John Appleton

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
18-08-1870
N/A
Date unknown.
Unknown.
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
07-09-1895 v Rochdale Hornets
Salford
1903-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1895-1902
71 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
11
1
1
39

BIOGRAPHY


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HERITAGE NO : 3
John Appleton by Alex Service

John was a local lad who began his rugby career with the Saints before the advent of the professional Northern Union in 1895. John was playing as a threequarter in the 1893-94 season when the Saints won promotion to the First Division of the Lancashire and Border Towns Rugby Union at a canter. In fact, he made over 40 appearances and seemed to be one of the stalwarts of the team.

He continued as a threequarter in 1894-95 before staying with the Saints for their first season in the Northern Union, when he started well and faded somewhat in terms of appearances. By 1896-97 he had gone to rivals the Recs, who had initially stayed with the RFU in 1895-96, but had turned by this time and actually took part in the inaugural Challenge Cup.

By 1897-98 he had returned to Knowsley Road and for the next six seasons, he played a dominantly utility role, filling in at left centre, but also in both half-back positions.

John seemingly retired at the end of the 1902-03 campaign, when the Saints had an established pair of half-backs called Banks and Hall in the First Team.

John played the most matches in the pre-Northern Union days and as far as his completed record goes, he played in 135 matches from 1891-92 to 1894-95, scoring 27 tries. He made 70 appearances in the Northern Union itself. His combined total would therefore exceed 200 for the club. He was obviously a splendid servant to St.Helens RFC.

He appears on a team picture as one of the backroom staff in 1907-08, so perhaps that was the role he adopted when his playing career came to an end. Appleton is a common name in St Helens and it has proved difficult to confirm which John Appleton in the late nineteenth century played for the Saints. Our best efforts have identified the most likely suspect. Our John had joined the South Lancashire Regiment at the age of 19 in 1890 but matters did not suit him. He was stationed in Farnborough, Hampshire where he ended up embroiled in trouble. The following year he returned to St Helens where his energies were channeled into playing rugby. Like his father he found employment in the coal mines where he was a stoker. John never married and later in life resided in Dunriding Lane, St Helens Close to the Knowsley Road ground. He died in his hometown in August 1953, aged 82. He is buried in St Helens Cemetery alongside his father William, mother Elizabeth and sisters Sarah Ann and Elizabeth.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1895~961 0 1 22
1897~98 0 0 0 7
1898~990 0 0 2
1899~00 6 0 0 17
1900~01 2 0 0 10
1901~02 2 1 0 9
1902~030 0 0 4
TOTALS:11 1 1 71
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1895~96 0001
1896~97 1001
1897~98 1002
1899~00 1003
1901~02 0001
TOTALS:3008

