Bill Clarey

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
25-12-1895
N/A
04-09-1919
Pocket Nook Shamrocks
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
13-09-1919 v Swinton
Dewsbury
1930- when he Retired
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1918-1930
252 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
13
1
0
41

BIOGRAPHY



HERITAGE NO : 270
Bill Clarey by Alex Service

In those far-off days between the Wars, rugby was thriving in St.Helens, with the Town Team vying for honours against the Pilkington Works Team the St.Helens Recs. It was in this competitive environment that Bill Clarey joined the Saints from Thatto Heath junior rugby. He made his First Team debut against Widnes on October 4th 1919 and remained a regular for the next eleven years. A solid reliable front-rower, adept at scrummaging, Bill played in a side that struggled on and off the field in the first few years of the 1920s, when the club frequently found itself short of money, with success seemingly as far away as ever.

By the 1924/25 campaign, however, the team was developing into one capable of challenging for major honours. Inspired by the sensational form of newly-discovered wing sensation Alf Ellaby, the Saints reached the county cup final in 1926/27, where they played against their deadly rivals Recs at Warrington, in front of almost 20,000 fans at Wilderspool. The tackling from both packs of forwards was quite uncompromising, with Clarey at one stage lying in the mud motionless for several minutes before he was revived by the famous magic sponge. Tries from Ellaby and Fairclough gave the Saints a sensational 10-2 success, with Clarey rubbing the back of his head after the match.

Revenge was in the air during the Championship Play-Off at City Road, when Recs and Saints went head-to-head once more. This was to be very much the Recs day, in a 33-0 mauling, where the visiting pack got more and more rattled. Just after half-time, Clarey traded punches with Recs second rower Tommy Smith, triggering an all-in brawl, with the result that three players were sent off (the two original protagonists miraculously escaped the wrath of referee The Rev. Frank Chambers!).

The signing of star New Zealand front-rower Lou Hutt restricted Bills appearances during the 1929/30 campaign. He was now 30 and ten years in the engine room of the pack had started to take its toll. Yet he was selected in the Saints team for the crucial Challenge Cup Semi-Final replay against Wigan at Leighs Mather Lane ground. It was a triumph for the Saints threequarters, who destroyed the opposition with four tries to two from a steady stream of possession supplied by hooker Bill Clarey! Bill played in the Final at Wembley against Widnes, but came away with a losers medal as the Saints for a variety of reasons failed to hit top form and lost 10-3 in one of the competitions great upsets. Although Bill retired after the game, he had more than played his part in one of the most famous eras in the history of St.Helens Rugby League Club.

Bill worked as a bench minder and later as a Glass Furnaceman. In 1939 he was living in Chamberlain Street, St Helens. He died in July 1979, aged 83.

William Clarey

Extracts from the St Helens v Oldham programme 8 November 1924.

Age 27 Height 5ft 10ins Weight 13st 9lbs

With Holy Cross Schoolboys Billie first pointed foot towards the ball but he commenced playing serious football while with the troops in France under rugby union rules in 1915.

Mid the boom of the guns the 5th South Lancs put up many a doughty game behind the lines and it is interesting to know today that Finnerty [Oldham] played at centre threequarter in Billie’s team. If his football first round birth at Holy Cross it was nurtured in Flanders.

He first signed on for Saints on Good Friday 1918-19 season and played in a friendly match against Widnes on Easter Monday, the game ending in a draw 3 points each.

During season 1919-20 he played with St Helens Shamrocks in the Medal Competition which that club won. Since 1920 he has been a regular playing member of the Saints and has been a member of most of the winning tight packing packs.

