Jack Fearnley

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
18-10-1915
N/A
30-08-1935
Local Juniors
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
24-10-1936 v Rochdale Hornets
Swinton
1945- Broughton Rangers
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1936-1945
142 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
36
11
0
130

BIOGRAPHY

Jack Fearnley by Alex Service

Jack Fearnley was a superb second-row forward who played nearly 150 matches for the Saints. Unfortunately his rugby career was inevitably interrupted by the Second World War and but for that he could have made many more appearances for the red and whites. In the Practice Matches at the start of the 1934-35 campaign, the famous reporter Premier [Tom Reynolds] picked out young Fearnley as an embryo talent: A beautifully-built and alert young lad, Fearnley, at 17 years of age, shows form that may get him anywhere if he is tactfully coached. He takes the ball well, gives it well, runs speedily, has size and courage. Surely there is something there to work on.”

A local lad, who went to Cowley Boys Grammar school, he made his debut in a 5-5 draw away against Rochdale Hornets in the right centre berth and scored Saints` only try. Peter Smith was outside him on the flanks. He was strong and athletic, with the ability to play either in the backs or the back row with equal effectiveness and had certainly made a favourable impression in his first few years of senior football. The Saints had started to lose personnel by the start of the 1939-40 campaign and according to Ubique in the Liverpool Echo [02-09-1939] he showed natural leadership qualities: “The appointment of Jack Fearnley as captain of the side for this season is a bold and surprising move by the St. Helens directors and one that I did not anticipate. At 23 years of age, Fearnley has not had the experience one usually looks for, yet there is no doubting the fact that he carries full confidence of the directorate. St. Helens have few players of ripe experience who are likely to command a regular place in the side and as the new captain has often proved himself a sound team player, able to instil his own enthusiasm into others, the distinction of leading the Saints in this season of hoped-for revival, has deservedly gone his way.”

After military service, he played his last game as a Saint at Station Road, Swinton on 3rd November 1945, a 5-5 draw when he formed a back row partnership with Frank Riley and Ernie Mills. He was nudging 30 years of age by this time and was subsequently transferred to Belle Vue Rangers.

Jack enjoyed a successful time with the famous Manchester club and associated with his transfer to Rangers, he also became business development manager at Belle Vue. He remained there for the rest of his working life and was dubbed ‘Mr Belle Vue’ to staff and visitors at the Manchester showgrounds at Hyde Road, Gorton, for almost forty years. Indeed, he had total responsibility for the daily running of the organisation at what was then arguably the world’s greatest showground and zoo complex, which included an amusement park, ballroom dancing, concerts, exhibitions and conferences. Fearnley would go to many ‘far-flung’ destinations as he viewed acts, met agents and negotiated contracts to bring them over to Manchester, especially for the annual circus.

He was also the promoter for Belle Vue Aces speedway team and the stockcar racing. He organised boxing and wrestling and ran brass band concerts. Needless to say, he was such a vital figure in the running of the whole operation that he would be on call 24/7. When he retired, at the age of 66, he and his wife Laura moved initially to Disley and then to Southport, where he passed away in 2004 at the age of 88.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1936~372 0 0 6
1937~3811 0 0 35
1938~39 3 0 0 31
1939~40 8 5 0 28
1940~41 0 6 0 6
1941~425 0 0 15
1942~43 4 0 0 12
1943~44 2 0 0 5
1945~461 0 0 4
TOTALS:36 11 0 142
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1940~41 1001
1942~43 0001
TOTALS:1002

