Bill Finnan

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
11-08-1928
N/A
1948
Pilkingtons Recs
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
24-12-1949 v Whitehaven
Widnes
1958- Liverpool City
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1949-1958
124 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
58
0
0
174

BIOGRAPHY

William Finnan by Dave Dooley

A former pupil at Rivington Road School, Bill Finnan was a stalwart for the club playing over 100 matches mostly in the centre position. After his signing from local club Pilkington Recs, he made his debut against Whitehaven on the 24th. December, 1949. The following season, November 17th in fact, he was transferred to Salford for a fee of a thousand pounds but returned to Knowsley Road some years later in time to partake in Saints` first Challenge Cup Final victory over Halifax in 1956.

In 124 matches for the Saints Bill scored 58 tries for a total points aggregate of 174 points. He was renowned for his inspirational breaks from the midfield that often led to another `three pointer` for the majestic Saints. The tough tackling Bill was also known for his party piece of running with the ball on the flat of his hand out in front of him.

Bill managed to earn one cap for Lancashire whilst at the Saints. He was also a member of the team that chalked up a record defeat for the Australian touring team by 44 points to 2 on the 2nd. November, 1956.

His final match for the Club was against Widnes on the 16th. of May, 1958. He was transferred to Liverpool City to continue his career. In 1939 Bill was living In Rivington Street, St Helens and still attending school. He died in his hometown in September 1944 at the premature age of 44.

Footnote: Bill, like his brothers, Vincent and Thomas, was in the Navy during the war and, for a spell, the then eighteen year old was on HMS Sparrow, a sloop of the American and West Indies Squadron. Sad to report that Thomas lost his life and was buried in Crete before his 21st birthday.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1949~50 3 0 0 12
1950~51 0 0 0 2
1953~54 3 0 0 7
1954~5518 0 0 39
1955~56 13 0 0 19
1956~5720 0 0 34
1957~581 0 0 10
1958~59 0 0 0 1
TOTALS:58 0 0 124
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1950~51 2001
1954~551002
1955~561002
1956~570001
1957~581001
1958~590001
TOTALS:5008

