Biography of Paddy Murtagh
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Partick Murtagh by Dave Dooley:
Patrick was a fast, clever loose forward, who joined Saints after World War II. Pat was one of several St.Helens-born players who went on to play for Liverpool City. Unfortunately, `Paddy` had more than his fair share of bad luck. His rugby career came to an end prematurely when he badly tore knee ligaments in a match at Warrington in the early 1950s. A few years later, he broke his back and most of his ribs in a horrific accident down the pit. His football fitness proved to be a vital factor in his recovery.
He made his debut in the 14 points to 5 defeat by Leigh in the first round of the Lancashire Cup on 7 September 1946. In his one season of first team football at Knowsley Road, Paddy played seven matches and scored a solitary try in the 17 points to 10 away loss at Widnes on the 21st of September, 1946. As the Saints struggled during that campaign Murtagh collected winning pay on just one occasion - the 12 points to 7 home league victory over Workington Town on the 12th of October, 1946.
Paddy played his last match for the first team on the 23rd of November 1946 as Saints crashed to Bramley by 10 points to nil. He was later transferred to Liverpool Stanley and captained them for a spell. Paddy died in March 1982, aged 62 and his death was registered in Knowsley.
|Season (Official Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|Season (Other Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|7th Sep 1946||1||
|14th Sep 1946||2||
|21st Sep 1946||3||
|28th Sep 1946||4||
|5th Oct 1946||5||
|12th Oct 1946||6||
|23rd Nov 1946||7||
|*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.|
|WINS : 1 | LOSSES : 6 | DRAWS :|
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