Les Quirk

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
06-03-1965
N/A
01-10-1987
Barrow
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
04-10-1987 v Halifax
New Zealand
1993- Whitehaven
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1987-1993
160 (12)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
98
0
0
392

BIOGRAPHY

Les Quirk by Dave Dooley:

This lad from Ulverston was signed from Barrow on October 1st., 1987. Three days later he was making his debut in the away game at Halifax. Although Saints lost by 14 points to 12, Les scored a promising try on debut. Blessed with speed and a spectacular swerve Les was also a difficult man to stop close to the tryline. He scored some of the most outstanding tries in his six and bit season at the Saints. In that first season with the Saints his try strike return was impressive. He scorched in for two hat tricks against Salford and Auckland out of a season total of 16 tries from 25 games. This initial campaign at Knowsley Road also witnessed Les gaining a winner`s medal at Central Park, Wigan in the John Player Trophy Final. Saints put in a magnificent defensive effort to hold off a tenacious Leeds outfit who were hell bent on pulling back Saints? half time lead. However, Saints prevailed by 15 points to 14.

In the following season (1988/9) Les produced a sizzling display in scoring a hat trick against Oldham as part of a 58 points to 12 home league victory. One of his most memorable matches came in the Rugby League Challenge Cup semi-final against Widnes on March 11th. 1989 when Saints prevailed in one of the best and closet semi-final matches of all time by 16 points to 14. Les Quirk scored a brace of spectacular tries including a long range touchline dart which demonstrated all his qualities a strong fend off, masterful body swerve and crash dive at the corner to bemuse a smoking Widnes defence. However, Les and the Saints had a Saints had a miserable end to the season finishing seventh in the league and being whitewashed by the old enemy Wigan at Wembley. On a personal note Les had a fantastic campaign ending the season as top tryscorer at the club with 24 touchdowns as well as being top of the appearances chart with 37 matches.

An early injury in the first match of the season saw Les out of action until December. Furthermore, experimentation with player combinations continued in the 1989/90 season with the team playing no fewer than 36 players over the campaign. Although ending up close to the top of the league as the highest scorers, some inconsistencies were denying the team of the big prizes. Les seemed to grab a try whenever he played in the second half of the season and finished the campaign with 15 tries from 21 appearances. The season`s highlight for Les and the Saints came on Good Friday 1990 when Wigan were trounced by 35 points to 10 at Knowsley Road and Les scored a hat trick. The pick of the crop was a quick 20 metres restart when Les received a short pass and left the Wigan defence in his wake as he stormed 80 metres and under the posts for a try which brought the house down. Saints ended the season as top points scorers in the league but lost form towards the end of the campaign. Once again the Knowsley Road trophy cabinet remained empty.

In the following season (1990-91) as the Saints rattled up the points again unfortunately the side was defensively stretched in many games and 11 losses in the league left Cooper`s men in sixth position. Les was back to full fitness and scored at regular intervals. He posted three home hat tricks against Hull KR, Wakefield and Warrington as he accumulated 26 tries for the campaign. This career best total with the Saints left him joint top of the Saints tryscoring charts with Alan Hunte. Another magnificent Challenge Cup semi-final win over Widnes set up a Wembley final against the old enemy. Yet again Saints fell at the final hurdle as Wigan held on to a handy half time lead to prevail by 13 points to 8 in the 1991 Challenge Cup Final. Many felt that Wigan were there for the taking on that day and this made the club even more determined to bring some silverware to Knowsley Road. Sadly for Les, the ball rarely came out to the wings on a day when the Saints were a little underdone.

Les soon was in a position to extend his medal collection when Saints made a good start to the season in the Lancashire Cup or so he thought. In the first round Saints played Trafford Borough and the 104 points that Saints amassed included a hat trick from the genial Cumbrian. At the time Mike McClennan was trying different combinations in the backs and Anthony Sullivan emerged as Les` main contender for the number five shirt. Saints went on to record a 24 points to 14 win over Rochdale Hornets in the Lancashire Cup Final at Warrington but Les had to settle for a spectator`s seat that day. Les was in and out of the team managing to accrue 9 tries from 19 matches by the end of the campaign. The side eventually settled down that season and finished a comfortable second position in the league but still somewhat adrift from Wigan at the top.