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
24th Oct 1936
D
3 Rochdale Hornets L 1936~37 A 5 5 1 VIEW
31st Oct 1936
L
3 Leigh L 1936~37 A 9 13 VIEW
7th Nov 1936
L
3 Oldham L 1936~37 H 7 16 VIEW
26th Dec 1936
L
3 Wigan L 1936~37 H 2 21 VIEW
2nd Jan 1937
L
4 Broughton Rangers L 1936~37 A 5 23 1 VIEW
16th Jan 1937
L
4 Barrow L 1936~37 H 2 15 VIEW
4th Sep 1937
L
3 Widnes L 1937~38 A 2 14 VIEW
11th Sep 1937
L
3 Broughton Rangers LC1 1937~38 H 0 11 VIEW
2nd Oct 1937
W
4 Dewsbury L 1937~38 A 18 7 VIEW
9th Oct 1937
W
4 Oldham L 1937~38 H 4 3 VIEW
16th Oct 1937
D
5 Batley L 1937~38 A 10 10 VIEW
23rd Oct 1937
D
5 Featherstone Rovers L 1937~38 H 16 16 VIEW
30th Oct 1937
L
3 Rochdale Hornets L 1937~38 A 11 17 1 VIEW
6th Nov 1937
L
4 Warrington L 1937~38 H 7 25 1 VIEW
20th Nov 1937
L
3 Liverpool Stanley L 1937~38 A 7 9 VIEW
27th Nov 1937
L
4 Salford L 1937~38 H 0 31 VIEW
4th Dec 1937
L
4 Oldham L 1937~38 A 5 18 1 VIEW
11th Dec 1937
L
3 Barrow L 1937~38 H 7 8 VIEW
25th Dec 1937
W
3 St. Helens Recs L 1937~38 A 10 2 VIEW
27th Dec 1937
L
3 Wigan L 1937~38 H 6 15 VIEW
1st Jan 1938
W
3 St. Helens Recs L 1937~38 H 8 3 VIEW
3rd Jan 1938
L
3 Salford L 1937~38 A 5 12 VIEW
8th Jan 1938
W
4 Bramley L 1937~38 A 24 14 VIEW
15th Jan 1938
W
3 Dewsbury L 1937~38 H 11 5 1 VIEW
22nd Jan 1938
D
3 Leigh L 1937~38 A 10 10 VIEW
29th Jan 1938
W
4 Swinton L 1937~38 H 10 2 VIEW
5th Feb 1938
L
4 York L 1937~38 H 15 19 VIEW
12th Feb 1938
W
4 York L 1937~38 A 7 2 1 VIEW
19th Feb 1938
W
4 Pendlebury Juniors CC1 1937~38 H 39 0 1 VIEW
26th Feb 1938
L
4 Halifax L 1937~38 H 13 17 VIEW
5th Mar 1938
L
4 Halifax L 1937~38 A 8 19 1 VIEW
12th Mar 1938
L
4 Castleford CC2 1937~38 A 2 18 VIEW
19th Mar 1938
L
4 Warrington L 1937~38 A 8 28 VIEW
26th Mar 1938
L
4 Broughton Rangers L 1937~38 A 12 19 VIEW
2nd Apr 1938
W
4 Batley L 1937~38 H 15 9 VIEW
4th Apr 1938
L
4 Swinton L 1937~38 A 0 19 VIEW
13th Apr 1938
L
4 Barrow L 1937~38 A 13 29 2 VIEW
15th Apr 1938
L
4 Wigan L 1937~38 A 12 27 VIEW
16th Apr 1938
L
4 Liverpool Stanley L 1937~38 H 4 17 VIEW
18th Apr 1938
W
4 Leigh L 1937~38 H 15 3 1 VIEW
30th Apr 1938
W
4 Rochdale Hornets L 1937~38 H 36 13 1 VIEW
27th Aug 1938
L
3 Widnes L 1938~39 A 0 29 VIEW
31st Aug 1938
L
3 Warrington L 1938~39 H 7 20 VIEW
3rd Sep 1938
L
3 Widnes L 1938~39 H 6 11 VIEW
12th Sep 1938
L
3 Liverpool Stanley LC1 1938~39 H 5 10 1 VIEW
17th Sep 1938
L
3 Barrow L 1938~39 A 2 23 VIEW
24th Sep 1938
W
3 Hull K.R. L 1938~39 H 11 8 VIEW
15th Oct 1938
W
3 Dewsbury L 1938~39 A 10 5 VIEW
5th Nov 1938
W
4 Dewsbury L 1938~39 H 16 4 VIEW
12th Nov 1938
L
