Jonty Pilkington

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
30-05-1922
N/A
11-04-1945
Batley
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
27-04-1946 v Hull K.R.
Workington Town
1948- Oldham
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1945-1948
54 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
2
0
0
6

Biography of Jonty Pilkington



HERITAGE NO : 642
Jonty was a well known local character who played prop forward for the Saints some 54 times between April 1946 and September 1948. Never known to take a backward step he carried the ball strongly and possessed a solid defence. He scored two singleton tries against the same opponents, Barrow, in the same month, May 1947. He died in St Helens in November 1987, aged 65.

Dave Dooley

The image of the Oldham team lining up at Knowsley Road on 27th November 1948 is courtesy of Mike Turner.

Alex Service interviewed Jonty in the Prince of Wales pub in 1984 and part of this is recalled here:

“I was in the Welsh Guards and I was travelling home every week to play for the Saints. They transferred me to a barracks at Chelsea. I was waiting by the Company Commander’s door to get my weekend pass signed so that I could play against Widnes, when Sergeant Major Mercer came along and asked me what I wanted. ‘Get out of my sight, Pilkington,’ he said. So that’s just what I did and never came back! [AWOL] I played rugby and renewed my boxing license and did so for eight years until I was picked up by the MPs. [Military Police] I suppose I got a reputation as a bit of a hard man and eventually got sent off 13 times in my career! I was transferred to Oldham for £1,000 (a record fee for a number eight at the time) and when I came back to play against Saints at Knowsley Road I knew I would get sent off, so I thought I’d make it early – 7 and a half minutes to be precise!”


SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1945~46 0 0 0 1
1946~472 0 0 21
1947~480 0 0 25
1948~490 0 0 7
TOTALS:2 0 0 54
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1947~480001
1948~490001
TOTALS:0002

ALL MATCHES

DateMatchPosOpponentsCompVenueFTFTOTGDG
27th Apr 1946 1
W
10 Hull Kingston Rovers L H 29 6 VIEW
7th Sep 1946 2
L
8 Leigh LC1(1) H 5 14 VIEW
14th Sep 1946 3
L
8 Leigh LC1(2) A 4 17 VIEW
21st Sep 1946 4
L
8 Widnes L A 10 17 VIEW
28th Sep 1946 5
L
8 Leigh L H 7 11 VIEW
5th Oct 1946 6
L
8 Warrington L A 10 19 VIEW
12th Oct 1946 7
W
10 Workington Town L H 12 7 VIEW
19th Oct 1946 8
W
10 Salford L A 11 2 VIEW
26th Oct 1946 9
W
10 Halifax L H 15 8 VIEW
2nd Nov 1946 10
W
10 Oldham L A 7 3 VIEW
9th Nov 1946 11
L
10 Swinton L H 11 15 VIEW
25th Dec 1946 12
L
10 Liverpool Stanley L H 16 17 VIEW
26th Dec 1946 13
L
10 Wigan L H 9 11 VIEW
28th Dec 1946 14
L
10 Huddersfield L A 12 19 VIEW
19th Apr 1947 15
L
8 Workington Town L A 2 13 VIEW
26th Apr 1947 16
W
12 Swinton L A 15 6 VIEW
6th May 1947 17
L
12 Rochdale Hornets L A 5 7 VIEW
17th May 1947 18
W
10 Featherstone Rovers L H 35 0 VIEW
24th May 1947 19
L
10 Barrow L A 9 15 1 VIEW
26th May 1947 20
L
10 Halifax L A 9 10 VIEW
31st May 1947 21
W
10 Barrow L H 36 7 1 VIEW
7th Jun 1947 22
W
10 Rochdale Hornets L H 26 4 VIEW
23rd Aug 1947 23
L
10 Widnes L A 8 9 VIEW
11th Oct 1947 24
L
12 Wakefield Trinity L A 7 10 VIEW
8th Nov 1947 25
L
8 Belle Vue Rangers L H 0 9 VIEW
29th Nov 1947 26
W
8 Salford L H 31 10 VIEW
6th Dec 1947 27
D
11 Hunslet L H 13 13 VIEW
13th Dec 1947 28
W
8 Halifax L A 6 2 VIEW
20th Dec 1947 29
L
8 Hunslet L A 5 11 VIEW
26th Dec 1947 30
W
8 Wigan L H 13 6 VIEW
27th Dec 1947 31
D
8 Wakefield Trinity L H 5 5 VIEW
1st Jan 1948 32
L
8 Leigh L A 3 8 VIEW
10th Jan 1948 33
L
10 Warrington L H 2 8 VIEW
17th Jan 1948 34
L
8 Hull Kingston Rovers L A 10 17 VIEW
24th Jan 1948 35
L
8 Rochdale Hornets L H 8 9 VIEW
31st Jan 1948 36
L
10 Workington Town L A 0 20 VIEW
7th Feb 1948 37
W
8 Bustlingthorpe Vale CC1(1) H 48 0 VIEW
14th Feb 1948 38
W
8 Bustlingthorpe Vale CC1(2) A 13 2 VIEW
28th Feb 1948 39
L
10 Oldham CC2 A 0 5 VIEW
6th Mar 1948 40
L
8 Warrington L A 3 21 VIEW
20th Mar 1948 41
W
8 Oldham L A 13 3 VIEW
26th Mar 1948 42
L
8 Wigan L A 11 22 VIEW
8th Apr 1948 43
L
8 Widnes L H 8 9 VIEW
10th Apr 1948 44
W
8 Barrow L H 21 5 VIEW
17th Apr 1948 45
W
8 Halifax L H 20 7 VIEW
22nd Apr 1948 46
W
8 Belle Vue Rangers L A 21 2 VIEW
24th Apr 1948 47
W
8 Bramley L A 19 11 VIEW
15th May 1948 --
W
8 Roanne* Fr H 36 19 VIEW
14th Aug 1948 --
W
8 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup A 38 2 VIEW
21st Aug 1948 48
W
8 Widnes L H 6 2 VIEW
23rd Aug 1948 49
L
8 Workington Town L A 11 15 VIEW
28th Aug 1948 50
L
8 Oldham L A 11 15 VIEW
4th Sep 1948 51
L
8 Wigan LC1(1) H 9 24 VIEW
8th Sep 1948 52
L
8 Wigan LC1(2) A 7 8 VIEW
11th Sep 1948 53
W
8 Liverpool Stanley L A 17 0 VIEW
18th Sep 1948 54
W
8 Workington Town L H 8 2 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 24 | LOSSES : 30 | DRAWS : 2

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