Bill Whittaker

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
15-04-1920
N/A
03-1949
Widnes
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
19-03-1949 v Salford
Oldham
1953-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1948-1952
143 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
10
0
0
30

BIOGRAPHY

Bill Whittaker by Alex Service

Bill was a grafting front-row forward of the old school, who joined the Saints as part of their team-building policy in March 1949 for a £1500 fee from his home-town club Widnes. He was over six foot and 16 stones and was adept at carting the ball up in relentless fashion. Bill made his debut in a 6-7 reversal against Salford at the Willows on 19th March 1949. The Saints team lined up as follows, Lowe, Llewellyn, Jimmy Stott, Tommy Stott, McCormick, Greenall, Beesley, Whittaker, Dutton, Dicky Jones, Parsons, Aston and Prescott. The coach was Peter Lyons, who would have probably had some influence in bringing Bill to Knowsley Road with his Widnes connections

Bill remained at St. Helens for the start of the Jim Sullivan coaching era. He played in the 1952 Lancashire Cup final against Leigh, although the Saints lost 22-5. In what was a great season for the club, Bill was not selected for the Wembley squad and did not feature in the Championship final at the end of the season.

His last match for the club was against Oldham at the Watersheddings, which had a real end of season air to it in some ways. Yet the Saints pulled off a wonderful 14-13 victory, with tries from Jimmy Honey, Peter Metcalfe and four goals from George Langfield. The team had indeed shown many changes from Bill’s first match for the club, Moses, Howard, Dickinson, Roach, Honey, Metcalfe, Langfield, Prescott, Winstanley, Whittaker, Doug Holland, Thornett, Karalius.

“Bill was quite a character,” remembers Denis Whittle. “He had a chip shop in Prescot and he went on to be a Board member at Liverpool City and Huyton when he finished playing. I think he was Chairman for a spell at one time too.” Bill attended functions with the Saints Past Players Association and passed away in September 2011 at the age of 91. He played in 143 matches and his efforts in establishing the Saints as a member of the rugby league elite will never be forgotten.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1948~490 0 0 8
1949~50 3 0 0 40
1950~511 0 0 37
1951~52 4 0 0 34
1952~532 0 0 24
TOTALS:10 0 0 143
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1948~491004
1949~500002
1950~513004
1951~520003
1952~53 0001
1953~540001
TOTALS:40015