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompVenueFTFTOTGDG
7th Sep 1895
W
3 Rochdale Hornets L H 8 3 VIEW
14th Sep 1895
W
3 Runcorn L H 5 0 VIEW
21st Sep 1895
D
3 Batley L A 3 3 1 VIEW
28th Sep 1895
L
3 Stockport L H 0 3 VIEW
5th Oct 1895
W
3 Broughton Rangers L A 5 3 VIEW
7th Oct 1895
L
3 Bradford L A 4 15 1 VIEW
12th Oct 1895
W
3 Warrington L H 3 0 VIEW
19th Oct 1895
W
3 Hull L H 3 0 VIEW
26th Oct 1895
D
3 Tyldesley L H 3 3 VIEW
2nd Nov 1895
D
1 Leigh L H 6 6 VIEW
16th Nov 1895
D
14 Wigan L H 0 0 VIEW
23rd Nov 1895
W
3 Leeds L H 9 0 VIEW
30th Nov 1895
W
3 Huddersfield L H 11 3 VIEW
21st Dec 1895
W
3 Broughton Rangers * Fr H 13 10 VIEW
1st Jan 1896
L
10 Manningham L H 3 8 VIEW
4th Jan 1896
L
11 Brighouse Rangers L A 4 6 VIEW
11th Jan 1896
W
11 Halifax L H 6 3 VIEW
18th Jan 1896
L
3 Stockport L A 3 18 VIEW
25th Jan 1896
W
11 Batley L H 11 5 VIEW
1st Feb 1896
L
11 Hull L A 0 9 VIEW
14th Mar 1896
L
10 Leigh L A 3 11 VIEW
21st Mar 1896
L
11 Wigan L A 0 10 VIEW
16th Apr 1896
W
4 Liversedge L H 14 7 VIEW
16th Apr 1897
W
2 Halifax * Fr H 11 3 1 VIEW
30th Oct 1897
L
4 Runcorn L A 0 11 VIEW
6th Nov 1897
W
3 Hull Kingston Rovers * Fr A 24 13 1 VIEW
27th Nov 1897
L
3 Oldham L H 4 6 VIEW
4th Dec 1897
W
3 Birkenhead * Fr H 8 3 VIEW
11th Dec 1897
L
3 Stockport L A 7 14 VIEW
18th Dec 1897
W
3 Morecambe L A 3 2 VIEW
27th Dec 1897
L
3 Warrington L A 0 8 VIEW
1st Jan 1898
L
3 Broughton Rangers L H 6 23 VIEW
8th Jan 1898
L
1 Swinton L H 5 13 VIEW
8th Apr 1899
W
4 Morecambe L H 7 2 VIEW
15th Apr 1899
L
4 Runcorn L A 8 11 VIEW
2nd Sep 1899
D
14 Warrington L H 3 3 VIEW
9th Dec 1899
W
7 Oldham L H 17 14 2 VIEW
23rd Dec 1899
W
7 Warrington L A 11 0 1 VIEW
25th Dec 1899
W
7 Broughton Rangers L H 4 0 VIEW
26th Dec 1899
L
6 Millom L A 8 10 VIEW
30th Dec 1899
W
7 Tyldesley L A 14 3 VIEW
1st Jan 1900
W
7 Leigh L H 26 0 1 VIEW
6th Jan 1900
D
7 Swinton L A 0 0 VIEW
20th Jan 1900
W
7 Rochdale Hornets L H 6 0 VIEW
27th Jan 1900
W
6 Birkenhead * Fr A 15 0 1 VIEW
17th Feb 1900
L
7 Runcorn L A 0 9 VIEW
24th Feb 1900
W
7 Runcorn L H 3 2 VIEW
27th Feb 1900
D
7 Leigh L A 0 0 VIEW
3rd Mar 1900
L
7 Oldham L A 6 35 VIEW
10th Mar 1900
L
7 Salford L A 0 8 VIEW
17th Mar 1900
L
7 Warrington CC1 H 0 6 VIEW
13th Apr 1900
L
6 Birkenhead * Fr A 5 8 VIEW
14th Apr 1900
W
6 Lancaster * Fr A 15 8 VIEW
26th Apr 1900
W
7 Widnes BTCSF A 3 0 1 VIEW
30th Apr 1900
W
7 Runcorn BTCF N 6 0 1 VIEW
29th Dec 1900
L
6 Widnes L A 0 8 VIEW
19th Jan 1901
W
6 Swinton L H 6 3 VIEW
9th Feb 1901
W
7 Widnes L H 7 5 VIEW
16th Feb 1901
L
5 Runcorn L A 0 5 VIEW
2nd Mar 1901
W
6 Goole CC1 A 12 2 VIEW
9th Mar 1901
D
6 Stockport CC2 H 0 0 VIEW
13th Mar 1901
W
6 Stockport CC2(rep) A 11 5 2 VIEW
16th Mar 1901
L
6 Swinton L A 2 19 VIEW
23rd Mar 1901
L
6 Batley CC3 H 5 7 VIEW
15th Apr 1901
W
6 Widnes LPO N 3 0 VIEW
14th Sep 1901
W
6 Lancaster L H 4 0 VIEW
21st Sep 1901
L
4 Widnes L & SWLL H 2 5 VIEW
28th Sep 1901
W
6 Rochdale Hornets L A 9 2 1 VIEW
5th Oct 1901
W
6 Barrow L H 7 3 1 VIEW
12th Oct 1901
L
6 Stockport L A 0 3 VIEW
1st Mar 1902
W
7 Morecambe L H 3 2 VIEW
8th Mar 1902
W
7 Widnes L & SWLL A 3 2 1 VIEW
15th Mar 1902
L
7 Hull Kingston Rovers CC1 A 0 7 VIEW
29th Mar 1902
W
7 Oldham * Fr A 26 2 VIEW
31st Mar 1902
L
7 Runcorn SWLL A 3 11 VIEW
27th Dec 1902
L
3 Widnes L A 0 8 VIEW
1st Jan 1903
W
3 Batley L H 7 5 VIEW
3rd Jan 1903
L
7 Bradford L A 2 14 VIEW
13th Apr 1903
L
6 Salford L A 3 11 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 39 | LOSSES : 32 | DRAWS : 8

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