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Jos Robinson by Alex Service
This local lad first came to the notice of St. Helens fans when he was given a big write up in the St. Helens Newspaper by the famous rugby correspondent Tom Reynolds, also known as Premier, before the Practice Matches in the autumn of 1928. Premier described him as similar in stature to the great Tom Barton. "for a long legged youngster, Robinson is fast too. As a schoolboy he was a splendid boxer," he added.
The Rugby League registers tell us that he lived in the Marshalls Cross and Clock Face districts and that he signed on for three seasons. Joseph made his debut against Wigan Highfield at Knowsley Road on 3rd November 1928. The Saints lost 12-15, but Premier was quite satisfied with what he saw: "Robinson got two tries in his first senior match. He would have accomplished the hat trick if Mercer, after a glorious individual burst in which he drove a wide gap into the defence, had passed out to Robinson. The latter had followed him down the wing and was in a position to take advantage of Mercer's glorious effort. Mercer, unfortunately, did not pass out. If Robinson had accomplished a hat trick, in the days before we knew our Ellaby so well, what a noise there would have been made about the brilliantly promising debut of this local junior. As it is, Robinson is criticised for his inexperience and blamed unjustifiably for failing to finish off more tries. He erred, undoubtedly in cutting inside instead of running out towards the touch, but he playing in a new position and making his first appearance in that class of football. Comparatively speaking he has walked out of junior football. Bearing in mind how he was always up to receive a pass or chase the ball over the line, Robinson made a good start indeed."
Despite such complimentary words from the great correspondent, Robinson played a total of just four matches in the First Team, (and three tries) his last being a 11-11 draw against Salford on 2nd February 1929 at Knowsley Road. In 1939 Joseph was working alongside an Electrical Cable Jointer and living in Junction Lane, St Helens. He died in his hometown in August 1972, aged 70.
|Season (Official Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|Season (Other Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|3rd Nov 1928||
|8th Dec 1928||
|2nd Feb 1929||
|26th Oct 1929||
|*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.|
|WINS : 1 | LOSSES : 2 | DRAWS : 1|
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