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
19th Mar 1949 L 8 Salford L 1948~49 A 6 7 VIEW
26th Mar 1949 L 8 Batley* Fr 1948~49 H 10 12 VIEW
31st Mar 1949 L 8 Wigan L 1948~49 H 8 13 VIEW
9th Apr 1949 W 8 Halifax L 1948~49 A 8 3 VIEW
15th Apr 1949 L 8 Wigan L 1948~49 A 5 19 VIEW
16th Apr 1949 L 8 Huddersfield L 1948~49 A 0 34 VIEW
18th Apr 1949 L 11 Keighley L 1948~49 H 2 4 VIEW
23rd Apr 1949 L 8 Swinton L 1948~49 A 3 16 VIEW
25th Apr 1949 W 8 Barrow L 1948~49 H 16 5 VIEW
16th May 1949 L 8 Huddersfield* Fr Tour 1948~49 P 11 46 VIEW
18th May 1949 W 9 Huddersfield* Fr Tour 1948~49 B 33 17 VIEW
21st May 1949 L 8 Huddersfield* Fr Tour 1948~49 A 16 25 1 VIEW
13th Aug 1949 W 8 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1949~50 H 34 22 VIEW
20th Aug 1949 L 8 Widnes L 1949~50 A 2 15 VIEW
25th Aug 1949 W 8 Wakefield Trinity L 1949~50 H 22 12 VIEW
27th Aug 1949 L 8 Workington Town LC1(1) 1949~50 H 0 7 VIEW
31st Aug 1949 L 8 Workington Town LC1(2) 1949~50 A 4 7 VIEW
3rd Sep 1949 L 8 Dewsbury L 1949~50 A 12 18 VIEW
7th Sep 1949 L 8 Barrow L 1949~50 A 3 18 VIEW
10th Sep 1949 W 11 Oldham L 1949~50 H 16 8 VIEW
17th Sep 1949 L 11 Wakefield Trinity L 1949~50 A 9 12 VIEW
19th Sep 1949 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1949~50 A 12 5 VIEW
24th Sep 1949 W 10 Workington Town L 1949~50 H 43 10 VIEW
1st Oct 1949 W 10 Bramley L 1949~50 H 39 2 1 VIEW
15th Oct 1949 W 10 Belle Vue Rangers L 1949~50 H 28 5 VIEW
22nd Oct 1949 W 10 Oldham L 1949~50 A 12 2 VIEW
29th Oct 1949 W 10 Leeds* Fr 1949~50 H 18 12 VIEW
5th Nov 1949 D 10 Hull L 1949~50 A 5 5 VIEW
12th Nov 1949 W 10 Warrington L 1949~50 A 7 3 VIEW
19th Nov 1949 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1949~50 H 14 3 1 VIEW
26th Nov 1949 W 10 Liverpool Stanley L 1949~50 A 11 3 VIEW
3rd Dec 1949 W 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1949~50 H 23 0 VIEW
10th Dec 1949 L 10 Salford L 1949~50 A 4 8 VIEW
17th Dec 1949 W 10 Widnes L 1949~50 H 7 0 VIEW
24th Dec 1949 W 10 Whitehaven L 1949~50 A 14 7 VIEW
26th Dec 1949 W 10 Wigan L 1949~50 H 15 8 VIEW
27th Dec 1949 W 10 Swinton L 1949~50 H 10 5 VIEW
31st Dec 1949 L 10 Leigh L 1949~50 A 10 15 VIEW
2nd Jan 1950 W 10 Hull L 1949~50 H 30 0 1 VIEW
21st Jan 1950 L 10 Dewsbury L 1949~50 H 2 15 VIEW
4th Feb 1950 W 10 Halifax CC1(1) 1949~50 H 10 6 VIEW
11th Feb 1950 L 10 Halifax CC1(2) 1949~50 A 0 2 VIEW
18th Feb 1950 L 10 Swinton L 1949~50 A 8 11 VIEW
25th Feb 1950 W 10 Salford CC2 1949~50 A 9 2 VIEW
4th Mar 1950 W 10 Warrington L 1949~50 H 12 3 VIEW
11th Mar 1950 D 10 Bradford Northern CC3 1949~50 H 0 0 VIEW
15th Mar 1950 L 10 Bradford Northern CC3(rep) 1949~50 A 0 11 VIEW
18th Mar 1950 D 10 Belle Vue Rangers L 1949~50 A 7 7 VIEW
25th Mar 1950 L 8 Workington Town L 1949~50 A 0 5 VIEW
1st Apr 1950 W 8 Liverpool Stanley L 1949~50 H 27 2 VIEW
7th Apr 1950 L 10 Wigan L 1949~50 A 12 17 VIEW
8th Apr 1950 W 10 Barrow L 1949~50 H 16 0 VIEW