Billie’s brawn is felt in the pack and tackle. His team spirit is first and selfless. After a melee on the line at Bramley in which he was hurt but scored “never mind me,” said Billie. “We’ve won!” That’s team spirit.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1919~201 0 0 20
1920~21 3 0 0 29
1921~22 2 0 0 22
1922~232 0 0 29
1923~24 1 0 0 25
1924~250 0 0 29
1925~26 0 0 0 5
1926~270 0 0 25
1927~281 0 0 34
1928~29 3 1 0 25
1929~30 0 0 0 8
1930~31 0 0 0 1
TOTALS:13 1 0 252
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1918~19 0001
1923~240001
1926~270001
1929~30 1001
TOTALS:1004

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompVenueFTFTOTGDG
21st Apr 1919
D
10 Widnes * Fr A 3 3 VIEW
13th Sep 1919
L
9 Swinton L A 5 7 VIEW
4th Oct 1919
L
12 Widnes L A 0 13 VIEW
11th Oct 1919
W
10 Barrow L H 27 13 VIEW
18th Oct 1919
L
10 Widnes LC1 A 8 16 VIEW
25th Oct 1919
L
10 Oldham L A 3 26 VIEW
30th Nov 1919
L
11 Leigh L H 3 12 VIEW
13th Dec 1919
W
10 Swinton L H 12 7 VIEW
20th Dec 1919
W
10 Halifax L H 5 0 VIEW
25th Dec 1919
L
10 St. Helens Recs L A 6 21 VIEW
26th Dec 1919
W
10 Wigan L H 13 5 VIEW
27th Dec 1919
L
10 Broughton Rangers L A 0 15 VIEW
1st Jan 1920
W
10 St. Helens Recs L H 9 8 VIEW
10th Jan 1920
L
10 Salford L H 6 13 VIEW
17th Jan 1920
W
10 Hull Kingston Rovers L A 17 5 VIEW
24th Jan 1920
W
10 Widnes L H 12 2 1 VIEW
7th Feb 1920
L
10 Barrow L A 5 25 VIEW
14th Feb 1920
L
10 Batley L A 3 6 VIEW
21st Feb 1920
D
10 Wakefield Trinity CC1 H 2 2 VIEW
24th Feb 1920
D
10 Wakefield Trinity CC1(rep) A 2 2 VIEW
26th Feb 1920
L
10 Wakefield Trinity CC1(2nd rep) N 3 12 VIEW
28th Aug 1920
L
10 Broughton Rangers L A 11 13 1 VIEW
4th Sep 1920
W
10 Widnes L H 18 8 VIEW
11th Sep 1920
L
10 Leigh L A 0 5 VIEW
18th Sep 1920
W
10 Warrington L H 26 6 VIEW
25th Sep 1920
W
10 Swinton L A 17 8 VIEW
2nd Oct 1920
W
10 Bradford Northern L H 38 3 VIEW
9th Oct 1920
W
10 Widnes L A 10 2 1 VIEW
16th Oct 1920
W
10 Askam LC1 H 26 2 VIEW
23rd Oct 1920
L
10 Rochdale Hornets L A 8 15 VIEW
30th Oct 1920
L
10 Broughton Rangers LC2 A 2 6 VIEW
6th Nov 1920
L
10 York L A 0 8 VIEW
13th Nov 1920
W
10 Barrow L H 8 5 VIEW
27th Nov 1920
W
10 Salford L H 14 5 VIEW
4th Dec 1920
L
10 Swinton L H 2 6 VIEW
11th Dec 1920
W
10 Keighley L H 14 0 1 VIEW
18th Dec 1920
W
10 Bradford Northern L A 16 0 VIEW
25th Dec 1920
L
10 St. Helens Recs L H 0 5 VIEW
22nd Jan 1921
W
10 Hunslet L H 8 7 VIEW
