Albert Heath

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
12-07-1900
N/A
27-12-1922
St Helens YMCA
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
26-12-1922 v Wigan
Rochdale Hornets
1927- when he Retired
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1922-1927
98 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
20
0
0
60

Biography of Albert Heath



HERITAGE NO : 313
Albert Heath by Dave Dooley and Adrian Lawrenson

Albert was a hard running, tough tackling second row forward who played for the Saints in the early 1920s. The second row player was snapped up by the Saints after starring in the St Helens YMCA team which won the prestigious Amateur Cup in 1922. His grand daughter, Sue, forwarded us an image of his medal which we have placed in his gallery. He was a prolific try scorer for the Saints and netted 20 tries in his 98 matches. This haul included braces against Salford and Keighley. Albert also has a fair turn of pace and this was illustrated in his penultimate game for the Saints when he donned the number two jersey against Warrington. He was a Colliery worker operating above ground. In 1939 he was living in Mill Lane, Sutton, St Helens. Albert and his wife remained in Mill Lane all their lives. His grand daughter, Sue, advised us that Albert moved from the coal face to operate as an Asbestos worker.

An examination of Albert’s playing record from the 1926 to 1927 season seems to indicate that he was unlucky to lose out on a place in the team which lifted the Lancashire Cup in November, 1926. Albert was a regular member of the team throughout the start of the campaign up to the 30th of October 1926. Moreover, he had crossed for an impressive five tries in those games. Following this date, Albert did not appear for the first team until early December intimating that he could well have sustained an injury which would have robbed him of a place in the first ever Saints team to lift a major trophy.

Albert continued to be a regular member of both the first and second teams for the rest of that season and the following campaign. Indeed Albert picked up a winner’s medal, see gallery below, as a key member of the side that lifted the Lancashire Senior Competition Championship in 1927.

He died in St Helens in December 1971, aged 71. Albert was married to Eveline Mercer and they had one daughter Eileen who moved to live in Southport. Albert’s brother, Robert, was a prominent shopkeeper in Lugsmore Lane, Thatto Heath, St Helens.

Adrian Lawrenson researched a most illustrative biography of Albert Heath from an extract from the St Helens v Rochdale Hornets Programme for 28 March 1925 seems to sum up Albert’s value to the Saints’ team at the time.

Age 24 Height 6ft 0ins Weight 13st 2lbs

Albert Heath first commenced to play rugby football with the St Helens YMCA team about 1919-20 season. Whilst there he engaged in the preliminary rounds of the Northern Union Challenge Cup the YMCA beating Moss Hall by 8pts to 6pts afterwards losing to Pemberton Rovers. Signed on for our club about Xmas 1922 and turned out first with the A Team against Wigan Highfield A following this with a match against Broughton A. He certainly made a successful debut as he was included in the First Team against Wigan on Boxing Day 1922. Alf Frodsham was also making his debut on that auspicious occasion.

Wigan won by 3 goals 1 try to 1 try but Bert Hilton was hurt in the early part of the match leaving our five forwards to make the best of it and Heath’s part of the game was no mean one. Many good games have been played by him for the old club and one that stands in his favour was the Broughton match of last season Heath scoring six minutes from time with a fine individual burst.

The gallery includes a photo of Albert’s grand daughter, Sue Morton, proudly holding his Heritage Certificate. She is the proprietor of the Lemon Tree Café in Longton, Lancashire and intends to frame the Certificate along with a photo of Albert and his hard earned medals.



SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1922~234 0 0 20
1923~244 0 0 31
1924~250 0 0 11
1925~264 0 0 13
1926~278 0 0 20
1927~28 0 0 0 3
TOTALS:20 0 0 98
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
TOTALS:

ALL MATCHES

DateMatchPosOpponentsCompVenueFTFTOTGDG
26th Dec 1922 1
L
12 Wigan L H 3 9 VIEW
30th Dec 1922 2
L
4 Leigh L A 3 18 VIEW
1st Jan 1923 3
W
12 St. Helens Recs L A 13 8 VIEW
6th Jan 1923 4
L
12 Barrow L H 8 15 VIEW
13th Jan 1923 5
W
12 Bramley L A 6 3 VIEW
20th Jan 1923 6
L
12 Swinton L A 0 3 VIEW
25th Jan 1923 7
W
12 Keighley L H 14 7 VIEW
27th Jan 1923 8
W
12 Salford L H 17 5 1 VIEW
3rd Feb 1923 9
W
12 Featherstone Rovers L H 9 2 1 VIEW
10th Feb 1923 10
W
12 Keighley L A 8 3 VIEW
17th Feb 1923 11
W
12 Norwood CC1 A 29 3 VIEW
24th Feb 1923 12
L
12 Salford L A 3 11 VIEW
3rd Mar 1923 13
L
12 Oldham CC2 H 3 11 VIEW
17th Mar 1923 14
L
12 Widnes L H 9 11 VIEW
24th Mar 1923 15
L
12 Barrow L A 10 22 VIEW
30th Mar 1923 16
L
12 Rochdale Hornets L A 5 22 VIEW
2nd Apr 1923 17
L
12 Hull L H 8 23 VIEW
7th Apr 1923 18
L
12 Wigan L A 10 41 VIEW
14th Apr 1923 19
W
12 Oldham L H 17 12 VIEW
21st Apr 1923 20
W
12 Salford L H 56 10 2 VIEW
25th Aug 1923 21
W
12 Widnes L H 5 3 VIEW
1st Sep 1923 22
L
12 Warrington L H 5 8 VIEW
6th Oct 1923 23
W
12 Bradford Northern L H 27 10 VIEW
13th Oct 1923 24
W
12 Salford LC1 H 5 0 VIEW
20th Oct 1923 25
W
12 Broughton Rangers L A 7 2 1 VIEW
27th Oct 1923 26
D
12 Swinton LC2 H 5 5 VIEW
31st Oct 1923 27
L
12 Swinton LC2(rep) A 8 21 VIEW
3rd Nov 1923 28
L
12 Swinton L A 6 34 VIEW
17th Nov 1923 29
W
12 Wigan Highfield L A 5 3 VIEW
28th Nov 1923 30
W
12 Dewsbury L H 15 10 VIEW
1st Dec 1923 31
L
12 Salford L A 0 6 VIEW
5th Dec 1923 32
W
12 Swinton L H 4 0 VIEW
8th Dec 1923 33
L
12 Widnes L A 0 18 VIEW
15th Dec 1923 34
W
12 Hull L H 5 3 VIEW
25th Dec 1923 35
L
12 St. Helens Recs L A 2 21 VIEW
26th Dec 1923 36
L
12 Wigan L A 2 44 VIEW
29th Dec 1923 37
L
12 Barrow L A 5 41 VIEW
1st Jan 1924 38
W
12 St. Helens Recs L H 4 0 VIEW
5th Jan 1924 39
L
12 Rochdale Hornets L A 5 23 VIEW
12th Jan 1924 40
L
12 Leigh L H 5 12 VIEW
26th Jan 1924 41
L
12 Hull L A 6 11 VIEW
31st Jan 1924 42
W
12 Barrow L H 12 11 VIEW
2nd Feb 1924 43
L
12 Bramley L A 7 18 VIEW
9th Feb 1924 44
L
12 Dewsbury L A 10 16 VIEW
16th Feb 1924 45
W
12 Wardley CC1 A 73 0 1 VIEW
23rd Feb 1924 46
L
12 Warrington L A 11 39 VIEW
1st Mar 1924 47
L
12 Huddersfield CC2 A 13 24 VIEW
15th Mar 1924 48
W
12 Keighley L H 34 6 VIEW
