Teddy Kerwick, the former St Helens Recs player, appeared for his only game for the first team in the league away defeat to Wakefield Trinity by 36 points to 3. He played at stand off in this match. Teddy worked as a Glass Cutter and in 1939 at the time of the Census he was a patient in St Helens Hospital.
This appreciation of Ted Kerwick appeared in the player history of St. Helens Recs called They Bled Red Amber and Black
Ted Kerwick was a schoolboy star at St. Teresas and Sacred Heart and the nephew of former Recs stars Bob Birchall and Joe Bates. A town and county representative at school level, as a loose forward or centre, Ted signed on for the Recs as an amateur in 1938. When he made his First Team bow, St. Helens Recreation RLFC was on its last legs financially and the dark clouds of war were about to envelope peoples lives for the next six years. Yet the St. Helens Reporter was full of praise for the young man:
A well-built lad only about 17 years of age. It was his first game with the seniors and he was playing behind forwards beaten in the scrum. Quite early in the game he made a splendid break up the middle but was grounded by Burkhill just as he appeared to be running clear.
Ted played stand-off in the Recs last-ever game at Hull KR and proudly kept the match ball as a poignant souvenir of his teams demise. The correspondent named Tacklow, in the Liverpool Echo thought that young Kerwick was one of the games outstanding performers that afternoon:
He is a typical example of the younger school of City Road stars, who would have rebuilt the reputation of the club had not the death knell already sounded.
The team went their separate ways at Manchester Victoria station after that final game without formality and were free agents. Oldham quickly snapped up Ted, together with his former Recs team-mates Ernie Large [wing] and Bill Parr [front row]. He played 14 times for Wigan in the War Emergency League, scoring 3 tries before military service beckoned with the Royal Artillery. Ted went on to join Leigh, where he helped to beat a resurgent St. Helens side in the Lancashire Cup final in 1952 [202 appearances; 71 tries] . He received county and international honours at Kirkhall Lane, before joining Workington and had a brief final fling with Widnes before hanging up his boots. He became a prominent local publican, at the Golden Lion in Lyon Street [which his father had kept] and the Seven Stars in Eccleston, before his death in 2010, aged 88.
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|28th Nov 1942||
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