29th Jan 1921
L
10 Warrington L A 2 15 VIEW
5th Feb 1921
L
10 Rochdale Hornets L H 0 10 VIEW
12th Feb 1921
L
10 Keighley L A 0 9 VIEW
19th Feb 1921
L
10 Barrow L A 5 25 VIEW
26th Feb 1921
L
10 Bramley CC1 H 0 7 VIEW
5th Mar 1921
W
10 Oldham L H 11 3 VIEW
19th Mar 1921
L
10 Hunslet L A 5 7 VIEW
26th Mar 1921
L
10 Oldham L A 0 28 VIEW
28th Mar 1921
W
10 Broughton Rangers L H 9 7 VIEW
2nd Apr 1921
W
10 Salford L A 10 5 VIEW
22nd Apr 1921
W
10 Leigh L H 15 8 VIEW
27th Aug 1921
L
9 Oldham L H 3 10 VIEW
3rd Sep 1921
L
9 Huddersfield L A 3 38 VIEW
10th Sep 1921
W
9 Salford L H 16 6 VIEW
17th Sep 1921
L
9 Rochdale Hornets L A 5 13 1 VIEW
24th Sep 1921
W
9 Bramley L H 21 13 VIEW
8th Oct 1921
W
10 Barrow L H 31 8 VIEW
15th Oct 1921
L
9 Barrow L A 0 18 VIEW
18th Nov 1921
L
8 Bramley L A 4 8 VIEW
23rd Nov 1921
L
9 Australia Tour H 8 16 VIEW
26th Nov 1921
W
9 Batley L H 10 7 VIEW
3rd Dec 1921
L
9 Swinton L A 5 16 VIEW
10th Dec 1921
W
9 Swinton L H 11 7 VIEW
14th Jan 1922
L
13 Rochdale Hornets L H 3 13 VIEW
25th Feb 1922
L
12 Broughton Rangers CC1 A 0 13 VIEW
4th Mar 1922
W
9 Broughton Rangers L H 14 9 VIEW
11th Mar 1922
L
9 Wakefield Trinity L A 5 17 VIEW
18th Mar 1922
W
9 York L H 17 8 VIEW
25th Mar 1922
W
9 Featherstone Rovers L H 24 13 1 VIEW
1st Apr 1922
L
9 Featherstone Rovers L A 4 11 VIEW
8th Apr 1922
D
9 Warrington L H 5 5 VIEW
14th Apr 1922
L
9 Wigan L A 5 8 VIEW
16th Apr 1922
L
9 York L A 3 6 VIEW
26th Aug 1922
L
9 Widnes L A 3 11 VIEW
2nd Sep 1922
L
9 Rochdale Hornets L H 14 17 VIEW
9th Sep 1922
L
9 Bradford Northern L A 2 3 VIEW
16th Sep 1922
W
9 Wigan Highfield L H 21 5 VIEW
23rd Sep 1922
L
9 Hull L A 15 18 VIEW
30th Sep 1922
W
9 Bramley L H 19 5 1 VIEW
7th Oct 1922
L
9 Warrington L A 14 21 VIEW
14th Oct 1922
W
9 Salford LC1 H 25 8 VIEW
21st Oct 1922
W
9 Broughton Rangers L H 24 10 VIEW
28th Oct 1922
L
9 Warrington LC2 H 4 17 VIEW
4th Nov 1922
L
9 Leigh L H 8 11 VIEW
11th Nov 1922
L
9 Oldham L A 12 26 VIEW
18th Nov 1922
L
9 Featherstone Rovers L A 5 24 VIEW
22nd Nov 1922
W
9 Warrington L H 9 3 VIEW
25th Nov 1922
W
9 Swinton L H 6 5 VIEW
9th Dec 1922
L
9 Wigan Highfield L A 3 15 VIEW
1st Jan 1923
W
9 St. Helens Recs L A 13 8 VIEW
6th Jan 1923
L
11 Barrow L H 8 15 VIEW
13th Jan 1923
W
11 Bramley L A 6 3 1 VIEW
20th Jan 1923
L
11 Swinton L A 0 3 VIEW
25th Jan 1923
W
11 Keighley L H 14 7 VIEW
27th Jan 1923
W
11 Salford L H 17 5 VIEW
