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Ray Turner by Adrian Lawrenson
A local lad who was an A team regular for most of his time at Saints. A genuine reserve player who came into the first team when either the team were short-handed or had important games in the near future. Ray made his debut with another local lad, Dennis Marsh, in the 10-9 defeat against Swinton at Station Road on 30th March 1970.
Four starts for the first team were in the ridiculously crowded period in the autumn of 1970 when in an effort to fit in the 1970 World Cup competition in this country, the Saints were being asked to play four games in a period of eight days.
Three more games were also played in the spring of 1972 when Saints were in the build up to the Challenge cup semi-final against Warrington, the first of which ended in a draw. Thereby hangs a tale because Saints were scheduled to play Batley at Mount Pleasant on 16 April 1972 prior to the semi-final replay being played on 19 April. This marked Ray Turner’s last game for the Saints and a complete reserve team went on to beat Batley 14-7. The Batley club were somewhat peeved that the so-called stars had not been made available but their efforts to complain to the league were somewhat hamstrung by the fact that the Gallant Youths were unable to beat Saints’ second string.
|Season (Official Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|Season (Other Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|30th Mar 1970||
|15th Sep 1970||
|22nd Sep 1970||
|26th Sep 1970||
|15||Hull Kingston Rovers||L||1970~71||H||38||3||VIEW|
|29th Sep 1970||
|27th Mar 1972||
|8th Apr 1972||
|16th Apr 1972||
|*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.|
|WINS : 7 | LOSSES : 1 | DRAWS :|
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