Bill Finnan

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
11-08-1928
N/A
1948
Pilkingtons Recs
24-12-1949 v Whitehaven
Widnes
1958- Liverpool City
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1949-1958
124 (0)
58
0
0
174

BIOGRAPHY

William Finnan by Dave Dooley

A former pupil at Rivington Road School, Bill Finnan was a stalwart for the club playing over 100 matches mostly in the centre position. After his signing from local club Pilkington Recs, he made his debut against Whitehaven on the 24th. December, 1949. The following season, November 17th in fact, he was transferred to Salford for a fee of a thousand pounds but returned to Knowsley Road some years later in time to partake in Saints` first Challenge Cup Final victory over Halifax in 1956.

In 124 matches for the Saints Bill scored 58 tries for a total points aggregate of 174 points. He was renowned for his inspirational breaks from the midfield that often led to another `three pointer` for the majestic Saints. The tough tackling Bill was also known for his party piece of running with the ball on the flat of his hand out in front of him.

Bill managed to earn one cap for Lancashire whilst at the Saints. He was also a member of the team that chalked up a record defeat for the Australian touring team by 44 points to 2 on the 2nd. November, 1956.

His final match for the Club was against Widnes on the 16th. of May, 1958. He was transferred to Liverpool City to continue his career.

Footnote: Bill, like his brothers, Vincent and Thomas, was in the Navy during the war and, for a spell, the then eighteen year old was on HMS Sparrow, a sloop of the American and West Indies Squadron. Sad to report that Thomas lost his life and was buried in Crete before his 21st birthday.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1949~50 3 0 0 12
1950~51 0 0 0 2
1953~54 3 0 0 7
1954~5518 0 0 39
1955~5613 0 0 19
1956~57 20 0 0 34
1957~58 1 0 0 10
1958~59 0 0 0 1
TOTALS:58 0 0 124
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1950~512001
1954~551002
1955~561002
1956~570001
1957~581001
1958~590001
TOTALS:5008

