Ray Cale

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
18-07-1922
N/A
17-05-1950
Pontypool RU- Wales
09-09-1950 v Rochdale Hornets
Workington Town
1954- Retired?
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1950-1954
122 (0)
25
0
0
75

BIOGRAPHY

William Raymond Cale by Dave Dooley:
Ray Cale was born in Usk, South Wales on the 18th of July, 1922. He was signed from Pontypool RU on the 17th of January, 1950 and became an important member of the Saints pack in the early 1950s. Ray played over 100 matches mostly as a loose forward. He made his debut in the 31 points to 12 home victory over Rochdale Hornets on the 9th September 1950. His first try for the club was scored against Whitehaven on the 27th of April, 1951 (Saints 47 Whitehaven 10) and he went on to score three more tries in 27 outings in his first season at Knowsley Road. Remarkably in the following season he again scored four tries in 27 matches.

The Championship season of 1952/53 was an exhilarating one for Ray Cale. His strong running and bone-crunching tackling helped Saints to remain unbeaten in all away matches as Ray bagged nine touchdowns from 38 matches. The season culminated for Ray with the 15 points to 10 defeat at the hands of Huddersfield in the 1953 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley. However, the team made amends a fortnight later when the Saints lifted the Championship Trophy for the second time with Ray being part of the pack that dominated the Halifax six that particular day.

The following season was a disappointing one for the Saints and Ray scored six more tries from 25 matches. Ray only played five games, scoring two tries, in the 1954/55 season as competition for the number 13 jersey grew white hot. Garbler, Blan, Delves and the up and coming Vinty Karalius were vying for the loose forward berth. His final match for the Club was away against Workington Town on the 6th of November, 1954 as Saints went down by 15 points to 11. In 122 matches for the Saints Ray scored 25 tries, kicked no goals for a total points aggregate of 75 points.

Ray Cale Obituary by Denis Whittle

Saints tearaway Ray dies in Spain
Memories of Saints’ great squad of half-a-century ago will be recalled by the passing of a Welshman whose non-stop displays made him a huge favourite among the Knowsley Road faithful. Former loose-forward Ray Cale, who was in his mid-80s, died in Spain after a short illness. A widower, he leaves a number of children and grandchildren. His funeral was held at Usk, South Wales.
Holder of seven Rugby Union caps, 6ft and 14 stone, Ray was in the Welsh side that lifted the Triple Crown in 1950, and was regarded as an automatic choice for the British Lions tour but was omitted allegedly because he was too rough. It was then he left Pontypool to sign for Saints for whom he made 121 appearances and scored 25 tries, with the most remarkable coming versus Oldham when he raced over from half-way minus his shorts after they were ripped off!
Cale was a key figure in the Saints’ side coached by Jim Sullivan in 1952-53, and he played in the 15-10 defeat by Huddersfield at Wembley and in the 24-14 Championship conquest of Halifax in the same season. He also won Rugby League honours for Wales.
While living in St. Helens Ray and his wife Pat ran a greengrocery shop in Greenfield Road and, on hanging up his boots in 1954, he returned to his native Monmouthshire and bought a house previously owned by singing star Shirley Bassey.
Saints Past Players Association Secretary Geoff Pimblett made several attempts to contact Cale over the years, but it was only on learning of his death that Ray’s whereabouts were discovered. Ex-team-mate and fellow Welshman Glyn Moses said: “Ray Cale must have been around 30 when he came to Knowsley Road, but he certainly made a lasting impression with his powerful running, tremendous tackling, and unfailing team spirit.”

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1950~51 4 0 0 27
1951~524 0 0 27
1952~539 0 0 38
1953~54 6 0 0 25
1954~552 0 0 5
TOTALS:25 0 0 122
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1950~515103
1951~520001
1952~53 0002
TOTALS:5106

