Martin Gleeson

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
28-05-1980
N/A
16-10-2001
Huddersfield Giants
10-02-2002 v Oldham
Castleford Tigers
2004- Warrington Wolves
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
2002-2004
69 (1)
31
0
0
124

BIOGRAPHY

Martin Gleeson by Dave Dooley:

Martin Gleeson was born on the 28th. of May, 1980 in Wigan. He moved to Australia as a boy returning to England when he signed for the Huddersfield Giants. Gleeson scored eight tries in 26 games for Huddersfield Giants in 2001 before signing a two year contract with Saints on 16th. October, 2001. He was highly rated by Saints new assistant coach Jon Sharp who had previously worked with Gleeson at the Giants. His performances for the Giants against the Saints in 2001 had also caught the eye of Ian Millward.

Martin toured South Africa with England U-21s in November, 2001 where he had a very successful tour in the centres. He made his debut for the Saints against Oldham in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup on the 10th. of February 2002. The match was played in atrocious conditions at Stalybridge with constant rain and the cold Pennines air limiting the opportunity for open play. Saints prevailed by 40 points to 6 and Martin immediately caught the eye of the knowledgeable Saints fans with his sound defence, nimble feet, evasive side-step and an ability to offload as he was being tackled.

His first points for the club came in the sixth round of the same competition in the away tie at Halifax. Martin scored a brace of tries in a top drawer performance as Saints moved into the Cup semi-finals with a winning score-line of 26 points to 20. Martin continued his run in the Cup with a try in the Final against Wigan at Murrayfield but he had to be content with a loser`s medal as below-par Saints fell to their deadly rivals.

Martin`s climax to his first season with the Saints came in the Grand Final against Bradford. As Saints prevailed in a pulsating encounter by 19 points to 18, Martin scored a second half try to become the first and only player to score tries in the Grand Final and Challenge Cup Final in the same season.

Gleeson continued to impress as the season progressed and it was no surprise when Martin was selected to join the full international squad that season. He featured prominently in the side that played out a drawn series against the Kiwis. In his first full season Martin was almost a permanent fixture in the side with 33 starts and one appearance as a playing substitute. He collected a very creditable 16 tries. Ian Millward also selected Martin to play at stand-off in the home matches against Castleford and New Zealand that season.

The highs and lows of a rugby league career were delivered to Martin in no uncertain terms during the 2004 season. Saints and Martin made a whirlwind start to the campaign playing some of the finest rugby ever witnessed at Knowsley Road. The Challenge Cup road to Cardiff saw Saints collecting the biggest scalps in the game. A stunning away victory against Bradford was followed up with home victories against Leeds and Hull both of whom showed tremendous resistance. A high flying and confident Huddersfield team were dumped by forty points in the glorious Warrington sunshine on semi-final day. Martin stood tall throughout this period exhibiting great flair in attack and defence.
As the entire rugby league fraternity were heralding the Saints side, revelations hit the national press about the involvement of Martin and Sean Long in a bet each player had made against Saints in the away match against Bradford when a young inexperienced Saints team were humbled by the rampaging Bulls. Martin played in the match and even scored a classy first try for the Saints.
The publicity and pressure were huge as the Saints met Wigan in the 2004 Challenge Cup Final. Both players managed to play `blinders` with Martin snuffing out any Wigan attacks on the right flank. A 32 points to 16 victory witnessed Martin collecting a precious Challenge Cup winner`s medal.
In mid- June Martin played in the match against Castleford before being banned for the remainder of the 2004 season. The following month Saints spectators were sent into a trauma as it was revealed that Saints had sold Gleeson to Warrington for a `200 000 fee. Ian Millward was clearly disappointed as his tutelage had turned Martin into one of the brightest prospects in the British game.
Martrin`s 31 tries, solid defence, nimble feet and quick hands had helped Saints collect the major prizes in a short 69 game career.. His career progressed via Warrington, Wigan and Hull up to 2011.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
200216 0 0 34
200311 0 0 24
2004 4 0 0 11
TOTALS:31 0 0 69
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
20021002
20042002
TOTALS:3004

