Eddie Cunningham

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
01-02-1951
N/A
04-02-1975
Wigan
09-02-1975 v Bramley
Salford
1979- Leeds
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1974-1978
144 (12)
75
0
0
225

BIOGRAPHY

Eddie Cunningham by Dave Dooley:

Eddie Cunningham had won a Challenge Cup winner`s medal with the Saints before his little brother Kieron was even born! Eddie was signed from Wigan for a bargain fee of `5000 in February 1975. He was immediately drafted in his familiar second row position. Eddie made 13 appearances before the end of the season helping Saints to secure the First Division Championship as they finished on top of the league a clear nine points ahead of their nearest and dearest rivals, Wigan. In those days the Champions were only issued with 17 medals and so Eddie missed out on the award.

Eddie was a very strong runner for his size. He was blessed with an amazing turn of foot and an array of evasive skills. Eddie was also very adept at offloading the ball just as he was about to be tackled. These attributes persuaded coach Eric Ashton to try him out in the centres. In the 1976 Challenge Cup Final, Eddie was one of the younger saints on view. Twelve minutes into the Final Cunningham supported a beautiful break by Billy Benyon. Eddie took a neat short pass from the veteran stand off and streaked away to plant the ball down for a lead that the Saints were never to relinquish. Eddie`s work in defence also helped to keep the Widnes outfit tryless throughout the match. Hamstring trouble kept Eddie out of the Premiership Final two weeks later as Saints completed a season`s treble by defeating the `Red Devils` of Salford by 15 points to 2.

Eddie`s attacking prowess and clinical finishing resulted in him sitting prettily on top of the club`s tryscoring chart at the end of the 1976/7 season. Eddie scorched in for 25 tries in 32 matches, including hat tricks against Hull KR, Warrington and Castleford. In the 1977 Premiership Final against Warrington the match was still up for grabs when smart play by Eddie sent Roy Mathias in for Saints` third try. Eddie then scored a blistering try himself leaving the Wire defence for dead as he raced in from forty yards. This effectively sealed the match for the Saints.

In the 1977/8 season Eddie again topped the club`s tryscoring charts with an impressive 29 tries from 39 matches. This haul included a four-try performance against Swinton with hat tricks against Huddersfield and Bramley. The 1978 Challenge Cup Final saw Eddie back at Wembley and back in the second row. In an enthralling encounter Saints raced into an early ten points lead only to be pulled back by a spirited Leeds display. Edie and his comrades had to be content with runners up medals.

The 1978/9 campaign was Eddie`s last season at Knowsley Road. Eddie returned 10 tries from 33 matches in a season that brought no trophies to the Knowsley Road Boardroom. His career try haul of 75 touchdowns from 141 outings indicates a very high strike rate especially when one considers his dual role as a centre or second row.

Eddie gained one cap for Great Britain in his time with the Saints and also represented Lancashire on one occasion. In the summer of 1979 Eddie was sold to Leeds for `25 000. This equated to a net profit of `20 000 and some memorable moments from one of the famous Cunningham clan.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1974~75 5 0 0 13
1975~766 0 0 27
1976~77 25 0 0 32
1977~7829 0 0 39
1978~79 10 0 0 33
TOTALS:75 0 0 144
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1975~76 0003
1977~781001
1978~791001
TOTALS:2005

