Ernie Mills

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
23-10-1923
N/A
28-08-1943
Unknown.
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
04-9-1943 v Keighley
Oldham
1947-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1943-1946
76 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
12
18
0
72

BIOGRAPHY

Ernie Mills by Alex Service

A local lad, who lived in Talbot Street, Ernie Mills first came into prominence as a member of the Saints’ senior team in the War Emergency League. His debut was against a powerful Keighley team at Knowsley Road and he was at loose forward that afternoon, with Harry Finney and Norman Thompson in the back row. It proved to be quite a spirited performance from the home team and the young debutant, although they eventually lost the game 17-23.

Essentially he was a loose forward, but Ernie had the all-round ability to enable him to play in the centres if need be. Indeed, he played against Widnes in Saints’ first pre-war league match against Widnes at Knowsley Road in the left centre position and once again did well. He scored a try, but the Chemics came away with an 8-20 victory. Ernie’s winger that afternoon was another local lad, Frank Riley.

Ernie could also kick goals, although he was utilised sparingly, with the likes of the Stott brothers around. The Saints, of course, were at the start of a long building process that would see them start to become one of the rugby league elite during the early 1950s, but success was at a premium during Ernie’s time at Knowsley Road. Yet he was a valued team member, with excellent all-round skills. Perhaps one of his finest moments came at Central Park, Wigan on Good Friday 1947, in front of over 30,000 fans, when the Saints upset the form book with a shock 12-7 victory. Ernie was on the left wing, with Jimmy Stott as his centre. On the other wing was Duggie Greenall.

The 1946-47 season was to be his last in a Saints’ jersey and his final game was at right centre in the 7-18 defeat against Oldham on 12th April 1947 at Knowsley Road. Ernie later became a valuable member of the groundstaff at the club. He was a Pattern Maker in a Gas Stoves Works and in 1939 he was living in Talbot Street, St Helens. He died in his hometown in February 2005, aged 81.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1943~44 0 10 0 13
1944~45 0 6 0 18
1945~46 12 2 0 33
1946~470 0 0 12
TOTALS:12 18 0 76
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1943~44 1101
1944~45 0201
TOTALS:1302

