John Morris

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
29-03-1880
N/A
Date unknown.
St. Helens Recs
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
12-01-1901 v Leigh
Leeds
1905-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1900-1904
24 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
2
0
0
6

BIOGRAPHY

John Morris by Alex Service

In his early Saints’ career, against Swinton, on 22nd January 1901, there is a possible clue as to his origins. For this game he took up a place on the wing, but he was essentially a half-back. The St. Helens Newspaper explained the selection thus: “Veterans like Cross and Appleton were called forth to do battle for the team, while a couple of players from the Runcorn district were included, Morris from the Recs who played wing threequarter and Johnstone, who played in the pack.”

He made his debut in the match at Leigh on 12th January 1901 in the left centre position. Saints lost 0-5 and in the Football Notes column in the Newspaper, criticism of the backs was damning: “the Saints lost by their weakness at threequarter and by their halves being out-classed by the other pair.”

Morris then played the majority of his remaining matches in the halves, scoring tries against Salford [away] and in the home match against Radcliffe at Knowsley Road on 7th December 1901. Surprisingly, his last match was against Leeds on 15th April 1905, when Edmunds partnered him at stand-off. Saints lost 5-10. It was his first match since the 11-8 victory over Leigh at Knowsley Road on Boxing Day 1901 and the last of his 24 appearances for the club.

Thanks to Mike Latham for confirming the identity of this player. His obituary in June 1937, published in the Liverpool Echo, referenced his career and playing position with the Saints. In 1911, John was living in Runcorn and working as a Fish Hawker’s Assistant.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1900~01 1 0 0 13
1901~02 1 0 0 10
1904~050 0 0 1
TOTALS:2 0 0 24
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
TOTALS:

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
12th Jan 1901
L
4 Leigh L 1900~01 A 0 5 VIEW
19th Jan 1901
W
5 Swinton L 1900~01 H 6 3 VIEW
26th Jan 1901
L
6 Rochdale Hornets L 1900~01 A 0 2 VIEW
9th Feb 1901
W
6 Widnes L 1900~01 H 7 5 VIEW
16th Feb 1901
L
6 Runcorn L 1900~01 A 0 5 VIEW
23rd Feb 1901
L
3 Millom L 1900~01 A 2 5 VIEW
9th Mar 1901
D
7 Stockport CC2 1900~01 H 0 0 VIEW
13th Mar 1901
W
7 Stockport CC2(rep) 1900~01 A 11 5 VIEW
16th Mar 1901
L
7 Swinton L 1900~01 A 2 19 VIEW
23rd Mar 1901
L
7 Batley CC3 1900~01 H 5 7 VIEW
5th Apr 1901
L
7 Salford L 1900~01 A 7 16 1 VIEW
6th Apr 1901
L
7 Barrow L 1900~01 H 0 5 VIEW
15th Apr 1901
W
7 Widnes LPO 1900~01 N 3 0 VIEW
7th Sep 1901
L
5 Wigan L & SWLL 1901~02 H 2 8 VIEW
2nd Nov 1901
W
7 Radcliffe L 1901~02 A 19 0 VIEW
9th Nov 1901
L
7 Warrington SWLL 1901~02 H 9 17 VIEW
16th Nov 1901
W
7 Birkenhead Wanderers L AB 1901~02 A 5 0 VIEW
23rd Nov 1901
W
7 Millom L 1901~02 A 8 6 VIEW
30th Nov 1901
L
7 Warrington SWLL 1901~02 A 5 11 VIEW
7th Dec 1901
W
7 Radcliffe L 1901~02 H 23 6 1 VIEW
14th Dec 1901
L
7 Barrow L 1901~02 A 5 7 VIEW
25th Dec 1901
W
7 Hull K.R. L 1901~02 H 12 3 VIEW
26th Dec 1901
W
7 Leigh SWLL 1901~02 H 11 8 VIEW
15th Apr 1905
L
7 Leeds L 1904~05 H 5 10 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 10 | LOSSES : 13 | DRAWS : 1

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