The 1992/3 season followed a similar pattern for Les with Hunte, Sullivan and Mike Riley vying for just two wing positions. Les was unlucky when it came round to Finals football. Again he missed out when Saints lost to Wigan by one point in the last ever Lancashire Cup Final that season. At the end of a successful campaign Les again had to sit out the Premiership Final victory by 10 points to 4 over Wigan at Old Trafford. He still managed to net 8 tries from 20 appearances including braces against Bradford and Leigh.

The start of the 1993/4 season saw Les play two matches on the right wing and two on the left flank without scoring. The competition for places was intense and both Hunte and Sullivan were on the top of their game. After coming on as substitute against New Zealand in the Tour match Les was transferred to Whitehaven. In 160 appearances for the club Les scored 98 tries at an impressive strike rate of 0.61 tries per game.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1987~88 16 0 0 25
1988~89 24 0 0 37
1989~9015 0 0 23
1990~9126 0 0 32
1991~929 0 0 19
1992~938 0 0 20
1993~94 0 0 0 6
TOTALS:98 0 0 162
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1988~891001
1989~900001
1991~921001
1992~930001
1993~941001
TOTALS:3005

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
4th Oct 1987
L
5 Halifax L 1987~88 A 12 14 1 VIEW
18th Oct 1987
W
5 Leigh L 1987~88 H 23 14 VIEW
25th Oct 1987
W
5 Salford L 1987~88 A 18 8 3 VIEW
1st Nov 1987
W
5 Auckland Tour 1987~88 H 52 26 3 VIEW
8th Nov 1987
L
5 Leeds L 1987~88 A 21 24 VIEW
14th Nov 1987
W
5 Widnes JP1 1987~88 H 12 10 1 VIEW
22nd Nov 1987
W
5 Mansfield Marksmen JP2 1987~88 H 40 0 VIEW
29th Nov 1987
W
5 Hull JP3 1987~88 H 20 16 1 VIEW
6th Dec 1987
L
5 Hull K.R. L 1987~88 A 16 25 VIEW
13th Dec 1987
W
5 Warrington L 1987~88 H 17 14 1 VIEW
19th Dec 1987
W
5 Oldham JPSF 1987~88 N 18 8 VIEW
27th Dec 1987
W
5 Wigan L 1987~88 A 32 22 1 VIEW
3rd Jan 1988
W
5 Widnes L 1987~88 H 25 0 1 VIEW
9th Jan 1988
W
5 Leeds JPF 1987~88 N 15 14 VIEW
17th Jan 1988
W
5 Bradford Northern L 1987~88 A 13 12 VIEW
31st Jan 1988
W
5 Leigh CC1 1987~88 A 22 12 1 VIEW
7th Feb 1988
W
5 Halifax L 1987~88 H 16 4 VIEW
13th Feb 1988
W
5 Warrington CC2 1987~88 A 24 20 1 VIEW
1st Apr 1988
L
5 Wigan L 1987~88 H 9 10 VIEW
10th Apr 1988
L
5 Leeds L 1987~88 H 23 28 1 VIEW
13th Apr 1988
W
5 Hull L 1987~88 A 20 8 VIEW
17th Apr 1988
W
5 Swinton L 1987~88 H 52 4 VIEW
24th Apr 1988
W
5 Castleford PT1 1987~88 H 40 8 1 VIEW
8th May 1988
W
5 Bradford Northern PTSF 1987~88 H 24 10 VIEW
15th May 1988
L
