Ralph Banks

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
01-11-1878
N/A
Date unknown.
Pocket Nook Shamrocks
27-09-1902 v Brighouse
Leigh
1907-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1902-1907
95 (0)
6
2
0
22

BIOGRAPHY

Ralph Banks by Alex Service

Ralph was originally from Pocket Nook by repute, yet in the 1901 Census, a Ralph Banks is found in Westfield Street at the age of 22, working as a general labourer. Ralph was a scrum-half who played along side fellow Pocket-Nooker Tom Hall at stand-off half. Ralph played for the Saints for over five seasons and accrued nearly 100 matches for the club. He could also play stand-off himself, although his presence in the team was under threat with the emergence of Teddy Toole later in his career at Knowsley Road.

The death of former Saints half-back Ralph Banks in January 1941 prompted the following obituary by Veteran in the St.Helens Newspaper.

Rugby star of yesterday dies at age of 62
Memories of great half-back pair.
Do you remember Hall and Banks, asks ‘Veteran’ who has contributed to our columns some interesting interesting articles of bygone days. No Sir! Hall and Banks were not music hall comedians. They were two of the finest half-backs ever to play for the St.Helens Rugby Club. They played in the Northern Union days about 40 years ago. On Monday, January 20th 1941, banks, the out-half, passed away at the age of 62. He only suffered a few days illness.
Hall was remarkable for his skill at dropping goals. He was very small, about five foot three inches and more than once have I seen him ‘pop one over’ from a range of only seven or eight yards. I remember one notable incident very clearly. Saints were pressing and a scrum was ordered near the posts. The ball came out very quickly while the referee had his head turned away and before you could say ‘Jack Robinson’ little Hall had dropped the ball to his boot and banged it over the bar. The referee’s attention had only lapsed for a split second, but it was enough for Hall’s brilliant drop goal. When the referee again turned his eyes to the scrum, the forwards were still struggling apparently not knowing that the ball had left the scrum. The referee wondered where it had gone too, but the crowd yelled its approval of the goal. Hall told him he had dropped a goal and the touch judge verified this, so the referee allowed a goal he had never seen.

The good old days
Hall and Banks played in the days of Tommy Foulkes, Bob Doherty, Jimmy Barnes, Neddie Bacon (backs) and Billy Briers, Frank Lee, Billy Green, Tom Reynolds (not the well-known rugby writer) will Prescott, Frank Mooney and Bill Whiteley. The last named of course has been player, checker and groundsman for a long period with the Saints. He duly retired from the position of groundsman recently.
From Pocket Nook
Hall and Banks were products of the Pocket Nook district of Parr. They learned their football on what was known as the Cinder Field which is in Pocket Nook. Many great players have joined Saints after hurly-burly early breaking in on the Cinder Field. These include David Traynot (transferred after many years to Swinton, a team in those days that was a power in the league) Charlie Creevey (transferred after a long spell to Wigan), matt Creevey (who left Saints to join Warrington and who was a notable jumper. Before one match at Warrington he gave a performance) Jimmy Creevey, Billy Lavin, Tommy Gormley (who saw service with St.Helens, Wigan and St.Helens Recreation), Joe Creevey and Joe Gormley (Tom’s younger brother). All the Creevey’s I have mentioned were brothers.
In the days of the beloved Hall and Banks, the pay used to be a shilling or two a match, with free tea. There was no insurance for players as there is today. On many saturdays, however, especially when the club was away, each player would fill in the insurance form contained in a well-known weekly magazine.
To me it is refreshing to recall the days when players did their darndest for their club for so little pay. I remember Banks, only five feet three inches, but every inch a footballer, as clearly as if he had played yesterday. May he rest in peace

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1902~03 0 2 0 30
1903~04 2 0 0 38
1904~05 2 0 0 11
1905~06 2 0 0 12
1907~08 0 0 0 4
TOTALS:6 2 0 95
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
TOTALS:

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
27th Sep 1902 W 7 Brighouse Rovers L 1902~03 A 4 3 1 V
4th Oct 1902 L 7 Swinton L 1902~03 H 6 10 V
11th Oct 1902 D 7 Runcorn L 1902~03 H 0 0 V
18th Oct 1902 L 7 Batley L 1902~03 A 4 7 V
25th Oct 1902 W 7 Salford L 1902~03 H 9 5 V
1st Nov 1902 L 7 Halifax L 1902~03 A 0 8 V
8th Nov 1902 L 7 Leigh L 1902~03 H 2 13 V
15th Nov 1902 W 7 Hull L 1902~03 A 4 3 V
22nd Nov 1902 L 7 Oldham L 1902~03 H 0 3 V
29th Nov 1902 L 7 Broughton Rangers L 1902~03 A 0 23 V
6th Dec 1902 L 7 Hull K.R. L 1902~03 A 0 10 V
13th Dec 1902 L 7 Hunslet L 1902~03 A 3 9 V
20th Dec 1902 L 7 Wigan L 1902~03 H 5 6 V
27th Dec 1902 L 7 Widnes L 1902~03 A 0 8 V
1st Jan 1903 W 7 Batley L 1902~03 H 7 5 V
10th Jan 1903 L 7 Huddersfield L 1902~03 H 5 13 V
24th Jan 1903 L 7 Brighouse Rovers L 1902~03 H 0 7 V
31st Jan 1903 L 7 Swinton L 1902~03 A 0 15 V
7th Feb 1903 L 7 Runcorn L 1902~03 A 0 19 V
14th Feb 1903 W 7 Warrington CC1 1902~03 H 6 3 1 V
21st Feb 1903 L 7 Rochdale Hornets CC2 1902~03 H 2 8 V
24th Feb 1903 L 7 Warrington L 1902~03 A 0 6 V
28th Feb 1903 W 7 Halifax L 1902~03 H 7 3 V
7th Mar 1903 W 7 Leigh L 1902~03 A 8 5 V
14th Mar 1903 W 7 Hull L 1902~03 H 10 8 V
28th Mar 1903 L 7 Broughton Rangers L 1902~03 H 3 18 V
31st Mar 1903 L 7 Oldham L 1902~03 A 4 13 V
4th Apr 1903 L 7 Hull K.R. L 1902~03 H 2 6 V
11th Apr 1903 D 7 Hunslet L 1902~03 H 5 5 V
25th Apr 1903 W 6 Widnes L 1902~03 H 8 3 V
1st Sep 1903 W 7 Leigh SWLL 1903~04 A 5 2 V
5th Sep 1903 W 7 Dewsbury L 1903~04 H 29 5 V
12th Sep 1903 W 7 Birkenhead Wanderers L 1903~04 A 3 0 V
19th Sep 1903 W 7 Barrow L 1903~04 H 18 6 V
26th Sep 1903 L 7 Holbeck L 1903~04 A 3 19 V
3rd Oct 1903 W 7 Normanton L 1903~04 H 27 0 V
17th Oct 1903 W 7 York L 1903~04 H 2 0 V
24th Oct 1903 D 7 Morecambe L 1903~04 A 2 2 V
31st Oct 1903 W 7 Brighouse Rovers L 1903~04 H 10 0 V
14th Nov 1903 W 7 Millom L 1903~04 H 17 4 V
21st Nov 1903 D 7 Bramley L 1903~04 A 0 0 V
28th Nov 1903 W 7 Wakefield Trinity L 1903~04 H 11 8 V
5th Dec 1903 W 7 Pontefract L 1903~04 A 10 3 V
12th Dec 1903 L 7 Castleford L 1903~04 A 0 7 V
19th Dec 1903 W 7 Rochdale Hornets L OBJ 1903~04 H 14 2 V
25th Dec 1903 L 7 Wigan SWLL 1903~04 A 6 12 V
26th Dec 1903 L 5 Lancaster L OBJ 1903~04 A 3 10 V
9th Jan 1904 W 7 Birkenhead Wanderers L 1903~04 H 3 0 V
30th Jan 1904 W 6 Normanton L 1903~04 A 8 6 V
13th Feb 1904 L 7 York L 1903~04 A 0 5 V
