James Prescott

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
12-07-1883
N/A
26-08-1904
St.Helens Local Leagues
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
18-03-1905 v Broughton Rangers
Widnes
1919- when he Retired
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1899-1919
254 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
66
2
0
202

BIOGRAPHY


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HERITAGE NO : 139
This local hard man was a Saints stalwart for the Saints between 1905 and 1919. In that time he played 254 matches for the club and a host of friendly fixtures. Butcher was very much a forward with a great try scoring record for the period.

His 66 tries for the Saints included five braces against Morecambe, Aberdare, Bramley, Swinton and Barrow. Butcher even landed a goal for the Saints.

Butcher even played one official match against Widnes for the club after World War One at the grand age of 36.

The coal miner lived at 53 Silkstone Street in 1911 and by 1939 he had relocated down the street to number 79. He died in his hometown in May 1961 at the age of 77. is in the record books as one of the longest serving players for the club, a true testament to his fitness and commitment to the club.

Dave Dooley

His biography also appeared in the 100 St Helens Greats: A former pupil of Sacred Heart School in St. Helens, James Butcher Prescott was a popular loose forward during the period before the First World War. He was an aggressive player, with great mobility and a deadly tackler. He cut an impressive figure and became a county representative, only missing out on an Australian tour place because of injury sustained in the trial match, a great shame after such a fine career as a Saint!

The name Butcher came not necessarily from his prowess as a footballer. It was a family name, one borne at times by two of his brothers who played for the Saints before him and were responsible for getting him signed on by the club. It is a great pity that Butcher did not achieve touring status, as he enjoyed much success against Australian teams. He played against the 1909 tourists at Knowsley Road and scored a superb try in the Saints 9-0 success, when classy centre Harold Greenwood made the opening for him to crash through several visiting defenders. Butcher got on the score-sheet against the Aussie once more, in October 1911. This time he was put through a giant gap by star threequarter Jimmy Flanagan, but it could not prevent an Australian victory, by Saints 5-16. In the 1911/12 season overall, Butcher scored 16 tries with his bustling style – a fine achievement for a forward!

James won his first Lancashire cap in the 11-0 defeat by Cumberland on 28 September 1912. Saints’ winger Jim Flanagan and scrum half Fred Trenwith were in the same team. On 29 September 1913, he once again played for Lancashire, against Cumberland in a 24-3 victory at the Cliff, Broughton and in the 19-11 defeat by Yorkshire at Fartown on 10 December. Both Prescott and team-mate Flanagan played in a tour trial at Headingley later in the campaign, but neither was selected.

Butcher became a sergeant in the St. Helens Pals during the First World War. One day, at Ypres, he was supervising a trench-cutting operation on the top when a German shell landed close by. He was carried down to the base. One of the stretcher-bearers was club-mate Jimmy Flanagan. Shortly after, Flanagan himself was wounded and the two Pals met again in hospital in England. Butcher was never sent overseas again, but Jimmy went back and paid the ultimate sacrifice. He played one more game for St. Helens after the war, before calling it a day

Butcher then became a double agent, as a member of the St. Helens Recreation Club Committee, the Saints big rivals between the Wars. Once the Recs had folded in 1939, he still kept an active interest in the game and would regularly attend matches in the north-west for many years.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1904~05 0 0 0 4
1905~06 3 0 0 29
1906~071 1 0 12
1907~08 2 0 0 20
1908~09 6 1 0 28
1909~108 0 0 28
1910~11 5 0 0 31
1911~12 15 0 0 34
1912~13 17 0 0 30
1913~149 0 0 30
1914~15 0 0 0 7
1919~20 0 0 0 1
TOTALS:66 2 0 254
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1908~09 0001
1912~13 2001
1918~19 2003
TOTALS:4005

