Dennis played his only official game for the first team in the league away defeat to Swinton by 10 points to 9 in March 1970. He played prop forward in this match. He also featured in the Charity Shield match against Castleford at the start of the 1970 to 1971 season. That match ended in a thrilling 19 points all draw. Can you help the SHS by supplying a photograph or any other personal or playing details?
Dennis Marsh an appreciation by Adrian Lawrenson
Just as the Tommies in the trenches in the First World War felt no empathy with the brass hats who sat behind a desk one must wonder how the part-time professional footballers of this era viewed the fixture planners who had obviously never played the game.
Take the eight day period between Good Friday 27 March 1970 to 3 April 1970. A Wigan team on a mission to avenge the Boxing Day 53-11 defeat by Saints and on a long unbeaten run turned up at Knowsley Road on Good Friday and won 23-16. One of the best-ever Leeds teams played at Knowsley Road in a re-arranged fixture the following day and in a mudbath in teaming rain lost a magnificent match 12-5. The following Saturday a small matter of a Challenge Cup semi-final was played against a formidable Castleford side at Swinton.
However, rugby league traditions must be upheld and Saints travelled to Station Road on Easter Monday 30 March 1970 with a fixture to fulfil. Something had to give, and two young men, Ray Turner and Dennis Marsh were given their debuts in this match.
Dennis Marsh was a 20 year old local boy who had been a stalwart with the ‘B’ team playing alongside players like Ken Kelly, Tony Waller, Pilks Recs’ legend John McCabe and Tommy Garvey, the son of 1932 Championship winning stand off Jack.
The boys put in a brave effort and were defeated 10-9. Dennis thus qualifies for his Heritage Number 863. His only other call to arms was in the Charity Shield match against Castleford on 15 August 1970 in a 19-19 draw but was not called on to play. Consequently, unlike Mick Marsden, who was also a non-playing substitute against Wakefield Trinity in the 28-15 defeat on 29 August 1966, if he hadn’t taken the field at Swinton, he would not have qualified for a Heritage Number.
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|30th Mar 1970||
|15th Aug 1970||
|*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.|
|WINS : | LOSSES : 1 | DRAWS : 1|
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