Thomas Mawson

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
01-02-1879
N/A
Date unknown.
Askam
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
27-09-1902 v Brighouse Rovers
Halifax
1905-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1902-1904
86 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1
0
0
3

BIOGRAPHY

Thomas Mawson by Alex Service

The St. Helens club between the last decade of the 19th century and first of the 20th were always on the lookout for ‘North Country’ talent, especially from Cumberland. Yet Thomas joined the Saints from Askam, in Lancashire, the same team from which scrum-half Fred Trenwith played for, who later became a Saint himself.

The 1891 and 1901 Census returns give us more details about Thomas. He came from a large family. In 1891, at their home in Askam, were five brothers: Fleming, Hartley, Joseph, William and Thomas, the youngest, born in 1880. Their mother, Hannah, was widowed and by 1901, Fleming, William and Thomas remain in the household, working, according to the Census, as ‘Pig iron works labourers’. It seemed, therefore, quite appropriate that they should be living in Steel Street!

At some stage, the family must have gone south and returned to Askam, as Thomas is registered as being born in Broughton, Lancashire, in 1880. By his early ‘twenties, Thomas caught the eyes of some of the Northern Union clubs with his performances for Askam and decided to take advantage of the Saints’ Committee’s advances. He was the archetypal strong, tough forward that the Saints’ Committee were looking for and he made his debut against Brighouse Rangers in a league match on 27th September 1902. The Saints won 4-3 in Yorkshire, but the 1902-03 season saw the team slide somewhat unceremoniously into the Second Division, despite Thomas showing himself to be well worth his place in the forwards.

The 1903-04 campaign saw Thomas continuing his good form, with 39 appearances in the pack. The season, of course, ended in triumph as the Saints beat [level on points] Holbeck in a special Test Match at Huddersfield to secure promotion back to the Top Tier.

Alas, Thomas seemingly had had enough at Knowsley Road by November 1904, when he wrote to the Committee asking for his transfer. E. J. Hannaford, the Saints’ Chairman, recorded in the Minutes that: “It was decided to retain him on our register and that he be written to that effect”. Thomas continued to play, however, although selections for the A team became more frequent. He played his last match for the seniors at Halifax on 29th April 1905. Saints lost 2-23, but this was the last of Thomas’s 86 matches in three years.

The Mawson trail, rugby-wise seemingly goes cold, but the 1911 census picks him up as living in Leigh, with wife Elizabeth and a young family. Thomas wasn’t at home. He is listed as a miner in South Africa! Obviously he had been involved with the [iron ore] mining industry earlier and this would probably have been a natural progression if work was scarce generally. And there the story ends. If anyone has any further information about Thomas and his South African adventure in particular, we would like to hear from you.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1902~03 0 0 0 31
1903~041 0 0 39
1904~050 0 0 16
TOTALS:1 0 0 86
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
TOTALS:

