Wilf Smith

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
26-07-1935
N/A
15-09-1955
Clock Face ARL
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
12-11-1955 v Halifax
Wigan
1969- when he Retired
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1955-1968
200 (5)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
55
1
0
167

BIOGRAPHY

Wilf Smith by Alex Service

Wilf was a stalwart of the St.Helens club for 14 years, winning virtually every honour in the game during his career at Knowsley Road. Rugby League was in his blood – his father, Tommy, was a fine second row forward with the mighty St.Helens Recs in the 1920s and part of the famous ‘Smith, Fildes and Mulvanney’ back three! A great all-round footballer, with good hands and a clinical tackler, he signed for the Saints from the Clock Face amateur club on 15 September 1955 and learned his trade in the ‘A’ team before emerging as a stand-off outside the legendary scrum-half Alex Murphy in 1958/59, a season when the Saints won the Championship Final after an epic 44-22 victory over Hunslet. Wilf scored a magical try in the second half, slicing through the opposition defence in a 30 yard run to the line.

The Smith-Murphy combination at half-back was once again seen at its best at Wembley in 1961, when the Saints beat deadly rivals Wigan 12-6 in the baking sun. Wilf’s prodigious work-rate and solid defence were one of the features of his team’s success. He appeared in three more Championship Finals, in 1965, when the Saints lost to a powerful Halifax side at Swinton and two years later, when Wakefield Trinity lifted the silverware after a replay at the same venue, in front of 33,000 spectators! Wilf played in every position in the backs for Saints during his career and never gave anything less than one hundred percent! It was indeed a pity that such a fine player never achieved county recognition, but competition in those days was tough.

Wilf played just 15 matches in Saints four cups season in 1965/66, as a result of a persistent knee injury, although he appeared in five Lancashire Cup Finals for the club, winning four, against Swinton (1961 and 1962), Leigh (1963), when he played left centre and scored a memorable try and in the replayed final against Warrington in 1967, when he was centre to the great Tom Van Vollenhoven. His much-needed experience in the back line was a major contribution to Saints 13-10 success. All told, he played in ten major finals for the club, including replays – a fantastic achievement. He will always be remembered as a solid, reliable footballer and he was awarded a well-earned Benefit in 1967.