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
5th Aug 1950 W 11 Carcassonne* Fr 1950~51 H 24 22 1 V
30th Aug 1950 W 13 Italy* Fr 1950~51 H 74 38 2 1 V
9th Sep 1950 W 12 Rochdale Hornets L 1950~51 H 31 12 V
14th Oct 1950 L 11 Salford L 1950~51 A 3 25 V
21st Oct 1950 W 13 Liverpool Stanley L 1950~51 H 26 4 V
28th Oct 1950 L 13 Warrington L 1950~51 A 2 19 V
4th Nov 1950 W 13 Workington Town L 1950~51 H 13 11 V
11th Nov 1950 L 12 Oldham L 1950~51 H 7 13 V
18th Nov 1950 D 12 York L 1950~51 A 6 6 V
25th Nov 1950 W 12 Hull L 1950~51 A 16 5 V
2nd Dec 1950 W 13 Whitehaven L 1950~51 H 47 10 1 V
9th Dec 1950 W 11 Rochdale Hornets L 1950~51 A 38 8 V
23rd Dec 1950 W 13 Swinton L 1950~51 A 11 3 V
26th Dec 1950 L 12 Wigan L 1950~51 H 5 39 V
13th Jan 1951 L 12 Belle Vue Rangers L 1950~51 A 8 9 V
20th Jan 1951 W 13 Barrow L 1950~51 H 10 6 V
3rd Feb 1951 W 13 Salford L 1950~51 H 10 0 V
10th Feb 1951 L 13 Bradford Northern CC1(1) 1950~51 A 6 11 V
17th Feb 1951 W 13 Bradford Northern CC1(2) 1950~51 H 4 0 V
24th Feb 1951 L 13 Hunslet L 1950~51 A 4 8 V
3rd Mar 1951 W 13 Hull L 1950~51 H 39 13 1 V
17th Mar 1951 W 13 Belle Vue Rangers L 1950~51 H 13 4 V
23rd Mar 1951 L 13 Wigan L 1950~51 A 13 22 V
24th Mar 1951 W 13 Warrington L 1950~51 H 5 3 1 V
26th Mar 1951 L 13 Oldham L AB 1950~51 A 0 3 V
4th Apr 1951 W 13 Leeds L 1950~51 H 22 14 V
7th Apr 1951 L 13 Oldham L 1950~51 A 4 17 V
21st Apr 1951 W 13 York L 1950~51 H 31 3 1 V
25th Apr 1951 L 13 Leigh L 1950~51 A 7 10 V
30th Apr 1951 W 13 Players Union * Fr 1950~51 H 45 38 2 V
11th Aug 1951 W 13 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1951~52 H 16 7 V
18th Aug 1951 W 13 Widnes L 1951~52 A 20 11 V
21st Aug 1951 W 13 Rochdale Hornets L 1951~52 A 20 2 V
25th Aug 1951 W 13 Liverpool City L 1951~52 H 23 3 V
29th Aug 1951 D 13 Swinton L 1951~52 H 12 12 V
1st Sep 1951 L 13 Belle Vue Rangers LC1(1) 1951~52 H 4 8 V
8th Sep 1951 W 13 Dewsbury L 1951~52 H 14 8 V
15th Sep 1951 L 13 Oldham L 1951~52 A 7 13 1 V
22nd Sep 1951 W 13 Barrow L 1951~52 H 16 3 V
29th Sep 1951 W 13 Warrington L 1951~52 A 19 13 V
6th Oct 1951 L 13 Hull L 1951~52 H 10 15 V
13th Oct 1951 W 13 Halifax L 1951~52 A 20 9 V
20th Oct 1951 L 13 New Zealand Tour 1951~52 H 10 33 1 V
27th Oct 1951 L 13 Workington Town L 1951~52 A 8 11 V
17th Nov 1951 L 13 Workington Town L 1951~52 H 11 20 1 V
15th Dec 1951 L 13 Salford L 1951~52 H 6 14 V
22nd Dec 1951 L 12 Salford L 1951~52 A 0 5 V
25th Dec 1951 L 12 Leigh L 1951~52 A 3 13 V
26th Dec 1951 D 12 Wigan L 1951~52 H 2 2 V
29th Dec 1951 L 12 Swinton L 1951~52 A 2 27 V
1st Jan 1952 W 12 Leigh L 1951~52 H 9 0 V
5th Jan 1952 L 12 Belle Vue Rangers L 1951~52 H 5 6 V
9th Feb 1952 W 12 Belle Vue Rangers CC1(1) 1951~52 H 6 5 V
16th Feb 1952 W 12 Belle Vue Rangers CC1(2) 1951~52 A 9 4 V
15th Mar 1952 W 12 Belle Vue Rangers L 1951~52 A 16 8 1 V
22nd Mar 1952 L 12 Batley L 1951~52 A 5 16 V
29th Mar 1952 L 13 Oldham L 1951~52 H 6 10 V
12th Apr 1952 W 12 Halifax L 1951~52 H 16 11 V
18th Aug 1952 L 13 Barrow * Fr Ward Cup 1952~53 A 18 32 V
23rd Aug 1952 W 13 Widnes L 1952~53 H 41 2 V
27th Aug 1952 W 13 Salford L 1952~53 A 15 9 V
30th Aug 1952 W 13 Barrow LC1(1) 1952~53 A 24 21 V
3rd Sep 1952 W 12 Barrow LC1(2) 1952~53 H 23 5 V
20th Sep 1952 W 13 Keighley L 1952~53 A 27 7 V
23rd Sep 1952 W 13 Rochdale Hornets LC2 1952~53 H 31 7 1 V
