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Dick Huddart

Dick Huddart was a legend for the club playing over 200 matches mostly as a second row forward. The Cumbrian signed for the Saints from Whitehaven on 15th. October 1958. Dick had had a sensational 1958 Tour Down Under and became firm friends with Vinty Karalius. Saints were attracted by Dick`s powerful frame that was used to effectively to crack open any defence. His speed, straight running and jackhammer hand-off would cost the Club a record 7 250 transfer fee, but oh it would be money well spent!

Dick played 12 times for Great Britain in his time with the Saints. He also won seven Cumberland caps and one England cap. Huddart played a vital part in laying the foundations for many a Saints victory including the sensational 1959 Championship Final win by 44 points to 22 over a great Hunslet side. Dick scored a rip-roaring try in typical fashion as he raced through the Hunslet defence from 30 yards out.

Dick also won three Lancashire Cup winners medal when the Saints defeated Swinton in three successive years from 1960. In the 1961 Challenge Cup Final Dick was heavily involved in the most memorable Wembley final of all time for Saints and Wigan fans. In the first half his burst through the Wigan defence set up a try for Alex Murphy. His relentless runs kept Wigan on the back-foot until Large and Vollenhoven sealed the game with that momentous try. His performance that day earned him the Lance Todd Trophy that day.

The 1962 Australian Tour probably saw Dick Huddart at the height of his prowess. Feasting on the hard grounds he proved a perfect foil to that hardest of all men, Brian Edgar, as he continuously tortured the Aussie defences with powerful hand-offs and rapier like bursts. He played a major part in retaining the Ashes and was glorified by the Sydney crowds in particular.

In 1964 after five and a half years at the Club in which he had won every honour in the game. Dick Huddart played 209 matches for the club and scored 76 tries. Saints sold Huddart to the Australian St George club where Dick walked into the most successful club side ever. In 1966 he helped St George to another Grand Final win and so became one of a handful of Englishmen to capture that prestigious medal.















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