Dave Cotton

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
29-03-1909
N/A
27-02-1930
Unknown.
30-08-1930 v Widnes
Castleford
1944- Warrington
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1930-1935
168 (0)
9
0
0
27

BIOGRAPHY

Dave Cotton by Dave Dooley:
Dave Cotton was a durable and rugged hooker who played for the Saints in the 1930s. He was signed on the 27th. of February, 1930 and made his debut in the 21 points to 7 away victory over Widnes on the 30th of August 1930. He went on to play in 23 matches that season including a try-scoring performance in 20 points to 19 away win at Leigh on the 14th. of March, 1931. Dave was an exceptional hooker in the scrum and a solid tackler. Once established in the Saints` first team Dave was virtually ever-present for five seasons.

The following season was a great one for the club and Dave. He played in 39 matches as the Saints romped to the Lancashire League Championship and were crowned Champions of the Rugby Football League for the first time after defeating Huddersfield by 9 points to 5 in the 1932 Mayday Championship Final at Oldham. That season Dave helped himself to two tries in the home league victories over Dewsbury and Halifax and was the Club`s second highest player in the appearances charts. The 1932-33 season was a disappointment for the Champions but Dave again played 36 times in the number 9 shirt. These matches included a try for the Saints against Rochdale in a 47 points to 19 victory.

Dave probably played his best rugby in the 1933/34 season and this was reflected in a bumper five-try haul. The two tries against Dewsbury demonstrated Dave`s support play and strength near the line. Cotton `netted` further tries in victories over Leigh, Bradford Northern and Leeds. The following season saw Saints further slip down the league ladder as financial crises bit hard at the Club and nationally. Dave played 34 times for the Club in a tryless season for the tough number nine. The paucity of points for hookers was not unusual in the game. Indeed following Dave`s departure to Warrington after the second game of the 1935/36 campaign Saints` hookers only scored 3 tries in the next four seasons. This statistic encapsulates the role of the hooker in those days - his primary concern was to win the ball in matches that could yield up to 50 scrums. In this respect Dave Cotton was one of the best specialist hookers of his time. Dave returned to play for the Saints as a guest in September 1944 in an away fixture at Castleford.

Dave Cotton is the father of Fran Cotton who starred as a prop forward for England and the British Lions Rugby Union teams in the 1970s. Dave`s brother also played 16 matches for the Saints in the early 1930s.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1930~311 0 0 23
1931~322 0 0 39
1932~33 1 0 0 36
1933~345 0 0 33
1934~350 0 0 34
1935~360 0 0 2
1944~45 0 0 0 1
TOTALS:9 0 0 168
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1930~31 0001
1932~32 0001
TOTALS:0002

