William Pierce by Alex Service
The Rugby League Registers tell us that this player began his career with St. Helens Recs, signing on at the start of the 1938-39 season. The St. Helens Reporter of 16th August 1938 tells us that: "Among the players Recs have signed on is Wm. Pierce, half-back, nephew of 'Wee' Pierce. Although young Will Pierce is already a polished player."
Wee Pierce was quite a start turn for the Recs in the early to mid 1920s and young William would have no club to play for following their demise just before the start of World War Two. It is therefore safe to say that this is the same player, who lived in Borough Road and enjoyed a promising write up in the Reporter dated 10th September 1940, after his debut against Liverpool Stanley in the War Emergency League at Knowsley Road as the Saints won 32-15: "Pierce seems destined to be the flashing out-half we have been looking for. Easy, elusive and fast away, he opened out play beautifully and showed enough individual action to prove he has ideas."
For whatever reason, William played 9 times for the Saints during the War years essentially, scoring 3 tries and kicking a solitary goal. His last match was in peace time, however, when he turned out at scrum-half against Rochdale Hornets at the Athletic Grounds. Billy French was his stand-off and the Saints pulled off a 11-4 victory.
|Season (Official Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|Season (Other Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|7th Sep 1940||
|9th Nov 1940||
|16th Nov 1940||
|23rd Nov 1940||
|30th Nov 1940||
|14th Dec 1940||
|25th Dec 1940||
|11th Jan 1941||
|8th Feb 1941||
|19th Apr 1941||
|6th Oct 1945||
|*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.|
|WINS : 7 | LOSSES : 3 | DRAWS : 1|
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