5 Widnes PTF 1987~88 N 14 38 VIEW
14th Aug 1988
W
5 Widnes* Fr Charity 1988~89 H 28 16 1 VIEW
28th Aug 1988
W
5 Bradford Northern L 1988~89 H 23 16 1 VIEW
4th Sep 1988
W
5 Warrington L 1988~89 A 25 14 VIEW
11th Sep 1988
D
5 Castleford L 1988~89 H 14 14 VIEW
18th Sep 1988
L
5 Widnes LC1 1988~89 A 24 32 VIEW
2nd Oct 1988
W
5 Wakefield Trinity L 1988~89 H 30 14 1 VIEW
9th Oct 1988
W
5 Hull K.R. L 1988~89 A 30 22 1 VIEW
16th Oct 1988
L
5 Hull L 1988~89 H 9 20 VIEW
23rd Oct 1988
W
5 Oldham L 1988~89 A 26 22 VIEW
6th Nov 1988
W
5 Salford L 1988~89 H 30 14 VIEW
13th Nov 1988
W
5 York JP1 1988~89 A 14 6 VIEW
20th Nov 1988
L
5 Castleford L 1988~89 A 12 46 1 VIEW
27th Nov 1988
W
5 Hull JP2 1988~89 H 16 13 1 VIEW
4th Dec 1988
W
5 Wakefield Trinity JP3 1988~89 H 34 18 VIEW
10th Dec 1988
L
5 Widnes JPSF 1988~89 N 18 20 2 VIEW
13th Dec 1988
L
5 Hull L 1988~89 A 12 21 VIEW
18th Dec 1988
W
5 Halifax L 1988~89 H 50 16 2 VIEW
26th Dec 1988
L
5 Wigan L 1988~89 H 11 18 VIEW
1st Jan 1989
L
5 Widnes L 1988~89 A 22 29 1 VIEW
8th Jan 1989
W
5 Leeds L 1988~89 H 15 6 1 VIEW
15th Jan 1989
L
5 Featherstone Rovers L 1988~89 A 12 13 1 VIEW
22nd Jan 1989
W
5 Hull K.R. L 1988~89 H 29 0 1 VIEW
29th Jan 1989
W
5 Swinton CC1 1988~89 A 16 5 1 VIEW
12th Feb 1989
W
5 Barrow CC2 1988~89 H 28 6 1 VIEW
19th Feb 1989
W
5 Bradford Northern L 1988~89 A 16 12 1 VIEW
26th Feb 1989
W
5 Featherstone Rovers CC3 1988~89 H 32 3 1 VIEW
1st Mar 1989
W
5 Oldham L 1988~89 H 58 12 3 VIEW
11th Mar 1989
W
5 Widnes CCSF 1988~89 N 16 14 2 VIEW
14th Mar 1989
L
5 Salford L 1988~89 A 4 22 VIEW
19th Mar 1989
L
5 Featherstone Rovers L 1988~89 H 10 31 VIEW
27th Mar 1989
L
5 Widnes L 1988~89 H 16 44 VIEW
2nd Apr 1989
L
5 Wakefield Trinity L 1988~89 A 14 21 1 VIEW
9th Apr 1989
W
5 Warrington L 1988~89 H 30 16 VIEW
12th Apr 1989
L
5 Wigan L 1988~89 A 7 14 VIEW
16th Apr 1989
L
5 Halifax L 1988~89 A 8 40 1 VIEW
23rd Apr 1989
W
5 Wigan PT1 1988~89 A 4 2 VIEW
29th Apr 1989
L
5 Wigan CCF 1988~89 N 0 27 VIEW
7th May 1989
L
5 Widnes PTSF 1988~89 A 14 38 VIEW
20th Aug 1989
W
5 Widnes* Fr Charity 1989~90 A 24 16 VIEW
3rd Sep 1989
W
5 Sheffield Eagles L 1989~90 A 36 20 VIEW
10th Dec 1989
D
14 Dewsbury RT2 1989~90 H 12 12 Y VIEW
13th Dec 1989
W
14 Dewsbury RT2 (rep) 1989~90 A 14 0 1 VIEW
17th Dec 1989
W
14 Oldham RT3 1989~90 H 32 18 VIEW
26th Dec 1989
L
14 Wigan L 1989~90 A 6 38 1 VIEW
1st Jan 1990
L
5 Widnes L 1989~90 H 8 18 VIEW
7th Jan 1990
L
15 Leigh L 1989~90 A 18 30 VIEW
21st Jan 1990
W
5 Salford L 1989~90 A 25 10 1 VIEW
28th Jan 1990
W
5 Bramley CC1 1989~90 A 22 14 2 VIEW
31st Jan 1990
W
