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Ian Jones by Alex Service
Ian Jones played three First Team matches for the Saints, which does not seem too many, but he did so despite the terrific wealth of talent to choose from at Knowsley Road at the time in the mid 1960s. Players like Benyon, Murphy, Gartland, Wilf Smith, Harvey and Keith Northey were those who vied for selection either at scrum-half or stand-off during the 1964-65 season, when the Saints won the League Leaders trophy and Lancashire Cup.
A local lad, who joined the club from Blackbrook RLFC, Ian made his debut at scrum-half in a League match at Featherstone, which the Saints won 30-15. Peter Harvey was his stand-off. Another rookie, second-rower Dave Markey, scored two tries that afternoon. Ironically, his last match was also against Featherstone Rovers, this time at Knowsley Road three weeks later. Despite a 7-12 deficit at half-time, the Saints went on to win 25-12, the star of the match being Len Killeen, who scored a hat-trick of tries and kicked 5 goals.
A fierce competitor, Ian later went to Pilkington Recs where he joined a side that was very much on the up in amateur circles. Ian, or Jasper as he was universally known, helped make the Recs into a side capable of winning major honours and taking on professional opposition in the coveted Challenge Cup. He played at Recs with Jimmy Mustard, a former team-mate at Knowsley Road.
He did have a further stab at the professional game by playing 7 matches for Leigh in 1968-69 and he remains a popular figure in local rugby circles. Ian also worked for Pilkingtons and at one stage travelled the world to help the company set up and maintain glass making facilities, despite leaving Parr Central School with no qualifications!
|Season (Official Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|Season (Other Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|26th Sep 1964||
|10th Oct 1964||
|17th Oct 1964||
|14th Aug 1965||
|7||Swinton *||Fr Gallie Cup||1965~66||A||9||11||VIEW|
|*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.|
|WINS : 3 | LOSSES : 1 | DRAWS :|
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