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Peter Davies by SHS
From recent research it has become apparent that Peter was a scrum-half who had two spells at Knowsley Road. First Team games were limited as a result of the form of local lad Walter Groves. Reports of his debut against Barrow were most favourable. "He easily justified his election," wrote the Daily Courier correspondent, "But was not aggressive enough." He must have got the ball out to the threequarters well, because Alf Ellaby registered a stunning hat-trick.
At some stage he left St.Helens to play Rugby Union in Derbyshire, before coming back to Saints, as this excerpt from the St.Helens Newspaper from 9th November 1928 shows: "The St.Helens Committee on Sunday resigned Peter Davies the Marshalls Cross scrum-half, who has played with the Saints for a brief period two years ago. Davies showed remarkable alertness in getting the ball quickly away from the scrum in his early trials, but did not appear to be very fast on the run. He has grown considerably and is probably a faster, stronger and better player today than he has ever been. Under the present circumstances he should be a welcome acquisition to the clubs playing resources. Last Saturday he played with Marshalls Cross against Unos Dabs and the latter team subsequently lodged a protest, on the grounds that Davies was a professional player."
It seems quite ironic that Unos Dabs would complain about his professional status, but it seems strange that he was allowed to play Rugby Union in Derbyshire, unless there was no knowledge of his original dalliance with the professional code.
The Late Len Kilshaw, in an interview in 1983 told about the three Davies brothers. Richard Davies was a Lancashire representative at rugby union, who played for St. Helens RUFC. Another brother, David, played for Saints before joining Broughton Rangers and Peter was the third, who worked for the railways in Derbyshire. Peter had a unique distinction in that he once played for the A Team at Wigan at scrum half and later played for the First Team in the afternoon.
According to the Rugby League Registers, he lived in Walkers Lane, St.Helens and London Road in Derby. He worked as a Railway Fitter which involved travel and heavy work. In 1939 the Census found him as a patient in Derby County Hospital. He died in Sheffield in April 1988 at the age of 83.
|Season (Official Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|Season (Other Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|18th Sep 1926||
|26th Dec 1928||
|29th Dec 1928||
|1st Jan 1929||
|7||St. Helens Recs||L||1928~29||A||2||8||VIEW|
|5th Jan 1929||
|*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.|
|WINS : 3 | LOSSES : 2 | DRAWS :|
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