Wilf took up a coaching position with Blackpool Borough and became Assistant Coach at Wigan, with George Fairburn and Maurice Bamford in the early 1980s, before becoming involved with the amateur game at Blackbrook and Bold. A member of the prestigious St. Helens Players Association Hall of Fame, he remained knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the modern game until his death in June 2014, aged 78.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1955~56 0 0 0 5
1958~5913 1 0 15
1959~6013 0 0 29
1960~616 0 0 25
1961~62 8 0 0 30
1962~637 0 0 37
1963~646 0 0 26
1964~65 0 0 0 12
1965~66 1 0 0 15
1966~671 0 0 6
1967~68 0 0 0 6
1968~69 0 0 0 5
TOTALS:55 1 0 211
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1955~561001
1958~592004
1959~603001
1960~610001
1961~621001
1962~631001
1963~641001
1966~670001
TOTALS:90011

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
12th Nov 1955 W 6 Halifax L 1955~56 H 13 8 VIEW
26th Dec 1955 L 6 Leigh L 1955~56 H 9 18 VIEW
12th Apr 1956 W 7 Workington Town L 1955~56 A 12 9 VIEW
14th Apr 1956 L 3 Oldham L 1955~56 A 8 40 VIEW
16th Apr 1956 W 6 Whitehaven L 1955~56 H 22 7 VIEW
20th May 1956 L 5 Hull* Fr 1955~56 A 20 23 1 VIEW
9th Aug 1958 L 7 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1958~59 A 10 14 VIEW
11th Oct 1958 W 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1958~59 H 15 8 1 VIEW
27th Dec 1958 W 4 Oldham L 1958~59 H 22 6 VIEW
24th Jan 1959 L 4 Hunslet L 1958~59 A 11 19 VIEW
7th Feb 1959 W 7 Hull L 1958~59 A 19 9 VIEW
27th Mar 1959 L 7 Wigan L 1958~59 A 14 19 1 VIEW
28th Mar 1959 W 7 Liverpool City L 1958~59 A 40 20 VIEW
30th Mar 1959 W 3 Blackpool Borough L 1958~59 H 46 11 1 VIEW
4th Apr 1959 W 7 Halifax L 1958~59 A 25 19 VIEW
14th Apr 1959 W 3 Hull L 1958~59 H 37 16 1 1 VIEW
18th Apr 1959 L 1 Swinton L 1958~59 A 11 19 VIEW
21st Apr 1959 W 7 Workington Town L 1958~59 H 36 14 3 VIEW
25th Apr 1959 W 6 Liverpool City L 1958~59 H 41 22 4 VIEW
27th Apr 1959 L 6 Oldham L 1958~59 A 14 15 1 VIEW
2nd May 1959 W 6 Oldham ChSF 1958~59 H 42 4 VIEW
16th May 1959 W 6 Hunslet ChF 1958~59 N 44 22 1 VIEW
18th May 1959 W 6 Welsh XIII* Fr Tour 1958~59 P 44 28 VIEW
20th May 1959 W 6 Welsh XIII* Fr Tour 1958~59 L 35 19 1 VIEW
23rd May 1959 W 6 Welsh XIII* Fr Tour 1958~59 C 47 31 1 VIEW
8th Aug 1959 W 6 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1959~60 H 50 3 3 VIEW
15th Aug 1959 W 6 Widnes L 1959~60 A 27 14 1 VIEW
17th Aug 1959 W 6 Blackpool Borough L 1959~60 H 59 17 1 VIEW
22nd Aug 1959 W 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1959~60 H 40 7 VIEW