16th Feb 1904 D 7 Dewsbury L 1903~04 A 3 3 V
20th Feb 1904 W 7 Morecambe L 1903~04 H 8 0 1 V
22nd Feb 1904 W 3 Rochdale Hornets L 1903~04 H 6 0 V
27th Feb 1904 L 7 Brighouse Rovers L 1903~04 A 0 3 V
5th Mar 1904 W 7 Highfield CCP 1903~04 H 48 5 V
12th Mar 1904 L 7 Halifax CC1 1903~04 A 0 15 V
16th Mar 1904 W 7 Millom L 1903~04 A 3 0 V
19th Mar 1904 W 7 Bramley L 1903~04 H 21 2 V
26th Mar 1904 L 7 Wakefield Trinity L 1903~04 A 0 20 V
1st Apr 1904 W 7 Widnes SWLL 1903~04 A 8 4 V
2nd Apr 1904 D 7 Runcorn SWLL 1903~04 A 3 3 V
4th Apr 1904 L 7 Warrington SWLL 1903~04 A 3 19 V
9th Apr 1904 W 5 Castleford L 1903~04 H 31 3 1 V
13th Apr 1904 W 3 Lancaster L 1903~04 A 12 2 V
16th Apr 1904 L 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1903~04 A 0 5 V
23rd Apr 1904 W 7 Lancaster L 1903~04 H 35 2 V
30th Apr 1904 W 3 South Shields L 1903~04 H 23 0 V
14th May 1904 W 7 Holbeck LPO 1903~04 N 7 0 V
3rd Sep 1904 L 6 Oldham L 1904~05 H 4 10 V
10th Sep 1904 L 6 Wigan L 1904~05 H 7 11 V
17th Sep 1904 L 6 Swinton L 1904~05 A 7 17 V
24th Sep 1904 L 6 Broughton Rangers L 1904~05 A 5 24 V
12th Nov 1904 W 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1904~05 H 5 0 V
3rd Dec 1904 L 7 Hull L 1904~05 A 0 14 V
10th Dec 1904 L 7 Bradford L 1904~05 H 8 18 1 V
17th Dec 1904 L 7 Leeds L 1904~05 A 2 17 V
11th Feb 1905 L 6 Hunslet L 1904~05 A 5 16 V
4th Mar 1905 W 7 Rochdale Rangers CC1 1904~05 H 9 2 1 V
11th Mar 1905 L 7 Wakefield Trinity L 1904~05 A 0 21 V
2nd Sep 1905 W 7 Millom L 1905~06 H 34 3 V
9th Sep 1905 W 7 Morecambe L 1905~06 H 26 6 1 V
16th Sep 1905 L 7 Widnes L 1905~06 A 2 3 V
23rd Sep 1905 W 7 Hull L 1905~06 H 8 5 V
30th Sep 1905 L 7 Salford L 1905~06 A 5 25 V
14th Oct 1905 L 7 Wigan LC1 1905~06 A 0 18 V
21st Oct 1905 L 4 Runcorn L 1905~06 A 3 12 V
25th Dec 1905 W 3 Runcorn L 1905~06 H 7 0 V
26th Dec 1905 L 7 Wigan L 1905~06 H 5 13 V
20th Jan 1906 W 6 Normanton L 1905~06 H 28 3 1 V
27th Jan 1906 L 6 Oldham L 1905~06 A 2 12 V
17th Feb 1906 L 6 Runcorn CCInt. 1905~06 H 0 3 V
16th Nov 1907 D 6 Ebbw Vale L 1907~08 H 11 11 V
23rd Nov 1907 W 3 Swinton L 1907~08 H 8 0 V
7th Dec 1907 L 6 Salford L 1907~08 H 0 18 V
14th Dec 1907 L 3 Leigh L 1907~08 A 2 20 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 95 OTHER 0 = 95
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 95
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