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompVenueFTFTOTGDG
18th Mar 1905
L
12 Broughton Rangers CC2 A 0 18 VIEW
30th Mar 1905
L
13 Leigh L H 0 2 VIEW
21st Apr 1905
L
12 Warrington L A 0 5 VIEW
29th Apr 1905
L
7 Halifax L A 2 23 VIEW
2nd Sep 1905
W
12 Millom L H 34 3 VIEW
9th Sep 1905
W
12 Morecambe L H 26 6 2 VIEW
16th Sep 1905
L
12 Widnes L A 2 3 VIEW
14th Oct 1905
L
12 Wigan LC1 A 0 18 VIEW
21st Oct 1905
L
12 Runcorn L A 3 12 VIEW
4th Nov 1905
W
12 Dewsbury L A 3 2 VIEW
18th Nov 1905
W
12 Rochdale Hornets L A 11 0 VIEW
2nd Dec 1905
L
12 Oldham L H 7 15 VIEW
16th Dec 1905
W
12 Millom L A 2 0 VIEW
23rd Dec 1905
L
12 Warrington L A 0 16 VIEW
25th Dec 1905
W
12 Runcorn L H 7 0 VIEW
26th Dec 1905
L
12 Wigan L H 5 13 VIEW
30th Dec 1905
W
12 Morecambe L A 10 3 VIEW
6th Jan 1906
L
5 Leigh L A 2 3 VIEW
13th Jan 1906
W
12 Barrow L A 3 2 VIEW
20th Jan 1906
W
12 Normanton L H 28 3 VIEW
27th Jan 1906
L
12 Oldham L A 2 12 VIEW
3rd Feb 1906
L
12 Swinton L A 0 5 VIEW
10th Feb 1906
W
12 Widnes L H 5 0 VIEW
17th Feb 1906
L
12 Runcorn CCInt. H 0 3 VIEW
24th Feb 1906
W
12 Dewsbury L H 7 0 VIEW
10th Mar 1906
W
12 Rochdale Hornets L H 15 0 VIEW
17th Mar 1906
D
12 Swinton L H 0 0 VIEW
24th Mar 1906
L
12 Leigh L H 8 15 VIEW
31st Mar 1906
W
5 Normanton L A 9 5 1 VIEW
13th Apr 1906
L
5 Wigan L A 6 37 VIEW
16th Apr 1906
L
5 Warrington L H 0 8 VIEW
21st Apr 1906
L
5 Hull L A 0 19 VIEW
30th Apr 1906
W
5 Salford L H 11 0 VIEW
1st Sep 1906
L
2 Swinton L H 6 10 VIEW
8th Sep 1906
W
2 Rochdale Hornets L H 27 6 1 1 VIEW
15th Sep 1906
L
2 Warrington L H 10 19 VIEW
22nd Sep 1906
L
2 Barrow L A 3 31 VIEW
29th Sep 1906
L
11 Widnes L A 5 11 VIEW
6th Oct 1906
L
11 Runcorn L H 8 22 VIEW
13th Oct 1906
L
11 Oldham LC1 H 14 17 VIEW
20th Oct 1906
L
11 Pontefract L A 7 17 VIEW
27th Oct 1906
L
2 Leigh L H 10 19 VIEW
3rd Nov 1906
W
12 Widnes L H 10 7 VIEW
29th Mar 1907
L
12 Wigan L A 2 24 VIEW
1st Apr 1907
W
12 Salford L H 30 5 VIEW
3rd Sep 1907
L
5 Keighley L A 3 12 VIEW
7th Sep 1907
L
12 Swinton L A 0 22 VIEW
14th Sep 1907
L
2 Bradford L H 9 14 VIEW
28th Sep 1907
W
12 Warrington L H 7 6 VIEW
5th Oct 1907
L
12 Widnes L A 5 17 VIEW
12th Oct 1907
L
12 Swinton LC1 A 0 7 VIEW
16th Nov 1907
D
11 Ebbw Vale L H 11 11 VIEW
23rd Nov 1907
W
11 Swinton L H 8 0 VIEW
7th Dec 1907
