|Howarth by SHS |
The Start of the 1899-1900 season was eagerly-looked forward to by St. Helens supporters. The St. Helens newspaper announced, on 29th August 1900 that: “There was a practice match on Saturday when four new men from Littleborough turned out, namely Howarth, half-back; Hodgkinson, forward, Lancashire County last year, Rugby Union. Bamford, forward and Crabtree an ex-Lancashire county forward, Rugby Union. They all played a capital game, especially Howarth at half-back, but with the object of strengthening this position still more the Committee are in negotiation with a Cheshire Rugby Union man who is said to be a capital player.”
On 16th September 1999, the Saints beat a normally strong Swinton side at Knowsley Road by 17-3 and Howarth had an impressive debut. The Newspaper commented that “The appearance of Howarth, the Littleborough half-back, with Boyle, was a source of some satisfaction to the supporters of the club as it enabled Briers to be in the pack”. Also: “The whole of the St. Helens backs played in capital fashion, the new half-back shaping splendidly”.
Fast forward to 7th October and the Saints went to Rochdale Hornets and were expected to do well. They didn’t come up to expectations, however and the home team won 7-0. The Newspaper apparently saw the root of the problem: “The Saints’ halves, Boyle and Howarth did not shine as much as Kruger and Allen but perhaps Howarth was a little nervous in playing in his native town as he hails from a junior organisation in the Rochdale district”. Seven days later, there was a big game at Knowsley Road, with Wigan the visitors. The Newspaper revealed that: “The Saints had dropped Howarth at half and Whiteley was tried in his stead”. Whiteley was normally a second-row who had played a number of matches on the wing in his early days. The experiment was not really a success, although the Saints pulled off a 5-0 success with a try from Liversage and goal from Traynor. Yet it seemed to spell the end of Howarth’s time as a Saints. He made three appearances for the senior team and one friendly against Lancaster. Did he return to the Rochdale junior league? In 1939 Joseph was residing at 15 Sale Street, Littleborough. He died in Littleborough in June 1949 aged 73. If anyone has any further information, or maybe an image, please contact us.
|Season (Official Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|Season (Other Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|16th Sep 1899||
|23rd Sep 1899||
|30th Sep 1899||
|7th Oct 1899||
|*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.|
|WINS : 3 | LOSSES : 1 | DRAWS :|
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