Teddy Toole

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
22-06-1886
N/A
Date unknown.
Pocket Nook Shamrocks
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
21-04-1905 v Warrington
Leigh
1911- Runcorn
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1904-1911
97 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
9
40
0
107

Biography of Teddy Toole



HERITAGE NO : 141
Teddy Toole by Alex Service

The 1891 Census tells us that Teddy lived with his father, Edward, a bottle maker and mother Annie in Frazer Court, Pocket Nook. Annie, like so many living in the Pocket Nook area, was from Ireland. Edward was from Bromborough Pool in Cheshire. By 1911, Teddy was a coal drainer, living in Barber Street and, by that time, he had carved out a reputation as a fine scrum-half for the Saints, with good hands and a solid defensive game. He could kick goals too. He made his debut at Warrington on 21st April 1905, in the number seven jersey, with another Pocket Nooker, Tom Hall, beside him at stand-off. Unfortunately, the Saints lost 0-5, but young Teddy had a fine match. Indeed, he went on to play just under a century of games for the St. Helens club, after joining them from Pocket Nook Shamrocks. He joined a fine body of men from that area who honed their rugby skills on the local Cinder Field. Names like the Creevey brothers, Banks and Hall, and Frank Mooney spring to mind in that respect.

The Saints were hardly a power in rugby league at the time. Teddy scored two tries at Central Park for the Saints on 13th April 1906, but, typical of the times, the home team ran away with a 37-6 victory. Perhaps his most memorable match was against the touring New Zealanders, the famous All Golds on 30th October 1907. he formed a Pocket nook half-back line, with Teddy at stand-off and Matt Creevey at stand-off. Unfortunately the Kiwis won 5-24, but it remains one of the stellar matches in the history of Knowsley Road. His last match was at Knowsley Road against Leigh, when the visitors won 11-13 in a closely-fought contest. Teddy was at scrum-half, with George Scholes as his stand-off.

Teddy, who passed away in 1966, aged 79 did not appear to divulge much about his war service. Yet a tantalising piece of evidence comes from a letter sent back to Blighty by former Saints full-back John Mosedale:

I have heard from a chum from the same regiment that Teddy Toole has been missing about three weeks. His regiment was hotly engaged one morning and they lost a good number of men, but when they called the roll, poor Teddy was missing.

It is presumed that John was talking about his former team-mate at Knowsley Road and, suffice to say, Teddy did make it back to his regiment in the end and lived to fight another day. It is presumed, therefore, that he was possibly in the Royal Field Artillery, although this is by no means certain. His grandson, Terry, reveals that, like so many, he did not talk too much about that particular time in his life.

Back to rugby, Teddy left Saints to join Runcorn. Mike Latham tells us that he played 12 games [scoring one try] in 1912-13 and 6 games the following season. In 1939 Teddy was living in Pocket Nook Street and worked as a general labourer. He died in St Helens in September 1966 at the age of 80.


SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1904~051 0 0 2
1905~06 4 3 0 30
1906~07 1 33 0 27
1907~08 2 3 0 26
1908~090 1 0 3
1909~101 0 0 4
1910~11 0 0 0 4
1911~12 0 0 0 1
TOTALS:9 40 0 97
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1909~10 0101
TOTALS:0101