3rd Feb 1923
W
11 Featherstone Rovers L H 9 2 VIEW
10th Feb 1923
W
11 Keighley L A 8 3 VIEW
17th Feb 1923
W
11 Norwood CC1 A 29 3 VIEW
24th Feb 1923
L
11 Salford L A 3 11 VIEW
3rd Mar 1923
L
11 Oldham CC2 H 3 11 VIEW
17th Mar 1923
L
11 Widnes L H 9 11 VIEW
24th Mar 1923
L
11 Barrow L A 10 22 VIEW
20th Oct 1923
W
11 Broughton Rangers L A 7 2 VIEW
31st Oct 1923
L
9 Swinton LC2(rep) A 8 21 VIEW
17th Nov 1923
W
11 Wigan Highfield L A 5 3 VIEW
28th Nov 1923
W
11 Dewsbury L H 15 10 VIEW
1st Dec 1923
L
11 Salford L A 0 6 VIEW
5th Dec 1923
W
10 Swinton L H 4 0 VIEW
8th Dec 1923
L
10 Widnes L A 0 18 VIEW
15th Dec 1923
W
10 Hull L H 5 3 VIEW
25th Dec 1923
L
10 St. Helens Recs L A 2 21 VIEW
26th Dec 1923
L
10 Wigan L A 2 44 VIEW
29th Dec 1923
L
10 Barrow L A 5 41 VIEW
1st Jan 1924
W
10 St. Helens Recs L H 4 0 VIEW
5th Jan 1924
L
10 Rochdale Hornets L A 5 23 VIEW
12th Jan 1924
L
10 Leigh L H 5 12 VIEW
19th Jan 1924
L
10 Leigh L A 0 25 VIEW
26th Jan 1924
L
10 Hull L A 6 11 VIEW
9th Feb 1924
L
11 Dewsbury L A 10 16 VIEW
16th Feb 1924
W
11 Wardley CC1 A 73 0 1 VIEW
1st Mar 1924
L
11 Huddersfield CC2 A 13 24 VIEW
8th Mar 1924
W
11 Wigan Highfield L H 10 9 VIEW
29th Mar 1924
W
8 Bramley L H 13 8 VIEW
5th Apr 1924
W
8 Rochdale Hornets L H 15 13 VIEW
12th Apr 1924
L
8 St. Helens Recs* Fr H 8 10 VIEW
18th Apr 1924
L
8 Wigan L H 3 14 VIEW
19th Apr 1924
W
8 Broughton Rangers L H 21 6 VIEW
26th Apr 1924
W
8 Salford L H 37 15 VIEW
30th Aug 1924
W
10 Widnes L A 10 9 VIEW
6th Sep 1924
L
10 Widnes L H 7 8 VIEW
27th Sep 1924
W
10 Hull L A 9 0 VIEW
4th Oct 1924
W
10 Wigan Highfield L H 15 5 VIEW
11th Oct 1924
D
10 Widnes LC1 A 7 7 VIEW
15th Oct 1924
W
10 Widnes LC1(rep) H 19 5 VIEW
18th Oct 1924
L
10 Wakefield Trinity L A 2 3 VIEW
25th Oct 1924
W
10 Warrington LC2 H 15 5 VIEW
8th Nov 1924
L
10 Oldham LCSF H 9 16 VIEW
22nd Nov 1924
W
9 Broughton Rangers L H 12 2 VIEW
29th Nov 1924
W
8 Keighley L A 5 4 VIEW
6th Dec 1924
W
12 Dewsbury L H 21 2 VIEW
13th Dec 1924
W
12 Leigh L H 21 3 VIEW
20th Dec 1924
L
12 Rochdale Hornets L A 0 11 VIEW
25th Dec 1924
W
9 St. Helens Recs L H 7 5 VIEW
26th Dec 1924
L
12 Wigan L H 7 13 VIEW
27th Dec 1924
L
11 Dewsbury L A 0 8 VIEW
1st Jan 1925
D
9 St. Helens Recs L A 5 5 VIEW
3rd Jan 1925
W
9 Wakefield Trinity L H 15 2 VIEW
10th Jan 1925
L
9 Wigan Highfield L A 8 12 VIEW
17th Jan 1925
L
9 Oldham L H 5 24 VIEW
14th Feb 1925
L
10 Widnes CC1 A 8 10 VIEW
