Bill Clarey

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
25-12-1895
N/A
04-09-1919
Thatto Heath
04-10-1919 v Widnes
Dewsbury
1930- when he Retired
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1918-1930
252 (0)
13
1
0
41

BIOGRAPHY

Bill Clarey by Alex Service

In those far-off days between the Wars, rugby was thriving in St.Helens, with the Town Team vying for honours against the Pilkington Works Team the St.Helens Recs. It was in this competitive environment that Bill Clarey joined the Saints from Thatto Heath junior rugby. He made his First Team debut against Widnes on October 4th 1919 and remained a regular for the next eleven years. A solid reliable front-rower, adept at scrummaging, Bill played in a side that struggled on and off the field in the first few years of the 1920s, when the club frequently found itself short of money, with success seemingly as far away as ever.

By the 1924/25 campaign, however, the team was developing into one capable of challenging for major honours. Inspired by the sensational form of newly-discovered wing sensation Alf Ellaby, the Saints reached the county cup final in 1926/27, where they played against their deadly rivals Recs at Warrington, in front of almost 20,000 fans at Wilderspool. The tackling from both packs of forwards was quite uncompromising, with Clarey at one stage lying in the mud motionless for several minutes before he was revived by the famous ‘magic sponge.’ Tries from Ellaby and Fairclough gave the Saints a sensational 10-2 success, with Clarey rubbing the back of his head after the match.

Revenge was in the air during the Championship Play-Off at City Road, when Recs and Saints went head-to-head once more. This was to be very much the Recs’ day, in a 33-0 mauling, where the visiting pack got more and more rattled. Just after half-time, Clarey traded punches with Recs’ second rower Tommy Smith, triggering an all-in brawl, with the result that three players were sent off (the two original protagonists miraculously escaped the wrath of referee The Rev. Frank Chambers!).

The signing of star New Zealand front-rower Lou Hutt restricted Bill’s appearances during the 1929/30 campaign. He was now 30 and ten years in the ‘engine room’ of the pack had started to take its toll. Yet he was selected in the Saints’ team for the crucial Challenge Cup Semi-Final replay against Wigan at Leigh’s Mather Lane ground. It was a triumph for the Saints’ threequarters, who destroyed the opposition with four tries to two from a steady stream of possession supplied by hooker Bill Clarey! Bill played in the Final at Wembley against Widnes, but came away with a loser’s medal as the Saints for a variety of reasons failed to hit top form and lost 10-3 in one of the competition’s great upsets. Although Bill retired after the game, he had more than played his part in one of the most famous eras in the history of St.Helens Rugby League Club.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1919~201 0 0 20
