Alan Briers

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
31-12-1936
N/A
03-02-1953
Blackbrook ARL
14-04-1959 v Hull
Castleford
1962- Widnes
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1958-1962
71 (0)
17
0
0
51

BIOGRAPHY

Alan Briers by Dave Dooley:

Alan was one of the first players from Blackbrook ARLFC to join the professional ranks. He spent the majority of his career at St.Helens as a utility back. Alan made his debut against Hull in April 1958 as a stand-off half and played centre to Tom Van Vollenhoven on several occasions. A competent footballer, he became frustrated at the lack of a regular First Team place at Knowsley Road and was snapped up by Widnes. He soon made the right centre position his own and won a Challenge Cup winners medal at the end of his first season with the Chemics in 1964, together with two former Saints - Jim Measures and Vince Karalius. Alan retired from rugby in 1966.

After his debut appearance in the Championship winning season of 1958/9 he had to wait until the next campaign to press for a longer run in the first team. Saints topped the table again in the 1959/60 season with Alan appearing in 19 matches and scoring 6 tries in the process. His first try for the club was against Rochdale Hornets in a 40 points to 4 away victory. He also scored a brace against Warrington in the same campaign. However, more importantly his slick service helped the great Tom Van Vollenhoven amass a stunning 54 tries.

Alan played at stand off and scrum half as well as in the centres and his solid performances progressed the Saints to more trophies over the next few seasons. Despite making 20 and 21 appearances respectively in the 1960/1 and 1961/2 campaigns Alan missed out on Saints` glory finals at Wembley and in the Lancashire Cup and this eventually encouraged him to seek success elsewhere.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1958~590 0 0 1
1959~606 0 0 19
1960~61 1 0 0 20
1961~627 0 0 21
1962~633 0 0 10
TOTALS:17 0 0 71
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1962~631002
TOTALS:1002

