Gary Bottell

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
17-12-1959
N/A
07-09-1978
Blackbrook ARL
19-11-1978 v Rochdale Hornets
Hull KR
1985- Whitehaven
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1978-1985
91 (41)
8
0
0
25

BIOGRAPHY

Gary Bottell by Alex Service

It was always a pleasure to see local lads come into the First Team picture at Knowsley Road and Gary was just that, a tough, whole hearted player who came through the ranks and made his debut as a substitute forward at Rochdale Hornets in a League match on 19th November 1978. A look at the St. Helens team certainly reveals some of the Greats of the 1970s in evidence, but times were about to change and the side soon began to break up. Saints lost the match too, by 7-3, in front of just over 2,000 spectators. The team was: Pimblett, Jones, Glynn, Francis, Mathias, Holding K. Gwilliam, D. Chisnall, Liptrot, James, Bolton, Knighton, Pinner. Subs: Arkwright and Bottell.

Gary duly played most of his rugby for the Saints when the squad was being rebuilt with youngsters such as Chris Arkwright, Steve Peters, Barrie Ledger and Andy Platt. They were indeed tough times, with a change of Coach thrown into the mix, when Kel Coslett was replaced by Billy Benyon. Success would be forthcoming by the mid 1980s, but unfortunately Gary would not be a part of it. He had impressed the fans with some solid displays, however, when the going invariably got tough. He was strong and mobile and could play in the front or second rows. He turned out at hooker on a few occasions too.

Gary fell out of favour and spent some time on loan to Barrow. He also missed out on the New Zealand Tour Squad in 1984-85. After winning back his place in the squad in 1985-86, he unfortunately picked up an injury. When I was in hospital, the Sister on the ward told me that Billy Benyon had been replaced by Alex Murphy, he recalls. I was contacted by Whitehaven during my recovery from injury and as I returned to training Alex [Murphy] had said he was happy for me to stay and fight for a First Team place or I could go and possibly make a little money. I only completed one and a half seasons at Whitehaven, but the town and the people were great. It was good when Peter Gorley joined me at the start of the first full season but things were not the same as being at Saints. Peter then left after one season and I was really missing not being at Saints. I only moved because I needed some money after getting married. The odd thing with all this is that I never signed any forms for either Barrow or Whitehaven.

Gary retired somewhat prematurely at the age of 27 and joined Greater Manchester Police Force. I worked as a PC at Man Utds ground on Premiership final day and I remember talking to Roy Haggerty before he went into the dressing room to get changed. Oh the regrets at not keeping motivated and working harder!

He is still a member of the Police Force, has been married for 25 years and has two boys, aged 12 and 17 [2010]. I have strangely taken on a part time role as a scout for Bolton Wanderers Football Club which gets me out and about, he adds. Gary still loves watching the game and remains a staunch Saints fan. We will remember him as a bit of an unsung hero, very much in the mould of Mike Bennett in more recent and more successful times.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1978~790 0 0 2
1979~800 0 0 4
1980~810 0 0 8
1981~824 0 0 28
1982~83 3 0 0 33
1983~84 0 0 0 17
1984~850 0 0 8
1985~86 1 0 0 3
TOTALS:8 0 0 103
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1980~811001
1981~820001
1982~830002
1983~840003
TOTALS:1007