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
30th Aug 1930 W 9 Widnes L 1930~31 A 21 7 V
6th Sep 1930 L 9 Widnes L 1930~31 H 5 9 V
13th Sep 1930 L 9 Swinton L 1930~31 A 3 12 V
1st Jan 1931 L 9 St. Helens Recs L 1930~31 A 3 5 V
17th Jan 1931 W 9 Swinton L 1930~31 H 8 3 V
24th Jan 1931 D 9 Broughton Rangers L 1930~31 A 0 0 V
31st Jan 1931 L 9 Huddersfield L 1930~31 H 0 10 V
7th Feb 1931 W 9 Keighley CC1 1930~31 H 46 4 V
14th Feb 1931 W 9 Bramley L 1930~31 A 19 8 V
21st Feb 1931 W 9 Castleford CC2 1930~31 A 8 2 V
28th Feb 1931 W 9 Barrow L 1930~31 H 30 0 V
7th Mar 1931 W 9 Broughton Rangers CC3 1930~31 A 8 7 V
14th Mar 1931 W 9 Leigh L 1930~31 A 20 19 1 V
17th Mar 1931 W 9 Dewsbury L 1930~31 A 10 7 V
21st Mar 1931 W 9 Leigh L 1930~31 H 23 3 V
28th Mar 1931 L 9 Halifax CCSF 1930~31 N 2 11 V
3rd Apr 1931 L 9 Wigan L 1930~31 A 2 5 V
4th Apr 1931 L 9 Oldham L 1930~31 A 7 28 V
6th Apr 1931 W 9 York L 1930~31 H 13 3 V
7th Apr 1931 L 9 Halifax L 1930~31 A 13 15 V
11th Apr 1931 W 9 Broughton Rangers L 1930~31 H 37 5 V
22nd Apr 1931 W 9 Wigan Highfield L 1930~31 H 40 17 V
25th Apr 1931 W 9 Hull K.R. L 1930~31 H 25 5 V
9th May 1931 W 9 Barrow * Fr Carnival Cup 1930~31 L 33 7 V
29th Aug 1931 W 9 Widnes L 1931~32 H 39 2 V
5th Sep 1931 D 9 Widnes L 1931~32 A 7 7 V
9th Sep 1931 W 9 Barrow L 1931~32 A 12 0 V
12th Sep 1931 W 9 Wigan Highfield L 1931~32 H 14 10 V
19th Sep 1931 L 9 Huddersfield L 1931~32 A 2 5 V
26th Sep 1931 W 9 Dewsbury L 1931~32 H 49 0 1 V
3rd Oct 1931 L 9 Oldham L 1931~32 A 13 16 V
10th Oct 1931 L 9 Salford LC1 1931~32 A 5 16 V
17th Oct 1931 W 9 Oldham L 1931~32 H 31 17 V
24th Oct 1931 L 9 Broughton Rangers L 1931~32 A 12 24 V
31st Oct 1931 W 9 Bradford Northern L 1931~32 H 35 5 V
7th Nov 1931 W 9 Wigan Highfield L 1931~32 A 19 4 V
14th Nov 1931 W 9 Salford L 1931~32 H 10 2 V
21st Nov 1931 W 9 Warrington L 1931~32 A 23 8 V
28th Nov 1931 W 9 Warrington L 1931~32 H 38 8 V
5th Dec 1931 W 9 Bradford Northern L 1931~32 A 31 5 V
12th Dec 1931 W 9 Leigh L 1931~32 A 16 8 V
19th Dec 1931 W 9 Rochdale Hornets L 1931~32 H 33 12 V
25th Dec 1931 L 9 St. Helens Recs L 1931~32 A 2 13 V
26th Dec 1931 W 9 Wigan L 1931~32 H 10 4 V
1st Jan 1932 D 9 St. Helens Recs L 1931~32 H 7 7 V
2nd Jan 1932 W 9 Hull K.R. L 1931~32 A 5 3 V
9th Jan 1932 W 9 Wakefield Trinity L 1931~32 H 11 2 V
13th Jan 1932 L 9 Salford L 1931~32 A 3 9 V
23rd Jan 1932 W 9 Halifax L 1931~32 H 24 10 1 V
30th Jan 1932 W 9 Swinton L 1931~32 A 8 7 V
6th Feb 1932 L 9 Keighley CC1 1931~32 A 6 12 V
27th Feb 1932 L 9 Castleford L 1931~32 A 0 5 V
5th Mar 1932 W 9 Barrow L 1931~32 H 36 15 V
12th Mar 1932 W 9 Huddersfield L 1931~32 H 21 8 V
19th Mar 1932 W 9 Dewsbury L 1931~32 A 24 15 V
25th Mar 1932 W 9 Wigan L 1931~32 A 12 3 V
29th Mar 1932 W 9 Halifax L 1931~32 A 13 3 V
2nd Apr 1932 W 9 Rochdale Hornets L 1931~32 A 16 3 V