3 Rochdale Hornets L 1938~39 A 8 10 VIEW
19th Nov 1938
W
12 Swinton L 1938~39 H 12 8 VIEW
26th Nov 1938
L
12 Broughton Rangers L 1938~39 A 7 10 VIEW
3rd Dec 1938
L
11 Huddersfield L 1938~39 H 3 10 VIEW
10th Dec 1938
W
11 Liverpool Stanley L 1938~39 A 12 10 VIEW
17th Dec 1938
W
11 Broughton Rangers L 1938~39 H 22 6 VIEW
24th Dec 1938
W
11 Leigh L 1938~39 A 18 10 VIEW
28th Jan 1939
L
11 Huddersfield L 1938~39 A 5 33 VIEW
4th Feb 1939
L
11 Salford CC1 1938~39 A 0 11 VIEW
11th Feb 1939
W
11 Barrow L 1938~39 H 17 2 VIEW
27th Feb 1939
L
11 Keighley L 1938~39 A 5 8 VIEW
4th Mar 1939
W
11 Bramley L 1938~39 H 13 7 VIEW
11th Mar 1939
L
11 York L 1938~39 A 0 10 VIEW
18th Mar 1939
W
11 Leigh L 1938~39 H 22 12 VIEW
25th Mar 1939
L
11 Oldham L 1938~39 A 0 2 VIEW
3rd Apr 1939
L
11 Halifax L 1938~39 A 5 20 VIEW
7th Apr 1939
L
11 Wigan L 1938~39 A 2 6 VIEW
8th Apr 1939
L
11 Bramley L 1938~39 A 8 10 VIEW
10th Apr 1939
W
11 Rochdale Hornets L 1938~39 H 36 8 1 VIEW
15th Apr 1939
L
11 Oldham L 1938~39 H 10 15 1 VIEW
22nd Apr 1939
L
11 Halifax L 1938~39 H 4 25 VIEW
24th Apr 1939
W
11 Warrington L 1938~39 A 8 7 VIEW
29th Apr 1939
W
11 Featherstone Rovers L 1938~39 H 37 10 VIEW
26th Aug 1939
W
12 Leigh L 1939~40 A 23 3 VIEW
29th Aug 1939
W
12 Swinton L 1939~40 H 13 0 VIEW
2nd Sep 1939
L
12 New Zealand Tour 1939~40 H 3 19 VIEW
29th Sep 1939
W
12 Rochdale Hornets WEL 1939~40 H 28 9 1 VIEW
7th Oct 1939
W
12 Liverpool Stanley WEL 1939~40 A 20 0 VIEW
14th Oct 1939
W
12 Warrington WEL 1939~40 H 13 9 VIEW
28th Oct 1939
W
12 Swinton WEL 1939~40 H 15 7 1 VIEW
4th Nov 1939
W
12 Broughton Rangers WEL 1939~40 H 28 10 1 VIEW
11th Nov 1939
L
12 Salford WEL 1939~40 H 10 15 VIEW
18th Nov 1939
L
12 Oldham WEL 1939~40 A 3 7 VIEW
25th Nov 1939
W
12 Barrow WEL 1939~40 H 23 3 VIEW
2nd Dec 1939
L
12 Salford WEL 1939~40 A 5 10 VIEW
9th Dec 1939
W
12 Broughton Rangers WEL 1939~40 H 27 9 1 VIEW
16th Dec 1939
L
12 Warrington WEL 1939~40 A 6 8 VIEW
25th Dec 1939
D
12 Widnes WEL 1939~40 A 6 6 VIEW
26th Dec 1939
L
12 Wigan WEL 1939~40 H 9 12 VIEW
24th Feb 1940
W
12 Liverpool Stanley WEL 1939~40 H 18 8 VIEW
2nd Mar 1940
W
12 Broughton Rangers LC1 (1) 1939~40 H 26 7 1 VIEW
9th Mar 1940
L
12 Broughton Rangers LC1 (2) 1939~40 A 3 10 VIEW
16th Mar 1940
L
12 Wigan LC2 (1) 1939~40 A 0 5 VIEW
22nd Mar 1940
L
12 Wigan WEL 1939~40 A 0 6 VIEW
23rd Mar 1940
W
12 Leigh WEL 1939~40 H 11 5 1 VIEW
29th Mar 1940
W
12 Wigan LC2 (2) 1939~40 H 10 4 VIEW
6th Apr 1940
W
12 Widnes LCSF (1) 1939~40 H 7 5 VIEW
13th Apr 1940
L
12 Widnes LCSF (2) 1939~40 A 0 13 VIEW
20th Apr 1940
L
12 Barrow WEL 1939~40 A 15 17 1 3 VIEW