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
4th Sep 1943 L 13 Keighley WEL 1943~44 H 17 23 VIEW
11th Sep 1943 L 11 Leeds WEL 1943~44 H 5 28 VIEW
18th Sep 1943 L 4 Dewsbury WEL 1943~44 A 16 46 VIEW
25th Sep 1943 L 3 Barrow WEL 1943~44 H 5 24 VIEW
30th Oct 1943 L 4 Oldham WEL 1943~44 A 8 10 VIEW
27th Dec 1943 L 13 Wigan WEL 1943~44 H 2 7 VIEW
1st Jan 1944 L 13 Featherstone Rovers WEL 1943~44 H 0 30 VIEW
5th Feb 1944 L 3 Wigan * Fr 1943~44 A 5 51 1 1 VIEW
12th Feb 1944 W 13 Batley WEL 1943~44 H 13 8 2 VIEW
19th Feb 1944 L 13 Halifax WEL 1943~44 H 9 16 3 VIEW
26th Feb 1944 L 13 Wakefield Trinity WEL 1943~44 A 5 21 1 VIEW
4th Mar 1944 L 13 Huddersfield WEL 1943~44 H 6 19 VIEW
11th Mar 1944 L 13 Dewsbury CC1(1) 1943~44 A 7 43 1 VIEW
18th Mar 1944 L 13 Dewsbury CC1(2) 1943~44 H 15 33 3 VIEW
2nd Sep 1944 D 13 Huddersfield WEL 1944~45 H 5 5 VIEW
16th Sep 1944 L 13 Castleford WEL 1944~45 A 11 26 VIEW
2nd Dec 1944 L 13 Featherstone Rovers WEL 1944~45 A 2 8 VIEW
9th Dec 1944 W 13 Dewsbury WEL 1944~45 H 12 0 VIEW
16th Dec 1944 L 13 Huddersfield WEL 1944~45 A 8 20 1 VIEW
25th Dec 1944 L 13 Wigan WEL 1944~45 A 5 20 VIEW
26th Dec 1944 L 13 Wigan WEL AB 1944~45 H 3 12 VIEW
30th Dec 1944 W 13 Keighley WEL 1944~45 H 10 0 VIEW
13th Jan 1945 L 13 Barrow WEL 1944~45 A 6 22 VIEW
3rd Feb 1945 L 13 Halifax WEL 1944~45 A 3 29 VIEW
10th Feb 1945 L 13 Castleford WEL 1944~45 H 2 16 VIEW
17th Feb 1945 L 11 Barrow WEL 1944~45 H 8 24 VIEW
24th Feb 1945 L 13 Leeds WEL 1944~45 A 14 20 1 VIEW
3rd Mar 1945 L 13 Wakefield Trinity WEL 1944~45 A 7 36 1 VIEW
10th Mar 1945 L 5 Oldham WEL 1944~45 H 10 21 1 VIEW
17th Mar 1945 L 13 Bradford Northern CC1(1) 1944~45 H 8 15 VIEW
24th Mar 1945 L 13 Bradford Northern CC1(2) 1944~45 A 13 34 2 VIEW
7th Apr 1945 L 13 Bradford Northern WEL 1944~45 A 0 22 VIEW
28th Apr 1945 W 13 Wigan * Fr 1944~45 H 13 6 2 VIEW
25th Aug 1945 L 4 Widnes L 1945~46 A 8 20 1 VIEW
1st Sep 1945 L 13 Widnes L 1945~46 H 2 7 VIEW
3rd Sep 1945 W 13 Broughton Rangers L 1945~46 A 11 5 1 VIEW
8th Sep 1945 W 13 Oldham L 1945~46 A 23 15 1 VIEW
15th Sep 1945 W 13 Wakefield Trinity L 1945~46 H 15 3 VIEW
22nd Sep 1945 L 13 Workington Town LC1(1) 1945~46 A 8 9 VIEW
29th Sep 1945 W 13 Workington Town LC1(2) 1945~46 H 21 11 2 VIEW
6th Oct 1945 W 13 Rochdale Hornets L 1945~46 A 11 4 VIEW
13th Oct 1945 W 13 Rochdale Hornets L 1945~46 H 21 0 VIEW
17th Oct 1945 L 13 Wigan LCSF 1945~46 A 5 18 VIEW
20th Oct 1945 W 13 Hunslet L 1945~46 H 15 12 1 VIEW
27th Oct 1945 L 13 Barrow L 1945~46 A 13 23 VIEW
3rd Nov 1945 D 13 Swinton L 1945~46 A 5 5 VIEW
10th Nov 1945 L 13 Broughton Rangers L 1945~46 H 8 10 1 VIEW
8th Dec 1945 W 13 York L 1945~46 H 22 7 2 VIEW
15th Dec 1945 L 3 Warrington L 1945~46 A 7 38 2 VIEW
22nd Dec 1945 L 13 Workington Town L 1945~46 H 5 20 VIEW
25th Dec 1945 W 13 Liverpool Stanley L 1945~46 A 26 3 VIEW
26th Dec 1945 L 13 Wigan L 1945~46 H 3 38 VIEW
29th Dec 1945 L 13 Workington Town L 1945~46 A 8 9 VIEW
1st Jan 1946 W 13 Liverpool Stanley L 1945~46 H 16 8 VIEW
2nd Feb 1946 W 3 Swinton L 1945~46 H 7 5 VIEW
9th Feb 1946 L 3 Castleford CC1(1) 1945~46 A 4 10 VIEW
16th Feb 1946 W 3 Castleford CC1(2) 1945~46 H 14 5 1 VIEW
23rd Feb 1946 L 3 Warrington L 1945~46 H 10 17 VIEW
2nd Mar 1946 L 13 Workington Town CC2 1945~46 H 6 13 VIEW
9th Mar 1946 W 3 Halifax L 1945~46 H 13 0 1 VIEW
23rd Mar 1946 L 4 Halifax L 1945~46 A 11 21 VIEW
30th Mar 1946 L 3 Barrow L 1945~46 H 22 30 1 VIEW
6th Apr 1946 L 13 York L 1945~46 A 14 33 VIEW
10th Apr 1946 L 13 Salford L 1945~46 A 5 6 VIEW
13th Apr 1946 L 13 Oldham L 1945~46 H 9 14 VIEW
19th Apr 1946 L 13 Wigan L 1945~46 A 9 15 VIEW
31st Aug 1946 L 13 Widnes L 1946~47 H 2 10 VIEW
19th Oct 1946 W 13 Salford L 1946~47 A 11 2 VIEW
26th Oct 1946 W 13 Halifax L 1946~47 H 15 8 VIEW
2nd Nov 1946 W 13 Oldham L 1946~47 A 7 3 VIEW
9th Nov 1946 L 13 Swinton L 1946~47 H 11 15 VIEW
16th Nov 1946 D 13 Belle Vue Rangers L 1946~47 A 10 10 VIEW
4th Jan 1947 L 3 Leeds L 1946~47 A 5 20 VIEW
11th Jan 1947 L 13 Leeds L 1946~47 H 7 8 VIEW
4th Apr 1947 W 5 Wigan L 1946~47 A 12 7 VIEW
5th Apr 1947 L 5 Warrington L 1946~47 H 6 10 VIEW
7th Apr 1947 L 5 Belle Vue Rangers L 1946~47 H 10 12 VIEW
12th Apr 1947 L 3 Oldham L 1946~47 H 7 18 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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