26th Aug 1959 W 6 Swinton L 1959~60 A 32 9 VIEW
29th Aug 1959 W 6 Swinton LC1 1959~60 A 17 9 VIEW
5th Sep 1959 W 4 Leeds L 1959~60 H 23 9 1 VIEW
9th Sep 1959 W 7 Widnes LC2 1959~60 A 24 9 VIEW
12th Sep 1959 W 7 Wakefield Trinity L 1959~60 A 16 2 VIEW
19th Sep 1959 W 6 Hunslet L 1959~60 H 38 17 2 VIEW
26th Sep 1959 W 7 Liverpool City L 1959~60 A 45 6 3 VIEW
30th Sep 1959 W 6 Whitehaven LCSF 1959~60 A 18 2 VIEW
3rd Oct 1959 W 6 Salford L 1959~60 H 40 11 VIEW
10th Oct 1959 L 6 Australia Tour 1959~60 H 2 15 VIEW
17th Oct 1959 W 7 Whitehaven L 1959~60 A 15 12 VIEW
24th Oct 1959 W 6 Hull L 1959~60 H 29 11 VIEW
31st Oct 1959 L 6 Warrington LCF 1959~60 N 4 5 VIEW
7th Nov 1959 W 7 Liverpool City L 1959~60 H 40 17 1 VIEW
14th Nov 1959 W 6 Dewsbury L 1959~60 A 20 15 1 VIEW
21st Nov 1959 W 7 Halifax L 1959~60 H 25 10 VIEW
28th Nov 1959 L 7 Leeds L 1959~60 A 11 24 VIEW
5th Dec 1959 L 6 Workington Town L 1959~60 H 11 12 VIEW
12th Dec 1959 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1959~60 A 40 4 1 VIEW
19th Dec 1959 W 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1959~60 H 26 2 VIEW
25th Dec 1959 W 7 Leigh L 1959~60 H 14 10 1 VIEW
6th Feb 1960 W 6 Blackpool Borough L 1959~60 A 26 7 1 VIEW
13th Feb 1960 L 6 Wakefield Trinity CC1 1959~60 H 10 15 VIEW
20th Feb 1960 W 7 Dewsbury L 1959~60 H 25 4 VIEW
5th Mar 1960 W 6 Warrington L 1959~60 A 19 16 VIEW
12th Mar 1960 W 7 Barrow L 1959~60 H 13 12 VIEW
6th Aug 1960 W 7 Liverpool City* Fr Charity Cup 1960~61 H 34 10 VIEW
13th Aug 1960 L 6 Oldham L 1960~61 A 4 16 VIEW
15th Aug 1960 W 7 Liverpool City L 1960~61 H 17 9 VIEW
20th Aug 1960 W 7 Hunslet L 1960~61 H 22 10 1 VIEW
27th Aug 1960 W 7 Widnes LC1 1960~61 A 19 17 VIEW
3rd Sep 1960 L 7 Wakefield Trinity L 1960~61 H 5 18 VIEW
7th Sep 1960 W 4 Wigan LC2 1960~61 H 7 4 VIEW
21st Sep 1960 W 7 Swinton L 1960~61 A 15 7 VIEW
26th Sep 1960 W 7 Halifax L 1960~61 H 32 4 1 VIEW
12th Oct 1960 W 7 Australia Tour 1960~61 H 15 12 1 VIEW
15th Oct 1960 W 6 Blackpool Borough L 1960~61 A 34 13 VIEW
5th Nov 1960 W 7 Whitehaven L 1960~61 H 18 8 VIEW
7th Jan 1961 W 7 Warrington L 1960~61 A 8 5 VIEW
16th Jan 1961 W 6 Hull L 1960~61 H 22 15 VIEW
11th Feb 1961 D 7 Widnes CC1 1960~61 H 5 5 VIEW
16th Feb 1961 W 7 Widnes CC1(rep) 1960~61 A 29 10 VIEW
18th Feb 1961 W 6 Widnes L 1960~61 H 44 7 VIEW
25th Feb 1961 W 6 Castleford CC2 1960~61 A 18 10 VIEW
4th Mar 1961 W 7 Liverpool City L 1960~61 A 52 2 VIEW
31st Mar 1961 L 7 Wigan L 1960~61 A 2 12 VIEW
15th Apr 1961 W 7 Hull CCSF 1960~61 N 26 9 2 VIEW
19th Apr 1961 W 7 Widnes L 1960~61 A 17 5 VIEW
