 1924~25 H 7 13 VIEW
27th Dec 1924 L 5 Dewsbury L 1924~25 A 0 8 VIEW
1st Jan 1925 D 5 St. Helens Recs L 1924~25 A 5 5 1 VIEW
3rd Jan 1925 W 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1924~25 H 15 2 1 VIEW
10th Jan 1925 L 5 Wigan Highfield L 1924~25 A 8 12 1 VIEW
17th Jan 1925 L 5 Oldham L 1924~25 H 5 24 VIEW
24th Jan 1925 L 5 Swinton L 1924~25 A 3 49 VIEW
31st Jan 1925 W 5 Salford L OBJ 1924~25 H 14 0 1 VIEW
2nd Feb 1925 W 5 Barrow L 1924~25 H 12 8 2 VIEW
14th Feb 1925 L 5 Widnes CC1 1924~25 A 8 10 1 VIEW
21st Feb 1925 W 5 Warrington L 1924~25 H 9 5 2 VIEW
28th Feb 1925 W 5 Salford L 1924~25 H 17 0 VIEW
7th Mar 1925 D 5 Halifax L 1924~25 A 11 11 VIEW
14th Mar 1925 W 5 Halifax L 1924~25 H 10 2 VIEW
21st Mar 1925 D 5 Broughton Rangers L 1924~25 A 10 10 1 VIEW
28th Mar 1925 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1924~25 H 34 3 2 VIEW
10th Apr 1925 L 5 Wigan L 1924~25 A 4 51 VIEW
11th Apr 1925 L 5 Leigh L 1924~25 A 10 17 1 VIEW
13th Apr 1925 W 5 Hull L 1924~25 H 10 8 VIEW
18th Apr 1925 W 5 Warrington L 1924~25 A 15 8 VIEW
28th Aug 1925 L 5 Widnes L 1925~26 H 6 23 VIEW
12th Sep 1925 W 5 Barrow L 1925~26 H 22 3 VIEW
19th Sep 1925 L 5 Broughton Rangers L 1925~26 A 3 7 VIEW
26th Sep 1925 W 5 Batley L 1925~26 H 15 3 1 VIEW
3rd Oct 1925 L 5 Swinton L 1925~26 A 5 12 VIEW
10th Oct 1925 L 5 Leigh LC1 1925~26 A 7 10 VIEW
17th Oct 1925 L 5 Oldham L 1925~26 H 3 16 VIEW
14th Nov 1925 L 5 Dewsbury L 1925~26 A 0 10 VIEW
21st Nov 1925 W 5 Warrington L 1925~26 H 12 9 VIEW
16th Dec 1925 W 5 Dewsbury L 1925~26 H 7 0 VIEW
19th Dec 1925 L 5 Swinton L 1925~26 H 9 10 VIEW
25th Dec 1925 D 5 St. Helens Recs L 1925~26 A 3 3 VIEW
26th Dec 1925 L 5 Wigan L 1925~26 H 5 10 1 VIEW
1st Jan 1926 W 5 St. Helens Recs L 1925~26 H 4 2 VIEW
9th Jan 1926 W 5 Wigan Highfield L 1925~26 H 16 6 1 VIEW
30th Oct 1926 W 5 Barrow L 1926~27 A 11 10 2 VIEW
4th Nov 1926 D 2 Widnes LCSF 1926~27 A 3 3 1 VIEW
6th Nov 1926 W 2 Wigan Highfield L 1926~27 H 13 7 VIEW
8th Nov 1926 W 2 Widnes LCSF(rep) 1926~27 H 17 0 1 VIEW
13th Nov 1926 L 2 Salford L 1926~27 A 5 8 VIEW
20th Nov 1926 W 2 St. Helens Recs LCF 1926~27 N 10 2 VIEW
27th Nov 1926 W 2 York L 1926~27 H 54 3 VIEW
27th Dec 1926 L 2 Wigan L 1926~27 H 13 14 1 VIEW
19th Feb 1927 W 2 Batley L 1926~27 H 13 8 VIEW
5th Mar 1927 L 3 Swinton L 1926~27 A 3 24 VIEW
15th Apr 1927 W 2 Wigan L 1926~27 A 10 8 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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