Matt Creevey

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
03-05-1886
N/A
Date unknown.
Pocket Nook Shamrocks
06-10-1906 v Runcorn
Leigh
1919- when he Retired
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1906-1910
125 (0)
15
15
0
75

BIOGRAPHY

Matt Creevey by Dave Dooley:
Matt Creevey was one of the greatest all round sportsmen ever to don a Saints` jersey. Besides becoming a great half back for the Saints Matt was also an accomplished professional sprinter and handball player. Furthermore, Matt was a music hall `trick jumping` artist who held several related world`s records. My father related a tale of Matt being able to perform a jump over the head of an adult from a standing position. Matt recalled his early experiences in a candid interview in the St Helens Newspaper during the depression years following World War I.

"Jumping on the canal bank was how I got started. It was a popular sport in those days and I was quite young when I took it up professionally."

The most sensational feat he performed was the standing jump with two weights over the backs of two 16 hands high horses standing side by side. He astounded Music Hall audiences all over the British Isles with his hazardous leap over 11 chairs and two tables - seven chairs on the floor, four on top and a card table at each end. He performed at the Kelvin Hall Glasgow for six weeks, jumping backwards as a stunt, farther than any challenger could jump forwards!

The talented Saints half back could run the 100 yards in 10.4 seconds well into his thirties. His biggest win in a wonderful succession of handicap triumphs was at the Broughton handicap in1916 when he beat 343 runners! Matt was also decorated by the Royal Humane Society for the rescue of a woman from the local Sankey Canal.

The same interview served to illustrate the temporary nature of fame and fortune as Matt found himself without work in the hard times of the late 1920`s. He longed to become a football trainer:-

"I myself had the finest trainer in the world and I would like nothing better than to put some of his precepts into practice."

Matt signed for Saints from Pocket Nook Shamrocks in 1904. He made his first team debut on October 6th., 1906 in the home defeat by 22 points to 8 against Runcorn. His first goal and points for the club came in the same match. That season Matt went on to play 20 matches in his inaugural season netting 4 tries and kicking 5 goals. It was this season that the Creevey clan established a notable first in the history of the Club. In the first ever 13- a side derby against Wigan on March 9th. 1907 Matt accompanied his brothers, Charlie and Jimmy in the first team as the Saints defeated Wigan by 10 points to 8. It was a red letter day for the family as Matt scored a try and Charlie kicked two goals. The same three brothers also played in the corresponding away fixture in the same season. No other family trio have played in a Saints fixture together.

The following season Matt played in 31 out of the 36 matches scoring three tries and six goals. At this point of his career he was playing mostly at scrum half but he had already appeared at stand off, in the centre and on the wing. His appearances in the 1908/09 season were curtailed as Matt sailed to the USA to trade local fame for fortune. The final match of the 1913/14 season saw Matt capture a brace of tries in the home match against Hunslet. The 1914/15 season witnessed Matt making 33 appearances for the Saints as the team marched to the Challenge Cup Final to face the great Huddersfield team. Matt played stand off in the May Day final at Oldham, that saw the Saints go down by 37 points to 3. During the following three seasons the War Emergency League were not counted as official matches but Matt did play 16 matches in the 1915/16 campaign resulting in a personal haul of one try and one goal.

Matt`s all round athleticism and agility were reflected on the rugby field. He was `lightning` off the mark and extremely evasive with the ball in his hand. He played 3 official matches in the 1918/19 season and played his last match for the Club on March 1st. 1919 in a 10 points to nil home defeat by Leigh. In all Matt played 58 games at scrum half and 54 at stand off with the rest in the centre or on the wing. His family background and all round abilities make him one of the most colourful and rich characters ever to have played for our great Club.