22nd Apr 1961 L 7 Featherstone Rovers L 1960~61 A 11 28 VIEW
29th Apr 1961 W 7 Featherstone Rovers L 1960~61 H 38 0 1 VIEW
6th May 1961 L 7 Leeds ChSF 1960~61 A 4 11 VIEW
13th May 1961 W 7 Wigan CCF 1960~61 N 12 6 VIEW
12th Aug 1961 W 7 Liverpool City* Fr Charity Cup 1961~62 H 29 14 1 VIEW
19th Aug 1961 W 6 Leeds L 1961~62 H 20 5 VIEW
26th Aug 1961 L 6 Swinton L 1961~62 A 6 15 VIEW
30th Aug 1961 W 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1961~62 H 10 5 1 VIEW
2nd Sep 1961 W 7 Leigh LC1 1961~62 H 43 8 1 VIEW
9th Sep 1961 W 6 Salford L 1961~62 A 24 7 VIEW
12th Sep 1961 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1961~62 A 14 2 VIEW
30th Sep 1961 L 7 Hull L 1961~62 H 22 25 1 VIEW
2nd Oct 1961 W 6 Oldham LC2 1961~62 H 30 7 VIEW
11th Nov 1961 W 6 Swinton LCF 1961~62 N 25 9 VIEW
18th Nov 1961 L 6 Widnes L 1961~62 A 12 13 VIEW
25th Nov 1961 W 6 Workington Town L 1961~62 H 16 7 VIEW
2nd Dec 1961 L 7 Hull K.R. L 1961~62 A 5 12 VIEW
9th Dec 1961 L 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1961~62 A 10 12 VIEW
16th Dec 1961 L 7 Oldham L 1961~62 H 8 9 VIEW
6th Jan 1962 W 7 Barrow L 1961~62 H 30 6 VIEW
13th Jan 1962 L 7 Leeds L 1961~62 A 3 20 VIEW
20th Jan 1962 W 7 Warrington L 1961~62 H 11 7 VIEW
3rd Feb 1962 W 7 Huddersfield L 1961~62 H 36 5 1 VIEW
10th Feb 1962 W 7 Salford CC1 1961~62 A 15 2 1 VIEW
17th Feb 1962 W 7 Salford L 1961~62 H 17 12 VIEW
24th Feb 1962 L 7 Leigh L 1961~62 A 6 7 VIEW
3rd Mar 1962 L 7 Huddersfield CC2 1961~62 H 2 13 VIEW
10th Mar 1962 W 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1961~62 H 16 5 1 VIEW
24th Mar 1962 W 7 Widnes L 1961~62 H 13 8 1 VIEW
31st Mar 1962 W 7 Swinton L 1961~62 H 5 2 VIEW
3rd Apr 1962 W 7 Hull K.R. L 1961~62 H 27 2 1 VIEW
7th Apr 1962 W 7 Hull L 1961~62 A 12 8 VIEW
9th Apr 1962 W 7 Leigh L 1961~62 H 42 4 VIEW
14th Apr 1962 W 7 Blackpool Borough L 1961~62 A 15 2 VIEW
20th Apr 1962 L 7 Wigan L 1961~62 H 16 18 VIEW
10th Aug 1962 W 7 Liverpool City* Fr Charity Cup 1962~63 H 33 2 1 VIEW
18th Aug 1962 W 7 Salford WDC 1962~63 A 35 24 VIEW
22nd Aug 1962 W 7 Leigh WDC 1962~63 H 21 3 VIEW
25th Aug 1962 W 7 Blackpool Borough WDC 1962~63 H 21 12 2 VIEW
30th Aug 1962 W 6 Liverpool City WDC 1962~63 A 16 9 VIEW
1st Sep 1962 W 6 Salford WDC 1962~63 H 59 0 1 VIEW
8th Sep 1962 W 6 Liverpool City LC1 1962~63 H 22 0 VIEW
15th Sep 1962 W 6 Leigh WDC 1962~63 A 20 10 VIEW
18th Sep 1962 W 7 Blackpool Borough LC2 1962~63 A 14 3 VIEW
29th Sep 1962 D 4 Blackpool Borough WDC 1962~63 A 12 12 1 VIEW
2nd Oct 1962 W 4 Oldham LCSF 1962~63 A 10 8 VIEW
6th Oct 1962 L 6 Warrington L 1962~63 A 13 21 VIEW
9th Oct 1962 L 7 Widnes WDCSF 1962~63 H 9 10 VIEW