L
11 Salford L H 0 18 VIEW
14th Dec 1907
L
5 Leigh L A 2 20 VIEW
4th Jan 1908
L
8 Wigan L A 5 35 1 VIEW
15th Feb 1908
W
10 Ebbw Vale L A 5 3 VIEW
7th Mar 1908
L
3 Hunslet L A 6 21 VIEW
14th Mar 1908
L
12 Bradford L A 10 17 VIEW
21st Mar 1908
L
12 Oldham L H 5 14 VIEW
4th Apr 1908
L
12 Warrington L A 5 20 VIEW
12th Apr 1908
L
13 Rochdale Hornets * Fr A 0 15 VIEW
13th Apr 1908
L
12 Broughton Rangers L H 11 28 VIEW
18th Apr 1908
W
3 Barrow L H 15 5 1 VIEW
20th Apr 1908
D
12 Leigh L H 5 5 VIEW
21st Apr 1908
L
12 Bramley L A 13 16 VIEW
5th Sep 1908
L
12 Oldham L H 0 38 VIEW
12th Sep 1908
L
4 Runcorn L A 5 21 VIEW
19th Sep 1908
W
12 Aberdare L H 46 13 2 1 VIEW
26th Sep 1908
L
12 Bradford Northern L A 12 31 VIEW
3rd Oct 1908
W
12 Barrow L H 26 5 VIEW
10th Oct 1908
L
12 Broughton Rangers L A 9 19 VIEW
17th Oct 1908
W
12 Widnes L H 11 0 VIEW
24th Oct 1908
L
12 Swinton L A 0 2 VIEW
31st Oct 1908
L
12 Salford L H 8 13 VIEW
7th Nov 1908
L
12 Warrington LC1 H 6 21 VIEW
28th Nov 1908
W
12 Bradford Northern L H 8 2 VIEW
19th Dec 1908
L
12 Salford L A 14 15 1 VIEW
25th Dec 1908
W
12 Runcorn L H 6 0 VIEW
26th Dec 1908
L
12 Wigan L H 7 22 VIEW
1st Jan 1909
L
12 York L A 0 16 VIEW
9th Jan 1909
L
12 Broughton Rangers L H 8 19 VIEW
16th Jan 1909
D
12 Rochdale Hornets L A 3 3 VIEW
23rd Jan 1909
L
12 Warrington L H 9 15 1 VIEW
30th Jan 1909
D
12 Barrow L A 3 3 VIEW
6th Feb 1909
W
12 Swinton L H 16 10 VIEW
10th Feb 1909
W
12 Australia Tour H 9 0 1 VIEW
13th Feb 1909
L
12 Leigh L A 3 14 VIEW
27th Feb 1909
L
12 Halifax CC1 A 8 15 VIEW
6th Mar 1909
L
12 Oldham L A 0 13 VIEW
13th Mar 1909
W
12 Aberdare L A 45 18 1 VIEW
9th Apr 1909
W
12 Wigan L A 8 5 VIEW
10th Apr 1909
W
12 York L H 33 20 VIEW
12th Apr 1909
L
4 Warrington L A 6 78 VIEW
2nd Sep 1909
L
4 Hull Kingston Rovers L A 7 30 VIEW
4th Sep 1909
W
11 Broughton Rangers L A 10 7 VIEW
11th Sep 1909
D
11 Runcorn L H 5 5 VIEW
18th Sep 1909
L
11 Warrington L A 15 19 1 VIEW
25th Sep 1909
W
11 Bramley L H 27 5 1 VIEW
2nd Oct 1909
W
11 Barrow L A 21 9 VIEW
9th Oct 1909
W
11 Treherbert L H 36 12 1 VIEW
16th Oct 1909
W
11 Widnes LC1 A 10 4 VIEW
23rd Oct 1909
D
11 Dewsbury L H 8 8 VIEW
30th Oct 1909
L
2 Swinton LC2 A 0 2 VIEW
20th Nov 1909
W
11 Widnes L H 37 8 VIEW
27th Nov 1909
L
11 Oldham L H 5 31 VIEW