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
19th Nov 1978 L 15 Rochdale Hornets L 1978~79 A 3 7 V
2nd May 1979 L 5 Leigh L 1978~79 A 2 5 V
18th Mar 1980 L 14 Hull L 1979~80 H 10 18 V
12th Apr 1980 L 15 Widnes L 1979~80 H 0 19 V
20th Apr 1980 L 15 Hull K.R. L 1979~80 A 4 21 Y V
26th Apr 1980 L 15 Bradford Northern PT1 1979~80 A 0 30 V
10th Aug 1980 W 18 Oldham* Fr Ward Cup 1980~81 H 30 12 1 V
30th Nov 1980 L 13 Featherstone Rovers L 1980~81 A 8 12 V
21st Dec 1980 L 13 Bradford Northern L 1980~81 A 0 11 V
26th Dec 1980 W 15 Oldham L 1980~81 H 11 10 Y V
28th Dec 1980 L 11 Barrow L 1980~81 A 8 11 V
1st Jan 1981 L 15 Widnes L 1980~81 A 8 11 V
4th Jan 1981 W 15 Salford L 1980~81 H 29 14 Y V
8th Mar 1981 W 15 Hull K.R. L 1980~81 H 11 5 V
24th Mar 1981 L 15 Hull L 1980~81 A 15 18 V
9th Aug 1981 L 13 Oldham* Fr Ward Cup 1981~82 A 8 12 V
16th Aug 1981 W 13 Blackpool Borough LC1 1981~82 A 28 0 2 V
23rd Aug 1981 W 14 Barrow LC2 1981~82 H 40 17 V
30th Aug 1981 W 14 Fulham L 1981~82 H 35 4 V
6th Sep 1981 W 14 Castleford L 1981~82 A 32 17 V
13th Sep 1981 W 15 Leigh L 1981~82 H 16 13 V
20th Sep 1981 L 15 Hull K.R. L 1981~82 A 12 21 V
11th Oct 1981 W 15 Bradford Northern L 1981~82 H 20 8 Y V
15th Nov 1981 W 15 Bradford Northern L 1981~82 A 20 8 Y V
22nd Nov 1981 L 15 Barrow L 1981~82 A 5 7 V
6th Dec 1981 W 13 Whitehaven L 1981~82 A 9 7 V
3rd Jan 1982 L 15 Leeds L 1981~82 A 4 30 V
20th Jan 1982 L 13 Castleford L 1981~82 H 10 40 V
24th Jan 1982 L 15 Leigh L 1981~82 A 5 27 V
27th Jan 1982 W 15 York L 1981~82 H 17 3 V
31st Jan 1982 L 13 Hull L 1981~82 A 8 26 V
7th Feb 1982 L 11 Leeds L 1981~82 H 6 15 V
13th Feb 1982 L 15 Wigan CC1 1981~82 H 12 20 V
21st Feb 1982 W 12 York L 1981~82 A 19 7 V
28th Feb 1982 W 11 Whitehaven L 1981~82 H 41 7 1 V
3rd Mar 1982 W 11 Featherstone Rovers L 1981~82 H 14 4 V
14th Mar 1982 W 11 Warrington L 1981~82 H 18 10 V
21st Mar 1982 W 11 Fulham L 1981~82 A 17 2 V
4th Apr 1982 L 8 Hull K.R. L 1981~82 H 16 28 1 V
9th Apr 1982 W 8 Wigan L 1981~82 H 13 11 V
18th Apr 1982 W 13 Barrow L 1981~82 H 15 6 V
21st Apr 1982 L 8 Hull L 1981~82 H 13 14 V
25th Apr 1982 L 12 Wigan L 1981~82 A 5 23 V
5th May 1982 L 9 Hull PT1 1981~82 A 8 23 V
15th Aug 1982 D 11 Oldham* Fr Ward Cup 1982~83 H 15 15 V
22nd Aug 1982 D 10 Leigh L 1982~83 A 19 19 1 V
29th Aug 1982 L 10 Hull K.R. L 1982~83 A 10 31 V
5th Sep 1982 W 10 Widnes LC1 1982~83 A 14 12 V
12th Sep 1982 W 10 Oldham L 1982~83 H 20 15 V
15th Sep 1982 W 10 Barrow LC2 1982~83 A 9 6 V
19th Sep 1982 L 10 Barrow L 1982~83 A 12 19 V
3rd Oct 1982 W 10 Featherstone Rovers L 1982~83 A 29 12 V
6th Oct 1982 W 10 Carlisle LCSF (rep) 1982~83 A 9 5 V
10th Oct 1982 L 10 Leigh L 1982~83 H 10 19 V
23rd Oct 1982 L 10 Warrington LCF 1982~83 N 0 16 V
31st Oct 1982 W 9 Warrington L 1982~83 H 16 11 V
6th Nov 1982 L 9 Leeds L 1982~83 A 10 13 V