1920~21 3 0 0 29
1921~22 2 0 0 22
1922~232 0 0 29
1923~24 1 0 0 25
1924~250 0 0 29
1925~26 0 0 0 5
1926~270 0 0 25
1927~281 0 0 34
1928~29 3 1 0 25
1929~30 0 0 0 8
1930~31 0 0 0 1
TOTALS:13 1 0 252
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1918~190001
1923~240001
1926~270001
1929~30 1001
TOTALS:1004

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
21st Apr 1919 D 10 Widnes* Fr 1918~19 A 3 3 V
13th Sep 1919 L 9 Swinton L 1919~20 A 5 7 V
4th Oct 1919 L 12 Widnes L 1919~20 A 0 13 V
11th Oct 1919 W 10 Barrow L 1919~20 H 27 13 V
18th Oct 1919 L 10 Widnes LC1 1919~20 A 8 16 V
25th Oct 1919 L 10 Oldham L 1919~20 A 3 26 V
30th Nov 1919 L 11 Leigh L 1919~20 H 3 12 V
13th Dec 1919 W 10 Swinton L 1919~20 H 12 7 V
20th Dec 1919 W 10 Halifax L 1919~20 H 5 0 V
25th Dec 1919 L 10 St. Helens Recs L 1919~20 A 6 21 V
26th Dec 1919 W 10 Wigan L 1919~20 H 13 5 V
27th Dec 1919 L 10 Broughton Rangers L 1919~20 A 0 15 V
1st Jan 1920 W 10 St. Helens Recs L 1919~20 H 9 8 V
10th Jan 1920 L 10 Salford L 1919~20 H 6 13 V
17th Jan 1920 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1919~20 A 17 5 V
24th Jan 1920 W 10 Widnes L 1919~20 H 12 2 1 V
7th Feb 1920 L 10 Barrow L 1919~20 A 5 25 V
14th Feb 1920 L 10 Batley L 1919~20 A 3 6 V
21st Feb 1920 D 10 Wakefield Trinity CC1 1919~20 H 2 2 V
24th Feb 1920 D 10 Wakefield Trinity CC1(rep) 1919~20 A 2 2 V
26th Feb 1920 L 10 Wakefield Trinity CC1(2nd rep) 1919~20 N 3 12 V
28th Aug 1920 L 10 Broughton Rangers L 1920~21 A 11 13 1 V
4th Sep 1920 W 10 Widnes L 1920~21 H 18 8 V
11th Sep 1920 L 10 Leigh L 1920~21 A 0 5 V
18th Sep 1920 W 10 Warrington L 1920~21 H 26 6 V
25th Sep 1920 W 10 Swinton L 1920~21 A 17 8 V
2nd Oct 1920 W 10 Bradford Northern L 1920~21 H 38 3 V
9th Oct 1920 W 10 Widnes L 1920~21 A 10 2 1 V
16th Oct 1920 W 10 Askam LC1 1920~21 H 26 2 V
23rd Oct 1920 L 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1920~21 A 8 15 V
30th Oct 1920 L 10 Broughton Rangers LC2 1920~21 A 2 6 V
6th Nov 1920 L 10 York L 1920~21 A 0 8 V
13th Nov 1920 W 10 Barrow L 1920~21 H 8 5 V
27th Nov 1920 W 10 Salford L 1920~21 H 14 5 V
4th Dec 1920 L 10 Swinton L 1920~21 H 2 6 V
11th Dec 1920 W 10 Keighley L 1920~21 H 14 0 1 V
18th Dec 1920 W 10 Bradford Northern L 1920~21 A 16 0 V
25th Dec 1920 L 10 St. Helens Recs L 1920~21 H 0 5 V
22nd Jan 1921 W 10 Hunslet L 1920~21 H 8 7 V