25th Dec 1909
W
11 Runcorn L A 13 0 VIEW
27th Dec 1909
L
11 Wigan L H 6 7 VIEW
1st Jan 1910
W
11 Broughton Rangers L H 15 8 VIEW
8th Jan 1910
L
11 Salford L A 5 24 VIEW
12th Feb 1910
W
11 Warrington L H 18 10 VIEW
19th Feb 1910
L
11 Rochdale Hornets L A 0 6 VIEW
26th Feb 1910
W
11 Barrow CC1 A 15 0 VIEW
5th Mar 1910
W
11 Swinton L H 26 5 1 VIEW
12th Mar 1910
L
11 Halifax CC2 A 6 21 VIEW
19th Mar 1910
L
11 Widnes L A 3 10 VIEW
25th Mar 1910
L
11 Wigan L A 10 23 VIEW
29th Mar 1910
W
11 Hunslet L H 28 15 1 VIEW
2nd Apr 1910
W
11 Bramley L A 33 18 2 VIEW
9th Apr 1910
W
11 Barrow L H 21 5 1 VIEW
16th Apr 1910
W
4 Hull Kingston Rovers L H 23 8 VIEW
23rd Apr 1910
W
11 Rochdale Hornets L H 20 11 VIEW
3rd Sep 1910
W
10 Oldham L H 16 5 VIEW
10th Sep 1910
L
10 Runcorn L A 4 8 VIEW
17th Sep 1910
W
10 Salford L H 19 14 1 VIEW
24th Sep 1910
W
10 Merthyr Tydfil L A 17 6 VIEW
1st Oct 1910
L
10 Widnes L A 12 28 VIEW
12th Nov 1910
W
10 Merthyr Tydfil L H 13 3 VIEW
19th Nov 1910
L
10 Barrow L A 11 16 1 VIEW
26th Nov 1910
W
10 Batley L H 8 5 VIEW
3rd Dec 1910
W
10 Rochdale Hornets L H 21 8 1 VIEW
10th Dec 1910
L
10 Oldham L A 0 9 VIEW
17th Dec 1910
W
10 Warrington L A 8 7 VIEW
24th Dec 1910
W
10 Runcorn L H 25 3 1 VIEW
26th Dec 1910
L
10 Wigan L H 6 18 VIEW
27th Dec 1910
L
10 Hunslet L A 3 5 VIEW
31st Dec 1910
L
10 Batley L A 8 24 VIEW
2nd Jan 1911
W
10 Hunslet L H 24 2 VIEW
7th Jan 1911
W
10 Swinton L H 11 10 VIEW
11th Jan 1911
L
10 Wakefield Trinity L A 9 26 VIEW
14th Jan 1911
W
10 Coventry L A 14 2 VIEW
21st Jan 1911
L
5 Wakefield Trinity L H 8 18 VIEW
28th Jan 1911
L
10 Broughton Rangers L A 7 14 VIEW
4th Feb 1911
W
10 Coventry L H 26 15 VIEW
11th Feb 1911
D
10 Barrow L H 8 8 1 VIEW
18th Feb 1911
W
10 Bramley CC1 H 26 7 VIEW
4th Mar 1911
L
10 Leeds CC2 H 6 11 VIEW
11th Mar 1911
L
10 Hull Kingston Rovers L A 10 42 VIEW
18th Mar 1911
W
10 Leigh L H 10 3 VIEW
22nd Mar 1911
L
10 Salford L A 6 19 VIEW
14th Apr 1911
L
10 Wigan L A 8 25 VIEW
15th Apr 1911
L
10 Swinton L A 9 23 VIEW
22nd Apr 1911
L
10 Rochdale Hornets L A 2 17 VIEW
2nd Sep 1911
W
11 Barrow L A 15 6 1 VIEW
9th Sep 1911
W
11 Warrington L H 10 2 VIEW
16th Sep 1911
W
11 Swinton L A 13 5 2 VIEW
23rd Sep 1911
W
11 Runcorn L H 25 0 1 VIEW
30th Sep 1911
L
11 Leigh L H 11 13 1 VIEW
7th Oct 1911
L
