|BIRTH||AGE||SIGNED ON||FROM||DEBUT||LAST MATCH||LEFT|
|--1894 ||N/A||Date unknown.||Unknown.||27-11-1920 v Salford || Salford||1920- Unknown|
|George Blackledge by Alex Service |
We have very little information about this player and we would welcome further input. Indeed, his first name is not 100% verified, but given certain evidence, it has a good chance of being correct! We believe that George was the son of Lewis Blackledge, a glassworks manager, who lived in Dentons Green Lane. Born in 1894, in St. Helens, George was seven in the 1901 census and his father passed away in 1904, aged 48.
Regarding the rugby, there are also some snippets to go on in the local press. Before his only match for the First Team, against Salford in November 1920, there was this entry in the St. Helens Newspaper: “The Saints will give a trial to Blackledge on the left wing. He is a teacher, a smart, well-built young man who can run.”
The match report by Premier was not really encouraging: “The principal feature of interest was the display of Blackledge on the left wing. Quite apart from other players who may be available, Swift of Thatto Heath is a better player than Blackledge at least so it is contended.” So George Blackledge played on the right wing for the Saints in the 14 points to 5 league victory over Salford in his only match. He was partnered on the right by centre Charlie Crooks. Where this person went after his unsuccessful trial at Knowsley Road is not known. He probably continued in his teaching career when he emigrated to Queensland, Australia.
|Season (Official Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|1920~21 ||0 ||0 ||0 ||1 |
|TOTALS:||0 ||0 ||0 ||1 |
|Season (Other Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|27th Nov 1920
|*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.|
|CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 1 OTHER 0 = 1|
|ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 1|
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