10th Apr 1950 W 10 Whitehaven L 1949~50 H 30 17 VIEW
15th Apr 1950 L 10 Leigh L 1949~50 H 5 12 VIEW
12th Aug 1950 W 11 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1950~51 A 15 2 VIEW
19th Aug 1950 W 8 Widnes L 1950~51 H 17 2 VIEW
23rd Aug 1950 W 10 Barrow L 1950~51 A 14 4 VIEW
26th Aug 1950 W 10 Liverpool Stanley L 1950~51 A 36 2 VIEW
30th Aug 1950 W 10 Italy* Fr 1950~51 H 74 38 2 VIEW
13th Sep 1950 W 12 Swinton LC1(2) 1950~51 H 11 3 1 VIEW
16th Sep 1950 L 11 Workington Town L 1950~51 A 11 19 VIEW
23rd Sep 1950 W 8 Swinton L 1950~51 H 21 2 VIEW
27th Sep 1950 W 11 Salford LC2 1950~51 H 20 3 VIEW
30th Sep 1950 L 11 Huddersfield L 1950~51 A 9 19 VIEW
5th Oct 1950 W 10 Carcassonne * Fr 1950~51 H 24 22 VIEW
11th Oct 1950 L 8 Wigan LCSF 1950~51 H 7 9 VIEW
14th Oct 1950 L 10 Salford L 1950~51 A 3 25 VIEW
21st Oct 1950 W 8 Liverpool Stanley L 1950~51 H 26 4 VIEW
28th Oct 1950 L 8 Warrington L 1950~51 A 2 19 VIEW
4th Nov 1950 W 8 Workington Town L 1950~51 H 13 11 VIEW
11th Nov 1950 L 8 Oldham L 1950~51 H 7 13 VIEW
18th Nov 1950 D 8 York L 1950~51 A 6 6 VIEW
25th Nov 1950 W 8 Hull L 1950~51 A 16 5 VIEW
2nd Dec 1950 W 8 Whitehaven L 1950~51 H 47 10 VIEW
9th Dec 1950 W 8 Rochdale Hornets L 1950~51 A 38 8 VIEW
23rd Dec 1950 W 8 Swinton L 1950~51 A 11 3 VIEW
25th Dec 1950 L 8 Leigh L 1950~51 H 2 12 VIEW
13th Jan 1951 L 8 Belle Vue Rangers L 1950~51 A 8 9 VIEW
20th Jan 1951 W 8 Barrow L 1950~51 H 10 6 VIEW
27th Jan 1951 W 8 Whitehaven L 1950~51 A 3 2 VIEW
3rd Feb 1951 W 8 Salford L 1950~51 H 10 0 VIEW
10th Feb 1951 L 8 Bradford Northern CC1(1) 1950~51 A 6 11 VIEW
17th Feb 1951 W 8 Bradford Northern CC1(2) 1950~51 H 4 0 VIEW
24th Feb 1951 L 10 Hunslet L 1950~51 A 4 8 VIEW
17th Mar 1951 W 12 Belle Vue Rangers L 1950~51 H 13 4 VIEW
23rd Mar 1951 L 12 Wigan L 1950~51 A 13 22 VIEW
24th Mar 1951 W 12 Warrington L 1950~51 H 5 3 VIEW
26th Mar 1951 L 12 Oldham L AB 1950~51 A 0 3 VIEW
4th Apr 1951 W 12 Leeds L 1950~51 H 22 14 VIEW
7th Apr 1951 L 12 Oldham L 1950~51 A 4 17 VIEW
12th Apr 1951 W 12 Widnes L 1950~51 A 5 2 VIEW
14th Apr 1951 W 12 Leeds L 1950~51 A 9 3 VIEW
18th Apr 1951 L 12 Huddersfield L 1950~51 H 9 14 VIEW
25th Apr 1951 L 11 Leigh L 1950~51 A 7 10 VIEW
30th Apr 1951 W 11 Players Union * Fr 1950~51 H 45 38 1 VIEW
18th Aug 1951 W 12 Widnes L 1951~52 A 20 11 VIEW
21st Aug 1951 W 12 Rochdale Hornets L 1951~52 A 20 2 VIEW
25th Aug 1951 W 12 Liverpool City L 1951~52 H 23 3 VIEW
29th Aug 1951 D 12 Swinton L 1951~52 H 12 12 1 VIEW
1st Sep 1951 L 12 Belle Vue Rangers LC1(1) 1951~52 H 4 8 VIEW
6th Sep 1951 D 12 Belle Vue Rangers LC1(2) 1951~52 A 2 2 VIEW
15th Sep 1951 L 12 Oldham L 1951~52 A 7 13 VIEW
22nd Sep 1951 W 11 Barrow L 1951~52 H 16 3 VIEW
29th Sep 1951 W 11 Warrington L 1951~52 A 19 13 1 VIEW
6th Oct 1951 L 12 Hull L 1951~52 H 10 15 VIEW
13th Oct 1951 W 11 Halifax L 1951~52 A 20 9 VIEW
20th Oct 1951 L 12 New Zealand Tour 1951~52 H 10 33 VIEW