21st Feb 1925
W
10 Warrington L H 9 5 VIEW
28th Feb 1925
W
10 Salford L H 17 0 VIEW
7th Mar 1925
D
10 Halifax L A 11 11 VIEW
14th Mar 1925
W
10 Halifax L H 10 2 VIEW
11th Apr 1925
L
10 Leigh L A 10 17 VIEW
13th Apr 1925
W
8 Hull L H 10 8 VIEW
18th Apr 1925
W
8 Warrington L A 15 8 VIEW
28th Aug 1925
L
8 Widnes L H 6 23 VIEW
5th Sep 1925
L
8 Widnes L A 5 11 VIEW
12th Sep 1925
W
8 Barrow L H 22 3 VIEW
19th Sep 1925
L
8 Broughton Rangers L A 3 7 VIEW
10th Oct 1925
L
8 Leigh LC1 A 7 10 VIEW
4th Nov 1926
D
10 Widnes LCSF A 3 3 VIEW
6th Nov 1926
W
10 Wigan Highfield L H 13 7 VIEW
8th Nov 1926
W
10 Widnes LCSF(rep) H 17 0 VIEW
20th Nov 1926
W
11 St. Helens Recs LCF N 10 2 VIEW
27th Nov 1926
W
11 York L H 54 3 VIEW
4th Dec 1926
L
11 Oldham L A 5 26 VIEW
27th Dec 1926
L
11 Wigan L H 13 14 VIEW
1st Jan 1927
L
11 St. Helens Recs L A 8 17 VIEW
8th Jan 1927
W
11 Broughton Rangers L A 15 7 VIEW
22nd Jan 1927
W
11 Batley L A 15 5 VIEW
29th Jan 1927
W
10 Leeds L H 18 6 VIEW
5th Feb 1927
L
11 Rochdale Hornets L A 0 4 VIEW
12th Feb 1927
L
12 York CC1 A 3 9 VIEW
19th Feb 1927
W
9 Batley L H 13 8 VIEW
5th Mar 1927
L
12 Swinton L A 3 24 VIEW
8th Mar 1927
W
11 Oldham L H 21 10 VIEW
19th Mar 1927
L
11 York L A 6 15 VIEW
26th Mar 1927
W
12 Pontypridd L A 10 5 VIEW
2nd Apr 1927
W
8 Salford L H 8 3 VIEW
9th Apr 1927
W
12 Broughton Rangers L H 16 0 VIEW
15th Apr 1927
W
12 Wigan L A 10 8 VIEW
16th Apr 1927
W
12 Swinton L H 27 0 VIEW
18th Apr 1927
W
12 Leigh L H 18 5 VIEW
20th Apr 1927
W
12 Leeds L A 21 10 VIEW
23rd Apr 1927
L
12 St. Helens Recs ChSF A 0 33 VIEW
12th May 1927
L
12 Barrow* Fr Lonsdale Hospital L 8 16 VIEW
27th Aug 1927
W
10 Widnes L H 28 2 VIEW
29th Aug 1927
L
11 Leeds L A 7 18 VIEW
3rd Sep 1927
W
10 Widnes L A 28 15 VIEW
10th Sep 1927
L
11 Swinton L H 20 26 VIEW
14th Sep 1927
W
8 Dewsbury L H 8 2 VIEW
17th Sep 1927
L
8 Hunslet L A 10 12 VIEW
24th Sep 1927
W
12 Featherstone Rovers L H 21 8 VIEW
15th Oct 1927
W
11 Salford L H 44 10 VIEW
22nd Oct 1927
D
11 Hull L A 5 5 VIEW
29th Oct 1927
W
11 Wigan Highfield L H 15 5 VIEW
5th Nov 1927
W
11 Warrington L A 8 4 VIEW
12th Nov 1927
W
11 Warrington L H 13 0 VIEW
26th Nov 1927
L
11 Oldham L A 2 11 VIEW
3rd Dec 1927
W
11 Hull Kingston Rovers L H 25 7 1 VIEW
10th Dec 1927
L
11 Featherstone Rovers L A 3 15 VIEW
17th Dec 1927
W
11 Leigh L H 37 11 VIEW
24th Dec 1927
L
11 St. Helens Recs L A 2 5 VIEW
26th Dec 1927
L