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
24th Dec 1949 W 4 Whitehaven L 1949~50 A 14 7 V
26th Dec 1949 W 4 Wigan L 1949~50 H 15 8 V
27th Dec 1949 W 4 Swinton L 1949~50 H 10 5 1 V
31st Dec 1949 L 6 Leigh L 1949~50 A 10 15 V
2nd Jan 1950 W 6 Hull L 1949~50 H 30 0 V
7th Jan 1950 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1949~50 A 23 2 1 V
21st Jan 1950 L 4 Dewsbury L 1949~50 H 2 15 V
4th Feb 1950 W 4 Halifax CC1(1) 1949~50 H 10 6 1 V
11th Feb 1950 L 4 Halifax CC1(2) 1949~50 A 0 2 V
18th Feb 1950 L 4 Swinton L 1949~50 A 8 11 V
11th Mar 1950 D 3 Bradford Northern CC3 1949~50 H 0 0 V
25th Mar 1950 L 4 Workington Town L 1949~50 A 0 5 V
5th Aug 1950 W 3 Carcassonne* Fr 1950~51 H 24 22 2 V
11th Oct 1950 L 5 Wigan LCSF 1950~51 H 7 9 V
14th Oct 1950 L 3 Salford L 1950~51 A 3 25 V
24th Mar 1954 W 4 Workington Town L 1953~54 A 15 7 V
3rd Apr 1954 W 4 Whitehaven L 1953~54 H 34 12 V
7th Apr 1954 L 4 Leigh L 1953~54 A 13 14 1 V
10th Apr 1954 W 4 Bramley L 1953~54 A 25 12 1 V
16th Apr 1954 W 4 Wigan L 1953~54 A 14 8 V
17th Apr 1954 W 4 Widnes L 1953~54 H 28 4 V
19th Apr 1954 L 4 Huddersfield L 1953~54 A 13 29 1 V
7th Aug 1954 L 4 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1954~55 A 17 31 V
14th Aug 1954 W 4 Widnes L 1954~55 H 31 3 2 V
18th Aug 1954 W 3 Belle Vue Rangers L 1954~55 A 20 11 1 V
21st Aug 1954 W 4 Blackpool Borough L 1954~55 A 34 2 4 V
25th Aug 1954 W 4 Swinton L 1954~55 H 28 9 4 V
28th Aug 1954 L 4 Oldham L 1954~55 H 16 23 V
4th Sep 1954 L 5 Halifax L 1954~55 A 2 22 V
11th Sep 1954 W 6 Whitehaven LC1 1954~55 H 27 6 V
18th Sep 1954 W 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1954~55 A 32 18 1 V
20th Sep 1954 L 6 Oldham LC2 1954~55 A 9 20 V
2nd Oct 1954 W 4 Liverpool City L 1954~55 A 30 14 1 V
9th Oct 1954 W 4 Leeds L 1954~55 H 13 6 V
16th Oct 1954 W 4 Salford L 1954~55 A 19 2 V
23rd Oct 1954 W 4 Whitehaven L 1954~55 H 30 3 V
30th Oct 1954 W 4 Widnes L 1954~55 A 8 2 V
6th Nov 1954 L 4 Workington Town L 1954~55 A 11 15 V
13th Nov 1954 W 4 Barrow L 1954~55 H 11 4 V
20th Nov 1954 W 4 Leeds L 1954~55 A 21 10 V
27th Nov 1954 D 4 Warrington L 1954~55 H 8 8 V
11th Dec 1954 W 4 Workington Town L 1954~55 H 16 2 V
18th Dec 1954 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1954~55 A 20 9 V
25th Dec 1954 L 4 Leigh L 1954~55 A 13 14 V
27th Dec 1954 W 4 Wigan L 1954~55 H 19 7 V
1st Jan 1955 W 4 Leigh L 1954~55 H 27 3 1 V
8th Jan 1955 L 4 Warrington L 1954~55 A 14 18 V
22nd Jan 1955 W 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1954~55 H 39 7 1 V
29th Jan 1955 W 4 Blackpool Borough L 1954~55 H 13 2 V
5th Feb 1955 W 6 Whitehaven L 1954~55 A 8 0 V
12th Feb 1955 W 4 Batley CC1 1954~55 A 15 2 1 V
19th Feb 1955 L 4 Oldham L 1954~55 A 2 9 V
5th Mar 1955 W 4 Keighley CC2 1954~55 A 3 2 V
12th Mar 1955 L 4 Swinton L 1954~55 A 4 7 V
19th Mar 1955 L 2 Workington Town CC3 1954~55 A 4 14 V
21st Mar 1955 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1954~55 H 23 3 1 V
26th Mar 1955 W 4 Salford L 1954~55 H 16 8 1 V
28th Mar 1955 W 2 Liverpool City L 1954~55 H 12 4 V
8th Apr 1955 L 4 Wigan L 1954~55 A 12 16 V
9th Apr 1955 W 4 Halifax L 1954~55 H 14 8 V
11th Apr 1955 L 4 Huddersfield L 1954~55 A 11 35 V
18th Apr 1955 L 4 Barrow L 1954~55 A 3 26 V
7th May 1955 W 6 Leigh* Fr 1954~55 H 40 16 1 V
13th Aug 1955 L 4 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1955~56 H 17 31 V
20th Aug 1955 W 6 Widnes L 1955~56 A 35 18 2 V
27th Aug 1955 L 6 Barrow LC1 1955~56 A 12 18 V
31st Aug 1955 L 6 Salford L 1955~56 A 10 11 1 V