14th Nov 1982 W 9 Workington Town L 1982~83 A 20 15 V
21st Nov 1982 L 9 Castleford L 1982~83 H 23 24 V
27th Nov 1982 W 11 Fulham JP1 1982~83 H 17 5 V
12th Dec 1982 L 11 Wigan JP2 1982~83 A 5 9 V
19th Dec 1982 W 15 Featherstone Rovers L 1982~83 H 13 10 Y V
26th Dec 1982 W 15 Wigan L 1982~83 H 11 8 V
2nd Jan 1983 W 15 Widnes L 1982~83 A 18 11 Y V
9th Jan 1983 W 15 Hull L 1982~83 H 19 18 1 V
16th Jan 1983 L 9 Castleford L 1982~83 A 10 31 V
23rd Jan 1983 W 15 Barrow L 1982~83 H 20 5 V
30th Jan 1983 W 15 Hull K.R. L 1982~83 H 13 7 V
6th Feb 1983 W 9 Oldham L 1982~83 A 10 0 V
27th Feb 1983 W 15 Leeds CC2 1982~83 A 23 13 Y V
16th Mar 1983 W 15 Warrington L 1982~83 A 17 13 V
20th Mar 1983 L 9 Hull L 1982~83 A 13 24 1 V
29th Mar 1983 W 15 Halifax L 1982~83 H 22 0 V
4th Apr 1983 L 10 Widnes L 1982~83 H 9 11 V
10th Apr 1983 W 15 Halifax L 1982~83 A 23 5 V
12th Apr 1983 L 11 Bradford Northern L 1982~83 A 6 13 V
17th Apr 1983 W 10 Carlisle L 1982~83 H 39 7 V
24th Apr 1983 L 12 Widnes PT1 1982~83 H 7 11 V
22nd May 1983 D 9 Warrington* Fr Testimonial 1982~83 A 16 16 V
7th Aug 1983 W 12 Huyton* Fr Charity 1983~84 H 48 14 V
10th Aug 1983 W 13 Widnes * Fr Testimonial 1983~84 H 44 20 V
14th Aug 1983 W 10 Oldham* Fr Ward Cup 1983~84 A 32 10 V
11th Sep 1983 L 8 Castleford L 1983~84 H 10 22 V
14th Sep 1983 L 15 Warrington LC2 1983~84 H 26 30 V
5th Feb 1984 W 15 Salford L 1983~84 H 20 0 V
12th Feb 1984 W 15 Leigh CC1 1983~84 H 16 10 V
19th Feb 1984 L 9 Leeds L 1983~84 A 7 18 V
25th Feb 1984 W 15 Hull CC2 1983~84 H 24 14 Y V
4th Mar 1984 W 15 Featherstone Rovers L 1983~84 A 21 13 V
16th Mar 1984 W 9 Hull L 1983~84 H 22 10 V
20th Mar 1984 W 15 Warrington L 1983~84 H 37 25 Y V
25th Mar 1984 L 15 Castleford L 1983~84 A 22 26 Y V
1st Apr 1984 W 15 Oldham L 1983~84 H 31 20 V
6th Apr 1984 W 15 Leigh L 1983~84 H 37 12 V
15th Apr 1984 W 9 Whitehaven L 1983~84 A 27 21 V
20th Apr 1984 W 15 Wigan L 1983~84 H 20 13 V
23rd Apr 1984 D 11 Widnes L 1983~84 A 28 28 V
29th Apr 1984 W 15 Warrington PT1 1983~84 A 19 13 V
7th May 1984 L 15 Hull K.R. PTSF 1983~84 A 16 21 V
9th Sep 1984 W 15 Leeds L 1984~85 A 21 2 V
14th Sep 1984 W 15 Runcorn Highfield LC1 1984~85 H 58 14 V
26th Sep 1984 W 15 Barrow LC2 1984~85 A 26 10 Y V
30th Sep 1984 L 15 Bradford Northern L 1984~85 A 10 30 V
4th Nov 1984 W 15 Warrington L 1984~85 A 20 14 V
25th Nov 1984 W 15 Bradford Northern L 1984~85 H 28 6 V
30th Jan 1985 L 9 Castleford L 1984~85 A 12 30 V
3rd Feb 1985 W 9 Leigh L 1984~85 H 56 16 V
15th Sep 1985 W 15 Carlisle LC1 1985~86 H 72 8 1 V
13th Oct 1985 L 8 Castleford L 1985~86 A 18 32 V
20th Oct 1985 W 15 Hull K.R. L 1985~86 H 39 22 Y V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 83 OTHER 7 = 103
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 41 Subs) = 91

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