27th Apr 1940
W
12 Leigh WEL 1939~40 A 16 5 1 2 VIEW
18th May 1940
L
12 Widnes WEL 1939~40 H 11 20 VIEW
7th Sep 1940
W
11 Liverpool Stanley WEL 1940~41 H 32 15 3 VIEW
21st Sep 1940
W
11 Swinton WEL 1940~41 H 41 0 VIEW
28th Sep 1940
W
11 Oldham WEL 1940~41 A 16 5 1 VIEW
26th Oct 1940
L
11 Salford WEL 1940~41 A 13 15 2 VIEW
11th Jan 1941
L
13 Wigan WEL 1940~41 H 3 6 VIEW
14th Apr 1941
W
12 Dewsbury * Fr 1940~41 A 21 11 1 VIEW
19th Apr 1941
L
11 Castleford CC2 1940~41 A 13 21 VIEW
13th Sep 1941
W
11 Hull WEL 1941~42 H 11 10 VIEW
20th Sep 1941
W
11 Keighley WEL 1941~42 A 20 2 VIEW
27th Sep 1941
L
12 Huddersfield WEL 1941~42 A 13 21 VIEW
4th Oct 1941
W
13 Batley WEL 1941~42 H 26 16 VIEW
17th Oct 1941
W
13 Castleford WEL 1941~42 H 16 2 VIEW
19th Oct 1941
L
12 Hunslet WEL 1941~42 A 5 13 VIEW
8th Nov 1941
W
12 Featherstone Rovers WEL 1941~42 H 24 10 2 VIEW
15th Nov 1941
L
11 Featherstone Rovers WEL 1941~42 A 13 17 VIEW
22nd Nov 1941
W
11 Keighley WEL 1941~42 H 17 11 1 VIEW
29th Nov 1941
L
11 Castleford WEL 1941~42 A 5 12 VIEW
6th Dec 1941
L
11 Leeds WEL 1941~42 A 8 18 VIEW
25th Dec 1941
L
11 Wigan WEL 1941~42 A 3 8 VIEW
3rd Jan 1942
L
12 Wigan WEL 1941~42 H 0 18 VIEW
14th Jan 1942
W
12 Halifax WEL 1941~42 H 13 9 2 VIEW
18th Apr 1942
W
12 Featherstone Rovers CC1(2) 1941~42 H 8 3 VIEW
5th Sep 1942
L
11 Featherstone Rovers WEL 1942~43 H 2 4 VIEW
10th Oct 1942
W
12 Wakefield Trinity WEL 1942~43 H 15 7 1 VIEW
24th Oct 1942
W
12 Wigan YC2(1) 1942~43 H 21 8 VIEW
7th Nov 1942
L
11 Wigan YC2(2) 1942~43 A 11 32 VIEW
5th Dec 1942
L
11 Halifax WEL 1942~43 A 12 36 1 VIEW
25th Dec 1942
L
11 Wigan WEL 1942~43 A 3 10 VIEW
26th Dec 1942
L
11 Wigan WEL 1942~43 H 8 20 VIEW
6th Feb 1943
L
12 Wigan * Fr 1942~43 H 3 24 VIEW
27th Feb 1943
L
11 Oldham WEL 1942~43 A 6 12 VIEW
13th Mar 1943
W
11 Barrow CC1(1) 1942~43 H 13 2 VIEW
20th Mar 1943
L
13 Barrow CC1(2) 1942~43 A 0 4 VIEW
27th Mar 1943
L
11 Oldham CC2(1) 1942~43 A 12 17 1 VIEW
3rd Apr 1943
L
11 Oldham CC2(2) 1942~43 H 5 20 1 VIEW
4th Sep 1943
L
3 Keighley WEL 1943~44 H 17 23 VIEW
18th Sep 1943
L
11 Dewsbury WEL 1943~44 A 16 46 1 VIEW
25th Sep 1943
L
11 Barrow WEL 1943~44 H 5 24 1 VIEW
2nd Oct 1943
L
4 Barrow WEL 1943~44 A 10 31 VIEW
9th Oct 1943
L
4 Oldham WEL 1943~44 H 2 11 VIEW
6th Oct 1945
W
12 Rochdale Hornets L 1945~46 A 11 4 1 VIEW
17th Oct 1945
L
11 Wigan LCSF 1945~46 A 5 18 VIEW
27th Oct 1945
L
3 Barrow L 1945~46 A 13 23 VIEW
3rd Nov 1945
D
11 Swinton L 1945~46 A 5 5 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 56 | LOSSES : 82 | DRAWS : 6

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