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
9th Jan 2002 L 3 Warrington Wolves* Fr 2002 A 4 48 V
28th Jan 2002 W 4 Widnes Vikings* Fr 2002 H 24 10 1 V
10th Feb 2002 W 3 Oldham KNGCC4 2002 A 40 6 V
23rd Feb 2002 W 3 Warrington Wolves KNGCC5 2002 A 36 14 V
2nd Mar 2002 W 3 Widnes Vikings SL 2002 A 15 14 V
8th Mar 2002 W 3 Salford Reds SL 2002 H 34 2 V
17th Mar 2002 W 3 Halifax Blue Sox KNGCC6 2002 A 26 20 2 V
22nd Mar 2002 W 3 Hull SL 2002 H 33 14 V
28th Mar 2002 L 3 London Broncos SL 2002 A 6 40 V
1st Apr 2002 W 3 Wigan Warriors SL 2002 H 19 0 V
6th Apr 2002 W 3 Leeds Rhinos SL 2002 H 30 26 1 V
14th Apr 2002 W 3 Leeds Rhinos KNGCCSF 2002 N 42 16 V
27th Apr 2002 L 3 Wigan Warriors KNGCCF 2002 N 12 21 1 V
3rd May 2002 W 3 Halifax Blue Sox SL 2002 H 38 6 V
7th May 2002 L 3 Castleford Tigers SL 2002 A 22 36 2 V
12th May 2002 W 3 Warrington Wolves SL 2002 A 44 36 V
19th May 2002 W 3 Wakefield Trinity SL 2002 A 48 6 V
24th May 2002 W 3 Widnes Vikings SL 2002 H 56 6 V
1st Jun 2002 W 3 Salford Reds SL 2002 A 28 24 1 V
7th Jun 2002 W 3 Leeds Rhinos SL 2002 A 41 14 V
21st Jun 2002 W 6 Castleford Tigers SL 2002 H 26 16 V
28th Jun 2002 W 3 Bradford Bulls SL 2002 H 34 26 V
4th Jul 2002 W 3 Hull SL 2002 A 32 30 1 V
19th Jul 2002 W 3 London Broncos SL 2002 H 22 14 1 V
26th Jul 2002 W 3 Halifax Blue Sox SL 2002 A 21 18 1 V
30th Jul 2002 L 3 Wigan Warriors SL 2002 A 8 22 V
9th Aug 2002 W 15 Wakefield Trinity SL 2002 H 34 2 1 V
16th Aug 2002 W 3 Bradford Bulls SL 2002 A 50 22 1 V
23rd Aug 2002 W 3 Halifax Blue Sox SL 2002 H 64 0 V
30th Aug 2002 W 3 Leeds Rhinos SL 2002 H 38 18 1 V
8th Sep 2002 L 3 Wigan Warriors SL 2002 A 8 48 1 V
22nd Sep 2002 W 3 London Broncos SL 2002 A 18 16 V
5th Oct 2002 L 3 Bradford Bulls SLQSF 2002 H 26 28 V
11th Oct 2002 W 3 Wigan Warriors SLEF 2002 H 24 8 V
19th Oct 2002 W 3 Bradford Bulls SLGF 2002 N 19 18 1 V
25th Oct 2002 L 6 New Zealand Tour 2002 H 26 38 1 V
8th Feb 2003 W 3 Union Treiziste Catalane PCC4 2003 A 70 6 1 V
14th Feb 2003 L 3 Sydney City Roosters WCC 2003 N 0 38 V
21st Feb 2003 W 3 Bradford Bulls SL 2003 H 46 22 V
5th Apr 2003 L 3 Leeds Rhinos SL 2003 H 16 24 1 V
12th Apr 2003 L 3 Leeds Rhinos PCCSF ** 2003 N 26 33 V
18th Apr 2003 L 3 Wigan Warriors SL 2003 A 22 24 V
21st Apr 2003 W 3 Warrington Wolves SL 2003 H 56 6 2 V
2nd May 2003 W 3 Halifax SL 2003 A 38 0 V
9th May 2003 L 3 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2003 H 10 16 1 V
16th May 2003 W 3 London Broncos SL 2003 H 62 16 1 V
26th May 2003 L 3 Hull FC SL 2003 A 6 30 V
1st Jun 2003 D 3 Warrington Wolves SL 2003 A 30 30 V
6th Jun 2003 L 3 Wigan Warriors SL 2003 H 34 38 1 V
13th Jun 2003 L 3 Leeds Rhinos SL 2003 A 14 20 V
20th Jun 2003 W 3 Halifax SL 2003 H 58 2 1 V
27th Jun 2003 W 3 Bradford Bulls SL 2003 A 35 0 V
4th Jul 2003 W 3 Widnes Vikings SL 2003 H 32 18 1 V
11th Jul 2003 W 3 Castleford Tigers SL 2003 A 46 32 2 V
18th Jul 2003 W 3 Huddersfield Giants SL 2003 H 22 18 V
5th Sep 2003 L 3 Wigan Warriors SL 2003 H 4 28 V
12th Sep 2003 L 3 Leeds Rhinos SL 2003 A 20 30 V
19th Sep 2003 L 3 Bradford Bulls SL 2003 H 18 22 V
26th Sep 2003 W 3 London Broncos SLEPO 2003 H 24 6 V
3rd Oct 2003 L 3 Wigan Warriors SLESF 2003 A 24 40 V
6th Feb 2004 W 3 Salford City Reds* Fr 2004 H 20 10 2 V
12th Feb 2004 W 3 Widnes Vikings* Fr 2004 H 36 14 V
20th Feb 2004 W 3 Hull FC SL 2004 H 30 16 V
29th Feb 2004 W 3 Bradford Bulls PCC4 2004 A 30 10 1 V
12th Apr 2004 L 3 Bradford Bulls SL 2004 A 8 54 1 V
25th Apr 2004 W 3 Huddersfield Giants PCCSF 2004 N 46 6 V
30th Apr 2004 W 3 Leeds Rhinos SL 2004 H 56 10 V
7th May 2004 W 3 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2004 H 26 20 V
15th May 2004 W 3 Wigan Warriors PCCF 2004 N 32 16 V
22nd May 2004 W 3 Warrington Wolves SL 2004 A 50 20 1 V
29th May 2004 W 3 Bradford Bulls SL 2004 H 35 30 V
4th Jun 2004 L 3 Wigan Warriors SL 2004 A 14 30 1 V
11th Jun 2004 W 3 Castleford Tigers SL 2004 H 52 8 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 65 OTHER 4 = 69
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 1 Subs) = 69

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