22nd Mar 1924 49
L
12 Oldham L A 10 48 1 VIEW
19th Apr 1924 50
W
12 Broughton Rangers L H 21 6 VIEW
26th Apr 1924 51
W
12 Salford L H 37 15 1 VIEW
30th Aug 1924 52
W
12 Widnes L A 10 9 VIEW
6th Sep 1924 53
L
12 Widnes L H 7 8 VIEW
13th Sep 1924 54
L
12 Barrow L A 8 19 VIEW
7th Feb 1925 55
L
12 Oldham L A 5 32 VIEW
14th Feb 1925 56
L
12 Widnes CC1 A 8 10 VIEW
21st Feb 1925 57
W
12 Warrington L H 9 5 VIEW
28th Feb 1925 58
W
12 Salford L H 17 0 VIEW
7th Mar 1925 59
D
12 Halifax L A 11 11 VIEW
14th Mar 1925 60
W
12 Halifax L H 10 2 VIEW
21st Mar 1925 61
D
12 Broughton Rangers L A 10 10 VIEW
10th Apr 1925 62
L
12 Wigan L A 4 51 VIEW
5th Sep 1925 63
L
11 Widnes L A 5 11 VIEW
12th Sep 1925 64
W
11 Barrow L H 22 3 VIEW
19th Sep 1925 65
L
11 Broughton Rangers L A 3 7 VIEW
26th Sep 1925 66
W
11 Batley L H 15 3 VIEW
3rd Oct 1925 67
L
11 Swinton L A 5 12 VIEW
6th Mar 1926 68
W
13 Wigan Highfield L A 15 10 VIEW
15th Mar 1926 69
W
13 Hunslet L H 16 8 VIEW
27th Mar 1926 70
W
12 Keighley L H 34 10 2 VIEW
2nd Apr 1926 71
L
12 Wigan L A 18 30 VIEW
3rd Apr 1926 72
W
12 Bradford Northern L H 41 8 VIEW
5th Apr 1926 73
W
12 Leigh L H 37 2 1 VIEW
10th Apr 1926 74
D
12 Rochdale Hornets L A 0 0 VIEW
26th Apr 1926 75
W
12 Salford L H 23 0 1 VIEW
28th Aug 1926 76
W
12 Widnes L A 8 5 VIEW
4th Sep 1926 77
L
12 Widnes L H 7 10 VIEW
11th Sep 1926 78
W
12 Featherstone Rovers L A 15 0 1 VIEW
18th Sep 1926 79
W
12 Barrow L H 38 3 1 VIEW
25th Sep 1926 80
W
12 Wigan Highfield L A 15 7 VIEW
2nd Oct 1926 81
W
12 Pontypridd L H 35 13 1 VIEW
7th Oct 1926 82
W
12 Pemberton LC1 H 51 8 1 VIEW
16th Oct 1926 83
L
12 Warrington L A 5 16 VIEW
21st Oct 1926 84
W
12 Swinton LC2 H 29 18 VIEW
23rd Oct 1926 85
W
12 Rochdale Hornets L H 48 3 VIEW
30th Oct 1926 86
W
12 Barrow L A 11 10 1 VIEW
4th Dec 1926 87
L
13 Oldham L A 5 26 VIEW
8th Dec 1926 88
W
12 New Zealand Tour H 22 12 1 VIEW
11th Dec 1926 89
W
12 Warrington L H 31 11 VIEW
18th Dec 1926 90
L
12 Leigh L A 3 6 VIEW
25th Dec 1926 91
D
12 St. Helens Recs L H 6 6 VIEW
15th Jan 1927 92
W
11 Featherstone Rovers L H 17 8 1 VIEW
22nd Jan 1927 93
W
12 Batley L A 15 5 VIEW
29th Jan 1927 94
W
11 Leeds L H 18 6 VIEW
19th Feb 1927 95
W
12 Batley L H 13 8 1 VIEW
5th Nov 1927 96
W
12 Warrington L A 8 4 VIEW
12th Nov 1927 97
W
2 Warrington L H 13 0 VIEW
19th Nov 1927 98
W
11 Rochdale Hornets L H 10 2 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 53 | LOSSES : 40 | DRAWS : 5

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