3rd Sep 1955 W 4 York L 1955~56 H 26 18 1 V
10th Sep 1955 W 6 Keighley L 1955~56 H 52 23 2 V
24th Sep 1955 W 6 Barrow L 1955~56 H 66 15 4 V
1st Oct 1955 W 6 Blackpool Borough L 1955~56 H 53 19 1 V
8th Oct 1955 W 6 Keighley L 1955~56 A 21 6 V
28th Jan 1956 W 6 Widnes L 1955~56 H 21 10 V
17th Mar 1956 W 6 York L 1955~56 A 13 6 V
24th Mar 1956 W 4 Bradford Northern CC3 1955~56 H 53 6 2 V
30th Mar 1956 W 4 Wigan L 1955~56 H 29 7 V
31st Mar 1956 L 6 Warrington L 1955~56 H 7 13 V
2nd Apr 1956 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1955~56 A 14 6 V
7th Apr 1956 D 4 Barrow CCSF 1955~56 N 5 5 V
11th Apr 1956 W 4 Barrow CCSF(rep) 1955~56 N 10 5 V
14th Apr 1956 L 6 Oldham L 1955~56 A 8 40 V
21st Apr 1956 L 4 Halifax ChSF 1955~56 A 8 23 V
28th Apr 1956 W 6 Halifax CCF 1955~56 N 13 2 V
20th May 1956 L 6 Hull* Fr 1955~56 A 20 23 1 V
11th Aug 1956 L 4 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1956~57 H 22 24 V
25th Aug 1956 W 4 Bradford Northern L 1956~57 A 34 7 1 V
11th Sep 1956 W 6 Liverpool City LC2 1956~57 H 34 3 1 V
15th Sep 1956 L 4 Hull L 1956~57 A 6 17 V
20th Sep 1956 W 6 Warrington LCSF 1956~57 A 17 9 V
22nd Sep 1956 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1956~57 H 49 11 4 V
29th Sep 1956 W 4 Blackpool Borough L 1956~57 A 58 5 2 V
6th Oct 1956 W 4 Liverpool City L 1956~57 H 25 5 1 V
13th Oct 1956 W 4 Salford L 1956~57 A 27 11 1 V
20th Oct 1956 L 4 Oldham LCF 1956~57 N 3 10 V
27th Oct 1956 L 6 Workington Town L 1956~57 H 9 11 V
10th Nov 1956 W 4 Featherstone Rovers L 1956~57 H 21 16 V
24th Nov 1956 W 3 Australia Tour 1956~57 H 44 2 V
1st Dec 1956 W 3 Huddersfield L 1956~57 H 51 4 1 V
8th Dec 1956 L 3 Oldham L 1956~57 A 8 9 V
15th Dec 1956 W 3 Widnes L 1956~57 A 10 2 V
22nd Dec 1956 W 3 Whitehaven L 1956~57 H 37 6 1 V
25th Dec 1956 D 3 Leigh L 1956~57 A 7 7 V
29th Dec 1956 D 4 Warrington L 1956~57 A 8 8 1 V
1st Jan 1957 W 3 Leigh L 1956~57 H 18 14 V
6th Jan 1957 W 3 Warrington L 1956~57 H 33 7 1 V
26th Jan 1957 W 3 Barrow L 1956~57 H 59 5 V
16th Feb 1957 D 3 Hull L 1956~57 H 9 9 V
2nd Mar 1957 W 3 Halifax L 1956~57 H 31 7 V
9th Mar 1957 L 3 Wigan L 1956~57 H 11 20 V
16th Mar 1957 W 4 Bradford Northern L 1956~57 H 23 6 1 V
20th Mar 1957 W 4 Halifax L 1956~57 A 10 4 V
23rd Mar 1957 W 4 Huddersfield L 1956~57 A 10 9 V
3rd Apr 1957 W 4 Whitehaven L 1956~57 A 5 2 V
6th Apr 1957 W 4 Leeds L 1956~57 H 44 3 3 V
13th Apr 1957 W 4 Swinton L 1956~57 H 34 0 1 V
15th Apr 1957 L 4 Barrow L 1956~57 A 8 11 1 V
19th Apr 1957 L 4 Wigan L 1956~57 A 11 19 V
20th Apr 1957 L 4 Workington Town L 1956~57 A 3 26 V
22nd Apr 1957 W 4 Blackpool Borough L 1956~57 H 48 10 V
10th Aug 1957 W 3 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1957~58 H 79 13 1 V
17th Aug 1957 W 4 Widnes L 1957~58 A 22 13 V
26th Aug 1957 W 2 Oldham L 1957~58 A 21 7 V
31st Aug 1957 W 4 Workington Town LC1 1957~58 A 16 12 V
7th Sep 1957 L 5 Leeds L 1957~58 A 5 23 V
12th Sep 1957 W 6 Blackpool Borough LC2 1957~58 A 28 12 1 V
14th Sep 1957 W 6 Hull L 1957~58 H 13 4 V
21st Sep 1957 W 6 Swinton L 1957~58 A 16 14 V
28th Sep 1957 W 6 Warrington L 1957~58 H 14 2 V
2nd Oct 1957 L 6 Oldham LCSF 1957~58 H 9 29 V
19th Oct 1957 W 2 Liverpool City L 1957~58 A 28 4 V
9th Aug 1958 L 1 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1958~59 A 10 14 V
16th Aug 1958 L 1 Widnes L 1958~59 A 16 25 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 116 OTHER 8 = 124
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 124

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