27th Oct 1951 L 11 Workington Town L 1951~52 A 8 11 VIEW
3rd Nov 1951 W 12 Rochdale Hornets L 1951~52 H 5 2 VIEW
17th Nov 1951 L 12 Workington Town L 1951~52 H 11 20 VIEW
24th Nov 1951 L 11 Dewsbury L 1951~52 A 2 6 VIEW
15th Dec 1951 L 12 Salford L 1951~52 H 6 14 VIEW
26th Dec 1951 D 11 Wigan L 1951~52 H 2 2 VIEW
29th Dec 1951 L 8 Swinton L 1951~52 A 2 27 VIEW
1st Jan 1952 W 10 Leigh L 1951~52 H 9 0 VIEW
19th Jan 1952 L 10 Whitehaven L 1951~52 A 5 7 VIEW
9th Feb 1952 W 10 Belle Vue Rangers CC1(1) 1951~52 H 6 5 VIEW
16th Feb 1952 W 10 Belle Vue Rangers CC1(2) 1951~52 A 9 4 VIEW
23rd Feb 1952 W 10 Huddersfield L 1951~52 H 37 13 VIEW
1st Mar 1952 W 10 Liverpool City L 1951~52 A 31 6 1 VIEW
8th Mar 1952 L 10 Workington Town CC2 1951~52 A 4 15 VIEW
15th Mar 1952 W 10 Belle Vue Rangers L 1951~52 A 16 8 VIEW
29th Mar 1952 L 10 Oldham L 1951~52 H 6 10 VIEW
2nd Apr 1952 W 10 Warrington L 1951~52 H 13 5 VIEW
5th Apr 1952 L 10 Hull L 1951~52 A 7 14 VIEW
11th Apr 1952 L 10 Wigan L 1951~52 A 11 15 VIEW
12th Apr 1952 W 10 Halifax L 1951~52 H 16 11 VIEW
14th Apr 1952 L 10 Huddersfield L 1951~52 A 15 34 VIEW
26th Apr 1952 L 10 Barrow L 1951~52 A 8 12 1 VIEW
30th Apr 1952 L 10 Toulouse* Fr Tour 1951~52 A 5 31 VIEW
1st May 1952 L 10 French XIII* Fr Tour 1951~52 T 5 45 VIEW
4th May 1952 W 10 French XIII* Fr Tour 1951~52 F 27 24 VIEW
18th Aug 1952 L 8 Barrow * Fr Ward Cup 1952~53 A 18 32 VIEW
23rd Aug 1952 W 10 Widnes L 1952~53 H 41 2 VIEW
30th Aug 1952 W 10 Barrow LC1(1) 1952~53 A 24 21 VIEW
6th Sep 1952 W 10 Liverpool City L 1952~53 A 42 2 VIEW
10th Sep 1952 W 10 Oldham L 1952~53 H 6 2 VIEW
13th Sep 1952 L 10 Workington Town L 1952~53 H 9 15 VIEW
20th Sep 1952 W 10 Keighley L 1952~53 A 27 7 VIEW
23rd Sep 1952 W 10 Rochdale Hornets LC2 1952~53 H 31 7 VIEW
4th Oct 1952 W 10 Castleford L 1952~53 H 18 17 VIEW
11th Oct 1952 W 10 Bramley L 1952~53 A 21 0 VIEW
14th Oct 1952 W 10 Warrington LCSF 1952~53 A 17 10 VIEW
18th Oct 1952 W 10 Salford L 1952~53 H 14 6 VIEW
25th Oct 1952 L 10 Huddersfield L 1952~53 H 14 17 VIEW
1st Nov 1952 W 10 Swinton L 1952~53 A 14 7 VIEW
8th Nov 1952 W 10 Barrow L 1952~53 A 14 7 VIEW
15th Nov 1952 W 10 Swinton L 1952~53 H 23 10 VIEW
22nd Nov 1952 W 10 Warrington L 1952~53 A 19 8 VIEW
29th Nov 1952 L 10 Leigh LCF 1952~53 N 5 22 VIEW
13th Dec 1952 W 10 Barrow L 1952~53 H 26 9 1 VIEW
27th Dec 1952 W 10 Wakefield Trinity L 1952~53 A 20 11 VIEW
7th Mar 1953 W 10 Wakefield Trinity L 1952~53 H 69 17 1 VIEW
31st Mar 1953 W 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1952~53 A 8 0 VIEW
6th Apr 1953 D 10 Huddersfield L 1952~53 A 10 10 VIEW
11th Apr 1953 W 10 Belle Vue Rangers L 1952~53 H 38 9 VIEW
18th Apr 1953 W 10 Oldham L 1952~53 A 14 13 VIEW
8th Aug 1953 W 10 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1953~54 H 29 20 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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