Walter Jones

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
14-11-1896
N/A
30-08-1921
Unknown.
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
03-08-1921 v Huddersfield
Leigh
1922-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1921-1922
38 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
3
0
0
9

BIOGRAPHY


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Walter Jones by SHS

A local lad who lived in Brook Street when he signed for Saints, Walter made his debut on 27 August 1921 against Oldham at Knowsley Road. This was the infamous match when Scottish triallist full-back John McCallum, from Hawick , played his one and only game of Northern Union football before returning up north, realising that it just wasn’t for him. Saints lost 3-10 to a strong Oldham side and the critics were out in force amongst the large 10,000 crowd. This first match of the season promised much and the team did not deliver the goods overall. However, Walter’s debut seems to have been quite promising. He formed a back row partnership with Ned Higgins from Widnes and Thatto Heathen George Farrimond. According to the correspondent of the St Helens Reporter: “Jones played a good hard game” and was one of the better players in the team’s disappointing start.

Fast forward to the home match against Bramley on 24 September and Walter is praised by the same correspondent after Saints’ 21-13 success: “None of the forwards played better than Jones, whose tackling was clean and neat and a wonder to behold.” He could score tries too and seemed to be a regular member of the team for years to come. But it was not to be. Walter played 38 times for the seniors, including clashed with Wigan and St Helens Recs and was also a member of the team that played against the visiting Australians on 23 November 1921, when the visitors won 8-16. His last game for the first team was against Leigh at Knowsley Road on 4 November 1922, when he was in the front row with Bill Clarey and Harry Heaton. He did continue for a while in the A team for a spell, but the trail then goes cold.

It was a difficult time for the Saints, who had been gazumped by their local rivals the Recs, who had creamed off much of the local talent in the town at the end of the First World War. Yet Walter seemed to be a talented player who was well worth his place in the team. Family history research by Dave Dooley indicates that he worked as a Labourer in a Clay Shed and as a General Porter. In 1939 he was living in Sleaford Road, Huyton. His death is registered in Prescot in December 1971 at the age of 75.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1921~22 3 0 0 36
1922~23 0 0 0 2
TOTALS:3 0 0 38
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
TOTALS:

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
27th Aug 1921
L
11 Oldham L 1921~22 H 3 10 VIEW
3rd Sep 1921
L
11 Huddersfield L 1921~22 A 3 38 VIEW
10th Sep 1921
W
11 Salford L 1921~22 H 16 6 VIEW
17th Sep 1921
L
11 Rochdale Hornets L 1921~22 A 5 13 VIEW
24th Sep 1921
W
11 Bramley L 1921~22 H 21 13 VIEW
1st Oct 1921
W
11 Broughton Rangers L 1921~22 A 5 2 VIEW
8th Oct 1921
W
11 Barrow L 1921~22 H 31 8 VIEW
15th Oct 1921
L
11 Barrow L 1921~22 A 0 18 VIEW
22nd Oct 1921
L
11 Warrington L 1921~22 A 0 11 VIEW
5th Nov 1921
L
11 Oldham LC1 1921~22 H 5 17 VIEW
17th Nov 1921
W
11 Wakefield Trinity L 1921~22 H 6 5 VIEW
18th Nov 1921
L
11 Bramley L 1921~22 A 4 8 VIEW
23rd Nov 1921
L
10 Australia Tour 1921~22 H 8 16 VIEW
26th Nov 1921
W
10 Batley L 1921~22 H 10 7 VIEW
3rd Dec 1921
L
10 Swinton L 1921~22 A 5 16 VIEW
10th Dec 1921
W
10 Swinton L 1921~22 H 11 7 VIEW
17th Dec 1921
L
10 Widnes L 1921~22 A 4 20 VIEW
24th Dec 1921
L
10 St. Helens Recs L 1921~22 A 0 6 VIEW
26th Dec 1921
L
10 Wigan L 1921~22 H 5 10 VIEW
31st Dec 1921
W
10 St. Helens Recs L 1921~22 H 7 6 VIEW
7th Jan 1922
L
10 Salford L 1921~22 A 3 5 VIEW
14th Jan 1922
L
10 Rochdale Hornets L 1921~22 H 3 13 1 VIEW
21st Jan 1922
L
10 Batley L 1921~22 A 11 16 VIEW
28th Jan 1922
W
10 Widnes L 1921~22 H 6 3 VIEW
4th Feb 1922
L
10 Huddersfield L 1921~22 H 5 27 VIEW
11th Feb 1922
L
10 Oldham L 1921~22 A 8 34 1 VIEW
18th Feb 1922
L
10 Leigh L 1921~22 H 3 11 1 VIEW
25th Feb 1922
L
10 Broughton Rangers CC1 1921~22 A 0 13 VIEW
4th Mar 1922
W
12 Broughton Rangers L 1921~22 H 14 9 VIEW
11th Mar 1922
L
12 Wakefield Trinity L 1921~22 A 5 17 VIEW
18th Mar 1922
W
12 York L 1921~22 H 17 8 VIEW
25th Mar 1922
W
12 Featherstone Rovers L 1921~22 H 24 13 VIEW
1st Apr 1922
L
12 Featherstone Rovers L 1921~22 A 4 11 VIEW
8th Apr 1922
D
12 Warrington L 1921~22 H 5 5 VIEW
14th Apr 1922
L
12 Wigan L 1921~22 A 5 8 VIEW
16th Apr 1922
L
12 York L 1921~22 A 3 6 VIEW
26th Aug 1922
L
10 Widnes L 1922~23 A 3 11 VIEW
4th Nov 1922
L
8 Leigh L 1922~23 H 8 11 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 12 | LOSSES : 25 | DRAWS : 1

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