16th Apr 1932 W 9 Swinton L 1931~32 H 17 5 V
18th Apr 1932 W 9 Broughton Rangers L 1931~32 H 21 10 V
23rd Apr 1932 W 9 Wakefield Trinity L 1931~32 A 25 8 V
30th Apr 1932 W 9 Leeds ChSF 1931~32 H 9 0 V
7th May 1932 W 9 Huddersfield ChF 1931~32 N 9 5 V
27th Aug 1932 L 9 Widnes L 1932~33 A 10 12 V
3rd Sep 1932 W 9 Widnes L 1932~33 H 16 9 V
10th Sep 1932 W 9 Swinton L 1932~33 A 12 7 V
8th Oct 1932 W 9 Widnes LC1 1932~33 A 10 5 V
15th Oct 1932 W 9 Barrow L 1932~33 H 18 11 V
22nd Oct 1932 D 9 Wigan Highfield L 1932~33 A 11 11 V
24th Oct 1932 W 9 Broughton Rangers LC2 1932~33 H 22 4 V
29th Oct 1932 W 9 Batley L 1932~33 H 14 7 V
2nd Nov 1932 D 9 Salford LCSF 1932~33 A 2 2 V
5th Nov 1932 W 9 Leigh L 1932~33 A 13 3 V
7th Nov 1932 W 9 Salford LCSF(rep) 1932~33 H 17 10 V
12th Nov 1932 W 9 Wigan Highfield L 1932~33 H 34 7 V
19th Nov 1932 L 9 Warrington LCF 1932~33 N 9 10 V
26th Nov 1932 W 9 Leeds L 1932~33 H 21 5 V
29th Nov 1932 L 9 Batley L 1932~33 A 12 17 V
3rd Dec 1932 W 9 Castleford L 1932~33 A 10 7 V
27th Dec 1932 W 9 Wigan L 1932~33 H 13 10 V
31st Dec 1932 L 9 Leeds L 1932~33 A 0 27 V
2nd Jan 1933 W 9 St. Helens Recs L 1932~33 A 10 5 V
7th Jan 1933 W 9 Salford L 1932~33 H 12 5 V
14th Jan 1933 L 9 York L 1932~33 A 5 11 V
4th Feb 1933 W 9 Halifax L 1932~33 H 5 3 V
11th Feb 1933 W 9 Bradford Northern CC1 1932~33 A 24 3 V
18th Feb 1933 W 9 Oldham L 1932~33 H 23 0 V
2nd Mar 1933 W 9 Hunslet CC2 1932~33 H 14 3 V
4th Mar 1933 D 9 Broughton Rangers L 1932~33 A 8 8 V
11th Mar 1933 W 9 Halifax CC3 1932~33 H 18 6 V
13th Mar 1933 W 9 York L 1932~33 H 9 8 V
18th Mar 1933 L 9 Huddersfield L 1932~33 A 4 27 V
25th Mar 1933 L 9 Warrington CCSF 1932~33 N 5 11 V
1st Apr 1933 L 9 Huddersfield L 1932~33 H 8 31 V
4th Apr 1933 L 9 Rochdale Hornets L 1932~33 A 0 38 V
8th Apr 1933 L 9 Halifax L 1932~33 A 18 25 V
17th Apr 1933 W 9 Broughton Rangers L 1932~33 H 26 0 V
22nd Apr 1933 W 9 Rochdale Hornets L 1932~33 H 47 19 1 V
29th Apr 1933 W 9 Castleford L 1932~33 H 39 5 V
18th May 1933 W 9 Halifax * Fr Carnival Cup 1932~32 L 35 13 V
26th Aug 1933 W 9 Widnes L 1933~34 H 29 14 V
2nd Sep 1933 L 9 Widnes L 1933~34 A 4 12 V
4th Sep 1933 W 9 Hull K.R. L 1933~34 H 21 11 V
9th Sep 1933 W 9 Warrington L 1933~34 A 11 7 V
18th Sep 1933 L 9 Oldham L 1933~34 A 3 16 V
23rd Sep 1933 L 9 Huddersfield L 1933~34 A 0 10 V
30th Sep 1933 W 9 Salford LC1 1933~34 H 12 8 V
14th Oct 1933 W 9 Leigh L 1933~34 H 20 13 1 V
16th Oct 1933 W 9 Rochdale Hornets LC2 1933~34 H 52 14 V
21st Oct 1933 W 9 Dewsbury L 1933~34 A 11 0 V
28th Oct 1933 L 9 Salford L 1933~34 H 2 17 V
2nd Nov 1933 L 9 St. Helens Recs LCSF 1933~34 A 2 9 V
4th Nov 1933 L 9 Rochdale Hornets L 1933~34 A 17 20 V
11th Nov 1933 W 9 Dewsbury L 1933~34 H 30 13 2 V
25th Nov 1933 W 9 Bradford Northern L 1933~34 H 28 0 1 V
2nd Dec 1933 L 9 Australia Tour 1933~34 H 11 20 V
