George Davies

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
12-1-1908
N/A
28-01-1939
Liverpool Stanley
28-01-1939 v Huddersfield
Featherstone Rovers
1947- when he Retired
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1938-1946
184 (0)
7
0
0
21

BIOGRAPHY

George Trevor Davies by Dave Dooley:

Born in Sutton, where his father had a butcher`s shop - hence the nickname Porky - this powerful prop-forward, with good scrimmaging technique signed for Wigan Highfield in 1931. He followed them down south as London Highfield and scored the first-ever try at the White City Stadium. A spell at Liverpool Stanley was followed by a move to St.Helens in 1939, where he helped to develop local talent during the war years. In 1945, playing against Wigan at Knowsley Road, George received a sine die ban for allegedly striking the referee after being sent off. Alas, it was later revealed that a spectator threw the punch and he was duly cleared! Former Manchester United centre half Bill Foulkes clearly remembers George`s aggressive style when he was a regular on the terraces at Knowsley Road as a youngster!

His final match for the Club was against Featherstone Rovers on the 18th of January 1947 as part of a 11 points to 7 victory at Post Office Road. Like so many fine players his career was blighted by the outbreak of the Second World War.



Alex Service also gives some details of match reports from George`s first few matches at the Saints: I remember asking the former Manchester United centre half Bill Foulkes who was his favourite player when he used to watch his home town team, the Saints and he replied immediately: “Porky Davies”! Of course, Bill was certainly an un-compromising footballer who took no prisoners on the field and, therefore, his choice of hero could be explained. George Davies was exactly the same. He was given the nickname ‘Porky’ after the family’s pork butchers in Sutton and this tended to disguise the fact that he was a real strongman, who could effortlessly bend six inch nails! The Knowsley Road crowd used to portray him as a ‘pantomime villain’ at times, but he was a real stalwart. He was best summed up in the local press by ‘Secundus’ after the game at Castleford on 29th November 1941: “Davies, one of the best forwards in the Rugby League scored Saints’ try. I can imagine the ribald scoff at the genial ‘Porky’ but that won’t alter my opinion. He can run, he can sidestep as well as any other player in the pack; he can take a pass, he can give one, he doesn’t know what fear means, and he never falters, however fierce the going”. His debut was like a breath of fresh air to the local correspondent in the St. Helens Reporter, after a bit of a disaster at Huddersfield, when Saints lost 5-33. “St. Helens humbled at Huddersfield”, barked the headline. “Success of new prop forward”. Ah yes, bad news and good news.

The match report continued: “St. Helens’ backs got a greater share of the ball than did their opponents. This was due to the inclusion of the new prop forward, George Davies, signed on from Liverpool Stanley for a figure in the region of £300. He made an instantaneous and smashing success. Whatever else happened to the side, Davies triumphed over the opposition. Huddersfield had a new front row man out, Taylor from Newcastle, but the amazing thing was that St. Helens dominated the scrums nearly three to one. But St. Helens lost and the reason was that the back division couldn’t do anything with the ball when they had it”. There is a rider to this as well. Saints’ winger Alf Ellaby, who had re-joined the club after a spell at Wigan, announced his retirement shortly after. But this is about front-rowers and George made another big impression when he made his home debut at Knowsley Road in a 17-2 victory against Barrow. Recorder in the Reporter was full of praise: “The whole foundation of victory came from the ‘stone wall’ of the front row. I coined this phrase from a word or two with a St. Helens player, and it is likely to be, I think, as historic as the ‘Incomparable Alf’ I coined years ago. A front row that can beat Salford with the Welsh international hooker Day in it, after beating a front row with a Welsh rugby union honours hooker at Huddersfield, and then go on further to beat a burly front row with an English international hooker, McKeating, in it, is doing a real job of work. Share the glory between the three, for they are all part and parcel of the success, but save a special word for ‘Porky’ Davies, who like [Frank] Tracey, was making an impressive debut before the home spectators. These men got the ball for the backs, handsomely beating Barrow for it, and the backs being on their toes, there was never the slightest doubt of the ultimate victory”.

So it obvious that in the days when scrums were scrums and a vital means of keeping possession for your team, George was a real specialist. One interesting fact is that George and Frank Tracey`s transfer to St. Helens was paid for partly by the Saints` Supporters Club, an unusual occurrence at the time.