29th Jan 1921 L 10 Warrington L 1920~21 A 2 15 V
5th Feb 1921 L 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1920~21 H 0 10 V
12th Feb 1921 L 10 Keighley L 1920~21 A 0 9 V
19th Feb 1921 L 10 Barrow L 1920~21 A 5 25 V
26th Feb 1921 L 10 Bramley CC1 1920~21 H 0 7 V
5th Mar 1921 W 10 Oldham L 1920~21 H 11 3 V
19th Mar 1921 L 10 Hunslet L 1920~21 A 5 7 V
26th Mar 1921 L 10 Oldham L 1920~21 A 0 28 V
28th Mar 1921 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1920~21 H 9 7 V
2nd Apr 1921 W 10 Salford L 1920~21 A 10 5 V
22nd Apr 1921 W 10 Leigh L 1920~21 H 15 8 V
3rd Aug 1921 L 9 Huddersfield L 1921~22 A 3 38 V
10th Aug 1921 W 9 Salford L 1921~22 H 16 6 V
17th Aug 1921 L 9 Rochdale Hornets L 1921~22 A 5 13 1 V
24th Aug 1921 W 9 Bramley L 1921~22 H 21 13 V
27th Aug 1921 L 9 Oldham L 1921~22 H 3 10 V
8th Oct 1921 W 10 Barrow L 1921~22 H 31 8 V
15th Oct 1921 L 9 Barrow L 1921~22 A 0 18 V
18th Nov 1921 L 8 Bramley L 1921~22 A 4 8 V
23rd Nov 1921 L 9 Australia Tour 1921~22 H 8 16 V
26th Nov 1921 W 9 Batley L 1921~22 H 10 7 V
3rd Dec 1921 L 9 Swinton L 1921~22 A 5 16 V
10th Dec 1921 W 9 Swinton L 1921~22 H 11 7 V
14th Jan 1922 L 13 Rochdale Hornets L 1921~22 H 3 13 V
25th Feb 1922 L 12 Broughton Rangers CC1 1921~22 A 0 13 V
4th Mar 1922 W 9 Broughton Rangers L 1921~22 H 14 9 V
11th Mar 1922 L 9 Wakefield Trinity L 1921~22 A 5 17 V
18th Mar 1922 W 9 York L 1921~22 H 17 8 V
25th Mar 1922 W 9 Featherstone Rovers L 1921~22 H 24 13 1 V
1st Apr 1922 L 9 Featherstone Rovers L 1921~22 A 4 11 V
8th Apr 1922 D 9 Warrington L 1921~22 H 5 5 V
14th Apr 1922 L 9 Wigan L 1921~22 A 5 8 V
16th Apr 1922 L 9 York L 1921~22 A 3 6 V
26th Aug 1922 L 9 Widnes L 1922~23 A 3 11 V
2nd Sep 1922 L 9 Rochdale Hornets L 1922~23 H 14 17 V
9th Sep 1922 L 9 Bradford Northern L 1922~23 A 2 3 V
16th Sep 1922 W 9 Wigan Highfield L 1922~23 H 21 5 V
23rd Sep 1922 L 9 Hull L 1922~23 A 15 18 V
30th Sep 1922 W 9 Bramley L 1922~23 H 19 5 1 V
7th Oct 1922 L 9 Warrington L 1922~23 A 14 21 V
14th Oct 1922 W 9 Salford LC1 1922~23 H 25 8 V
21st Oct 1922 W 9 Broughton Rangers L 1922~23 H 24 10 V
28th Oct 1922 L 9 Warrington LC2 1922~23 H 4 17 V
4th Nov 1922 L 9 Leigh L 1922~23 H 8 11 V
11th Nov 1922 L 9 Oldham L 1922~23 A 12 26 V
18th Nov 1922 L 9 Featherstone Rovers L 1922~23 A 5 24 V
22nd Nov 1922 W 9 Warrington L 1922~23 H 9 3 V
25th Nov 1922 W 9 Swinton L 1922~23 H 6 5 V
9th Dec 1922 L 9 Wigan Highfield L 1922~23 A 3 15 V
1st Jan 1923 W 9 St. Helens Recs L 1922~23 A 13 8 V
6th Jan 1923 L 11 Barrow L 1922~23 H 8 15 V
13th Jan 1923 W 11 Bramley L 1922~23 A 6 3 1 V
20th Jan 1923 L 11 Swinton L 1922~23 A 0 3 V
25th Jan 1923 W 11 Keighley L 1922~23 H 14 7 V
