Clive Griffiths

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
02-04-1954
N/A
16-08-1979
Llanelli RU- Wales
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
19-08-1979 v Widnes
Hull K.R.
1984- Salford
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1979-1983
100 (6)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
11
276
8
598

Biography of Clive Griffiths



HERITAGE NO : 936
Clive Ronald Griffiths by Dave Dooley:

As the great Saints side of the 1970s dispersed and club honours started to run dry, Saints once again turned to the valleys in order to regenerate their fortunes. In a blaze of publicity Saints plucked the brightest new jewel from Welsh Rugby Union when they signed the Llanelli international full back, Clive Griffith for a record £27 500. In the past such signings had ignited a fresh Saints` glory trail, but sadly this was not to be in this particular case. Clive seemed to possess all the necessary ingredients to become a great success in rugby league. He had a safe pair of hands, accurate place kicking, sound defence, speed and evasive skills.

After a salutary introduction to the code in his debut match against Widnes in the first round of the Lancashire Cup, Clive faced another tough encounter against Warrington the following week. The club`s second successive home defeat brought even worse news for the club and Griffiths as he fractured his left arm in a freak collision as he leapt to collect a high punt. Further luckless injuries stopped Clive stringing together a prolonged run of matches in the first team. However, fans witnessed glimpses of his potential such as the Castleford match on December 2nd. 1979 when Clive scored a try and kicked 6 goals in a 39 points to 21 victory.

He fared better in the 1980/1 season as he slotted over 71 goals, landed three drop goals and scored a try. At this time Saints were bleeding a large crop of exciting local youngsters which often exposed Clive as the last line of defence more than he would have wished. All successful full backs need a sustained run in the team behind a team with a strong go-forward to allow backs demonstrate their attacking prowess. The next two seasons saw Clive in and out of the side playing in the centre or on the wing with some outings at his favoured full back role. Two modest goal hauls of 42 belied Clive`s potential scoring prowess.

Ashe team consolidated and grew in confidence the 1983/4 season provided an opportunity for Clive to enjoy an extended run in the first team on the wing. He twice collected 18 points from seven goals and a try against Fulham and Wakefield Trinity to end the campaign with a career best total of 179 points from 5 tries, 77 goals and 5 drop goals. Despite his best out-turn results, Saints transferred him to Salford at the end of his fifth season at Knowsley Road.

On the international scene Clive made two substitute appearances for Wales against France in 1980 and 1981.

When you weigh up Clive`s patchy career with the Saints,it seems to accompany an improbable playing record. In exactly 100 appearances he scored 598 points from 276 goals, 8 drop goals and 11 tries. His goals position him eleventh on the all-time list. In September 1986, Clive returned to the club to take up the position of fitness conditioner. His enthusiasm for his adopted code never waned and a move into coaching the welsh national team led to some creditable performances under his guidance including a World Cup semi-final match that frightened the eventual winners Australia with a fantastic first half performance that gave Wales a healthy half time lead.



SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1979~80 2 44 0 20
1980~811 71 3 25
1981~821 42 0 16
1982~832 42 0 14
1983~845 77 5 26
TOTALS:11 276 8 101
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1980~811601
1981~820001
1983~841802
TOTALS:21404