George missed just one match out of 31 during the 1939-40 campaign and was an ever-present, together with his hooker Jimmy Phillips in 1943-44. George continued to play on throughout the war years and his final appearance [his 184th] was at Featherstone, on 18th January 1947, where Saints ground out an 11-7 victory. Incidentally, Saints’ full-back that day was Duggie Greenall!

Jimmy Goodier played for Saints during the war years and can give first-hand accounts of the forwards he packed down with and, of course, George is no exception. “George worked down Sutton Manor pit and he was a really decent bloke when you got to know him”, he recalls. “Mind you, there were two sides of George on and off the field. On it, he was what I would call a ‘quiet’ front-rower, in that he would never give me to many instructions as such in the scrum, only when he felt he really needed to. This was unusual, as he was an open sided prop. He didn’t go barking out orders on the pitch either. I suppose he was a quiet enforcer, really. He would sort anybody out if they were giving him or any of the other lads any bother. Occasionally, you would see somebody lying there on the pitch and the odds were that George had belted him! But like I said, he was a really nice bloke off the pitch”. [see Jimmy's biography for more!]

As for George, he passed away at the age of 90 on 10th December 1998 and, as far as we know, is the only St. Helens player buried in the Highlands of Scotland, facing the Isle of Skye!

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1938~39 0 0 0 8
1939~40 1 0 0 30
1940~41 0 0 0 15
1941~42 2 0 0 21
1942~43 1 0 0 18
1943~44 0 0 0 24
1944~45 0 0 0 15
1945~46 2 0 0 40
1946~471 0 0 13
TOTALS:7 0 0 184
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
TOTALS:

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
28th Jan 1939 L 8 Huddersfield L 1938~39 A 5 33 V
4th Feb 1939 L 8 Salford CC1 1938~39 A 0 11 V
11th Feb 1939 W 8 Barrow L 1938~39 H 17 2 V
27th Feb 1939 L 8 Keighley L 1938~39 A 5 8 V
4th Mar 1939 W 8 Bramley L 1938~39 H 13 7 V
11th Mar 1939 L 8 York L 1938~39 A 0 10 V
18th Mar 1939 W 8 Leigh L 1938~39 H 22 12 V
25th Mar 1939 L 8 Oldham L 1938~39 A 0 2 V
26th Aug 1939 W 8 Leigh L 1939~40 A 23 3 V
29th Aug 1939 W 8 Swinton L 1939~40 H 13 0 V
2nd Sep 1939 L 8 New Zealand Tour 1939~40 H 3 19 V
29th Sep 1939 W 8 Rochdale Hornets WEL 1939~40 H 28 9 V
7th Oct 1939 W 8 Liverpool Stanley WEL 1939~40 A 20 0 V
14th Oct 1939 W 8 Warrington WEL 1939~40 H 13 9 V
21st Oct 1939 L 8 Swinton WEL 1939~40 A 2 41 V
28th Oct 1939 W 8 Swinton WEL 1939~40 H 15 7 V
4th Nov 1939 W 8 Broughton Rangers WEL 1939~40 H 28 10 V
11th Nov 1939 L 8 Salford WEL 1939~40 H 10 15 V
18th Nov 1939 L 8 Oldham WEL 1939~40 A 3 7 V
25th Nov 1939 W 8 Barrow WEL 1939~40 H 23 3 V
2nd Dec 1939 L 8 Salford WEL 1939~40 A 5 10 V
9th Dec 1939 W 8 Broughton Rangers WEL 1939~40 H 27 9 1 V
16th Dec 1939 L 8 Warrington WEL 1939~40 A 6 8 V
25th Dec 1939 D 8 Widnes WEL 1939~40 A 6 6 V
26th Dec 1939 L 8 Wigan WEL 1939~40 H 9 12 V
24th Feb 1940 W 8 Liverpool Stanley WEL 1939~40 H 18 8 V
2nd Mar 1940 W 8 Broughton Rangers LC1 (1) 1939~40 H 26 7 V
9th Mar 1940 L 8 Broughton Rangers LC1 (2) 1939~40 A 3 10 V
16th Mar 1940 L 8 Wigan LC2 (1) 1939~40 A 0 5 V
22nd Mar 1940 L 8 Wigan WEL 1939~40 A 0 6 V
23rd Mar 1940 W 8 Leigh WEL 1939~40 H 11 5 V
25th Mar 1940 L 8 Rochdale Hornets WEL 1939~40 A 10 12 V
29th Mar 1940 W 8 Wigan LC2 (2) 1939~40 H 10 4 V
6th Apr 1940 W 8 Widnes LCSF (1) 1939~40 H 7 5 V
13th Apr 1940 L 8 Widnes LCSF (2) 1939~40 A 0 13 V
27th Apr 1940 W 8 Leigh WEL 1939~40 A 16 5 V
4th May 1940 W 8 Oldham WEL 1939~40 H 12 5 V
18th May 1940 L 8 Widnes WEL 1939~40 H 11 20 V
7th Sep 1940 W 8 Liverpool Stanley WEL 1940~41 H 32 15 V
21st Sep 1940 W 8 Swinton WEL 1940~41 H 41 0 V
28th Sep 1940 W 8 Oldham WEL 1940~41 A 16 5 V
5th Oct 1940 W 8 Leigh WEL 1940~41 H 44 8 V
12th Oct 1940 W 8 Liverpool Stanley WEL 1940~41 A 26 11 V
19th Oct 1940 W 8 Salford WEL 1940~41 H 6 0 V
26th Oct 1940 L 8 Salford WEL 1940~41 A 13 15 V
2nd Nov 1940 L 8 Warrington WEL 1940~41 H 0 13 V
9th Nov 1940 W 8 Warrington WEL 1940~41 A 2 0 V
16th Nov 1940 D 8 Wigan WEL 1940~41 A 5 5 V
23rd Nov 1940 W 8 Broughton Rangers WEL 1940~41 H 23 3 V
30th Nov 1940 W 8 Leigh WEL 1940~41 H 50 0 V
14th Dec 1940 W 8 Oldham WEL 1940~41 H 19 2 V
11th Jan 1941 L 8 Wigan WEL 1940~41 H 3 6 V
19th Apr 1941 L 8 Castleford CC2 1940~41 A 13 21 V
6th Sep 1941 W 8 York WEL 1941~42 H 23 13 1 V
20th Sep 1941 W 8 Keighley WEL 1941~42 A 20 2 V
27th Sep 1941 L 8 Huddersfield WEL 1941~42 A 13 21 V
4th Oct 1941 W 8 Batley WEL 1941~42 H 26 16 V
17th Oct 1941 W 8 Castleford WEL 1941~42 H 16 2 V
19th Oct 1941 L 8 Hunslet WEL 1941~42 A 5 13 V
8th Nov 1941 W 8 Featherstone Rovers WEL 1941~42 H 24 10 V
15th Nov 1941 L 8 Featherstone Rovers WEL 1941~42 A 13 17 V
22nd Nov 1941 W 8 Keighley WEL 1941~42 H 17 11 V