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
27th Sep 1902
W
12 Brighouse Rovers L 1902~03 A 4 3 VIEW
4th Oct 1902
L
12 Swinton L 1902~03 H 6 10 VIEW
11th Oct 1902
D
12 Runcorn L 1902~03 H 0 0 VIEW
18th Oct 1902
L
12 Batley L 1902~03 A 4 7 VIEW
25th Oct 1902
W
12 Salford L 1902~03 H 9 5 VIEW
1st Nov 1902
L
12 Halifax L 1902~03 A 0 8 VIEW
8th Nov 1902
L
12 Leigh L 1902~03 H 2 13 VIEW
15th Nov 1902
W
12 Hull L 1902~03 A 4 3 VIEW
22nd Nov 1902
L
12 Oldham L 1902~03 H 0 3 VIEW
29th Nov 1902
L
12 Broughton Rangers L 1902~03 A 0 23 VIEW
6th Dec 1902
L
12 Hull K.R. L 1902~03 A 0 10 VIEW
20th Dec 1902
L
15 Wigan L 1902~03 H 5 6 VIEW
27th Dec 1902
L
12 Widnes L 1902~03 A 0 8 VIEW
1st Jan 1903
W
12 Batley L 1902~03 H 7 5 VIEW
3rd Jan 1903
L
12 Bradford L 1902~03 A 2 14 VIEW
10th Jan 1903
L
12 Huddersfield L 1902~03 H 5 13 VIEW
24th Jan 1903
L
12 Brighouse Rangers L 1902~03 H 0 7 VIEW
31st Jan 1903
L
12 Swinton L 1902~03 A 0 15 VIEW
7th Feb 1903
L
14 Runcorn L 1902~03 A 0 19 VIEW
14th Feb 1903
W
12 Warrington CC1 1902~03 H 6 3 VIEW
21st Feb 1903
L
12 Rochdale Hornets CC2 1902~03 H 2 8 VIEW
24th Feb 1903
L
12 Warrington L 1902~03 A 0 6 VIEW
28th Feb 1903
W
12 Halifax L 1902~03 H 7 3 VIEW
7th Mar 1903
W
12 Leigh L 1902~03 A 8 5 VIEW
14th Mar 1903
W
12 Hull L 1902~03 H 10 8 VIEW
28th Mar 1903
L
12 Broughton Rangers L 1902~03 H 3 18 VIEW
31st Mar 1903
L
12 Oldham L 1902~03 A 4 13 VIEW
4th Apr 1903
L
12 Hull K.R. L 1902~03 H 2 6 VIEW
11th Apr 1903
D
12 Hunslet L 1902~03 H 5 5 VIEW
13th Apr 1903
L
12 Salford L 1902~03 A 3 11 VIEW
18th Apr 1903
W
12 Wigan L 1902~03 A 5 3 VIEW
12th Sep 1903
W
13 Birkenhead Wanderers L 1903~04 A 3 0 VIEW
19th Sep 1903
W
13 Barrow L 1903~04 H 18 6 VIEW
26th Sep 1903
L
13 Holbeck L 1903~04 A 3 19 VIEW
3rd Oct 1903
W
13 Normanton L 1903~04 H 27 0 VIEW
17th Oct 1903
W
13 York L 1903~04 H 2 0 VIEW
24th Oct 1903
D
13 Morecambe L 1903~04 A 2 2 VIEW
31st Oct 1903
W
13 Brighouse Rangers L 1903~04 H 10 0 VIEW
7th Nov 1903
W
13 South Shields L 1903~04 A 6 0 VIEW
14th Nov 1903
W
13 Millom L 1903~04 H 17 4 VIEW
21st Nov 1903
D
13 Bramley L 1903~04 A 0 0 VIEW
28th Nov 1903
W
13 Wakefield Trinity L 1903~04 H 11 8 VIEW
5th Dec 1903
W
13 Pontefract L 1903~04 A 10 3 VIEW
12th Dec 1903
L
13 Castleford L 1903~04 A 0 7 VIEW
19th Dec 1903
W
13 Rochdale Hornets L OBJ 1903~04 H 14 2 VIEW
25th Dec 1903
L
13 Wigan SWLL 1903~04 A 6 12 VIEW
26th Dec 1903
L
13 Lancaster L OBJ 1903~04 A 3 10 VIEW
9th Jan 1904
W
13 Birkenhead Wanderers L 1903~04 H 3 0 VIEW
16th Jan 1904
W
13 Barrow L 1903~04 A 8 0 VIEW
23rd Jan 1904
W
13 Holbeck L 1903~04 H 10 0 VIEW
30th Jan 1904
W
13 Normanton L 1903~04 A 8 6 1 VIEW
13th Feb 1904
L
13 York L 1903~04 A 0 5 VIEW
16th Feb 1904
D
13 Dewsbury L 1903~04 A 3 3 VIEW
20th Feb 1904
W
13 Morecambe L 1903~04 H 8 0 VIEW
22nd Feb 1904
W
13 Rochdale Hornets L 1903~04 H 6 0 VIEW
27th Feb 1904
L
13 Brighouse Rangers L 1903~04 A 0 3 VIEW
5th Mar 1904
W
13 Highfield CCP 1903~04 H 48 5 VIEW
12th Mar 1904
L
13 Halifax CC1 1903~04 A 0 15 VIEW
16th Mar 1904
W
13 Millom L 1903~04 A 3 0 VIEW
19th Mar 1904
W
13 Bramley L 1903~04 H 21 2 VIEW
1st Apr 1904
W
13 Widnes SWLL 1903~04 A 8 4 VIEW
2nd Apr 1904
D
13 Runcorn SWLL 1903~04 A 3 3 VIEW
4th Apr 1904
L
13 Warrington SWLL 1903~04 A 3 19 VIEW
9th Apr 1904
W
13 Castleford L 1903~04 H 31 3 VIEW
13th Apr 1904
W
13 Lancaster L 1903~04 A 12 2 VIEW
16th Apr 1904
L
13 Rochdale Hornets L 1903~04 A 0 5 VIEW
21st Apr 1904
W
13 Pontefract L 1903~04 H 19 0 VIEW
23rd Apr 1904
W
13 Lancaster L 1903~04 H 35 2 VIEW
30th Apr 1904
W
13 South Shields L 1903~04 H 23 0 VIEW
14th May 1904
W
13 Holbeck LPO 1903~04 N 7 0 VIEW
10th Sep 1904
L
14 Wigan L 1904~05 H 7 11 VIEW
17th Sep 1904
L
14 Swinton L 1904~05 A 7 17 VIEW
24th Sep 1904
L
14 Broughton Rangers L 1904~05 A 5 24 VIEW
8th Oct 1904
L
14 Batley L 1904~05 A 10 20 VIEW
15th Oct 1904
L
14 Hunslet L 1904~05 H 3 9 VIEW
10th Dec 1904
L
12 Bradford L 1904~05 H 8 18 VIEW
17th Dec 1904
L
10 Leeds L 1904~05 A 2 17 VIEW
4th Feb 1905
W
9 Batley L 1904~05 H 4 0 VIEW
18th Feb 1905
L
15 Widnes L 1904~05 H 5 7 VIEW
25th Feb 1905
L
9 Salford L 1904~05 A 2 19 VIEW
30th Mar 1905
L
9 Leigh L 1904~05 H 0 2 VIEW
1st Apr 1905
L
9 Hull L 1904~05 H 0 13 VIEW
8th Apr 1905
L
9 Bradford L 1904~05 A 6 9 VIEW
15th Apr 1905
L
9 Leeds L 1904~05 H 5 10 VIEW
21st Apr 1905
L
9 Warrington L 1904~05 A 0 5 VIEW
24th Apr 1905
W
9 Runcorn L 1904~05 A 9 0 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 37 | LOSSES : 43 | DRAWS : 6

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