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
24th Dec 1949 W 4 Whitehaven L 1949~50 A 14 7 VIEW
26th Dec 1949 W 4 Wigan L 1949~50 H 15 8 VIEW
27th Dec 1949 W 4 Swinton L 1949~50 H 10 5 1 VIEW
31st Dec 1949 L 6 Leigh L 1949~50 A 10 15 VIEW
2nd Jan 1950 W 6 Hull L 1949~50 H 30 0 VIEW
7th Jan 1950 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1949~50 A 23 2 1 VIEW
21st Jan 1950 L 4 Dewsbury L 1949~50 H 2 15 VIEW
4th Feb 1950 W 4 Halifax CC1(1) 1949~50 H 10 6 1 VIEW
11th Feb 1950 L 4 Halifax CC1(2) 1949~50 A 0 2 VIEW
18th Feb 1950 L 4 Swinton L 1949~50 A 8 11 VIEW
11th Mar 1950 D 3 Bradford Northern CC3 1949~50 H 0 0 VIEW
25th Mar 1950 L 4 Workington Town L 1949~50 A 0 5 VIEW
5th Oct 1950 W 3 Carcassonne * Fr 1950~51 H 24 22 2 VIEW
11th Oct 1950 L 5 Wigan LCSF 1950~51 H 7 9 VIEW
14th Oct 1950 L 3 Salford L 1950~51 A 3 25 VIEW
24th Mar 1954 W 4 Workington Town L 1953~54 A 15 7 VIEW
3rd Apr 1954 W 4 Whitehaven L 1953~54 H 34 12 VIEW
7th Apr 1954 L 4 Leigh L 1953~54 A 13 14 1 VIEW
10th Apr 1954 W 4 Bramley L 1953~54 A 25 12 1 VIEW
16th Apr 1954 W 4 Wigan L 1953~54 A 14 8 VIEW
17th Apr 1954 W 4 Widnes L 1953~54 H 28 4 VIEW
19th Apr 1954 L 4 Huddersfield L 1953~54 A 13 29 1 VIEW
7th Aug 1954 L 4 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1954~55 A 17 31 VIEW
14th Aug 1954 W 4 Widnes L 1954~55 H 31 3 2 VIEW
18th Aug 1954 W 3 Belle Vue Rangers L 1954~55 A 20 11 1 VIEW
21st Aug 1954 W 4 Blackpool Borough L 1954~55 A 34 2 4 VIEW
25th Aug 1954 W 4 Swinton L 1954~55 H 28 9 4 VIEW
28th Aug 1954 L 4 Oldham L 1954~55 H 16 23 VIEW
4th Sep 1954 L 5 Halifax L 1954~55 A 2 22 VIEW
11th Sep 1954 W 6 Whitehaven LC1 1954~55 H 27 6 VIEW
18th Sep 1954 W 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1954~55 A 32 18 1 VIEW
20th Sep 1954 L 6 Oldham LC2 1954~55 A 9 20 VIEW
2nd Oct 1954 W 4 Liverpool City L 1954~55 A 30 14 1 VIEW
9th Oct 1954 W 4 Leeds L 1954~55 H 13 6 VIEW
16th Oct 1954 W 4 Salford L 1954~55 A 19 2 VIEW
23rd Oct 1954 W 4 Whitehaven L 1954~55 H 30 3 VIEW
30th Oct 1954 W 4 Widnes L 1954~55 A 8 2 VIEW
6th Nov 1954 L 4 Workington Town L 1954~55 A 11 15 VIEW
13th Nov 1954 W 4 Barrow L 1954~55 H 11 4 VIEW
20th Nov 1954 W 4 Leeds L 1954~55 A 21 10 VIEW
27th Nov 1954 D 4 Warrington L 1954~55 H 8 8 VIEW
11th Dec 1954 W 4 Workington Town L 1954~55 H 16 2 VIEW
18th Dec 1954 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1954~55 A 20 9 VIEW
25th Dec 1954 L 4 Leigh L 1954~55 A 13 14 VIEW
27th Dec 1954 W 4 Wigan L 1954~55 H 19 7 VIEW
1st Jan 1955 W 4 Leigh L 1954~55 H 27 3 1 VIEW
8th Jan 1955 L 4 Warrington L 1954~55 A 14 18 VIEW
22nd Jan 1955 W 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1954~55 H 39 7 1 VIEW
29th Jan 1955 W 4 Blackpool Borough L 1954~55 H 13 2 VIEW
5th Feb 1955 W 6 Whitehaven L 1954~55 A 8 0 VIEW
12th Feb 1955 W 4 Batley CC1 1954~55 A 15 2 1 VIEW
19th Feb 1955 L 4 Oldham L 1954~55 A 2 9 VIEW
5th Mar 1955 W 4 Keighley CC2 1954~55 A 3 2 VIEW
12th Mar 1955 L 4 Swinton L 1954~55 A 4 7 VIEW
19th Mar 1955 L 2 Workington Town CC3 1954~55 A 4 14 VIEW
21st Mar 1955 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1954~55 H 23 3 1 VIEW
26th Mar 1955 W 4 Salford L 1954~55 H 16 8 1 VIEW
28th Mar 1955 W 2 Liverpool City L 1954~55 H 12 4 VIEW
8th Apr 1955 L 4 Wigan L 1954~55 A 12 16 VIEW
9th Apr 1955 W 4 Halifax L 1954~55 H 14 8 VIEW
11th Apr 1955 L 4 Huddersfield L 1954~55 A 11 35 VIEW
18th Apr 1955 L 4 Barrow L 1954~55 A 3 26 VIEW
7th May 1955 W 6 Leigh* Fr 1954~55 H 40 16 1 VIEW
13th Aug 1955 L 4 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1955~56 H 17 31 VIEW
20th Aug 1955 W 6 Widnes L 1955~56 A 35 18 2 VIEW
27th Aug 1955 L 6 Barrow LC1 1955~56 A 12 18 VIEW