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
8th Feb 1975 W 15 Bramley CC1 1974~75 A 30 5 V
12th Feb 1975 W 4 Bradford Northern L 1974~75 H 20 11 V
22nd Feb 1975 L 11 Wakefield Trinity CC2 1974~75 A 9 13 V
11th Mar 1975 W 15 Wakefield Trinity L 1974~75 H 16 6 V
14th Mar 1975 W 11 Rochdale Hornets L 1974~75 A 4 2 V
23rd Mar 1975 W 12 Bradford Northern L 1974~75 A 26 15 1 V
28th Mar 1975 W 15 Wigan L 1974~75 A 21 2 1 V
31st Mar 1975 W 11 Widnes L 1974~75 H 25 5 1 V
15th Apr 1975 W 15 Dewsbury L 1974~75 H 36 14 V
25th Apr 1975 W 11 Oldham PT1 1974~75 H 42 5 1 V
2nd May 1975 W 11 Bradford Northern PT2 (rep) 1974~75 H 14 5 1 V
4th May 1975 W 11 Wigan PTSF 1974~75 A 22 16 V
17th May 1975 L 15 Leeds PTF 1974~75 N 11 26 V
22nd Aug 1975 W 15 Featherstone Rovers L 1975~76 H 17 3 V
31st Aug 1975 W 14 Oldham LC1 1975~76 A 19 17 V
6th Sep 1975 W 11 Huddersfield L 1975~76 A 22 21 V
14th Sep 1975 W 14 Swinton LC2 1975~76 A 17 2 V
16th Sep 1975 W 11 Leeds L 1975~76 H 24 2 V
23rd Sep 1975 L 12 Salford LCSF 1975~76 H 8 21 V
5th Oct 1975 L 12 Featherstone Rovers L 1975~76 A 15 29 V
8th Oct 1975 W 12 Rochdale Hornets FTP 1975~76 A 15 7 V
9th Nov 1975 W 11 Batley JP2 1975~76 H 47 9 2 V
16th Nov 1975 W 11 Castleford L 1975~76 H 22 9 V
18th Nov 1975 W 11 Hull FT2 1975~76 H 36 13 V
22nd Nov 1975 L 11 Hull JP3 1975~76 A 8 9 V
26th Dec 1975 D 15 Wigan L 1975~76 A 12 12 V
28th Dec 1975 W 12 Hull K.R. L 1975~76 A 18 4 1 V
1st Jan 1976 W 15 Widnes L 1975~76 H 12 4 V
11th Jan 1976 W 11 Bradford Northern L 1975~76 H 19 7 V
17th Jan 1976 W 4 Leeds L 1975~76 A 17 8 V
20th Jan 1976 W 4 Swinton L 1975~76 H 40 6 1 V
25th Jan 1976 L 4 Warrington L 1975~76 H 3 9 V
8th Feb 1976 L 11 Oldham L 1975~76 H 7 8 V
20th Feb 1976 L 11 Castleford L 1975~76 A 10 26 V
13th Apr 1976 L 14 Keighley L 1975~76 A 12 14 V
16th Apr 1976 L 14 Wigan L 1975~76 H 11 28 V
19th Apr 1976 L 11 Widnes L 1975~76 A 7 23 V
25th Apr 1976 W 3 Hull K.R. L 1975~76 H 33 8 1 V
8th May 1976 W 3 Widnes CCF 1975~76 N 20 5 1 V
11th May 1976 W 3 Leeds PTSF(1) 1975~76 A 12 5 V
22nd Jun 1976 L 4 Queensland * Fr Tour 1975~76 A 15 21 V
29th Jun 1976 L 4 Eastern Suburbs* Fr Tour ( Unoffic. W 1975~76 A 2 25 V
4th Jul 1976 L 13 Auckland* Fr Tour 1975~76 A 13 20 V
5th Sep 1976 L 3 Rochdale Hornets L 1976~77 A 21 24 1 V
10th Sep 1976 D 3 Wakefield Trinity L 1976~77 H 7 7 V
19th Sep 1976 W 3 Barrow L 1976~77 A 19 2 2 V
24th Sep 1976 W 13 Leigh L 1976~77 A 20 5 V
2nd Oct 1976 L 12 Bradford Northern L 1976~77 A 7 17 V
17th Oct 1976 W 13 Warrington L 1976~77 H 23 9 3 V
24th Oct 1976 W 13 Hull K.R. JP1 1976~77 A 12 7 V
26th Oct 1976 W 4 Swinton FT1 1976~77 A 22 15 V
