Sean Day

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
20-11-1962
N/A
01-09-1984
Culcheth ARLFC
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
02-09-1984 v Featherstone Rovers
Wigan
1986- Runcorn Highfield (loan)
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1984-1985
47 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
14
191
0
438

BIOGRAPHY



HERITAGE NO : 968
Sean Day by Alex Service

Eyebrows were raised when Saints signed Sean Day at the start of the 1984-85 season. It was a time when the re-building of the early 1980s was beginning to bear fruit. Local lads like Andy Platt, Chris Arkwright, Steve Peters, Neil Holding and Harry Pinner, plus Australians Phil Veivers and Mal Meninga, made the Saints a team capable of challenging for major honours. They proved to be one of the strongest sides in the competition, finishing second in the league and winning the Lancashire Cup and Premiership finals. The Saints were a supreme attacking team during 1984-85 scoring a record 1,267 points in all matches, including Division One records of 156 league tries and 920 points.

Yet what about Sean Day? The winger proved to be more than an integral part of his team's success, with a magnificent total of 157 goals from all matches. Not only did he top the kicking charts, but also the points-scoring charts, with 362, which also included 12 tries. Diminutive in stature, with his socks rolled down to his ankles, he had a metronomic kicking action, akin to Frano Botica of later years.

In the Lancashire Cup final against Wigan at Central Park he scored five goals and a try. One penalty goal in particular did much to thwart a Wigan fight-back which was gaining momentum. He suffered from injury towards the end of the campaign but played in the Premiership final even though he was carrying a knock.

Just like Peter Fearis in 1958-59 it was to be his one season of glory. Injuries took their toll and he later played for Runcorn for a spell. Yet he will be forever remembered for his terrific contribution to a fabulous season in the mid-1980s. Sean Day was most definitely a man for the occasion.

Obituary by Alex Service

Farewell Sean Day

Born 20/11/1962
Died 02/11/2019

Anyone who watched the Saints during the mid-1980s will be saddened to hear of the death of winger Sean Day at the age of 56. He had been ill for some time.

Eyebrows were raised when Saints signed Sean Day at the start of the 1984-85 season from the Culcheth amateur club. He made his debut against Featherstone Rovers in a Slalom Lager league match at Knowsley Road on 2nd September 1984, which Saints won 25-10. Sean was on the left wing, with Roy Haggerty as his centre and booted over 3 goals.

Sean went on to kick 191 goals with his trusty left boot during his 47 matches in the red vee, including 14 tries, a total of 438 points.

He signed when the re-building of the early 1980s was beginning to bear fruit. Local lads like Andy Platt, Chris Arkwright, Steve Peters, Neil Holding and Harry Pinner, plus Australians Phil Veivers and Mal Meninga, made the Saints a team capable of challenging for major honours.

Sean proved to be an integral part of his teams success in 1984-85, with a magnificent total of 157 goals from all matches. Not only did he top the kicking charts, but also the points-scoring charts, with 362, which also included 12 tries. His partnership on the left side with centre Mal Meninga was one of the reasons the team was such a strong attacking force, finishing second in the league and winning the Lancashire Cup and Premiership finals. They scored a record 1,267 points in all matches, including Division One records of 156 league tries and 920 points.

Diminutive in stature, with his socks rolled down to his ankles, Sean had a metronomic kicking action, akin to Frano Botica of later years. He was supremely confident that any ball he kicked would sail between the uprights and they invariably did. Goal-kicking invariably wins matches and those who can retain accuracy with the boot under high pressure situations are a valuable commodity indeed. And Sean was just that.

In the Lancashire Cup final victory against Wigan at Central Park he scored five goals and a try. One penalty goal in particular after half-time did much to thwart a Wigan fight-back which was gaining momentum. He suffered from injury towards the end of the campaign but played in the Premiership final even though he was carrying a knock, kicking 4 goals in Saints 36-16 success against a powerful Hull KR outfit.

It was to be his one season of glory. Injuries took their toll and he later played for Runcorn for a spell. His last game in the red vee was at Central Park against Wigan, in the second round of the Challenge Cup, on 8th March 1986, which Saints lost 14-24, in front of over 18,000 fans.

