|Tom Mattinson by Alex Service |
The Saints’ Committee were always looking to reinforce their squad and all the better if they could, for whatever reason, secure a bargain. This looked to be the case with Tom Mattinson. The St. Helens Newspaper carried the following information on 30th October 1937: “Saints made their first capture on Tuesday when they signed Thomas Mattinson, a loose forward, weighing thirteen stones and standing five feet eleven in height, 25 years of age. Two seasons ago he was a regular member of the Barrow team but his work took him so far away that it was impracticable for him to continue his football career. He did not play at all last season. Consequently, he was not retained by Barrow and St. Helens therefore will have no fee to pay for his services. A loose forward weakness has been apparent in the St. Helens side for some time.”
Tom, who lived in Harrison Street, Barrow, did not really prove to be the answer to the team’s long-term problem in the number thirteen jersey. After making his debut in that position, he turned out in the next four matches at full-back, his last a 16-16 draw at home against Featherstone Rovers on 23rd October 1937. At some point he did move to Carlisle where he died in November 1985, aged 76. It is believed he had associations with the Kells club back in Cumbria, but if anyone has any further information about this player, please contact us.