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Challenge Cup World Club

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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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. John was a coal miner in his younger days, later working as a Yard Foreman in a glass bottle factory. John lived in Dunriding Lane, St Helens for many years. He died in his hometown in October 1943, aged 73.

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

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
7th Sep 1895
W
3 Rochdale Hornets L 1895~96 H 8 3 VIEW
14th Sep 1895
W
3 Runcorn L 1895~96 H 5 0 VIEW
21st Sep 1895
D
3 Batley L 1895~96 A 3 3 1 VIEW
28th Sep 1895
L
3 Stockport L 1895~96 H 0 3 VIEW
5th Oct 1895
W
3 Broughton Rangers L 1895~96 A 5 3 VIEW
7th Oct 1895
L
3 Bradford L 1895~96 A 4 15 1 VIEW
12th Oct 1895
W
3 Warrington L 1895~96 H 3 0 VIEW
19th Oct 1895
W
3 Hull L 1895~96 H 3 0 VIEW
26th Oct 1895
D
3 Tyldesley L 1895~96 H 3 3 VIEW
2nd Nov 1895
D
1 Leigh L 1895~96 H 6 6 VIEW
16th Nov 1895
D
14 Wigan L 1895~96 H 0 0 VIEW
23rd Nov 1895
W
3 Leeds L 1895~96 H 9 0 VIEW
30th Nov 1895
W
3 Huddersfield L 1895~96 H 11 3 VIEW
21st Dec 1895
W
3 Broughton Rangers * Fr 1895~96 H 13 10 VIEW
1st Jan 1896
L
10 Manningham L 1895~96 H 3 8 VIEW
4th Jan 1896
L
11 Brighouse Rangers L 1895~96 A 4 6 VIEW
11th Jan 1896
W
11 Halifax L 1895~96 H 6 3 VIEW
18th Jan 1896
L
3 Stockport L 1895~96 A 3 18 VIEW
25th Jan 1896
W
11 Batley L 1895~96 H 11 5 VIEW
1st Feb 1896
L
11 Hull L 1895~96 A 0 9 VIEW
14th Mar 1896
L
10 Leigh L 1895~96 A 3 11 VIEW
21st Mar 1896
L
11 Wigan L 1895~96 A 0 10 VIEW
16th Apr 1896
W
4 Liversedge L 1895~96 H 14 7 VIEW
16th Apr 1897
W
2 Halifax * Fr 1896~97 H 11 3 1 VIEW
30th Oct 1897
L
4 Runcorn L 1897~98 A 0 11 VIEW
6th Nov 1897
W
3 Hull Kingston Rovers * Fr 1897~98 A 24 13 1 VIEW
27th Nov 1897
L
3 Oldham L 1897~98 H 4 6 VIEW
4th Dec 1897
W
3 Birkenhead * Fr 1897~98 H 8 3 VIEW
11th Dec 1897
L
3 Stockport L 1897~98 A 7 14 VIEW
18th Dec 1897
W
3 Morecambe L 1897~98 A 3 2 VIEW
27th Dec 1897
L
3 Warrington L 1897~98 A 0 8 VIEW
1st Jan 1898
L
3 Broughton Rangers L 1897~98 H 6 23 VIEW
8th Jan 1898
L
1 Swinton L 1897~98 H 5 13 VIEW
8th Apr 1899
W
4 Morecambe L 1898~99 H 7 2 VIEW
15th Apr 1899
L
4 Runcorn L 1898~99 A 8 11 VIEW
2nd Sep 1899
D
14 Warrington L 1899~00 H 3 3 VIEW
9th Dec 1899
W
7 Oldham L 1899~00 H 17 14 2 VIEW
23rd Dec 1899
W
7 Warrington L 1899~00 A 11 0 1 VIEW
25th Dec 1899
W
7 Broughton Rangers L 1899~00 H 4 0 VIEW
26th Dec 1899
L
6 Millom L 1899~00 A 8 10 VIEW
30th Dec 1899
W
7 Tyldesley L 1899~00 A 14 3 VIEW
1st Jan 1900
W
7 Leigh L 1899~00 H 26 0 1 VIEW
6th Jan 1900
D
7 Swinton L 1899~00 A 0 0 VIEW
20th Jan 1900
W
7 Rochdale Hornets L 1899~00 H 6 0 VIEW
27th Jan 1900
W
6 Birkenhead * Fr 1899~00 A 15 0 1 VIEW
17th Feb 1900
L
7 Runcorn L 1899~00 A 0 9 VIEW
24th Feb 1900
W
7 Runcorn L 1899~00 H 3 2 VIEW
27th Feb 1900
D
7 Leigh L 1899~00 A 0 0 VIEW
3rd Mar 1900
L
7 Oldham L 1899~00 A 6 35 VIEW
10th Mar 1900
L
7 Salford L 1899~00 A 0 8 VIEW
17th Mar 1900
L
7 Warrington CC1 1899~00 H 0 6 VIEW
13th Apr 1900
L
6 Birkenhead * Fr 1899~00 A 5 8 VIEW
14th Apr 1900
W
6 Lancaster * Fr 1899~00 A 15 8 VIEW
26th Apr 1900
W
7 Widnes BTCSF 1899~00 A 3 0 1 VIEW
30th Apr 1900
W
7 Runcorn BTCF 1899~00 N 6 0 1 VIEW
29th Dec 1900
L
6 Widnes L 1900~01 A 0 8 VIEW
19th Jan 1901
W
6 Swinton L 1900~01 H 6 3 VIEW
9th Feb 1901
W
7 Widnes L 1900~01 H 7 5 VIEW
16th Feb 1901
L
5 Runcorn L 1900~01 A 0 5 VIEW
2nd Mar 1901
W
6 Goole CC1 1900~01 A 12 2 VIEW
9th Mar 1901
D
6 Stockport CC2 1900~01 H 0 0 VIEW
13th Mar 1901
W
6 Stockport CC2(rep) 1900~01 A 11 5 2 VIEW
16th Mar 1901
L
6 Swinton L 1900~01 A 2 19 VIEW
23rd Mar 1901
L
6 Batley CC3 1900~01 H 5 7 VIEW
15th Apr 1901
W
6 Widnes LPO 1900~01 N 3 0 VIEW
14th Sep 1901
W
6 Lancaster L 1901~02 H 4 0 VIEW
21st Sep 1901
L
4 Widnes L & SWLL 1901~02 H 2 5 VIEW
28th Sep 1901
W
6 Rochdale Hornets L 1901~02 A 9 2 1 VIEW
5th Oct 1901
W
6 Barrow L 1901~02 H 7 3 1 VIEW
12th Oct 1901
L
6 Stockport L 1901~02 A 0 3 VIEW
1st Mar 1902
W
7 Morecambe L 1901~02 H 3 2 VIEW
8th Mar 1902
W
7 Widnes L & SWLL 1901~02 A 3 2 1 VIEW
15th Mar 1902
L
7 Hull Kingston Rovers CC1 1901~02 A 0 7 VIEW
29th Mar 1902
W
7 Oldham * Fr 1901~02 A 26 2 VIEW
31st Mar 1902
L
7 Runcorn SWLL 1901~02 A 3 11 VIEW
27th Dec 1902
L
3 Widnes L 1902~03 A 0 8 VIEW
1st Jan 1903
W
3 Batley L 1902~03 H 7 5 VIEW
3rd Jan 1903
L
7 Bradford L 1902~03 A 2 14 VIEW
13th Apr 1903
L
6 Salford L 1902~03 A 3 11 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 39 | LOSSES : 32 | DRAWS : 8

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