ALL MATCHES

DateMatchPosOpponentsCompVenueFTFTOTGDG
19th Aug 1979 1
L
1 Widnes LC1 H 16 28 2 VIEW
2nd Sep 1979 2
L
1 Warrington L H 17 23 3 VIEW
18th Nov 1979 3
W
3 Blackpool Borough L H 27 2 6 VIEW
25th Nov 1979 --NPS
D
14 Hull L A 8 8 VIEW
27th Nov 1979 4
L
3 Bradford Northern L A 9 13 1 VIEW
30th Nov 1979 --NPS
W
14 Salford FT2 H 15 10 VIEW
2nd Dec 1979 5
W
1 Castleford L H 39 21 1 6 VIEW
9th Dec 1979 --NPS
L
14 Warrington L A 10 19 VIEW
11th Dec 1979 6
L
2 Hull Kingston Rovers FTSF A 7 10 2 VIEW
15th Dec 1979 --NPS
W
14 Leigh L A 12 3 VIEW
23rd Dec 1979 7
W
14 Workington Town L H 51 0 4 VIEW
26th Dec 1979 8
W
14 Wigan L A 16 10 1 VIEW
4th Jan 1980 9
W
14 Castleford L A 23 7 2 VIEW
12th Jan 1980 10
L
3 Salford L H 17 18 1 4 VIEW
3rd Feb 1980 11
W
3 Blackpool Borough L A 23 0 1 VIEW
10th Feb 1980 12
W
3 Workington Town CC1 H 16 0 3 VIEW
17th Feb 1980 13
W
3 Hunslet L H 25 11 1 VIEW
23rd Mar 1980 14
W
1 Wakefield Trinity L A 24 19 3 VIEW
30th Mar 1980 15
L
1 Leeds L H 15 22 2 VIEW
6th Apr 1980 16
L
1 Widnes L A 9 16 VIEW
9th Apr 1980 17
L
1 Workington Town L A 5 20 1 VIEW
12th Apr 1980 18
L
1 Widnes L H 0 19 VIEW
20th Apr 1980 19
L
1 Hull Kingston Rovers L A 4 21 2 VIEW
26th Apr 1980 20
L
1 Bradford Northern PT1 A 0 30 VIEW
10th Aug 1980 --
W
1 Oldham* Fr Ward Cup H 30 12 1 6 VIEW
17th Aug 1980 21
W
1 Workington Town LC1 A 15 5 4 VIEW
24th Aug 1980 22
L
1 Widnes LC2 A 20 22 1 VIEW
14th Sep 1980 23
L
1 Wakefield Trinity L H 14 16 5 VIEW
19th Sep 1980 24
W
1 Salford L A 25 19 5 VIEW
28th Sep 1980 25
W
1 Featherstone Rovers L H 19 5 5 VIEW
5th Oct 1980 26
D
1 Workington Town L A 16 16 5 VIEW
12th Oct 1980 27
W
1 New Zealand Tour H 11 6 4 VIEW
19th Oct 1980 28
L
1 Warrington L A 11 15 3 VIEW
26th Oct 1980 29
L
1 Castleford L H 5 8 1 1 VIEW
9th Nov 1980 30
W
1 Leigh L A 21 7 4 1 VIEW
16th Nov 1980 31
W
1 Workington Town L H 18 8 3 VIEW
23rd Nov 1980 32
L
1 Warrington JP1 H 12 14 3 VIEW
30th Nov 1980 33
L
14 Featherstone Rovers L A 8 12 VIEW
4th Jan 1981 34
W
5 Salford L H 29 14 3 VIEW
11th Jan 1981 35
W
2 Hull Kingston Rovers L A 12 10 4 VIEW
18th Jan 1981 36
W
5 Barrow L H 11 2 1 VIEW
25th Jan 1981 37
L
5 Leeds L A 17 20 4 VIEW
8th Feb 1981 38
L
2 Leigh L H 9 10 3 VIEW
15th Feb 1981 39
W
2 Huddersfield CC1 A 10 8 3 1 VIEW
28th Feb 1981 40
W
1 Hull CC2 H 5 3 1 VIEW
8th Mar 1981 41
W
1 Hull Kingston Rovers L H 11 5 2 1 VIEW
15th Mar 1981 42
W
1 Oldham CC3 A 6 5 1 VIEW
24th Mar 1981 43
L
1 Hull L A 15 18 2 VIEW
4th Apr 1981 44
L
1 Hull Kingston Rovers CCSF N 5 22 1 VIEW
17th Apr 1981 45
W
1 Oldham L A 21 18 3 VIEW
24th Jan 1982 46
L
1 Leigh L A 5 27 1 VIEW
27th Jan 1982 47
W
1 York L H 17 3 1 4 VIEW
31st Jan 1982 48
L
1 Hull L A 8 26 1 VIEW
7th Feb 1982 49
L
1 Leeds L H 6 15 1 VIEW
13th Feb 1982 50
L
1 Wigan CC1 H 12 20 3 VIEW
21st Feb 1982 51
W
