Eric Hesketh

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
05-01-1921
N/A
23-01-1950
Batley
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
04-02-1950 v Halifax
Hull
1951- Salford
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1949-1951
49 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
13
6
0
51

BIOGRAPHY

Eric Hesketh by Alex Service

Eric Hesketh was clearly a favourite of the fans, as Denis Whittle recalls: “Eric was the son of George Hesketh, who was the Chairman of Wigan at the time. (who was in the decorating business) He was a dainty kind of player, with a brilliant sidestep. He could pivot on a penny and could run at the defence. He was a stand-off in the classical mode, who relied on guile rather than power to make his breaks. Dark-haired and handsome, Saints signed him from Batley and amazingly he never played for Wigan, despite his father’s presence there. He was a real crowd-pleaser who played the game in the mould of Stan McCormick. He was a good passer of the ball, who played at stand-off when Jimmy Honey played scrum-half.”

Eric played originally with Wigan Old Boys Rugby Union before joining Leeds, his first professional club. Eric made 49 appearances for the Saints scoring 13 tries and kicking 6 goals. A great attacking player, he provided great entertainment in the early post-war era when the Saints were on the fringes of becoming a real power in the game. Eric left to join Salford late in 1951. His cavalier style certainly endeared him to the Knowsley Road faithful. In 1939 Eric was a Clerk in a Gunpowder Facory and living in City Road, Orrell. He died in Ince, Wigan in March 1974, aged 52.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1949~50 5 0 0 12
1950~518 5 0 33
1951~520 1 0 4
TOTALS:13 6 0 49
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1949~50 0001
1950~510001
TOTALS:0002

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
4th Feb 1950 W 6 Halifax CC1(1) 1949~50 H 10 6 VIEW
11th Feb 1950 L 6 Halifax CC1(2) 1949~50 A 0 2 VIEW
18th Feb 1950 L 6 Swinton L 1949~50 A 8 11 VIEW
25th Feb 1950 W 6 Salford CC2 1949~50 A 9 2 VIEW
4th Mar 1950 W 6 Warrington L 1949~50 H 12 3 VIEW
1st Apr 1950 W 6 Liverpool Stanley L 1949~50 H 27 2 1 VIEW
7th Apr 1950 L 6 Wigan L 1949~50 A 12 17 VIEW
8th Apr 1950 W 6 Barrow L 1949~50 H 16 0 2 VIEW
10th Apr 1950 W 6 Whitehaven L 1949~50 H 30 17 1 VIEW
15th Apr 1950 L 6 Leigh L 1949~50 H 5 12 VIEW
19th Apr 1950 W 6 Salford L 1949~50 H 38 3 1 VIEW
22nd Apr 1950 W 6 Neath * Fr 1949~50 H 48 10 VIEW
26th Apr 1950 W 6 Bramley L 1949~50 A 12 2 VIEW
12th Aug 1950 W 6 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1950~51 A 15 2 VIEW
19th Aug 1950 W 6 Widnes L 1950~51 H 17 2 VIEW
23rd Aug 1950 W 6 Barrow L 1950~51 A 14 4 VIEW
2nd Sep 1950 W 6 Swinton LC1(1) 1950~51 A 19 10 1 1 VIEW
9th Sep 1950 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1950~51 H 31 12 VIEW
13th Sep 1950 W 6 Swinton LC1(2) 1950~51 H 11 3 1 VIEW
16th Sep 1950 L 6 Workington Town L 1950~51 A 11 19 VIEW
23rd Sep 1950 W 6 Swinton L 1950~51 H 21 2 1 VIEW
27th Sep 1950 W 6 Salford LC2 1950~51 H 20 3 VIEW
30th Sep 1950 L 6 Huddersfield L 1950~51 A 9 19 VIEW
7th Oct 1950 W 6 Hunslet L 1950~51 H 20 14 1 VIEW
11th Oct 1950 L 6 Wigan LCSF 1950~51 H 7 9 VIEW
14th Oct 1950 L 6 Salford L 1950~51 A 3 25 VIEW
28th Oct 1950 L 6 Warrington L 1950~51 A 2 19 VIEW
4th Nov 1950 W 6 Workington Town L 1950~51 H 13 11 1 VIEW
11th Nov 1950 L 6 Oldham L 1950~51 H 7 13 VIEW
18th Nov 1950 D 6 York L 1950~51 A 6 6 VIEW
25th Nov 1950 W 6 Hull L 1950~51 A 16 5 1 2 VIEW
2nd Dec 1950 W 6 Whitehaven L 1950~51 H 47 10 VIEW
9th Dec 1950 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1950~51 A 38 8 1 1 VIEW
23rd Dec 1950 W 6 Swinton L 1950~51 A 11 3 1 VIEW
25th Dec 1950 L 6 Leigh L 1950~51 H 2 12 VIEW
26th Dec 1950 L 6 Wigan L 1950~51 H 5 39 VIEW
13th Jan 1951 L 6 Belle Vue Rangers L 1950~51 A 8 9 VIEW
20th Jan 1951 W 5 Barrow L 1950~51 H 10 6 VIEW
27th Jan 1951 W 6 Whitehaven L 1950~51 A 3 2 1 VIEW
3rd Feb 1951 W 6 Salford L 1950~51 H 10 0 VIEW
10th Feb 1951 L 6 Bradford Northern CC1(1) 1950~51 A 6 11 VIEW
17th Mar 1951 W 6 Belle Vue Rangers L 1950~51 H 13 4 VIEW
23rd Mar 1951 L 6 Wigan L 1950~51 A 13 22 VIEW
26th Mar 1951 L 6 Oldham L AB 1950~51 A 0 3 VIEW
4th Apr 1951 W 6 Leeds L 1950~51 H 22 14 VIEW
7th Apr 1951 L 6 Oldham L 1950~51 A 4 17 VIEW
21st Apr 1951 W 6 York L 1950~51 H 31 3 VIEW
8th Sep 1951 W 6 Dewsbury L 1951~52 H 14 8 VIEW
15th Sep 1951 L 6 Oldham L 1951~52 A 7 13 VIEW
29th Sep 1951 W 6 Warrington L 1951~52 A 19 13 1 VIEW
6th Oct 1951 L 6 Hull L 1951~52 H 10 15 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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