Yet he will be forever remembered for his terrific contribution to that fabulous two-trophy season in 1984-85, which brings back so many memories for those who witnessed it. Sean Day was most definitely a man for the occasion.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1984~85 12 157 0 36
1985~862 34 0 11
TOTALS:14 191 0 47
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1984~85 31406
1985~86 0301
TOTALS:31707

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompVenueFTFTOTGDG
29th Jul 1984
L
5 Barrow * Fr Benefit A 10 19 VIEW
19th Aug 1984
W
5 Mansfield Marksmen * Fr Testimonial H 84 12 3 VIEW
26th Aug 1984
W
5 Oldham* Fr Ward Cup H 38 4 5 VIEW
2nd Sep 1984
W
5 Featherstone Rovers L H 25 10 3 VIEW
9th Sep 1984
W
5 Leeds L A 21 2 4 VIEW
14th Sep 1984
W
5 Runcorn Highfield LC1 H 58 14 9 VIEW
23rd Sep 1984
L
5 Hull Kingston Rovers L A 6 32 1 VIEW
26th Sep 1984
W
5 Barrow LC2 A 26 10 4 VIEW
30th Sep 1984
L
5 Bradford Northern L A 10 30 1 1 VIEW
7th Oct 1984
W
5 Castleford L H 30 16 1 1 VIEW
10th Oct 1984
W
5 Leigh LCSF H 31 10 1 VIEW
14th Oct 1984
W
5 Hunslet L A 32 14 1 6 VIEW
17th Oct 1984
W
5 Halifax L H 42 14 2 7 VIEW
21st Oct 1984
W
5 Oldham L H 32 5 1 VIEW
28th Oct 1984
W
5 Wigan LCF A 26 18 1 5 VIEW
4th Nov 1984
W
5 Warrington L A 20 14 5 VIEW
11th Nov 1984
W
5 Barrow L H 59 2 7 VIEW
18th Nov 1984
W
5 Keighley JP1 H 60 8 10 VIEW
25th Nov 1984
W
5 Bradford Northern L H 28 6 4 VIEW
2nd Dec 1984
D
5 Bradford Northern JP2 A 12 12 2 VIEW
5th Dec 1984
W
5 Bradford Northern JP2 (rep) H 24 10 1 4 VIEW
9th Dec 1984
W
5 Leeds L H 48 16 6 VIEW
22nd Dec 1984
L
5 Halifax JP3 H 8 14 1 2 VIEW
26th Dec 1984
L
5 Wigan L H 22 30 3 VIEW
30th Jan 1985
L
5 Castleford L A 12 30 2 VIEW
3rd Feb 1985
W
5 Leigh L H 56 16 1 10 VIEW
21st Feb 1985
L
5 Hull Kingston Rovers CC1 H 3 8 1 VIEW
24th Feb 1985
W
5 Barrow L A 31 16 1 3 VIEW
27th Feb 1985
L
5 Hull L A 24 46 4 VIEW
22nd Mar 1985
W
5 Hull L H 47 18 2 5 VIEW
31st Mar 1985
W
5 Warrington L H 30 28 5 VIEW
5th Apr 1985
W
5 Wigan L A 30 19 5 VIEW
8th Apr 1985
W
5 Widnes L H 28 22 4 VIEW
14th Apr 1985
W
5 Hull Kingston Rovers L H 30 14 5 VIEW
17th Apr 1985
W
5 Hunslet L H 68 7 10 VIEW
19th Apr 1985
W
5 Workington Town L A 42 13 7 VIEW
21st Apr 1985
L
5 Leigh L A 26 30 5 VIEW
27th Apr 1985
W
5 Widnes PT1 H 26 2 1 VIEW
11th May 1985
W
5 Hull Kingston Rovers PTF N 36 16 4 VIEW
26th May 1985
L
5 Canterbury* Fr Tour C 24 30 4 VIEW
29th May 1985
L
5 Waikato* Fr Tour H 24 34 2 VIEW
2nd Jun 1985
L
5 Manukau * Fr Tour A 10 26 3 VIEW
25th Aug 1985
D
5 Oldham * Fr Ward Cup A 18 18 3 VIEW
30th Aug 1985
W
5 Swinton L A 32 14 6 VIEW
4th Sep 1985
W
5 Warrington L H 12 6 2 VIEW
8th Sep 1985
W
5 York L H 30 8 5 VIEW
15th Sep 1985
W
5 Carlisle LC1 H 72 8 1 4 VIEW
22nd Sep 1985
L
5 Leeds L A 8 21 2 VIEW
25th Sep 1985
W
5 Whitehaven LC2 H 26 8 1 5 VIEW
29th Sep 1985
L
5 Hull L H 22 35 5 VIEW
2nd Oct 1985
L
5 Wigan LCSF A 2 30 1 VIEW
19th Jan 1986
L
5 Bradford Northern L H 8 18 VIEW
2nd Mar 1986
W
5 Halifax L H 22 10 3 VIEW
8th Mar 1986
L
5 Wigan CC2 A 14 24 1 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 35 | LOSSES : 17 | DRAWS : 2

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