9th Dec 1933 W 9 Broughton Rangers L 1933~34 A 11 9 V
25th Dec 1933 L 9 St. Helens Recs L 1933~34 A 9 11 V
13th Jan 1934 W 9 Rochdale Hornets L 1933~34 H 29 13 V
20th Jan 1934 W 9 Leeds L 1933~34 H 21 19 1 V
27th Jan 1934 L 9 Hull K.R. L 1933~34 A 8 23 V
3rd Feb 1934 L 9 Huddersfield L 1933~34 H 7 20 V
10th Feb 1934 W 9 Bradford Northern CC1 1933~34 A 34 6 V
17th Feb 1934 L 9 Halifax L 1933~34 A 8 16 V
24th Feb 1934 L 9 Bramley CC2 1933~34 A 12 17 V
14th Mar 1934 L 9 London Highfield L 1933~34 A 8 16 V
19th Mar 1934 W 9 Warrington L 1933~34 H 7 3 V
24th Mar 1934 W 9 Swinton L 1933~34 H 25 5 V
30th Mar 1934 L 9 Wigan L 1933~34 A 3 27 V
3rd Apr 1934 W 9 Keighley L 1933~34 H 23 14 V
7th Apr 1934 W 9 Barrow L 1933~34 H 31 23 V
9th Apr 1934 L 9 Halifax L 1933~34 H 9 19 V
14th Apr 1934 W 9 London Highfield L 1933~34 H 34 12 V
22nd Sep 1934 W 9 Hunslet L 1934~35 H 30 10 V
24th Sep 1934 D 9 Liverpool Stanley LC2 1934~35 H 9 9 V
26th Sep 1934 D 9 Liverpool Stanley LC2(rep) 1934~35 A 3 3 V
28th Sep 1934 L 9 Liverpool Stanley LC2(2nd rep) 1934~35 N 9 12 V
29th Sep 1934 L 9 Halifax L 1934~35 A 13 21 V
6th Oct 1934 W 9 Hull K.R. L 1934~35 H 7 2 V
13th Oct 1934 L 9 Hunslet L 1934~35 A 0 15 V
20th Oct 1934 L 9 Rochdale Hornets L 1934~35 H 6 15 V
27th Oct 1934 L 9 Warrington L 1934~35 A 5 10 V
3rd Nov 1934 W 9 Barrow L 1934~35 H 13 6 V
10th Nov 1934 L 9 Broughton Rangers L 1934~35 A 2 31 V
8th Dec 1934 W 9 Castleford L 1934~35 H 19 11 V
15th Dec 1934 W 9 Swinton L 1934~35 H 7 0 V
22nd Dec 1934 L 9 Barrow L 1934~35 A 5 7 V
25th Dec 1934 W 9 St. Helens Recs L 1934~35 H 6 2 V
26th Dec 1934 W 9 Wigan L 1934~35 H 5 3 V
29th Dec 1934 W 9 Liverpool Stanley L 1934~35 A 4 3 V
1st Jan 1935 D 9 St. Helens Recs L 1934~35 A 2 2 V
5th Jan 1935 L 9 Liverpool Stanley L 1934~35 H 5 7 V
12th Jan 1935 L 9 Hull L 1934~35 A 7 17 V
19th Jan 1935 L 9 Hull L 1934~35 H 2 5 V
26th Jan 1935 W 9 Rochdale Hornets L 1934~35 A 5 2 V
2nd Feb 1935 D 9 Oldham L 1934~35 A 5 5 V
9th Feb 1935 L 9 Oldham CC1 1934~35 A 0 3 V
16th Feb 1935 L 9 Halifax L 1934~35 H 3 4 V
23rd Feb 1935 W 9 Leigh L 1934~35 H 25 5 V
2nd Mar 1935 L 9 Castleford L 1934~35 A 4 14 V
9th Mar 1935 L 9 Warrington L 1934~35 H 2 14 V
16th Mar 1935 L 9 Salford L 1934~35 H 8 26 V
23rd Mar 1935 L 9 Salford L 1934~35 A 5 9 V
30th Mar 1935 W 9 Leigh L 1934~35 A 8 7 V
6th Apr 1935 W 9 Wakefield Trinity L 1934~35 H 6 4 V
13th Apr 1935 D 9 Bradford Northern L 1934~35 A 5 5 V
1st May 1935 L 9 Broughton Rangers L 1934~35 H 2 8 V
31st Aug 1935 L 9 Widnes L 1935~36 H 2 9 V
7th Sep 1935 L 9 Widnes L 1935~36 A 6 8 V
16th Sep 1944 L 9 Castleford WEL 1944~45 A 11 26 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 166 OTHER 2 = 168
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 168

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