The following obituary of Matt Creevey appeared in the St.Helens Reporter on Tuesday 06/01/1948.
The death is announced at the age of 61 of Matt Creevey of Oliver Road, one of the best fly-half backs St.Helens RFC ever had. He was a star of a few decades ago, was one of the world’s champion jumpers and had three well-known brother footballers who each in turn played for the Saints. They were Charlie, Jimmy and Luke. Matt collapsed twelve months ago owing to heart trouble and had been in poor health since. He was an indirect product of the St.Helens Junior Rugby League team St.Helens Shamrocks. Matt could do 70 yards in seven seconds a very nice dash for a half-back. He won a professional short distance sprint over that distance. He also won most of the world’s jumping records. He could jump over the average man’s head; onto a horse’s back and off again in one movement; into a fair-sized barrel and out again in the same way; and backwards over an ordinary chair. At one period he travelled the music halls performing jumping tricks. His assets as a rugby player were, first, his brilliant burst of speed; second, his blinding dummy; third, his simultaneous sidestep and last, but perhaps the most important of all, his ability to change his position to take his runs at different angles when playing fly-half. Some time after retiring he became licensee of a pub in Pocket Nook. He died a widower with three daughters all married. His grandson, aged four, died the same day.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1906~07 4 5 0 20
1907~083 6 0 31
1908~090 1 0 2
1909~10 3 0 0 23
1910~111 0 0 9
1913~14 3 0 0 4
1914~15 1 2 0 33
1918~19 0 1 0 3
TOTALS:15 15 0 125
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1908~09 0001
1909~10 0002
1915~16 11016
1918~19 0002
TOTALS:11021