11 Widnes L A 11 14 VIEW
14th Oct 1911
L
11 Australia Tour H 5 16 1 VIEW
21st Oct 1911
W
11 Salford LC1 H 18 7 VIEW
28th Oct 1911
L
11 Coventry L A 8 10 VIEW
4th Nov 1911
L
11 Wigan LC2 A 8 22 VIEW
11th Nov 1911
L
11 Ebbw Vale L A 0 2 VIEW
18th Nov 1911
W
11 Salford L A 15 13 1 VIEW
2nd Dec 1911
W
11 Broughton Rangers L H 10 5 VIEW
7th Dec 1911
W
11 Oldham L H 21 11 VIEW
9th Dec 1911
W
11 Warrington L A 17 2 1 VIEW
23rd Dec 1911
W
11 Runcorn L A 9 0 VIEW
25th Dec 1911
W
11 Widnes L H 9 4 VIEW
26th Dec 1911
L
11 Wigan L H 3 16 VIEW
30th Dec 1911
L
11 Oldham L A 5 35 VIEW
1st Jan 1912
W
11 Hunslet L H 31 10 1 VIEW
6th Jan 1912
L
11 Wakefield Trinity L A 5 14 VIEW
13th Jan 1912
W
11 Ebbw Vale L H 34 0 1 VIEW
27th Jan 1912
W
11 Rochdale Hornets L A 10 3 VIEW
17th Feb 1912
L
11 Barrow CC1 A 3 13 VIEW
20th Feb 1912
L
11 Dewsbury L A 8 17 1 VIEW
24th Feb 1912
W
11 Leigh L A 30 0 1 VIEW
9th Mar 1912
W
11 Swinton L H 20 5 VIEW
16th Mar 1912
W
11 Salford L H 19 6 VIEW
28th Mar 1912
W
11 Dewsbury L H 20 0 VIEW
30th Mar 1912
W
11 Barrow L H 43 2 2 VIEW
5th Apr 1912
L
11 Wigan L A 14 17 VIEW
6th Apr 1912
L
11 Broughton Rangers L A 5 21 VIEW
8th Apr 1912
W
11 Wakefield Trinity L H 41 2 VIEW
13th Apr 1912
L
11 Hunslet L A 7 34 1 VIEW
7th Sep 1912
W
13 Barrow L H 15 2 VIEW
14th Sep 1912
W
13 Runcorn L A 11 8 2 VIEW
21st Sep 1912
L
13 Hunslet L H 5 22 VIEW
5th Oct 1912
L
13 Swinton L A 2 9 VIEW
12th Oct 1912
W
13 Widnes L H 21 2 2 VIEW
19th Oct 1912
L
13 Dewsbury L A 11 27 VIEW
26th Oct 1912
L
13 Runcorn L H 5 12 VIEW
2nd Nov 1912
W
13 Warrington LC1 H 18 10 VIEW
9th Nov 1912
L
13 Leigh L A 5 8 VIEW
16th Nov 1912
L
13 Rochdale Hornets LCSF A 8 10 VIEW
14th Dec 1912
L
11 Salford L A 3 11 VIEW
25th Dec 1912
W
13 Widnes L A 10 5 VIEW
26th Dec 1912
L
13 Wigan L H 8 10 VIEW
28th Dec 1912
L
13 Hunslet L A 0 9 VIEW
1st Jan 1913
L
13 Huddersfield L H 5 32 VIEW
4th Jan 1913
W
13 Wakefield Trinity L H 17 3 1 VIEW
11th Jan 1913
L
13 Warrington L A 5 6 VIEW
18th Jan 1913
W
13 Coventry L A 26 0 3 VIEW
21st Jan 1913
L
13 Rochdale Hornets L A 5 11 1 VIEW
25th Jan 1913
W
13 Swinton L H 17 0 VIEW
1st Feb 1913
L
13 Wakefield Trinity L A 7 14 VIEW
8th Feb 1913
W
13 Torquay * Fr Tour P 29 5 2 VIEW
15th Feb 1913
W
13 Coventry L H 51 9 3 VIEW
22nd Feb 1913
W
