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Eli Dixon

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
03-09-1916
N/A
Date unknown.
Unknown.
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
19-04-1941 v Castleford
Oldham
1943-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1940-1942
19 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
2
0
0
6

BIOGRAPHY


Eli Dixon was a lively local half back who played for Saints during World War Two. In 19 matches he scored two tries for the club against Wigan and Dewsbury in December 1942. In his last few matches Eli donned the loose forward jersey. In 1939 he was living in Knowsley Road, St Helens and working as a Crane Driver in a Glassworks. Eli died in June 1989 in St Helens aged 72.

Dave Dooley

Further information about Eli Dixon, by SHS:

Eli was a superb all-round footballer, with a range of skills that enabled him to produce an admirable record of achievement in his four seasons at City Road with the St Helens recreation team. Eli played full-back in the last match played by the Recs against Hull KR on 29 April 1939 and scored the last points, a conversion, for this great club before their untimely demise. A Saints player on occasions during the war years, he went on to play 41 games for Warrington, making his debut at the start of the truncated 1939-40 season. Eli and his brother Henry were cousins of Saints winger Harry Pimblett and they lived in Havelock Street. His St Helens Recreation Playing Number is 162.

This is the biography of Eli that appeared in the Recs’ history They Bled Red Amber and Black.

Eli Dixon was a superb all-round footballer, with a range of skills that enabled him to produce an admirable record of achievement in his four seasons at City Road. He was quite aggressive on the field and could play well wherever he was selected, as this appreciation in the St. Helens Reporter, on 2 November 1937 reveals: “After playing a blinder at full-back in the Oldham match last week, Eli Dixon returned to the team to show what a useful and penetrative centre he is. His breaks down the middle whenever he could escape the Widnes ‘spotters’ were always dangerous.” Eli also handled the kicking duties in his first full season, 1936-37, when he booted the leather between the sticks on 49 occasions.

Eli was two years older than his brother, Henry, who also joined him in Recs’ First Team almost two years later. Eli’s preferred position was stand-off; Henry was a scrum-half. Eli played full-back in Recs’ last-ever match, against Hull KR on 29 April 1939, filling in for the injured Peter Lythgoe. To him rested the unwanted distinction of scoring the Recs’ last-ever points in professional rugby league, when he converted Albert Bailey’s try. He also turned out in the centres on numerous occasions for the Recs and was the archetypal utility back. Eli went on to play 41 games for Warrington, making his debut at the start of the truncated 1939-40 campaign. His last match was in September 1946. Eli and his brother were cousins of Saints’ winger Harry Pimblett and they lived in Havelock Street. Eli also played a few games for the Saints during the war years.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1940~41 0 0 0 1
1941~42 0 0 0 4
1942~432 0 0 14
TOTALS:2 0 0 19
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1940~41 1001
1942~43 2001
TOTALS:3002

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
14th Apr 1941
W
6 Dewsbury * Fr 1940~41 A 21 11 1 VIEW
19th Apr 1941
L
6 Castleford CC2 1940~41 A 13 21 VIEW
11th Apr 1942
W
6 Featherstone Rovers CC1(1) 1941~42 A 21 11 VIEW
18th Apr 1942
W
6 Featherstone Rovers CC1(2) 1941~42 H 8 3 VIEW
25th Apr 1942
L
6 Hunslet CC2(1) 1941~42 A 3 16 VIEW
2nd May 1942
W
6 Hunslet CC2(2) 1941~42 H 21 14 VIEW
19th Sep 1942
L
6 Halifax WEL 1942~43 H 13 25 VIEW
26th Sep 1942
L
7 Dewsbury WEL 1942~43 A 17 26 VIEW
3rd Oct 1942
L
7 Leeds WEL 1942~43 A 0 34 VIEW
10th Oct 1942
W
6 Wakefield Trinity WEL 1942~43 H 15 7 VIEW
24th Oct 1942
W
6 Wigan YC2(1) 1942~43 H 21 8 VIEW
31st Oct 1942
L
6 Keighley WEL 1942~43 H 7 12 VIEW
7th Nov 1942
L
6 Wigan YC2(2) 1942~43 A 11 32 VIEW
28th Nov 1942
L
7 Wakefield Trinity WEL 1942~43 A 3 36 VIEW
5th Dec 1942
L
7 Halifax WEL 1942~43 A 12 36 VIEW
12th Dec 1942
L
7 Dewsbury WEL 1942~43 A 7 19 1 VIEW
25th Dec 1942
L
7 Wigan WEL 1942~43 A 3 10 1 VIEW
26th Dec 1942
L
7 Wigan WEL 1942~43 H 8 20 VIEW
13th Feb 1943
W
13 Army * Fr 1942~43 H 6 3 2 VIEW
27th Feb 1943
L
13 Oldham WEL 1942~43 A 6 12 VIEW
3rd Apr 1943
L
13 Oldham CC2(2) 1942~43 H 5 20 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 7 | LOSSES : 14 | DRAWS :





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