29th Oct 1976 W 3 Salford L 1976~77 A 18 15 V
6th Nov 1976 L 13 Castleford JP2 1976~77 H 18 22 1 V
14th Nov 1976 W 13 Featherstone Rovers L 1976~77 H 22 17 2 V
16th Nov 1976 L 4 Huddersfield FT2 1976~77 A 7 9 V
28th Nov 1976 W 4 Hull K.R. L 1976~77 H 32 8 3 V
4th Dec 1976 W 13 Workington Town L 1976~77 A 16 12 V
12th Dec 1976 W 4 Leeds L 1976~77 H 17 6 V
6th Jan 1977 L 4 Widnes L 1976~77 A 8 13 V
9th Jan 1977 W 13 Oldham L 1976~77 H 17 7 V
16th Jan 1977 W 4 Barrow L 1976~77 H 17 10 1 V
23rd Jan 1977 L 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1976~77 A 5 21 V
4th Feb 1977 L 4 Castleford L 1976~77 A 12 16 V
12th Feb 1977 W 4 Warrington CC1 1976~77 A 13 12 V
27th Feb 1977 W 4 Wigan CC2 1976~77 A 9 4 V
6th Mar 1977 W 4 Salford L 1976~77 H 29 9 1 V
13th Mar 1977 W 4 Dewsbury CC3 1976~77 A 11 8 V
26th Mar 1977 L 4 Leeds CCSF 1976~77 N 2 7 V
8th Apr 1977 W 4 Wigan L 1976~77 A 17 8 V
11th Apr 1977 W 4 Widnes L 1976~77 H 31 0 2 V
15th Apr 1977 L 4 Hull K.R. L 1976~77 A 13 18 1 V
20th Apr 1977 W 4 Leigh L 1976~77 H 49 2 3 V
10th May 1977 W 4 Castleford PTSF (1) 1976~77 A 36 12 3 V
14th May 1977 W 4 Castleford PTSF (2) 1976~77 H 25 13 1 V
28th May 1977 W 4 Warrington PTF 1976~77 N 32 20 1 V
10th Aug 1977 W 6 Wigan* Fr Queens Silver Jub 1977~78 H 29 5 1 V
21st Aug 1977 W 4 Swinton LC1 1977~78 H 49 3 4 V
28th Aug 1977 D 4 Rochdale Hornets LC2 1977~78 A 4 4 V
30th Aug 1977 W 4 Rochdale Hornets LC2 (rep) 1977~78 H 16 5 V
4th Sep 1977 L 4 New Hunslet L 1977~78 A 17 22 V
11th Sep 1977 W 4 Castleford L 1977~78 H 39 17 1 V
18th Sep 1977 W 4 Dewsbury L 1977~78 A 18 0 V
21st Sep 1977 L 4 Workington Town LCSF 1977~78 A 4 5 V
11th Oct 1977 W 4 Dewsbury FT1 1977~78 H 51 0 1 V
16th Oct 1977 W 4 Hull L 1977~78 H 52 14 V
23rd Oct 1977 W 4 Swinton JP1 1977~78 A 28 11 V
30th Oct 1977 W 4 Featherstone Rovers L 1977~78 A 12 5 1 V
6th Nov 1977 L 4 Featherstone Rovers JP2 1977~78 A 10 17 1 V
13th Nov 1977 W 4 Leeds L 1977~78 H 19 10 V
20th Nov 1977 W 11 Bramley L 1977~78 A 36 11 3 V
22nd Nov 1977 W 4 Leigh FT2 1977~78 A 14 7 V
27th Nov 1977 W 12 Salford L 1977~78 H 13 12 V
4th Dec 1977 L 4 Workington Town L 1977~78 A 3 16 V
13th Dec 1977 L 4 Hull K.R. FTF 1977~78 A 11 26 1 V
18th Dec 1977 L 4 Hull K.R. L 1977~78 A 9 21 V
31st Dec 1977 W 4 Widnes L 1977~78 H 16 3 V
8th Jan 1978 W 4 Dewsbury L 1977~78 H 23 7 V
22nd Jan 1978 W 12 New Hunslet L 1977~78 H 39 7 1 V
29th Jan 1978 W 4 Hull L 1977~78 A 18 12 2 V
5th Feb 1978 W 4 Warrington L 1977~78 H 17 6 V
24th Feb 1978 W 4 Huyton CC1 1977~78 H 36 8 1 V
1st Mar 1978 W 4 Castleford L 1977~78 A 29 12 1 V
5th Mar 1978 W 12 Bramley L 1977~78 H 71 7 2 V