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
6th Oct 1906 L 7 Runcorn L 1906~07 H 8 22 1 V
13th Oct 1906 L 7 Oldham LC1 1906~07 H 14 17 V
20th Oct 1906 L 7 Pontefract L 1906~07 A 7 17 V
24th Nov 1906 W 7 Keighley L 1906~07 H 18 9 1 V
1st Dec 1906 L 7 Batley L 1906~07 A 5 30 V
15th Dec 1906 L 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1906~07 A 8 14 V
22nd Dec 1906 L 7 Broughton Rangers L 1906~07 H 7 14 1 V
25th Dec 1906 W 6 Liverpool City L 1906~07 H 42 0 1 V
1st Jan 1907 W 7 Batley L 1906~07 H 26 0 1 V
5th Jan 1907 L 7 Warrington L 1906~07 A 3 20 V
19th Jan 1907 L 7 Leigh L 1906~07 A 2 5 V
2nd Feb 1907 L 7 Broughton Rangers L 1906~07 A 11 27 V
16th Feb 1907 W 7 Barrow L 1906~07 H 26 3 V
23rd Feb 1907 L 7 Runcorn L 1906~07 A 8 14 V
6th Mar 1907 L 6 Swinton L 1906~07 A 11 14 V
9th Mar 1907 W 7 Wigan L 1906~07 H 10 8 1 V
16th Mar 1907 L 7 Swinton CC1 1906~07 A 9 16 V
29th Mar 1907 L 7 Wigan L 1906~07 A 2 24 V
30th Mar 1907 W 7 Liverpool City L 1906~07 H 68 0 3 V
1st Apr 1907 W 6 Salford L 1906~07 H 30 5 V
3rd Sep 1907 L 7 Keighley L 1907~08 A 3 12 V
7th Sep 1907 L 7 Swinton L 1907~08 A 0 22 V
14th Sep 1907 L 7 Bradford L 1907~08 H 9 14 V
21st Sep 1907 L 7 Salford L 1907~08 A 2 21 V
28th Sep 1907 W 7 Warrington L 1907~08 H 7 6 V
5th Oct 1907 L 7 Widnes L 1907~08 A 5 17 V
12th Oct 1907 L 6 Swinton LC1 1907~08 A 0 7 V
19th Oct 1907 W 7 Runcorn L 1907~08 H 17 11 V
26th Oct 1907 L 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1907~08 H 8 12 V
30th Oct 1907 L 7 New Zealand Tour 1907~08 H 5 24 V
2nd Nov 1907 L 4 Broughton Rangers L 1907~08 A 13 25 V
9th Nov 1907 L 4 Oldham L 1907~08 A 2 39 V
16th Nov 1907 D 3 Ebbw Vale L 1907~08 H 11 11 V
23rd Nov 1907 W 6 Swinton L 1907~08 H 8 0 1 V
25th Dec 1907 L 7 Runcorn L 1907~08 A 0 19 V
26th Dec 1907 L 6 Barrow L 1907~08 A 8 9 V
28th Dec 1907 W 6 Bramley L 1907~08 H 16 3 1 1 V
1st Jan 1908 L 6 Hunslet L 1907~08 H 8 24 V
4th Jan 1908 L 4 Wigan L 1907~08 A 5 35 1 V
18th Jan 1908 L 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1907~08 A 11 27 V
25th Jan 1908 W 6 Keighley L 1907~08 H 11 3 3 V
1st Feb 1908 D 6 Widnes L 1907~08 H 5 5 1 V
22nd Feb 1908 L 6 New Zealand Tour 1907~08 H 10 21 V
29th Feb 1908 L 6 Whitehaven Recs CC1 1907~08 A 8 13 V
7th Mar 1908 L 6 Hunslet L 1907~08 A 6 21 V
14th Mar 1908 L 6 Bradford L 1907~08 A 10 17 V
21st Mar 1908 L 5 Oldham L 1907~08 H 5 14 V
4th Apr 1908 L 5 Warrington L 1907~08 A 5 20 V
12th Apr 1908 L 7 Rochdale Hornets * Fr 1908~09 A 0 15 V
13th Apr 1908 L 5 Broughton Rangers L 1907~08 H 11 28 V
18th Apr 1908 W 5 Barrow L 1907~08 H 15 5 1 V
20th Apr 1908 D 5 Leigh L 1907~08 H 5 5 V
28th Nov 1908 W 5 Bradford Northern L 1908~09 H 8 2 1 V
12th Apr 1909 L 6 Warrington L 1908~09 A 6 78 V
23rd Oct 1909 D 3 Dewsbury L 1909~10 H 8 8 V
6th Nov 1909 L 7 Leigh L 1909~10 A 5 13 V
20th Nov 1909 W 7 Widnes L 1909~10 H 37 8 1 V
27th Nov 1909 L 7 Oldham L 1909~10 H 5 31 V
4th Dec 1909 W 7 Hunslet L 1909~10 A 24 8 1 V
11th Dec 1909 W 7 Salford L 1909~10 H 7 3 V
13th Dec 1909 W 7 Swinton L 1909~10 A 20 9 V
18th Dec 1909 L 7 Oldham L 1909~10 A 6 36 V
25th Dec 1909 W 7 Runcorn L 1909~10 A 13 0 V
27th Dec 1909 L 6 Wigan L 1909~10 H 6 7 V
15th Jan 1910 W 7 Leigh L 1909~10 H 11 3 V
22nd Jan 1910 L 7 Coventry * Fr 1909~10 A 11 19 V
5th Feb 1910 L 7 Dewsbury L 1909~10 A 3 11 V
12th Feb 1910 W 7 Warrington L 1909~10 H 18 10 V
19th Feb 1910 L 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1909~10 A 0 6 V
26th Feb 1910 W 7 Barrow CC1 1909~10 A 15 0 V
5th Mar 1910 W 7 Swinton L 1909~10 H 26 5 V
12th Mar 1910 L 7 Halifax CC2 1909~10 A 6 21 V
25th Mar 1910 L 7 Wigan L 1909~10 A 10 23 V
29th Mar 1910 W 7 Hunslet L 1909~10 H 28 15 V
2nd Apr 1910 W 7 Bramley L 1909~10 A 33 18 V
9th Apr 1910 W 7 Barrow L 1909~10 H 21 5 1 V
16th Apr 1910 W 7 Hull K.R. L 1909~10 H 23 8 V
23rd Apr 1910 W 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1909~10 H 20 11 V
7th May 1910 L 7 Turthills Colonials * * Fr W. Whiteleys Tes 1909~10 H 24 42 V
3rd Sep 1910 W 7 Oldham L 1910~11 H 16 5 V
10th Sep 1910 L 7 Runcorn L 1910~11 A 4 8 V