13th Oct 1962 D 7 Castleford L 1962~63 H 10 10 VIEW
20th Oct 1962 W 4 Huddersfield L 1962~63 A 22 9 VIEW
27th Oct 1962 W 4 Swinton LCF 1962~63 N 7 4 VIEW
10th Nov 1962 L 4 Warrington L 1962~63 H 2 4 VIEW
17th Nov 1962 W 6 Castleford L 1962~63 A 8 7 VIEW
15th Dec 1962 L 7 Wakefield Trinity L 1962~63 A 7 10 VIEW
22nd Dec 1962 W 3 Hull L 1962~63 H 27 14 VIEW
9th Mar 1963 L 3 Hull K.R. L 1962~63 A 2 3 VIEW
11th Mar 1963 L 6 Halifax CC1 1962~63 A 2 9 VIEW
23rd Mar 1963 W 6 Bramley L 1962~63 H 38 0 VIEW
26th Mar 1963 W 6 Wigan L 1962~63 H 20 11 VIEW
30th Mar 1963 W 6 Featherstone Rovers L 1962~63 A 17 10 VIEW
6th Apr 1963 W 4 Halifax L 1962~63 H 33 3 VIEW
12th Apr 1963 W 3 Wigan L 1962~63 A 24 4 VIEW
13th Apr 1963 L 4 Swinton L 1962~63 A 8 9 VIEW
15th Apr 1963 L 3 Swinton L 1962~63 H 9 24 VIEW
27th Apr 1963 L 3 Hull L 1962~63 A 7 15 VIEW
29th Apr 1963 L 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1962~63 H 15 16 VIEW
4th May 1963 W 6 Widnes L 1962~63 A 25 2 1 VIEW
6th May 1963 W 6 Oldham L 1962~63 H 22 8 VIEW
13th May 1963 W 6 Widnes L 1962~63 H 14 6 VIEW
18th May 1963 W 6 Bramley L 1962~63 A 21 9 1 VIEW
25th May 1963 W 6 Halifax L 1962~63 A 33 5 1 VIEW
27th May 1963 W 6 Hull K.R. L 1962~63 H 16 15 VIEW
30th May 1963 W 7 Oldham L 1962~63 A 24 9 VIEW
17th Aug 1963 W 6 Liverpool City* Fr Charity Cup 1963~64 H 34 8 1 VIEW
24th Aug 1963 L 7 Huddersfield L 1963~64 H 7 10 VIEW
28th Aug 1963 W 7 Castleford L 1963~64 H 20 11 1 VIEW
31st Aug 1963 W 7 Keighley L 1963~64 A 18 6 VIEW
2nd Sep 1963 W 6 Hunslet L 1963~64 A 15 7 VIEW
26th Oct 1963 W 6 Leigh LCF 1963~64 N 15 4 1 VIEW
2nd Nov 1963 W 6 Warrington L 1963~64 H 19 8 VIEW
16th Nov 1963 D 6 Featherstone Rovers L 1963~64 H 11 11 VIEW
30th Nov 1963 W 6 Liverpool City WDC 1963~64 H 16 0 VIEW
14th Dec 1963 L 3 Halifax L 1963~64 H 12 13 VIEW
4th Jan 1964 W 3 Salford WDC 1963~64 A 15 5 VIEW
25th Jan 1964 W 7 Keighley L 1963~64 H 28 3 VIEW
1st Feb 1964 W 7 Hull K.R. L 1963~64 A 9 5 VIEW
8th Feb 1964 L 7 Castleford CC1 1963~64 H 6 13 VIEW
15th Feb 1964 W 7 Barrow WDC 1963~64 A 14 10 VIEW
22nd Feb 1964 L 7 Leeds L 1963~64 H 6 14 1 VIEW
29th Feb 1964 W 6 Warrington L 1963~64 A 17 10 VIEW
7th Mar 1964 W 6 Huddersfield L 1963~64 A 16 11 1 VIEW
14th Mar 1964 W 6 Workington Town L 1963~64 H 14 8 VIEW
28th Mar 1964 W 6 Salford WDC 1963~64 H 24 13 1 VIEW
30th Mar 1964 W 6 Swinton L 1963~64 A 10 7 VIEW
4th Apr 1964 L 6 Widnes L 1963~64 H 6 10 VIEW
8th Apr 1964 L 6 Featherstone Rovers L 1963~64 A 12 19 1 VIEW
11th Apr 1964 W 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1963~64 H 24 10 VIEW