12th Mar 1978 W 12 Oldham CC2 1977~78 A 26 11 1 V
19th Mar 1978 W 12 Huddersfield CC3 1977~78 H 31 5 3 V
21st Mar 1978 W 12 Salford L 1977~78 A 24 11 2 V
24th Mar 1978 L 12 Wigan L 1977~78 H 17 22 1 V
30th Mar 1978 W 4 Bradford Northern L 1977~78 H 28 13 1 V
2nd Apr 1978 W 12 Wakefield Trinity L 1977~78 H 36 5 2 V
8th Apr 1978 W 12 Warrington CCSF 1977~78 N 12 8 V
22nd Apr 1978 W 3 Hull K.R. L 1977~78 H 23 13 V
30th Apr 1978 W 4 Salford PT1 1977~78 H 29 11 V
3rd May 1978 W 4 Bradford Northern PTSF(1) 1977~78 H 14 10 V
7th May 1978 L 11 Bradford Northern PTSF(2) 1977~78 A 12 19 V
13th May 1978 L 12 Leeds CCF 1977~78 N 12 14 V
13th Aug 1978 W 4 Oldham* Fr Charity 1978~79 H 44 20 1 V
20th Aug 1978 D 4 Rochdale Hornets LC1 1978~79 H 14 14 1 V
23rd Aug 1978 D 4 Rochdale Hornets LC1 (rep) 1978~79 A 8 8 V
25th Aug 1978 W 4 Rochdale Hornets LC1 (2nd rep) 1978~79 N 28 9 2 V
27th Aug 1978 L 4 Leigh LC2 1978~79 A 4 21 V
10th Sep 1978 W 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1978~79 H 20 15 V
12th Sep 1978 W 4 Warrington FTP 1978~79 H 13 9 V
17th Sep 1978 D 4 Barrow L 1978~79 A 16 16 2 V
23rd Sep 1978 W 4 Leeds JP1 1978~79 H 16 11 1 V
1st Oct 1978 W 4 Castleford L 1978~79 H 48 14 1 V
8th Oct 1978 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1978~79 H 33 5 V
17th Oct 1978 W 4 Salford FT1 1978~79 A 17 15 V
2nd Dec 1978 L 13 Widnes JP2 1978~79 A 10 11 V
10th Dec 1978 W 4 Salford L 1978~79 A 16 13 V
12th Dec 1978 L 4 Widnes FTF 1978~79 H 7 13 V
26th Dec 1978 W 4 Wigan L 1978~79 H 18 11 V
3rd Feb 1979 W 4 Featherstone Rovers L 1978~79 H 25 16 V
11th Feb 1979 W 4 Doncaster CC1 1978~79 H 34 9 V
20th Feb 1979 W 4 Workington Town L 1978~79 H 10 6 V
23rd Feb 1979 D 4 Castleford L 1978~79 A 13 13 1 V
4th Mar 1979 W 3 Rochdale Hornets CC2 1978~79 A 11 10 V
7th Mar 1979 W 3 Warrington L 1978~79 A 15 8 V
10th Mar 1979 W 4 Castleford CC3 1978~79 A 10 6 V
18th Mar 1979 L 4 Leeds L 1978~79 H 15 20 V
25th Mar 1979 L 4 Hull K.R. L 1978~79 A 5 20 V
29th Mar 1979 L 4 Workington Town L 1978~79 A 8 10 V
7th Apr 1979 L 4 Wakefield Trinity CCSF 1978~79 N 7 9 V
13th Apr 1979 L 4 Wigan L 1978~79 A 5 7 V
16th Apr 1979 L 4 Widnes L 1978~79 H 16 18 V
29th Apr 1979 W 4 Bradford Northern L 1978~79 A 13 12 V
30th Apr 1979 W 4 Bradford Northern L 1978~79 H 31 15 V
7th May 1979 W 4 Hull K.R. L 1978~79 H 14 5 1 V
10th May 1979 L 4 Widnes L 1978~79 A 8 15 V
13th May 1979 W 4 Salford L 1978~79 H 26 4 1 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 139 OTHER 5 = 144
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 12 Subs) = 144

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