5 Bradford Northern L 1989~90 H 32 10 VIEW
4th Feb 1990
W
5 Leeds L 1989~90 H 32 26 1 VIEW
10th Feb 1990
W
5 Hull CC2 1989~90 A 24 12 1 VIEW
18th Feb 1990
W
5 Barrow L 1989~90 A 46 6 VIEW
25th Feb 1990
W
5 Whitehaven CC3 1989~90 H 44 10 1 VIEW
28th Feb 1990
D
15 Warrington L AB 1989~90 H 0 0 Y VIEW
4th Mar 1990
L
5 Castleford L 1989~90 A 24 34 1 VIEW
10th Mar 1990
L
5 Wigan CCSF 1989~90 N 14 20 1 VIEW
14th Mar 1990
L
5 Warrington L 1989~90 H 14 23 VIEW
17th Mar 1990
W
5 Wakefield Trinity L 1989~90 H 44 21 1 VIEW
8th Apr 1990
W
5 Sheffield Eagles L 1989~90 H 42 26 VIEW
13th Apr 1990
W
5 Wigan L 1989~90 H 35 10 3 VIEW
16th Apr 1990
L
5 Widnes L 1989~90 A 16 34 1 VIEW
22nd Apr 1990
L
5 Bradford Northern PT1 1989~90 A 8 25 VIEW
26th Aug 1990
W
5 Trafford Borough LC1 1990~91 H 56 24 1 VIEW
2nd Sep 1990
L
5 Salford LC2 1990~91 A 7 21 1 VIEW
9th Sep 1990
L
5 Hull L 1990~91 A 14 20 VIEW
16th Sep 1990
W
5 Bradford Northern L 1990~91 H 24 20 VIEW
23rd Sep 1990
W
5 Hull K.R. L 1990~91 H 42 10 3 VIEW
30th Sep 1990
L
5 Leeds L 1990~91 A 4 23 VIEW
7th Oct 1990
L
5 Australia Tour 1990~91 H 4 34 1 VIEW
4th Nov 1990
W
5 Rochdale Hornets L 1990~91 A 30 18 1 VIEW
11th Nov 1990
W
5 Sheffield Eagles L 1990~91 H 34 17 VIEW
23rd Dec 1990
L
5 Sheffield Eagles L 1990~91 A 8 18 1 VIEW
26th Dec 1990
L
5 Wigan L 1990~91 H 15 28 VIEW
1st Jan 1991
L
5 Widnes L 1990~91 A 8 14 VIEW
6th Jan 1991
W
5 Wakefield Trinity L 1990~91 H 36 14 3 VIEW
13th Jan 1991
W
5 Featherstone Rovers L 1990~91 A 36 28 VIEW
20th Jan 1991
W
5 Leeds L 1990~91 H 22 16 1 VIEW
27th Jan 1991
D
5 Hull K.R. L 1990~91 A 26 26 2 VIEW
3rd Feb 1991
W
5 Oldham L 1990~91 A 20 16 VIEW
10th Feb 1991
W
5 Swinton CC1 1990~91 A 18 8 VIEW
18th Feb 1991
W
5 Hull L 1990~91 H 12 10 1 VIEW
23rd Feb 1991
W
5 Wakefield Trinity CC2 1990~91 H 16 2 VIEW
3rd Mar 1991
L
5 Warrington L 1990~91 A 20 34 2 VIEW
10th Mar 1991
W
5 Halifax CC3 1990~91 A 24 16 1 VIEW
13th Mar 1991
W
5 Oldham L 1990~91 H 33 22 2 VIEW
17th Mar 1991
W
5 Featherstone Rovers L 1990~91 H 54 38 1 VIEW
24th Mar 1991
L
5 Castleford L 1990~91 A 4 28 VIEW
30th Mar 1991
W
5 Widnes CCSF 1990~91 N 19 2 VIEW
1st Apr 1991
L
5 Widnes L 1990~91 H 12 20 VIEW
4th Apr 1991
L
5 Wigan L 1990~91 A 14 28 1 VIEW
7th Apr 1991
W
5 Wakefield Trinity L 1990~91 A 22 8 1 VIEW
14th Apr 1991
W
5 Warrington L 1990~91 H 62 16 3 VIEW
21st Apr 1991
L
5 Hull PT1 1990~91 A 12 28 VIEW
27th Apr 1991
L
5 Wigan CCF 1990~91 N 8 13 VIEW
18th Aug 1991
W
5 Widnes* Fr Charity 1991~92 A 30 26 1 VIEW
8th Sep 1991
W
5 Warrington L 1991~92 H 27 20 VIEW
15th Sep 1991
W
5 Trafford Borough LC1 1991~92 H 104 12 3 VIEW