27th Jan 1923 W 11 Salford L 1922~23 H 17 5 V
3rd Feb 1923 W 11 Featherstone Rovers L 1922~23 H 9 2 V
10th Feb 1923 W 11 Keighley L 1922~23 A 8 3 V
17th Feb 1923 W 11 Norwood CC1 1922~23 A 29 3 V
24th Feb 1923 L 11 Salford L 1922~23 A 3 11 V
3rd Mar 1923 L 11 Oldham CC2 1922~23 H 3 11 V
17th Mar 1923 L 11 Widnes L 1922~23 H 9 11 V
24th Mar 1923 L 11 Barrow L 1922~23 A 10 22 V
20th Oct 1923 W 11 Broughton Rangers L 1923~24 A 7 2 V
31st Oct 1923 L 9 Swinton LC2(rep) 1923~24 A 8 21 V
17th Nov 1923 W 11 Wigan Highfield L 1923~24 A 5 3 V
28th Nov 1923 W 11 Dewsbury L 1923~24 H 15 10 V
1st Dec 1923 L 11 Salford L 1923~24 A 0 6 V
5th Dec 1923 W 10 Swinton L 1923~24 H 4 0 V
8th Dec 1923 L 10 Widnes L 1923~24 A 0 18 V
15th Dec 1923 W 10 Hull L 1923~24 H 5 3 V
25th Dec 1923 L 10 St. Helens Recs L 1923~24 A 2 21 V
26th Dec 1923 L 10 Wigan L 1923~24 A 2 44 V
29th Dec 1923 L 10 Barrow L 1923~24 A 5 41 V
1st Jan 1924 W 10 St. Helens Recs L 1923~24 H 4 0 V
5th Jan 1924 L 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1923~24 A 5 23 V
12th Jan 1924 L 10 Leigh L 1923~24 H 5 12 V
19th Jan 1924 L 10 Leigh L 1923~24 A 0 25 V
26th Jan 1924 L 10 Hull L 1923~24 A 6 11 V
9th Feb 1924 L 11 Dewsbury L 1923~24 A 10 16 V
16th Feb 1924 W 11 Wardley CC1 1923~24 A 73 0 1 V
1st Mar 1924 L 11 Huddersfield CC2 1923~24 A 13 24 V
8th Mar 1924 W 11 Wigan Highfield L 1923~24 H 10 9 V
29th Mar 1924 W 8 Bramley L 1923~24 H 13 8 V
5th Apr 1924 W 8 Rochdale Hornets L 1923~24 H 15 13 V
12th Apr 1924 L 8 St. Helens Recs* Fr 1923~24 H 8 10 V
18th Apr 1924 L 8 Wigan L 1923~24 H 3 14 V
19th Apr 1924 W 8 Broughton Rangers L 1923~24 H 21 6 V
26th Apr 1924 W 8 Salford L 1923~24 H 37 15 V
30th Aug 1924 W 10 Widnes L 1924~25 A 10 9 V
6th Sep 1924 L 10 Widnes L 1924~25 H 7 8 V
27th Sep 1924 W 10 Hull L 1924~25 A 9 0 V
4th Oct 1924 W 10 Wigan Highfield L 1924~25 H 15 5 V
11th Oct 1924 D 10 Widnes LC1 1924~25 A 7 7 V
15th Oct 1924 W 10 Widnes LC1(rep) 1924~25 H 19 5 V
18th Oct 1924 L 10 Wakefield Trinity L 1924~25 A 2 3 V
25th Oct 1924 W 10 Warrington LC2 1924~25 H 15 5 V
8th Nov 1924 L 10 Oldham LCSF 1924~25 H 9 16 V
22nd Nov 1924 W 9 Broughton Rangers L 1924~25 H 12 2 V
29th Nov 1924 W 8 Keighley L 1924~25 A 5 4 V
6th Dec 1924 W 12 Dewsbury L 1924~25 H 21 2 V
13th Dec 1924 W 12 Leigh L 1924~25 H 21 3 V
20th Dec 1924 L 12 Rochdale Hornets L 1924~25 A 0 11 V
25th Dec 1924 W 9 St. Helens Recs L 1924~25 H 7 5 V
26th Dec 1924 L 12 Wigan L 1924~25 H 7 13 V
27th Dec 1924 L 11 Dewsbury L 1924~25 A 0 8 V
1st Jan 1925 D 9 St. Helens Recs L 1924~25 A 5 5 V
3rd Jan 1925 W 9 Wakefield Trinity L 1924~25 H 15 2 V
10th Jan 1925 L 9 Wigan Highfield L 1924~25 A 8 12 V
17th Jan 1925 L 9 Oldham L 1924~25 H 5 24 V