31st Aug 1955 L 6 Salford L 1955~56 A 10 11 1 VIEW
3rd Sep 1955 W 4 York L 1955~56 H 26 18 1 VIEW
10th Sep 1955 W 6 Keighley L 1955~56 H 52 23 2 VIEW
24th Sep 1955 W 6 Barrow L 1955~56 H 66 15 4 VIEW
1st Oct 1955 W 6 Blackpool Borough L 1955~56 H 53 19 1 VIEW
8th Oct 1955 W 6 Keighley L 1955~56 A 21 6 VIEW
28th Jan 1956 W 6 Widnes L 1955~56 H 21 10 VIEW
17th Mar 1956 W 6 York L 1955~56 A 13 6 VIEW
24th Mar 1956 W 4 Bradford Northern CC3 1955~56 H 53 6 2 VIEW
30th Mar 1956 W 4 Wigan L 1955~56 H 29 7 VIEW
31st Mar 1956 L 6 Warrington L 1955~56 H 7 13 VIEW
2nd Apr 1956 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1955~56 A 14 6 VIEW
7th Apr 1956 D 4 Barrow CCSF 1955~56 N 5 5 VIEW
11th Apr 1956 W 4 Barrow CCSF(rep) 1955~56 N 10 5 VIEW
14th Apr 1956 L 6 Oldham L 1955~56 A 8 40 VIEW
21st Apr 1956 L 4 Halifax ChSF 1955~56 A 8 23 VIEW
28th Apr 1956 W 6 Halifax CCF 1955~56 N 13 2 VIEW
20th May 1956 L 6 Hull* Fr 1955~56 A 20 23 1 VIEW
11th Aug 1956 L 4 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1956~57 H 22 24 VIEW
25th Aug 1956 W 4 Bradford Northern L 1956~57 A 34 7 1 VIEW
11th Sep 1956 W 6 Liverpool City LC2 1956~57 H 34 3 1 VIEW
15th Sep 1956 L 4 Hull L 1956~57 A 6 17 VIEW
20th Sep 1956 W 6 Warrington LCSF 1956~57 A 17 9 VIEW
22nd Sep 1956 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1956~57 H 49 11 4 VIEW
29th Sep 1956 W 4 Blackpool Borough L 1956~57 A 58 5 2 VIEW
6th Oct 1956 W 4 Liverpool City L 1956~57 H 25 5 1 VIEW
13th Oct 1956 W 4 Salford L 1956~57 A 27 11 1 VIEW
20th Oct 1956 L 4 Oldham LCF 1956~57 N 3 10 VIEW
27th Oct 1956 L 6 Workington Town L 1956~57 H 9 11 VIEW
10th Nov 1956 W 4 Featherstone Rovers L 1956~57 H 21 16 VIEW
24th Nov 1956 W 3 Australia Tour 1956~57 H 44 2 VIEW
1st Dec 1956 W 3 Huddersfield L 1956~57 H 51 4 1 VIEW
8th Dec 1956 L 3 Oldham L 1956~57 A 8 9 VIEW
15th Dec 1956 W 3 Widnes L 1956~57 A 10 2 VIEW
22nd Dec 1956 W 3 Whitehaven L 1956~57 H 37 6 1 VIEW
25th Dec 1956 D 3 Leigh L 1956~57 A 7 7 VIEW
29th Dec 1956 D 4 Warrington L 1956~57 A 8 8 1 VIEW
1st Jan 1957 W 3 Leigh L 1956~57 H 18 14 VIEW
6th Jan 1957 W 3 Warrington L 1956~57 H 33 7 1 VIEW
26th Jan 1957 W 3 Barrow L 1956~57 H 59 5 VIEW
16th Feb 1957 D 3 Hull L 1956~57 H 9 9 VIEW
2nd Mar 1957 W 3 Halifax L 1956~57 H 31 7 VIEW
9th Mar 1957 L 3 Wigan L 1956~57 H 11 20 VIEW
16th Mar 1957 W 4 Bradford Northern L 1956~57 H 23 6 1 VIEW
20th Mar 1957 W 4 Halifax L 1956~57 A 10 4 VIEW
23rd Mar 1957 W 4 Huddersfield L 1956~57 A 10 9 VIEW
3rd Apr 1957 W 4 Whitehaven L 1956~57 A 5 2 VIEW
6th Apr 1957 W 4 Leeds L 1956~57 H 44 3 3 VIEW
13th Apr 1957 W 4 Swinton L 1956~57 H 34 0 1 VIEW
15th Apr 1957 L 4 Barrow L 1956~57 A 8 11 1 VIEW
19th Apr 1957 L 4 Wigan L 1956~57 A 11 19 VIEW
20th Apr 1957 L 4 Workington Town L 1956~57 A 3 26 VIEW
22nd Apr 1957 W 4 Blackpool Borough L 1956~57 H 48 10 VIEW
10th Aug 1957 W 3 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1957~58 H 79 13 1 VIEW
17th Aug 1957 W 4 Widnes L 1957~58 A 22 13 VIEW
26th Aug 1957 W 2 Oldham L 1957~58 A 21 7 VIEW
31st Aug 1957 W 4 Workington Town LC1 1957~58 A 16 12 VIEW
7th Sep 1957 L 5 Leeds L 1957~58 A 5 23 VIEW
12th Sep 1957 W 6 Blackpool Borough LC2 1957~58 A 28 12 1 VIEW
14th Sep 1957 W 6 Hull L 1957~58 H 13 4 VIEW
21st Sep 1957 W 6 Swinton L 1957~58 A 16 14 VIEW
28th Sep 1957 W 6 Warrington L 1957~58 H 14 2 VIEW
2nd Oct 1957 L 6 Oldham LCSF 1957~58 H 9 29 VIEW
19th Oct 1957 W 2 Liverpool City L 1957~58 A 28 4 VIEW
9th Aug 1958 L 1 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1958~59 A 10 14 VIEW
16th Aug 1958 L 1 Widnes L 1958~59 A 16 25 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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