22nd Sep 1991
W
5 Swinton L 1991~92 A 16 12 VIEW
26th Sep 1991
W
5 Oldham LC2 1991~92 H 39 26 VIEW
29th Sep 1991
W
5 Castleford L 1991~92 H 25 14 1 VIEW
6th Oct 1991
L
5 Halifax L 1991~92 A 6 26 VIEW
23rd Oct 1991
W
5 Salford L 1991~92 H 25 16 VIEW
27th Oct 1991
D
5 Leeds L 1991~92 A 8 8 VIEW
3rd Nov 1991
L
5 Wakefield Trinity L 1991~92 A 12 20 1 VIEW
10th Nov 1991
W
5 Hull K.R. L 1991~92 H 38 15 VIEW
24th Nov 1991
W
14 Oldham RT2 1991~92 A 24 18 1 VIEW
1st Dec 1991
W
2 Bradford Northern RT3 1991~92 H 30 12 VIEW
4th Dec 1991
L
2 Featherstone Rovers L 1991~92 A 6 8 1 VIEW
12th Jan 1992
W
14 Featherstone Rovers L 1991~92 H 28 10 VIEW
19th Jan 1992
W
14 Wakefield Trinity L 1991~92 H 40 12 VIEW
16th Feb 1992
W
2 Bradford Northern L 1991~92 A 20 8 VIEW
22nd Mar 1992
W
5 Halifax L 1991~92 H 30 28 1 VIEW
29th Mar 1992
W
5 Hull L 1991~92 H 42 12 1 VIEW
17th Apr 1992
L
5 Wigan L 1991~92 H 6 16 VIEW
2nd Aug 1992
W
2 St. Helens Born XIII* Fr Testimonial 1992~93 H 72 46 VIEW
23rd Aug 1992
W
14 Wigan CS 1992~93 N 17 0 VIEW
30th Aug 1992
W
14 Leeds L 1992~93 A 27 14 VIEW
6th Sep 1992
W
2 Wakefield Trinity L 1992~93 H 24 12 VIEW
13th Sep 1992
W
2 Barrow LC1 1992~93 A 36 2 VIEW
20th Sep 1992
W
5 Sheffield Eagles L 1992~93 A 18 10 1 VIEW
27th Oct 1992
W
2 Huddersfield RTP 1992~93 H 44 18 1 VIEW
1st Nov 1992
L
2 Bradford Northern L 1992~93 H 18 35 2 VIEW
8th Nov 1992
W
2 Leeds RT1 1992~93 H 15 14 VIEW
11th Nov 1992
L
2 Leigh L 1992~93 A 6 11 VIEW
6th Dec 1992
W
2 Featherstone Rovers RT2 1992~93 A 25 8 VIEW
11th Dec 1992
L
5 Castleford L 1992~93 A 6 16 VIEW
19th Dec 1992
L
5 Castleford RT3 1992~93 H 8 12 1 VIEW
6th Jan 1993
W
2 Leigh L 1992~93 H 64 9 2 VIEW
22nd Jan 1993
W
2 Halifax L 1992~93 H 18 16 VIEW
31st Jan 1993
W
2 Featherstone Rovers CC1 1992~93 A 24 22 VIEW
5th Feb 1993
W
5 Warrington L 1992~93 H 12 4 VIEW
13th Feb 1993
L
5 Wigan CC2 1992~93 A 3 23 VIEW
17th Feb 1993
L
5 Widnes L 1992~93 A 8 26 VIEW
21st Feb 1993
L
5 Hull L 1992~93 A 16 21 VIEW
12th Apr 1993
W
14 Widnes L 1992~93 H 29 18 1 VIEW
8th Aug 1993
L
5 International XIII* Fr Testimonial 1993~94 H 24 54 1 VIEW
5th Sep 1993
W
2 Salford L 1993~94 H 22 14 VIEW
12th Sep 1993
L
2 Warrington L 1993~94 A 10 17 VIEW
19th Sep 1993
W
5 Leigh L 1993~94 H 34 16 VIEW
26th Sep 1993
W
5 Castleford L 1993~94 A 35 18 VIEW
1st Oct 1993
W
14 Featherstone Rovers L 1993~94 A 37 16 VIEW
20th Oct 1993
L
16 New Zealand Tour 1993~94 H 8 14 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 105 | LOSSES : 57 | DRAWS : 5

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