|George Hibbert by SHS
George Hibbert came from Fleetwood. At least that was what it said in the St. Helens Newspaper before the first match of the 1901-02 campaign at Knowsley Road. He made his debut at scrum-half, with a man called Mullineau, who later morphed into Molyneux, a forward from the Birkenhead club. Another player making his debut with the seniors that day was Kennedy, late of Runcorn. Unfortunately, the Saints lost their opening encounter 2-8, after a 0-0 scoreline at the interval. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this game was the low attendance. It should be remembered that the association code had taken a hold in the town at the time, with both St. Helens Recreation and St. Helens town attracting bigger crowds. |
Hibbert made just one more appearance for the Saints, at stand-off in the home game with Runcorn on 19 October 1901, when he was partnered by Patrick Boyle. Alas, the Saints lost to the Linnets by just a solitary goal and they struggled through to the end of the season as best they could. George was living in Talbot Street, St. Helens in 1911. After his playing days were over he moved to Manchester where he died in 1930 aged 30. If anyone has any information about this player, please contact us.