29th Nov 1941 L 8 Castleford WEL 1941~42 A 5 12 1 V
6th Dec 1941 L 8 Leeds WEL 1941~42 A 8 18 V
25th Dec 1941 L 8 Wigan WEL 1941~42 A 3 8 V
3rd Jan 1942 L 8 Wigan WEL 1941~42 H 0 18 V
10th Jan 1942 L 8 Dewsbury WEL 1941~42 A 8 37 V
14th Jan 1942 W 8 Halifax WEL 1941~42 H 13 9 V
21st Jan 1942 L 8 Oldham WEL 1941~42 A 5 8 V
6th Apr 1942 L 8 Dewsbury WEL 1941~42 H 2 9 V
11th Apr 1942 W 8 Featherstone Rovers CC1(1) 1941~42 A 21 11 V
18th Apr 1942 W 8 Featherstone Rovers CC1(2) 1941~42 H 8 3 V
25th Apr 1942 L 8 Hunslet CC2(1) 1941~42 A 3 16 V
2nd May 1942 W 8 Hunslet CC2(2) 1941~42 H 21 14 V
5th Sep 1942 L 8 Featherstone Rovers WEL 1942~43 H 2 4 V
12th Sep 1942 L 8 Keighley WEL 1942~43 A 0 12 V
19th Sep 1942 L 8 Halifax WEL 1942~43 H 13 25 V
26th Sep 1942 L 8 Dewsbury WEL 1942~43 A 17 26 V
3rd Oct 1942 L 8 Leeds WEL 1942~43 A 0 34 V
10th Oct 1942 W 8 Wakefield Trinity WEL 1942~43 H 15 7 V
24th Oct 1942 W 8 Wigan YC2(1) 1942~43 H 21 8 V
31st Oct 1942 L 8 Keighley WEL 1942~43 H 7 12 V
7th Nov 1942 L 8 Wigan YC2(2) 1942~43 A 11 32 V
12th Dec 1942 L 8 Dewsbury WEL 1942~43 A 7 19 V
25th Dec 1942 L 10 Wigan WEL 1942~43 A 3 10 V
26th Dec 1942 L 8 Wigan WEL 1942~43 H 8 20 V
27th Feb 1943 L 8 Oldham WEL 1942~43 A 6 12 1 V
13th Mar 1943 W 8 Barrow CC1(1) 1942~43 H 13 2 V
20th Mar 1943 L 8 Barrow CC1(2) 1942~43 A 0 4 V
27th Mar 1943 L 8 Oldham CC2(1) 1942~43 A 12 17 V
3rd Apr 1943 L 8 Oldham CC2(2) 1942~43 H 5 20 V
17th Apr 1943 L 8 Featherstone Rovers WEL 1942~43 A 3 9 V
4th Sep 1943 L 8 Keighley WEL 1943~44 H 17 23 V
11th Sep 1943 L 8 Leeds WEL 1943~44 H 5 28 V
18th Sep 1943 L 8 Dewsbury WEL 1943~44 A 16 46 V
25th Sep 1943 L 8 Barrow WEL 1943~44 H 5 24 V
2nd Oct 1943 L 8 Barrow WEL 1943~44 A 10 31 V
9th Oct 1943 L 8 Oldham WEL 1943~44 H 2 11 V
16th Oct 1943 L 8 Wigan YC1(1) 1943~44 H 9 14 V
23rd Oct 1943 L 8 Wigan YC1(2) 1943~44 A 10 20 V
30th Oct 1943 L 8 Oldham WEL 1943~44 A 8 10 V
6th Nov 1943 L 8 Batley WEL 1943~44 A 8 16 V
13th Nov 1943 L 8 Leeds WEL 1943~44 A 0 36 V
20th Nov 1943 L 8 Dewsbury WEL 1943~44 H 3 13 V
27th Nov 1943 L 8 Featherstone Rovers WEL 1943~44 A 0 15 V
18th Dec 1943 L 8 Wakefield Trinity WEL 1943~44 H 0 10 V
25th Dec 1943 L 8 Wigan WEL 1943~44 A 12 34 V
27th Dec 1943 L 8 Wigan WEL 1943~44 H 2 7 V
1st Jan 1944 L 8 Featherstone Rovers WEL 1943~44 H 0 30 V
12th Feb 1944 W 8 Batley WEL 1943~44 H 13 8 V
19th Feb 1944 L 8 Halifax WEL 1943~44 H 9 16 V
26th Feb 1944 L 8 Wakefield Trinity WEL 1943~44 A 5 21 V
4th Mar 1944 L 8 Huddersfield WEL 1943~44 H 6 19 V
11th Mar 1944 L 8 Dewsbury CC1(1) 1943~44 A 7 43 V
18th Mar 1944 L 8 Dewsbury CC1(2) 1943~44 H 15 33 V
15th Apr 1944 L 8 Halifax WEL 1943~44 A 4 46 V
2nd Sep 1944 D 8 Huddersfield WEL 1944~45 H 5 5 V
23rd Sep 1944 W 8 Oldham WEL 1944~45 A 27 6 V
30th Sep 1944 L 8 Halifax WEL 1944~45 H 7 21 V
7th Oct 1944 L 8 Dewsbury WEL 1944~45 A 2 31 V
14th Oct 1944 W 8 Featherstone Rovers WEL 1944~45 H 18 3 V
21st Oct 1944 L 8 Barrow YC1(1) 1944~45 H 8 22 V
28th Oct 1944 L 8 Barrow YC1(2) 1944~45 A 8 21 V
11th Nov 1944 L 8 Leeds WEL 1944~45 H 3 23 V