ALL MATCHES

DateMatchPosOpponentsCompVenueFTFTOTGDG
21st Apr 1905 1
L
7 Warrington L A 0 5 VIEW
24th Apr 1905 2
W
7 Runcorn L A 9 0 1 VIEW
2nd Sep 1905 3
W
6 Millom L H 34 3 VIEW
9th Sep 1905 4
W
6 Morecambe L H 26 6 1 VIEW
16th Sep 1905 5
L
6 Widnes L A 2 3 VIEW
23rd Sep 1905 6
W
6 Hull L H 8 5 VIEW
30th Sep 1905 7
L
6 Salford L A 5 25 1 VIEW
14th Oct 1905 8
L
6 Wigan LC1 A 0 18 VIEW
21st Oct 1905 9
L
6 Runcorn L A 3 12 VIEW
4th Nov 1905 10
W
6 Dewsbury L A 3 2 VIEW
18th Nov 1905 11
W
6 Rochdale Hornets L A 11 0 VIEW
2nd Dec 1905 12
L
6 Oldham L H 7 15 VIEW
9th Dec 1905 13
W
6 Barrow L H 25 0 VIEW
16th Dec 1905 14
W
6 Millom L A 2 0 VIEW
23rd Dec 1905 15
L
6 Warrington L A 0 16 VIEW
25th Dec 1905 16
W
6 Runcorn L H 7 0 VIEW
26th Dec 1905 17
L
6 Wigan L H 5 13 VIEW
30th Dec 1905 18
W
6 Morecambe L A 10 3 VIEW
6th Jan 1906 19
L
6 Leigh L A 2 3 VIEW
13th Jan 1906 20
W
6 Barrow L A 3 2 VIEW
3rd Feb 1906 21
L
7 Swinton L A 0 5 VIEW
10th Feb 1906 22
W
7 Widnes L H 5 0 VIEW
17th Feb 1906 23
L
7 Runcorn CCInt. H 0 3 VIEW
24th Feb 1906 24
W
7 Dewsbury L H 7 0 1 VIEW
10th Mar 1906 25
W
7 Rochdale Hornets L H 15 0 1 VIEW
17th Mar 1906 26
D
7 Swinton L H 0 0 VIEW
24th Mar 1906 27
L
7 Leigh L H 8 15 VIEW
31st Mar 1906 28
W
7 Normanton L A 9 5 1 VIEW
13th Apr 1906 29
L
7 Wigan L A 6 37 2 VIEW
16th Apr 1906 30
L
7 Warrington L H 0 8 VIEW
21st Apr 1906 31
L
7 Hull L A 0 19 VIEW
30th Apr 1906 32
W
7 Salford L H 11 0 VIEW
1st Sep 1906 33
L
6 Swinton L H 6 10 VIEW
8th Sep 1906 34
W
6 Rochdale Hornets L H 27 6 5 VIEW
15th Sep 1906 35
L
7 Warrington L H 10 19 2 VIEW
22nd Sep 1906 36
L
7 Barrow L A 3 31 VIEW
29th Sep 1906 37
L
6 Widnes L A 5 11 1 VIEW
13th Oct 1906 38
L
6 Oldham LC1 H 14 17 1 VIEW
20th Oct 1906 39
L
6 Pontefract L A 7 17 1 VIEW
3rd Nov 1906 40
W
1 Widnes L H 10 7 1 VIEW
10th Nov 1906 41
L
6 Salford L A 13 26 2 VIEW
20th Nov 1906 42
L
6 Keighley L A 5 15 VIEW
24th Nov 1906 43
W
6 Keighley L H 18 9 3 VIEW
1st Dec 1906 44
L
6 Batley L A 5 30 VIEW
15th Dec 1906 45
L
6 Rochdale Hornets L A 8 14 VIEW
22nd Dec 1906 46
L
6 Broughton Rangers L H 7 14 VIEW
25th Dec 1906 47
W
7 Liverpool City L H 42 0 4 VIEW
1st Jan 1907 48
W
6 Batley L H 26 0 3 VIEW
5th Jan 1907 49
L
6 Warrington L A 3 20 VIEW
19th Jan 1907 50
L
6 Leigh L A 2 5 VIEW
2nd Feb 1907 51
L
4 Broughton Rangers L A 11 27 VIEW
16th Feb 1907 52
W
6 Barrow L H 26 3 2 VIEW
23rd Feb 1907 53
L
6 Runcorn L A 8 14 VIEW
6th Mar 1907 54
L
7 Swinton L A 11 14 1 VIEW
9th Mar 1907 55
W
6 Wigan L H 10 8 VIEW
16th Mar 1907 56
L
6 Swinton CC1 A 9 16 VIEW
29th Mar 1907 57
L
4 Wigan L A 2 24 1 VIEW
30th Mar 1907 58
W
4 Liverpool City L H 68 0 1 4 VIEW
1st Apr 1907 59
W
7 Salford L H 30 5 2 VIEW
3rd Sep 1907 60
L
6 Keighley L A 3 12 VIEW
7th Sep 1907 61
L
6 Swinton L A 0 22 VIEW
14th Sep 1907 62
L
6 Bradford L H 9 14 VIEW
21st Sep 1907 63
L
1 Salford L A 2 21 VIEW
28th Sep 1907 64
W
1 Warrington L H 7 6 VIEW
5th Oct 1907 65
L
1 Widnes L A 5 17 VIEW
12th Oct 1907 66
L
7 Swinton LC1 A 0 7 VIEW
19th Oct 1907 67
W
6 Runcorn L H 17 11 VIEW
30th Oct 1907 68
L
6 New Zealand Tour H 5 24 VIEW
2nd Nov 1907 69
L
6 Broughton Rangers L A 13 25 VIEW
9th Nov 1907 70
L
6 Oldham L A 2 39 VIEW
21st Dec 1907 71
L
6 Wigan L H 2 18 1 VIEW
25th Dec 1907 72
L
4 Runcorn L A 0 19 VIEW
4th Jan 1908 73
L
7 Wigan L A 5 35 VIEW
18th Jan 1908 74
L
4 Rochdale Hornets L A 11 27 1 VIEW
25th Jan 1908 75
W
1 Keighley L H 11 3 1 VIEW
1st Feb 1908 76
D
1 Widnes L H 5 5 VIEW
15th Feb 1908 77
W
6 Ebbw Vale L A 5 3 VIEW
7th Mar 1908 78
L
7 Hunslet L A 6 21 1 VIEW
14th Mar 1908 79
L
7 Bradford L A 10 17 VIEW
21st Mar 1908 80
L
7 Oldham L H 5 14 VIEW
4th Apr 1908 81
L
7 Warrington L A 5 20 VIEW
13th Apr 1908 82
L
7 Broughton Rangers L H 11 28 1 VIEW
18th Apr 1908 83
W
7 Barrow L H 15 5 VIEW
20th Apr 1908 84
D
6 Leigh L H 5 5 VIEW
21st Apr 1908 85
L
6 Bramley L A 13 16 VIEW
5th Sep 1908 86
L
6 Oldham L H 0 38 VIEW
12th Sep 1908 87
L
6 Runcorn L A 5 21 1 VIEW
12th Apr 1909 88
L
1 Warrington L A 6 78 VIEW
4th Sep 1909 89
W
4 Broughton Rangers L A 10 7 VIEW
18th Sep 1909 90
L
4 Warrington L A 15 19 VIEW
16th Apr 1910 91
W
6 Hull Kingston Rovers L H 23 8 1 VIEW
23rd Apr 1910 92
W
3 Rochdale Hornets L H 20 11 VIEW
7th May 1910 --
L
4 Turthills Colonials * * Fr W. Whiteleys Tes H 24 42 1 VIEW
14th Apr 1911 93
L
7 Wigan L A 8 25 VIEW
15th Apr 1911 94
L
7 Swinton L A 9 23 VIEW
17th Apr 1911 95
L
7 Hull Kingston Rovers L H 3 20 VIEW
22nd Apr 1911 96
L
7 Rochdale Hornets L A 2 17 VIEW
30th Sep 1911 97
L
7 Leigh L H 11 13 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 33 | LOSSES : 62 | DRAWS : 3

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