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
14th Apr 1959 W 6 Hull L 1958~59 H 37 16 V
12th Dec 1959 W 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1959~60 A 40 4 1 V
26th Dec 1959 W 7 Wigan L 1959~60 A 19 7 1 V
1st Jan 1960 W 7 Leigh L 1959~60 A 12 4 V
2nd Jan 1960 W 7 Workington Town L 1959~60 A 21 6 V
9th Jan 1960 W 7 Warrington L 1959~60 H 40 6 2 V
16th Jan 1960 W 7 Barrow L 1959~60 A 16 8 V
23rd Jan 1960 W 7 Oldham L 1959~60 H 27 6 V
30th Jan 1960 D 7 Salford L 1959~60 A 2 2 V
6th Feb 1960 W 7 Blackpool Borough L 1959~60 A 26 7 1 V
13th Feb 1960 L 7 Wakefield Trinity CC1 1959~60 H 10 15 V
20th Feb 1960 W 6 Dewsbury L 1959~60 H 25 4 V
5th Mar 1960 W 7 Warrington L 1959~60 A 19 16 V
19th Mar 1960 L 7 Halifax L 1959~60 A 15 20 V
2nd Apr 1960 W 7 Swinton L 1959~60 H 46 10 1 V
16th Apr 1960 W 7 Whitehaven L 1959~60 H 41 5 V
18th Apr 1960 W 7 Hull L 1959~60 A 10 7 V
23rd Apr 1960 W 7 Hunslet L 1959~60 A 20 8 V
26th Apr 1960 W 7 Oldham L 1959~60 A 10 2 V
7th May 1960 L 7 Wigan ChSF 1959~60 H 9 19 V
13th Aug 1960 L 7 Oldham L 1960~61 A 4 16 V
7th Sep 1960 W 6 Wigan LC2 1960~61 H 7 4 V
10th Sep 1960 W 7 Leigh L 1960~61 A 28 13 V
21st Sep 1960 W 3 Swinton L 1960~61 A 15 7 V
12th Oct 1960 W 3 Australia Tour 1960~61 H 15 12 1 V
3rd Dec 1960 L 7 Hunslet L 1960~61 A 5 10 V
24th Dec 1960 W 6 Salford L 1960~61 A 17 5 V
26th Dec 1960 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1960~61 H 51 4 V
2nd Jan 1961 W 6 Leigh L 1960~61 H 10 4 V
7th Jan 1961 W 6 Warrington L 1960~61 A 8 5 V
21st Jan 1961 W 6 Whitehaven L 1960~61 A 15 11 V
4th Feb 1961 L 6 Warrington L 1960~61 H 7 8 V
11th Feb 1961 D 6 Widnes CC1 1960~61 H 5 5 V
4th Mar 1961 W 6 Liverpool City L 1960~61 A 52 2 V
21st Mar 1961 W 7 Barrow L 1960~61 H 31 2 V
25th Mar 1961 W 7 Salford L 1960~61 H 45 2 V
1st Apr 1961 L 3 Workington Town L 1960~61 A 11 12 V
3rd Apr 1961 L 7 Swinton L 1960~61 H 3 10 V
8th Apr 1961 W 3 Hull L 1960~61 A 9 4 V
25th Apr 1961 W 7 Blackpool Borough L 1960~61 H 28 4 V
16th Sep 1961 W 6 Whitehaven L 1961~62 H 44 0 1 V
23rd Sep 1961 W 6 Barrow L 1961~62 A 34 2 V
30th Sep 1961 L 6 Hull L 1961~62 H 22 25 V
7th Oct 1961 W 6 Whitehaven L 1961~62 A 10 3 V
10th Oct 1961 W 6 Salford LCSF 1961~62 H 21 2 V
28th Oct 1961 L 6 Warrington L 1961~62 A 7 11 V
6th Jan 1962 W 4 Barrow L 1961~62 H 30 6 V
13th Jan 1962 L 6 Leeds L 1961~62 A 3 20 1 V
27th Jan 1962 L 6 Workington Town L 1961~62 A 7 23 V
17th Feb 1962 W 6 Salford L 1961~62 H 17 12 V
24th Mar 1962 W 6 Widnes L 1961~62 H 13 8 V
31st Mar 1962 W 4 Swinton L 1961~62 H 5 2 V
3rd Apr 1962 W 3 Hull K.R. L 1961~62 H 27 2 1 V
7th Apr 1962 W 4 Hull L 1961~62 A 12 8 V
9th Apr 1962 W 3 Leigh L 1961~62 H 42 4 2 V
14th Apr 1962 W 3 Blackpool Borough L 1961~62 A 15 2 V
20th Apr 1962 L 3 Wigan L 1961~62 H 16 18 1 V
21st Apr 1962 W 3 Liverpool City L 1961~62 A 14 2 1 V
23rd Apr 1962 W 3 Blackpool Borough L 1961~62 H 37 5 V
28th Apr 1962 L 3 Wigan L 1961~62 A 3 12 V
2nd May 1962 W 3 Huddersfield L 1961~62 A 16 9 V
7th May 1962 W 3 SHAPE Indians* Fr 1962~63 H 43 8 1 V
10th Aug 1962 W 3 Liverpool City* Fr Charity Cup 1962~63 H 33 2 V
18th Aug 1962 W 3 Salford WDC 1962~63 A 35 24 1 V
22nd Aug 1962 W 3 Leigh WDC 1962~63 H 21 3 V
25th Aug 1962 W 3 Blackpool Borough WDC 1962~63 H 21 12 V
30th Aug 1962 W 3 Liverpool City WDC 1962~63 A 16 9 V
1st Sep 1962 W 3 Salford WDC 1962~63 H 59 0 2 V
8th Sep 1962 W 3 Liverpool City LC1 1962~63 H 22 0 V
15th Sep 1962 W 3 Leigh WDC 1962~63 A 20 10 V
18th Sep 1962 W 3 Blackpool Borough LC2 1962~63 A 14 3 V
6th Oct 1962 L 3 Warrington L 1962~63 A 13 21 V
13th Oct 1962 D 3 Castleford L 1962~63 H 10 10 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 69 OTHER 2 = 71
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 71

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