14th Feb 1925 L 10 Widnes CC1 1924~25 A 8 10 V
21st Feb 1925 W 10 Warrington L 1924~25 H 9 5 V
28th Feb 1925 W 10 Salford L 1924~25 H 17 0 V
7th Mar 1925 D 10 Halifax L 1924~25 A 11 11 V
14th Mar 1925 W 10 Halifax L 1924~25 H 10 2 V
11th Apr 1925 L 10 Leigh L 1924~25 A 10 17 V
13th Apr 1925 W 8 Hull L 1924~25 H 10 8 V
18th Apr 1925 W 8 Warrington L 1924~25 A 15 8 V
28th Aug 1925 L 8 Widnes L 1925~26 H 6 23 V
5th Sep 1925 L 8 Widnes L 1925~26 A 5 11 V
12th Sep 1925 W 8 Barrow L 1925~26 H 22 3 V
19th Sep 1925 L 8 Broughton Rangers L 1925~26 A 3 7 V
10th Oct 1925 L 8 Leigh LC1 1925~26 A 7 10 V
4th Nov 1926 D 10 Widnes LCSF 1926~27 A 3 3 V
6th Nov 1926 W 10 Wigan Highfield L 1926~27 H 13 7 V
8th Nov 1926 W 10 Widnes LCSF(rep) 1926~27 H 17 0 V
20th Nov 1926 W 11 St. Helens Recs LCF 1926~27 N 10 2 V
27th Nov 1926 W 11 York L 1926~27 H 54 3 V
4th Dec 1926 L 11 Oldham L 1926~27 A 5 26 V
27th Dec 1926 L 11 Wigan L 1926~27 H 13 14 V
1st Jan 1927 L 11 St. Helens Recs L 1926~27 A 8 17 V
8th Jan 1927 W 11 Broughton Rangers L 1926~27 A 15 7 V
22nd Jan 1927 W 11 Batley L 1926~27 A 15 5 V
29th Jan 1927 W 10 Leeds L 1926~27 H 18 6 V
5th Feb 1927 L 11 Rochdale Hornets L 1926~27 A 0 4 V
12th Feb 1927 L 12 York CC1 1926~27 A 3 9 V
19th Feb 1927 W 9 Batley L 1926~27 H 13 8 V
5th Mar 1927 L 12 Swinton L 1926~27 A 3 24 V
8th Mar 1927 W 11 Oldham L 1926~27 H 21 10 V
19th Mar 1927 L 11 York L 1926~27 A 6 15 V
26th Mar 1927 W 12 Pontypridd L 1926~27 A 10 5 V
2nd Apr 1927 W 8 Salford L 1926~27 H 8 3 V
9th Apr 1927 W 12 Broughton Rangers L 1926~27 H 16 0 V
15th Apr 1927 W 12 Wigan L 1926~27 A 10 8 V
16th Apr 1927 W 12 Swinton L 1926~27 H 27 0 V
18th Apr 1927 W 12 Leigh L 1926~27 H 18 5 V
20th Apr 1927 W 12 Leeds L 1926~27 A 21 10 V
23rd Apr 1927 L 12 St. Helens Recs ChSF 1926~27 A 0 33 V
12th May 1927 L 12 Barrow* Fr Lonsdale Hospital 1926~27 L 8 16 V
27th Aug 1927 W 10 Widnes L 1927~28 H 28 2 V
29th Aug 1927 L 11 Leeds L 1927~28 A 7 18 V
3rd Sep 1927 W 10 Widnes L 1927~28 A 28 15 V
10th Sep 1927 L 11 Swinton L 1927~28 H 20 26 V
14th Sep 1927 W 8 Dewsbury L 1927~28 H 8 2 V
17th Sep 1927 L 8 Hunslet L 1927~28 A 10 12 V
24th Sep 1927 W 12 Featherstone Rovers L 1927~28 H 21 8 V
15th Oct 1927 W 11 Salford L 1927~28 H 44 10 V
22nd Oct 1927 D 11 Hull L 1927~28 A 5 5 V
29th Oct 1927 W 11 Wigan Highfield L 1927~28 H 15 5 V
5th Nov 1927 W 11 Warrington L 1927~28 A 8 4 V
12th Nov 1927 W 11 Warrington L 1927~28 H 13 0 V
26th Nov 1927 L 11 Oldham L 1927~28 A 2 11 V
3rd Dec 1927 W 11 Hull K.R. L 1927~28 H 25 7 1 V
10th Dec 1927 L 11 Featherstone Rovers L 1927~28 A 3 15 V
17th Dec 1927 W 11 Leigh L 1927~28 H 37 11 V
24th Dec 1927 L 11 St. Helens Recs L 1927~28 A 2 5 V