4th Oct 1952 W 13 Castleford L 1952~53 H 18 17 V
11th Oct 1952 W 13 Bramley L 1952~53 A 21 0 V
14th Oct 1952 W 12 Warrington LCSF 1952~53 A 17 10 V
1st Nov 1952 W 13 Swinton L 1952~53 A 14 7 V
8th Nov 1952 W 13 Barrow L 1952~53 A 14 7 V
15th Nov 1952 W 13 Swinton L 1952~53 H 23 10 1 V
22nd Nov 1952 W 13 Warrington L 1952~53 A 19 8 V
29th Nov 1952 L 13 Leigh LCF 1952~53 N 5 22 V
6th Dec 1952 W 13 Workington Town L 1952~53 A 22 5 V
13th Dec 1952 W 13 Barrow L 1952~53 H 26 9 V
20th Dec 1952 W 13 Widnes L 1952~53 A 7 2 V
25th Dec 1952 W 13 Leigh L 1952~53 A 22 2 V
26th Dec 1952 W 13 Wigan L 1952~53 H 5 0 V
27th Dec 1952 W 13 Wakefield Trinity L 1952~53 A 20 11 V
1st Jan 1953 D 13 Leigh L 1952~53 H 9 9 V
3rd Jan 1953 W 13 Rochdale Hornets L 1952~53 H 37 5 V
17th Jan 1953 W 13 Bramley L 1952~53 H 52 14 V
7th Feb 1953 W 13 Oldham CC1(1) 1952~53 H 20 4 V
14th Feb 1953 D 13 Oldham CC1(2) 1952~53 A 5 5 V
21st Feb 1953 W 13 Belle Vue Rangers L 1952~53 A 20 7 V
28th Feb 1953 W 13 Belle Vue Rangers CC2 1952~53 H 28 0 V
7th Mar 1953 W 13 Wakefield Trinity L 1952~53 H 69 17 2 V
14th Mar 1953 W 13 Leigh CC3 1952~53 A 12 3 V
18th Mar 1953 W 13 Whitehaven L 1952~53 A 17 15 V
21st Mar 1953 W 13 Whitehaven L 1952~53 H 26 10 1 V
28th Mar 1953 W 13 Warrington CCSF 1952~53 N 9 3 V
31st Mar 1953 W 13 Rochdale Hornets L 1952~53 A 8 0 V
3rd Apr 1953 W 13 Wigan L 1952~53 A 16 5 V
11th Apr 1953 W 13 Belle Vue Rangers L 1952~53 H 38 9 2 V
25th Apr 1953 L 13 Huddersfield CCF 1952~53 N 10 15 V
2nd May 1953 W 13 Huddersfield ChSF 1952~53 H 46 0 1 V
7th May 1953 W 13 Halifax ChF 1952~53 N 24 14 1 V
16th May 1953 W 13 Workington / Whitehaven* Fr Benefit 1952~53 A 53 26 V
22nd Aug 1953 D 13 Widnes L 1953~54 A 11 11 V
14th Nov 1953 W 13 Swinton L 1953~54 H 2 0 V
28th Nov 1953 W 13 Whitehaven L 1953~54 A 12 4 1 V
5th Dec 1953 W 13 Belle Vue Rangers L 1953~54 H 38 7 V
12th Dec 1953 W 13 Oldham L 1953~54 H 21 9 V
19th Dec 1953 W 13 Salford L 1953~54 A 11 7 V
25th Dec 1953 W 13 Leigh L 1953~54 H 11 9 V
26th Dec 1953 W 13 Wigan L 1953~54 H 14 4 V
2nd Jan 1954 L 13 Warrington L 1953~54 H 2 7 V
9th Jan 1954 W 13 Swinton L 1953~54 A 8 0 V
16th Jan 1954 W 13 Rochdale Hornets L 1953~54 H 28 5 1 V
23rd Jan 1954 W 13 Barrow L 1953~54 A 15 11 V
30th Jan 1954 W 13 Salford L 1953~54 H 29 0 1 V
13th Feb 1954 W 13 Featherstone Rovers CC1(1) 1953~54 H 26 7 V
17th Feb 1954 W 13 Featherstone Rovers CC1(2) 1953~54 A 27 16 1 V
20th Feb 1954 D 13 Halifax L 1953~54 H 5 5 V
27th Feb 1954 L 13 Warrington L 1953~54 A 8 12 V
6th Mar 1954 L 13 Huddersfield CC2 1953~54 A 5 12 V
20th Mar 1954 W 13 Liverpool City L 1953~54 H 18 0 V
24th Mar 1954 W 13 Workington Town L 1953~54 A 15 7 V
3rd Apr 1954 W 13 Whitehaven L 1953~54 H 34 12 1 V
10th Apr 1954 W 13 Bramley L 1953~54 A 25 12 V
16th Apr 1954 W 13 Wigan L 1953~54 A 14 8 V
17th Apr 1954 W 13 Widnes L 1953~54 H 28 4 V
19th Apr 1954 L 13 Huddersfield L 1953~54 A 13 29 1 V
4th Sep 1954 L 13 Halifax L 1954~55 A 2 22 V
18th Sep 1954 W 13 Wakefield Trinity L 1954~55 A 32 18 1 V
20th Sep 1954 L 13 Oldham LC2 1954~55 A 9 20 V
25th Sep 1954 W 13 Huddersfield L 1954~55 H 20 7 1 V
6th Nov 1954 L 13 Workington Town L 1954~55 A 11 15 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 116 OTHER 6 = 122
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 122

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