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Glan Pryor by Alex Service
The St.Helens Newspaper provided details of a new signing for Saints, on 14th September 1937. The notable capture was Glan Pryor, a scrum-half from Llanelli: "On Monday afternoon Saints made their first step towards team-building when they signed Glan Pryor a Welsh scrum-half of considerable repute. Pryor's signature has been sought after by several of the leading Lancashire Clubs and Saints are to be congratulated on stepping in and securing his services. He is a player of considerable experience and he might possibly prove the man who to weld the Saints back division into a formidable force."
before he came north, Pryor played with Carmarthen Quins and Llanelli, his home town team. In fact he played in the same team as second row forward Emlyn Hughes, who was with the Saints at the time of his capture. His signing was on the recommendation of Hughes initially. Glan had two brothers who played Rugby Union, one of whom had gained Welsh Schoolboy international honours at 16.
The Newspaper report told us that: "Pryor is sturdily built, weighing 9 stones 8 pounds and standing five feet and 4 inches. He is well-matured and should be able to stand up to the roughest of play in the Rugby League. The scrum-half position has been the Saints weakest position for some while and from reports, Pryor appears to be the man for the job."
After his debut against Bramley on 25th September 1937, the Newspaper correspondent wrote: "He should make the scrum-half position his own. He was handicapped by lack of ball but that did not prevent him from scoring a try. He tackled tenaciously and was always where the work was thickest."
It does seem strange that he only played five matches for the First Team before going off the radar. His last match was against Featherstone on 23rd October. He had made just 5 appearances. Yet strictly speaking this is not true, as Glan had played a series of trials under the soubriquet 'Richards' at the end of the previous season. He showed such promise, so why was his career so short? He worked in a Tinworks and by 1939 Glan had returned to Llanelli and was living in Havelock Street in that town. He died in Llanelli in March 1963 aged 53. If anyone has any further information about this player, we would like to hear from you.
|Season (Official Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|Season (Other Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|10th Apr 1937||
|17th Apr 1937||
|19th Apr 1937||
|24th Apr 1937||
|25th Sep 1937||
|2nd Oct 1937||
|9th Oct 1937||
|16th Oct 1937||
|23rd Oct 1937||
|*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.|
|WINS : 6 | LOSSES : 1 | DRAWS : 2|
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