17th Sep 1910 W 7 Salford L 1910~11 H 19 14 V
24th Sep 1910 W 7 Merthyr Tydfil L 1910~11 A 17 6 V
1st Oct 1910 L 7 Widnes L 1910~11 A 12 28 1 V
8th Oct 1910 W 7 Broughton Rangers L 1910~11 H 31 2 V
15th Oct 1910 L 7 Leigh L 1910~11 A 5 9 V
22nd Oct 1910 L 7 Rochdale Hornets LC1 1910~11 H 5 11 V
29th Oct 1910 L 7 Warrington L 1910~11 H 9 17 V
28th Mar 1914 L 6 Salford L 1913~14 H 2 8 V
10th Apr 1914 L 6 Wigan L 1913~14 A 2 30 V
11th Apr 1914 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1913~14 H 47 5 1 V
18th Apr 1914 W 6 Hunslet L 1913~14 H 36 6 2 V
5th Sep 1914 W 6 Runcorn L 1914~15 H 26 0 V
12th Sep 1914 L 6 Swinton L 1914~15 A 3 12 V
19th Sep 1914 W 6 Oldham L 1914~15 H 10 4 V
26th Sep 1914 L 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1914~15 A 11 26 V
10th Oct 1914 W 6 Widnes L 1914~15 H 12 5 V
17th Oct 1914 L 6 Swinton LC1 1914~15 A 11 13 V
24th Oct 1914 L 6 Bradford Northern L 1914~15 A 3 28 V
21st Nov 1914 W 6 Dewsbury L 1914~15 H 26 16 V
28th Nov 1914 L 6 Warrington L 1914~15 A 6 15 V
5th Dec 1914 W 6 Keighley L 1914~15 H 11 6 V
12th Dec 1914 W 6 Oldham L 1914~15 A 9 5 V
19th Dec 1914 W 6 Bramley L 1914~15 H 24 0 V
26th Dec 1914 L 6 Wigan L 1914~15 H 6 15 V
1st Jan 1915 W 6 Runcorn L 1914~15 A 10 4 V
2nd Jan 1915 W 6 Warrington L 1914~15 H 25 0 1 V
9th Jan 1915 W 5 Salford L 1914~15 A 9 3 V
16th Jan 1915 W 6 Leigh L 1914~15 A 6 2 V
23rd Jan 1915 W 6 Hull L 1914~15 H 11 9 1 V
30th Jan 1915 W 6 Keighley L 1914~15 A 20 2 V
6th Feb 1915 W 6 Salford L 1914~15 H 23 2 1 V
13th Feb 1915 L 6 Barrow L 1914~15 A 0 10 V
20th Feb 1915 W 6 Swinton L 1914~15 H 10 0 V
27th Feb 1915 W 6 Featherstone Rovers CC1 1914~15 A 6 0 V
6th Mar 1915 L 6 Dewsbury L 1914~15 A 3 13 V
13th Mar 1915 W 6 Swinton CC2 1914~15 A 5 0 V
20th Mar 1915 W 6 Leigh L 1914~15 H 14 8 V
27th Mar 1915 W 6 Keighley CC3 1914~15 A 3 2 V
29th Mar 1915 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1914~15 H 12 3 V
2nd Apr 1915 L 6 Wigan L 1914~15 A 11 13 V
10th Apr 1915 D 6 Rochdale Hornets CCSF 1914~15 N 5 5 V
17th Apr 1915 L 6 Widnes L 1914~15 A 0 21 V
24th Apr 1915 W 6 Rochdale Hornets CCSF(rep) 1914~15 N 9 2 V
1st May 1915 L 6 Huddersfield CCF 1914~15 N 3 37 V
11th Sep 1915 L 6 St. Helens Recs * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 5 10 V
25th Sep 1915 W 6 Broughton Rangers * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 11 5 1 V
2nd Oct 1915 W 6 Swinton * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 7 3 V
9th Oct 1915 W 6 Salford * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 27 8 V
16th Oct 1915 W 6 Oldham * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 13 0 V
23rd Oct 1915 W 6 St. Helens Recs * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 12 5 V
30th Oct 1915 D 6 Broughton Rangers * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 11 11 V
7th Nov 1915 D 6 Runcorn * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 0 0 V
14th Nov 1915 L 6 Salford * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 5 18 V
11th Dec 1915 W 6 Runcorn * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 6 2 V
18th Dec 1915 L 6 Wigan * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 8 11 V
25th Dec 1915 D 6 St. Helens Recs * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 0 0 V
26th Dec 1915 W 6 Wigan * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 8 2 V
1st Jan 1916 W 6 St. Helens Recs * Fr WEL *AB 1915~16 A 2 0 1 V
8th Jan 1916 L 6 St. Helens Recs * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 3 8 V
12th Feb 1916 L 6 Hull * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 3 22 V
25th Dec 1918 L 6 St. Helens Recs * Fr 1918~19 A 0 20 V
14th Jan 1919 L 6 Barrow * Fr 1918~19 A 3 27 V
18th Jan 1919 L 6 St. Helens Recs L 1918~19 H 3 24 V
1st Feb 1919 W 6 Warrington L 1918~19 H 8 3 1 V
1st Mar 1919 L 6 Leigh L 1918~19 H 0 10 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 104 OTHER 21 = 125
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 125

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