18th Nov 1944 L 8 Keighley WEL 1944~45 A 8 15 V
25th Nov 1944 L 8 Wakefield Trinity WEL 1944~45 H 6 14 V
2nd Dec 1944 L 8 Featherstone Rovers WEL 1944~45 A 2 8 V
25th Dec 1944 L 8 Wigan WEL 1944~45 A 5 20 V
26th Dec 1944 L 8 Wigan WEL AB 1944~45 H 3 12 V
30th Dec 1944 W 8 Keighley WEL 1944~45 H 10 0 V
13th Jan 1945 L 8 Barrow WEL 1944~45 A 6 22 V
25th Aug 1945 L 8 Widnes L 1945~46 A 8 20 V
1st Sep 1945 L 8 Widnes L 1945~46 H 2 7 V
3rd Sep 1945 W 8 Broughton Rangers L 1945~46 A 11 5 V
15th Sep 1945 W 8 Wakefield Trinity L 1945~46 H 15 3 V
22nd Sep 1945 L 8 Workington Town LC1(1) 1945~46 A 8 9 V
29th Sep 1945 W 8 Workington Town LC1(2) 1945~46 H 21 11 V
6th Oct 1945 W 8 Rochdale Hornets L 1945~46 A 11 4 V
13th Oct 1945 W 8 Rochdale Hornets L 1945~46 H 21 0 V
17th Oct 1945 L 8 Wigan LCSF 1945~46 A 5 18 V
20th Oct 1945 W 8 Hunslet L 1945~46 H 15 12 1 V
27th Oct 1945 L 8 Barrow L 1945~46 A 13 23 V
3rd Nov 1945 D 8 Swinton L 1945~46 A 5 5 V
10th Nov 1945 L 8 Broughton Rangers L 1945~46 H 8 10 V
17th Nov 1945 L 8 Dewsbury L 1945~46 H 7 13 V
24th Nov 1945 L 8 Dewsbury L 1945~46 A 0 9 V
1st Dec 1945 L 8 Hunslet L 1945~46 A 5 38 V
8th Dec 1945 W 8 York L 1945~46 H 22 7 V
15th Dec 1945 L 8 Warrington L 1945~46 A 7 38 V
22nd Dec 1945 L 8 Workington Town L 1945~46 H 5 20 V
25th Dec 1945 W 8 Liverpool Stanley L 1945~46 A 26 3 V
26th Dec 1945 L 8 Wigan L 1945~46 H 3 38 V
29th Dec 1945 L 8 Workington Town L 1945~46 A 8 9 V
1st Jan 1946 W 8 Liverpool Stanley L 1945~46 H 16 8 V
5th Jan 1946 L 8 Hull K.R. L 1945~46 A 7 26 V
26th Jan 1946 L 8 Batley L 1945~46 A 0 15 V
2nd Feb 1946 W 8 Swinton L 1945~46 H 7 5 V
9th Feb 1946 L 8 Castleford CC1(1) 1945~46 A 4 10 V
16th Feb 1946 W 8 Castleford CC1(2) 1945~46 H 14 5 V
23rd Feb 1946 L 8 Warrington L 1945~46 H 10 17 V
2nd Mar 1946 L 8 Workington Town CC2 1945~46 H 6 13 V
9th Mar 1946 W 8 Halifax L 1945~46 H 13 0 V
23rd Mar 1946 L 8 Halifax L 1945~46 A 11 21 V
30th Mar 1946 L 8 Barrow L 1945~46 H 22 30 V
6th Apr 1946 L 8 York L 1945~46 A 14 33 V
10th Apr 1946 L 8 Salford L 1945~46 A 5 6 1 V
13th Apr 1946 L 8 Oldham L 1945~46 H 9 14 V
19th Apr 1946 L 8 Wigan L 1945~46 A 9 15 V
20th Apr 1946 L 8 Wakefield Trinity L 1945~46 A 10 32 V
22nd Apr 1946 W 8 Batley L 1945~46 H 15 7 V
27th Apr 1946 W 8 Hull K.R. L 1945~46 H 29 6 V
31st Aug 1946 L 8 Widnes L 1946~47 H 2 10 V
7th Sep 1946 L 9 Leigh LC1(1) 1946~47 H 5 14 V
14th Sep 1946 L 9 Leigh LC1(2) 1946~47 A 4 17 V
16th Nov 1946 D 8 Belle Vue Rangers L 1946~47 A 10 10 V
23rd Nov 1946 L 8 Bramley L 1946~47 A 0 10 V
30th Nov 1946 W 8 Huddersfield L 1946~47 H 18 10 1 V
7th Dec 1946 L 8 Leigh L 1946~47 A 3 10 V
14th Dec 1946 W 8 Salford L 1946~47 H 9 8 V
25th Dec 1946 L 8 Liverpool Stanley L 1946~47 H 16 17 V
26th Dec 1946 L 8 Wigan L 1946~47 H 9 11 V
1st Jan 1947 L 8 Liverpool Stanley L 1946~47 A 7 8 V
4th Jan 1947 L 8 Leeds L 1946~47 A 5 20 V
18th Jan 1947 W 8 Featherstone Rovers L 1946~47 A 11 7 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 184 OTHER 0 = 184
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 184

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