Arthur Holsgrove

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
8-01-1911
N/A
04-07-1933
Unknown.
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
22-04-1933 v Rochdale Hornets
Swinton
1935-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1932-1935
40 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1
0
0
3

BIOGRAPHY

Arthur Holsgrove by Alex Service

The Saints were rebuilding somewhat in the early to middle 1930s. The club was in serious financial trouble and many big names, such as Alf Ellaby, Jack Arkright were sold off to help to improve the situation. At one stage, while high-profile players were disappearing to other clubs, the Saints would give trials to any number of players, especially those from rugby union. In one game, against Rochdale Hornets, on 22nd April 1933, there were three trialists due to play in the First Team, all from Wales. The following week, against Castleford at Knowsley Road, another two players were given trials. One player, in particular, known as A N Other, was successful and really took the eye of the Saints’ Committee. The St. Helens Newspaper reported the aftermath:

“Ginger will play for Saints, no longer a mystery man. So Ginger will play for St. Helens next season. Ginger, of course, is the young man who gained fame in a night, or rather in shortly more than an hour’s play in the match against Castleford. No longer cloaked by the pseudonym of A N Other he comes out of his shell in the person of Arthur Holsgrove, exceptionally well-known on Merseyside as a boxer. In Don Volante’s benefit programme recently, Holsgrove boxed with Don Mc Korkindale. Holsgrove, we understand, has undergone a very slight operation on his toe and is making a good recovery. Jim Turner, the Secretary of the Supporters Club first introduced Ginger to the Committee and persuaded them to give him a trial. Holsgrove approached Mr. Turner in the dressing room of the Liverpool Stadium and asked if he could be fixed up with a trial game. Knowing his man, Jim leapt at the opportunity with much happy results.”

Arthur’s best season was in 1933-34 when he played in 27 matches and scored a try. He was at number 10, with veteran front-rower Bob Atkin on the other side. In between them was hooker Dave Cotton, father of Fran, of Rugby Union fame. Thomas played 10 matches in 1935-36, alternating between the front and second row. He worked in Birkenhead as a Dock Labourer. In 1939 he was living in Russell Street, Birkenhead. He died in Birkenhead in October 1995, aged 84. If anyone has any information about this particular player, we would like to hear from them.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1932~33 0 0 0 2
1933~341 0 0 27
1934~35 0 0 0 10
1935~36 0 0 0 1
TOTALS:1 0 0 40
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
TOTALS:

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
22nd Apr 1933 W 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1932~33 H 47 19 VIEW
29th Apr 1933 W 10 Castleford L 1932~33 H 39 5 VIEW
26th Aug 1933 W 10 Widnes L 1933~34 H 29 14 VIEW
2nd Sep 1933 L 10 Widnes L 1933~34 A 4 12 VIEW
4th Sep 1933 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1933~34 H 21 11 VIEW
9th Sep 1933 W 10 Warrington L 1933~34 A 11 7 VIEW
2nd Nov 1933 L 8 St. Helens Recs LCSF 1933~34 A 2 9 VIEW
4th Nov 1933 L 8 Rochdale Hornets L 1933~34 A 17 20 VIEW
11th Nov 1933 W 10 Dewsbury L 1933~34 H 30 13 VIEW
25th Nov 1933 W 10 Bradford Northern L 1933~34 H 28 0 VIEW
2nd Dec 1933 L 10 Australia Tour 1933~34 H 11 20 VIEW
30th Dec 1933 L 10 Leeds L 1933~34 A 5 20 VIEW
1st Jan 1934 W 12 St. Helens Recs L 1933~34 H 10 2 VIEW
8th Jan 1934 L 12 Leigh L 1933~34 A 6 11 VIEW
13th Jan 1934 W 13 Rochdale Hornets L 1933~34 H 29 13 VIEW
20th Jan 1934 W 13 Leeds L 1933~34 H 21 19 VIEW
3rd Feb 1934 L 13 Huddersfield L 1933~34 H 7 20 VIEW
10th Feb 1934 W 10 Bradford Northern CC1 1933~34 A 34 6 VIEW
17th Feb 1934 L 10 Halifax L 1933~34 A 8 16 VIEW
24th Feb 1934 L 10 Bramley CC2 1933~34 A 12 17 VIEW
3rd Mar 1934 W 9 Bradford Northern L 1933~34 A 15 11 VIEW
19th Mar 1934 W 10 Warrington L 1933~34 H 7 3 VIEW
24th Mar 1934 W 10 Swinton L 1933~34 H 25 5 1 VIEW
30th Mar 1934 L 10 Wigan L 1933~34 A 3 27 VIEW
1st Apr 1934 L 10 Barrow L 1933~34 A 10 21 VIEW
3rd Apr 1934 W 10 Keighley L 1933~34 H 23 14 VIEW
7th Apr 1934 W 10 Barrow L 1933~34 H 31 23 VIEW
9th Apr 1934 L 10 Halifax L 1933~34 H 9 19 VIEW
14th Apr 1934 W 10 London Highfield L 1933~34 H 34 12 VIEW
3rd Nov 1934 W 10 Barrow L 1934~35 H 13 6 VIEW
24th Nov 1934 W 12 Bradford Northern L 1934~35 H 23 8 VIEW
12th Jan 1935 L 11 Hull L 1934~35 A 7 17 VIEW
19th Jan 1935 L 11 Hull L 1934~35 H 2 5 VIEW
26th Jan 1935 W 11 Rochdale Hornets L 1934~35 A 5 2 VIEW
2nd Feb 1935 D 12 Oldham L 1934~35 A 5 5 VIEW
9th Feb 1935 L 12 Oldham CC1 1934~35 A 0 3 VIEW
13th Apr 1935 D 10 Bradford Northern L 1934~35 A 5 5 VIEW
19th Apr 1935 L 9 Wigan L 1934~35 A 6 26 VIEW
23rd Apr 1935 W 10 Oldham L 1934~35 H 15 5 VIEW
28th Sep 1935 L 10 Swinton L 1935~36 A 3 46 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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