15th Apr 1964 W 6 Whitehaven WDC 1963~64 A 3 0 VIEW
22nd Apr 1964 W 6 Wigan L 1963~64 A 22 13 VIEW
25th Apr 1964 W 6 Widnes L 1963~64 A 19 8 VIEW
23rd Jan 1965 W 7 Whitehaven L 1964~65 H 16 3 VIEW
13th Feb 1965 L 7 Workington Town L 1964~65 A 3 4 VIEW
13th Mar 1965 W 6 Oldham L 1964~65 A 15 9 VIEW
23rd Mar 1965 L 14 Wigan L 1964~65 H 6 10 Y VIEW
27th Mar 1965 L 7 Salford L 1964~65 A 8 11 VIEW
30th Mar 1965 W 7 Hull K.R. L 1964~65 H 8 2 VIEW
5th Apr 1965 W 14 Barrow L 1964~65 A 21 14 Y VIEW
9th Apr 1965 W 7 Liverpool City L 1964~65 A 11 0 VIEW
16th Apr 1965 W 7 Wigan L 1964~65 A 16 8 VIEW
21st Apr 1965 W 7 Huddersfield L 1964~65 A 20 6 VIEW
15th May 1965 W 7 Wakefield Trinity ChSF 1964~65 H 10 5 VIEW
22nd May 1965 L 7 Halifax ChF 1964~65 N 7 15 VIEW
20th Aug 1965 W 14 Halifax L 1965~66 H 15 4 Y VIEW
24th Aug 1965 W 14 Rochdale Hornets L 1965~66 A 17 9 VIEW
28th Aug 1965 W 4 Castleford L 1965~66 A 19 15 VIEW
30th Aug 1965 W 4 Whitehaven L 1965~66 H 30 5 VIEW
9th Oct 1965 W 14 Barrow L 1965~66 H 18 14 Y VIEW
23rd Oct 1965 W 3 Workington Town L 1965~66 H 43 4 VIEW
30th Oct 1965 W 3 Barrow L 1965~66 A 15 10 VIEW
9th Nov 1965 W 3 Huddersfield L 1965~66 H 11 4 VIEW
13th Nov 1965 W 3 Workington Town L 1965~66 A 7 3 VIEW
16th Nov 1965 W 3 Leeds FT2 1965~66 H 21 9 1 VIEW
19th Nov 1965 W 3 Rochdale Hornets L 1965~66 H 19 7 VIEW
17th Dec 1965 W 14 Blackpool Borough L 1965~66 H 21 9 Y VIEW
1st Jan 1966 W 14 Salford L 1965~66 H 16 3 VIEW
8th Jan 1966 L 3 Oldham L 1965~66 A 9 13 VIEW
30th Apr 1966 W 14 Warrington Ch1 1965~66 H 35 7 Y VIEW
12th Aug 1966 L 6 Swinton* Fr Gallie Cup 1966~67 H 13 27 VIEW
12th Sep 1966 W 14 Barrow L 1966~67 A 15 9 VIEW
25th Mar 1967 L 14 Whitehaven L 1966~67 A 3 4 VIEW
27th Mar 1967 L 4 Swinton L 1966~67 H 5 12 VIEW
29th Apr 1967 W 4 Castleford ChSF 1966~67 H 14 3 1 VIEW
6th May 1967 D 4 Wakefield Trinity ChF 1966~67 N 7 7 VIEW
10th May 1967 L 4 Wakefield Trinity ChF(rep) 1966~67 N 9 21 VIEW
21st Oct 1967 L 14 Whitehaven L 1967~68 A 6 11 Y VIEW
2nd Dec 1967 W 3 Warrington LCF(rep) 1967~68 N 13 10 VIEW
26th Dec 1967 W 14 Wigan L 1967~68 A 16 10 Y VIEW
3rd Feb 1968 L 14 Huddersfield CC1 1967~68 H 0 5 Y VIEW
9th Mar 1968 W 7 Blackpool Borough L 1967~68 A 23 7 VIEW
16th Mar 1968 W 7 Widnes L 1967~68 H 18 13 VIEW
23rd Sep 1968 L 7 Barrow FTP(2) 1968~69 A 11 18 VIEW
9th Nov 1968 W 1 Doncaster L 1968~69 A 22 8 VIEW
16th Nov 1968 D 14 Salford L 1968~69 H 9 9 Y VIEW
4th Apr 1969 L 14 Wigan L 1968~69 A 10 34 VIEW
7th Apr 1969 W 14 Swinton L 1968~69 H 40 5 Y VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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