11 Wigan L H 13 20 VIEW
29th Dec 1927
L
11 St. Helens Recs L H 5 22 VIEW
7th Jan 1928
W
11 Leeds L H 8 0 VIEW
18th Jan 1928
W
11 Dewsbury L A 6 0 VIEW
21st Jan 1928
W
11 Hull L H 14 5 VIEW
4th Feb 1928
L
11 Leigh L A 5 10 VIEW
11th Feb 1928
L
11 Oldham CC1 A 5 15 VIEW
18th Feb 1928
L
8 Oldham L H 13 14 VIEW
3rd Mar 1928
W
12 Hull Kingston Rovers L A 11 0 VIEW
10th Mar 1928
W
12 Barrow L H 15 6 VIEW
17th Mar 1928
W
12 Broughton Rangers L H 24 0 VIEW
24th Mar 1928
L
11 Swinton L A 3 5 VIEW
31st Mar 1928
L
11 Barrow L A 10 14 VIEW
6th Apr 1928
L
11 Wigan L A 11 21 VIEW
7th Apr 1928
L
11 Wigan Highfield L A 15 20 VIEW
9th Apr 1928
W
11 Hunslet L H 30 10 VIEW
10th Apr 1928
L
11 Rochdale Hornets L A 5 15 VIEW
25th Aug 1928
L
11 Widnes L A 0 2 VIEW
1st Sep 1928
D
11 Widnes L H 12 12 1 VIEW
8th Sep 1928
W
11 Carlisle City L A 8 5 VIEW
15th Sep 1928
W
11 Broughton Rangers L H 12 5 VIEW
19th Sep 1928
W
11 Hull Kingston Rovers L H 6 0 VIEW
22nd Sep 1928
W
11 Dewsbury L A 17 7 VIEW
29th Sep 1928
D
11 Hunslet L H 13 13 VIEW
6th Oct 1928
W
11 Wigan Highfield L A 27 5 VIEW
13th Oct 1928
W
11 Broughton Rangers LC1 A 15 10 VIEW
24th Oct 1928
L
11 Warrington LC2 A 11 14 VIEW
27th Oct 1928
W
10 Hull L A 10 4 VIEW
3rd Nov 1928
L
10 Wigan Highfield L H 12 15 VIEW
10th Nov 1928
D
12 Leeds L A 8 8 VIEW
17th Nov 1928
W
12 Halifax L H 12 6 1 VIEW
1st Dec 1928
W
10 Oldham L H 21 3 1 VIEW
8th Dec 1928
W
12 Oldham L A 14 11 VIEW
25th Dec 1928
L
12 St. Helens Recs L H 0 5 VIEW
29th Dec 1928
W
11 Leigh L A 3 0 VIEW
1st Jan 1929
L
11 St. Helens Recs L A 2 8 VIEW
5th Jan 1929
W
11 Rochdale Hornets L H 23 3 1 VIEW
12th Jan 1929
L
11 Salford L A 7 10 VIEW
19th Jan 1929
L
12 Swinton L H 2 3 VIEW
26th Jan 1929
L
11 Barrow L A 6 16 VIEW
13th Mar 1929
L
11 Wigan CC3(rep) A 5 25 VIEW
6th Apr 1929
L
10 Hull Kingston Rovers L A 0 12 VIEW
25th Jan 1930
W
9 Rochdale Hornets L H 32 5 VIEW
1st Feb 1930
W
9 Wigan Highfield L A 22 0 VIEW
1st Mar 1930
W
12 Leigh L H 23 2 VIEW
8th Mar 1930
W
9 Hunslet CC3 H 22 7 VIEW
2nd Apr 1930
W
9 Wigan CCSF(rep) N 22 10 VIEW
12th Apr 1930
W
9 Batley L H 19 3 VIEW
18th Apr 1930
W
9 Wigan L A 8 3 VIEW
3rd May 1930
L
9 Widnes CCF N 3 10 VIEW
10th May 1930
W
9 Wigan * Fr L 21 14 1 VIEW
4th Oct 1930
W
10 Dewsbury L H 12 10 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 126 | LOSSES : 118 | DRAWS : 12

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