13 Barrow L A 23 6 1 VIEW
1st Mar 1913
W
13 Oldham L H 10 2 1 VIEW
8th Mar 1913
L
13 Huddersfield CC1 H 0 19 VIEW
21st Mar 1913
L
13 Wigan L A 10 33 VIEW
22nd Mar 1913
W
13 Salford L H 6 0 1 VIEW
24th Mar 1913
L
13 Huddersfield L A 3 21 VIEW
5th Apr 1913
W
13 Leigh L H 20 0 2 VIEW
9th Apr 1913
L
13 Broughton Rangers L A 11 22 VIEW
6th Sep 1913
W
13 Runcorn L A 10 5 VIEW
13th Sep 1913
L
13 Oldham L H 13 21 VIEW
20th Sep 1913
L
13 Salford L A 4 17 VIEW
27th Sep 1913
W
13 Dewsbury L H 16 12 VIEW
4th Oct 1913
L
13 Warrington L A 11 22 VIEW
1st Nov 1913
W
13 Runcorn LC1 H 26 6 VIEW
19th Nov 1913
W
13 Wakefield Trinity L A 24 8 VIEW
22nd Nov 1913
L
13 Barrow L H 11 18 1 VIEW
29th Nov 1913
L
13 Hunslet L A 11 20 VIEW
6th Dec 1913
W
13 Swinton L H 19 5 2 VIEW
13th Dec 1913
W
13 Runcorn L H 18 5 1 VIEW
20th Dec 1913
L
13 Rochdale Hornets L A 2 31 VIEW
25th Dec 1913
W
13 Widnes L H 10 3 VIEW
26th Dec 1913
L
13 Wigan L H 3 17 VIEW
27th Dec 1913
L
13 Broughton Rangers L A 0 11 VIEW
1st Jan 1914
D
13 Huddersfield L H 8 8 1 VIEW
3rd Jan 1914
W
13 Hull L A 8 6 VIEW
10th Jan 1914
W
13 Wakefield Trinity L H 12 5 VIEW
17th Jan 1914
L
13 Barrow L A 5 24 1 VIEW
24th Jan 1914
L
13 Swinton L A 3 16 VIEW
31st Jan 1914
W
13 Dewsbury L A 12 11 1 VIEW
2nd Feb 1914
L
13 Hull L H 7 15 VIEW
28th Feb 1914
W
13 Wigan Highfield CC1 H 27 4 1 VIEW
14th Mar 1914
D
13 Rochdale Hornets CC2 A 3 3 VIEW
18th Mar 1914
L
13 Rochdale Hornets CC2(rep) H 0 10 VIEW
21st Mar 1914
L
13 Leigh L A 6 7 VIEW
4th Apr 1914
L
13 Oldham L A 5 32 VIEW
11th Apr 1914
W
13 Rochdale Hornets L H 47 5 VIEW
13th Apr 1914
L
13 Huddersfield L A 8 10 VIEW
18th Apr 1914
W
13 Hunslet L H 36 6 1 VIEW
5th Sep 1914
W
8 Runcorn L H 26 0 VIEW
12th Sep 1914
L
8 Swinton L A 3 12 VIEW
19th Sep 1914
W
8 Oldham L H 10 4 VIEW
26th Sep 1914
L
11 Rochdale Hornets L A 11 26 VIEW
10th Oct 1914
W
11 Widnes L H 12 5 VIEW
17th Oct 1914
L
11 Swinton LC1 A 11 13 VIEW
24th Oct 1914
L
11 Bradford Northern L A 3 28 VIEW
18th Apr 1919
W
12 Widnes * Fr H 16 10 2 VIEW
21st Apr 1919
D
12 Widnes * Fr A 3 3 VIEW
26th Apr 1919
L
12 St. Helens Recs * Fr H 6 8 VIEW
4th Oct 1919
L
8 Widnes L A 0 13 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 112 | LOSSES : 136 | DRAWS : 11

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