1 York L A 19 7 2 VIEW
28th Feb 1982 52
W
1 Whitehaven L H 41 7 7 VIEW
3rd Mar 1982 53
W
1 Featherstone Rovers L H 14 4 1 VIEW
14th Mar 1982 54
W
1 Warrington L H 18 10 6 VIEW
21st Mar 1982 55
W
1 Fulham L A 17 2 3 VIEW
9th Apr 1982 56
W
1 Wigan L H 13 11 2 VIEW
12th Apr 1982 57
W
1 Widnes L A 21 16 4 VIEW
18th Apr 1982 58
W
1 Barrow L H 15 6 3 VIEW
21st Apr 1982 59
L
1 Hull L H 13 14 2 VIEW
25th Apr 1982 60
L
1 Wigan L A 5 23 1 VIEW
5th May 1982 61
L
1 Hull PT1 A 8 23 1 VIEW
5th Jun 1982 --
D
1 Welsh XIII* Fr Testimonial L 18 18 VIEW
15th Sep 1982 62
W
5 Barrow LC2 A 9 6 3 VIEW
19th Sep 1982 63
L
1 Barrow L A 12 19 1 VIEW
17th Oct 1982 64
L
1 Australia Tour H 0 32 VIEW
2nd Jan 1983 65
W
1 Widnes L A 18 11 3 VIEW
9th Jan 1983 66
W
1 Hull L H 19 18 3 VIEW
16th Jan 1983 67
L
1 Castleford L A 10 31 1 2 VIEW
23rd Jan 1983 68
W
1 Barrow L H 20 5 4 VIEW
30th Jan 1983 69
W
1 Hull Kingston Rovers L H 13 7 3 VIEW
6th Feb 1983 70
W
1 Oldham L A 10 0 2 VIEW
15th Feb 1983 71
W
1 Carlisle CC1 H 52 0 1 8 VIEW
27th Feb 1983 72
W
1 Leeds CC2 A 23 13 4 VIEW
6th Mar 1983 73
W
1 Leeds L H 19 7 3 VIEW
12th Mar 1983 74
L
1 Featherstone Rovers CC3 H 10 11 2 VIEW
16th Mar 1983 75
W
1 Warrington L A 17 13 4 VIEW
7th Aug 1983 --
W
1 Huyton* Fr Charity H 48 14 5 VIEW
10th Aug 1983 --
W
14 Widnes * Fr Testimonial H 44 20 1 3 VIEW
18th Sep 1983 --NPS
L
14 Bradford Northern L A 10 14 VIEW
25th Sep 1983 76
W
1 Wakefield Trinity L H 50 12 1 7 VIEW
2nd Oct 1983 77
L
1 Oldham L A 6 32 1 VIEW
9th Oct 1983 78
W
14 Fulham L H 18 14 VIEW
23rd Oct 1983 79
W
14 Bradford Northern L H 29 14 1 VIEW
30th Oct 1983 80
W
14 Featherstone Rovers L H 19 13 VIEW
6th Nov 1983 81
W
4 Kent Invicta JP1 A 40 7 1 5 VIEW
13th Nov 1983 82
L
4 Leigh L A 12 20 VIEW
19th Nov 1983 83
W
3 Warrington JP2 A 18 10 3 VIEW
27th Nov 1983 84
W
3 Featherstone Rovers JP3 H 16 12 3 1 VIEW
4th Dec 1983 85
L
4 Hull Kingston Rovers L A 7 32 1 1 VIEW
17th Dec 1983 86
L
4 Widnes JPSF N 4 18 1 VIEW
22nd Jan 1984 87
W
2 Fulham L A 30 0 1 7 VIEW
5th Feb 1984 88
W
5 Salford L H 20 0 4 VIEW
12th Feb 1984 89
W
5 Leigh CC1 H 16 10 3 1 VIEW
19th Feb 1984 90
L
5 Leeds L A 7 18 3 1 VIEW
25th Feb 1984 91
W
5 Hull CC2 H 24 14 4 VIEW
4th Mar 1984 92
W
5 Featherstone Rovers L A 21 13 4 VIEW
11th Mar 1984 93
L
5 Wigan CC3 H 7 16 1 VIEW
16th Mar 1984 94
W
5 Hull L H 22 10 4 1 VIEW
25th Mar 1984 95
L
5 Castleford L A 22 26 3 VIEW
6th Apr 1984 96
W
5 Leigh L H 37 12 6 VIEW
10th Apr 1984 97
W
5 Leeds L H 20 10 1 3 VIEW
15th Apr 1984 98
W
5 Whitehaven L A 27 21 5 VIEW
20th Apr 1984 99
W
5 Wigan L H 20 13 2 VIEW
29th Apr 1984 100
W
5 Warrington PT1 A 19 13 4 VIEW
7th May 1984 101
L
5 Hull Kingston Rovers PTSF A 16 21 3 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 65 | LOSSES : 42 | DRAWS : 3

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