26th Dec 1927 L 11 Wigan L 1927~28 H 13 20 V
29th Dec 1927 L 11 St. Helens Recs L 1927~28 H 5 22 V
7th Jan 1928 W 11 Leeds L 1927~28 H 8 0 V
18th Jan 1928 W 11 Dewsbury L 1927~28 A 6 0 V
21st Jan 1928 W 11 Hull L 1927~28 H 14 5 V
4th Feb 1928 L 11 Leigh L 1927~28 A 5 10 V
11th Feb 1928 L 11 Oldham CC1 1927~28 A 5 15 V
18th Feb 1928 L 8 Oldham L 1927~28 H 13 14 V
3rd Mar 1928 W 12 Hull K.R. L 1927~28 A 11 0 V
10th Mar 1928 W 12 Barrow L 1927~28 H 15 6 V
17th Mar 1928 W 12 Broughton Rangers L 1927~28 H 24 0 V
24th Mar 1928 L 11 Swinton L 1927~28 A 3 5 V
31st Mar 1928 L 11 Barrow L 1927~28 A 10 14 V
6th Apr 1928 L 11 Wigan L 1927~28 A 11 21 V
7th Apr 1928 L 11 Wigan Highfield L 1927~28 A 15 20 V
9th Apr 1928 W 11 Hunslet L 1927~28 H 30 10 V
10th Apr 1928 L 11 Rochdale Hornets L 1927~28 A 5 15 V
25th Aug 1928 L 11 Widnes L 1928~29 A 0 2 V
1st Sep 1928 D 11 Widnes L 1928~29 H 12 12 1 V
8th Sep 1928 W 11 Carlisle City L 1928~29 A 8 5 V
15th Sep 1928 W 11 Broughton Rangers L 1928~29 H 12 5 V
19th Sep 1928 W 11 Hull K.R. L 1928~29 H 6 0 V
22nd Sep 1928 W 11 Dewsbury L 1928~29 A 17 7 V
29th Sep 1928 D 11 Hunslet L 1928~29 H 13 13 V
6th Oct 1928 W 11 Wigan Highfield L 1928~29 A 27 5 V
13th Oct 1928 W 11 Broughton Rangers LC1 1928~29 A 15 10 V
24th Oct 1928 L 11 Warrington LC2 1928~29 A 11 14 V
27th Oct 1928 W 10 Hull L 1928~29 A 10 4 V
3rd Nov 1928 L 10 Wigan Highfield L 1928~29 H 12 15 V
10th Nov 1928 D 12 Leeds L 1928~29 A 8 8 V
17th Nov 1928 W 12 Halifax L 1928~29 H 12 6 1 V
1st Dec 1928 W 10 Oldham L 1928~29 H 21 3 1 V
8th Dec 1928 W 12 Oldham L 1928~29 A 14 11 V
25th Dec 1928 L 12 St. Helens Recs L 1928~29 H 0 5 V
29th Dec 1928 W 11 Leigh L 1928~29 A 3 0 V
1st Jan 1929 L 11 St. Helens Recs L 1928~29 A 2 8 V
5th Jan 1929 W 11 Rochdale Hornets L 1928~29 H 23 3 1 V
12th Jan 1929 L 11 Salford L 1928~29 A 7 10 V
19th Jan 1929 L 12 Swinton L 1928~29 H 2 3 V
26th Jan 1929 L 11 Barrow L 1928~29 A 6 16 V
13th Mar 1929 L 11 Wigan CC3(rep) 1928~29 A 5 25 V
6th Apr 1929 L 10 Hull K.R. L 1928~29 A 0 12 V
25th Jan 1930 W 9 Rochdale Hornets L 1929~30 H 32 5 V
1st Feb 1930 W 9 Wigan Highfield L 1929~30 A 22 0 V
1st Mar 1930 W 12 Leigh L 1929~30 H 23 2 V
8th Mar 1930 W 9 Hunslet CC3 1929~30 H 22 7 V
2nd Apr 1930 W 9 Wigan CCSF(rep) 1929~30 N 22 10 V
12th Apr 1930 W 9 Batley L 1929~30 H 19 3 V
18th Apr 1930 W 9 Wigan L 1929~30 A 8 3 V
3rd May 1930 L 9 Widnes CCF 1929~30 N 3 10 V
10th May 1930 W 9 Wigan * Fr 1929~30 L 21 14 1 V
4th Oct 1930 W 10 Dewsbury L 1930~31 H 12 10 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 248 OTHER 4 = 252
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 252

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