Peter Gorley

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
10-07-1952
N/A
07-10-1979
Workington Town
09-10-1979 v Rochdale Hornets
Featherstone Rovers
1986- Whitehaven (loan)
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1979-1985
234 (9)
46
0
0
150

BIOGRAPHY

Peter Gorley by Dave Dooley:

Peter Gorley was one of Saints` shrewdest buys in the summer of 1979. This strong running, rugged second row forward was also gifted with an excellent armoury of offloads. The formidable 6ft2in, 15 stone forward joined Saints from Workington Town for a `22 000 fee. Early signs that Saints had signed a diamond came in his debut against Rochdale Hornets on the 9th of October, 1979 in the first round of a BBC TV Floodlit Trophy match. He stormed onto a pass to scatter the Hornets` defence and plunge over the line. This set up an impressive 45 points to 17 Saints victory. This hardened professional was sorely needed to steel up a playing squad that was a mixture of ageing stars and inexperienced youngsters. His first season try haul of five touchdowns from 31 appearances was accomplished in a difficult transition season for the Saints.

In his second season Peter was even more impressive as he crossed the opponents` tryline nine times in 31 appearances. This tally included a brace in the 26 points to 6 home win over Hull. His timing in taking the ball up then squeezing out the ovoid to supporting colleagues neared perfection. Peter`s outstanding performances that season brought him three international caps courtesy of Great Britain. Things got even better for the tough nut from Cockermouth. His 11 tries haul from 30 matches was a career best at the Saints and the total was only one behind joint leading top try scorers Chris Arkwright and Roy Haggerty.

Gorley`s performances were in the context of a side being rebuilt by coaches Coslett then Benyon for future glory. Up to the start of the 1983/4 season Peter played exclusively in the second row but in the last 16 matches of that campaign Gorley moved up to the front row. The Cumbrian was very much the hard man of the Saints` pack as fortunes started to look up at the commencement of the 1984/5 season.

The arrival of Mal Meninga at Knowsley Road brought a fresh optimism to the club and revitalised the incumbent squad members. Match after match in that glorious campaign Peter would make full and half breaks to release predators like Pinner, Arkwright and Holding. Saints made a fabulous start to the season and progressed to the Lancashire Cup Final where they met archrivals Wigan at Central Park on October 26th. 1984. Reports of the match rightly highlight the massive contributions of the "Wizard of Aus" but the whole of the Saints` back line greatly benefited from the drives of Gorley who gave the Saints splendid field position in the first half. At the conclusion of the season Saints had won a place in the Premiership Final to face champions Hull KR at the compound-like Elland Road. After just two minutes of the Final, a clever ball from Harry Pinner was gratefully picked up by Peter Gorley who powered up to the Hull KR 25 yards line. As the defence closed in on Peter he released a perfectly timed pass to Chris Arkwright who sent Gary Ainsworth dashing the last twenty yards to the opposition tryline. It was a lead Saints were never to relinquish.

In his last season at the Saints Gorley played 24 matches before moving back to his native Cumberland with Whitehaven. Whilst at Knowsley Road Peter also gained 5 caps for Cumbria. Every great team needs a man of granite in the pack; in the first half of the 1980s, Peter Gorley was our man!

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1979~80 5 0 0 31
1980~819 0 0 31
1981~8211 0 0 30
1982~83 9 0 0 37
1983~844 0 0 40
1984~858 0 0 42
1985~86 0 0 0 24
TOTALS:46 0 0 235
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1980~811001
1983~840002
1984~85 1102
TOTALS:2105

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
9th Oct 1979 W 12 Rochdale Hornets FT1 1979~80 H 45 17 1 V
14th Oct 1979 W 12 Hull K.R. L 1979~80 H 15 7 V
28th Oct 1979 W 12 Wakefield Trinity L 1979~80 H 13 8 V
4th Nov 1979 D 12 Hunslet L 1979~80 A 8 8 V
11th Nov 1979 W 12 Leigh L 1979~80 H 19 12 V
18th Nov 1979 W 12 Blackpool Borough L 1979~80 H 27 2 V
25th Nov 1979 D 12 Hull L 1979~80 A 8 8 V
27th Nov 1979 L 12 Bradford Northern L 1979~80 A 9 13 V
30th Nov 1979 W 12 Salford FT2 1979~80 H 15 10 V
2nd Dec 1979 W 12 Castleford L 1979~80 H 39 21 V
9th Dec 1979 L 12 Warrington L 1979~80 A 10 19 V
11th Dec 1979 L 12 Hull K.R. FTSF 1979~80 A 7 10 V
15th Dec 1979 W 12 Leigh L 1979~80 A 12 3 1 V
23rd Dec 1979 W 12 Workington Town L 1979~80 H 51 0 V
26th Dec 1979 W 12 Wigan L 1979~80 A 16 10 V
4th Jan 1980 W 12 Castleford L 1979~80 A 23 7 V
12th Jan 1980 L 12 Salford L 1979~80 H 17 18 V
3rd Feb 1980 W 12 Blackpool Borough L 1979~80 A 23 0 V
10th Feb 1980 W 12 Workington Town CC1 1979~80 H 16 0 V
17th Feb 1980 W 12 Hunslet L 1979~80 H 25 11 1 V
23rd Feb 1980 L 12 Bradford Northern CC2 1979~80 H 10 11 V
4th Mar 1980 W 12 York L 1979~80 H 25 16 V
9th Mar 1980 W 12 York L 1979~80 A 18 5 V
18th Mar 1980 L 12 Hull L 1979~80 H 10 18 V
23rd Mar 1980 W 12 Wakefield Trinity L 1979~80 A 24 19 V
30th Mar 1980 L 12 Leeds L 1979~80 H 15 22 V
4th Apr 1980 W 12 Wigan L 1979~80 H 20 17 1 V
6th Apr 1980 L 12 Widnes L 1979~80 A 9 16 1 V
9th Apr 1980 L 12 Workington Town L 1979~80 A 5 20 V
12th Apr 1980 L 12 Widnes L 1979~80 H 0 19 V
20th Apr 1980 L 13 Hull K.R. L 1979~80 A 4 21 V
10th Aug 1980 W 12 Oldham* Fr Ward Cup 1980~81 H 30 12 1 V
17th Aug 1980 W 12 Workington Town LC1 1980~81 A 15 5 V
24th Aug 1980 L 12 Widnes LC2 1980~81 A 20 22 1 V
31st Aug 1980 W 12 Bradford Northern L 1980~81 H 16 6 V
7th Sep 1980 L 12 Castleford L 1980~81 A 21 22 V
14th Sep 1980 L 12 Wakefield Trinity L 1980~81 H 14 16 V
19th Sep 1980 W 12 Salford L 1980~81 A 25 19 V
28th Sep 1980 W 12 Featherstone Rovers L 1980~81 H 19 5 1 V
9th Nov 1980 W 12 Leigh L 1980~81 A 21 7 V
16th Nov 1980 W 12 Workington Town L 1980~81 H 18 8 V
23rd Nov 1980 L 12 Warrington JP1 1980~81 H 12 14 V
30th Nov 1980 L 12 Featherstone Rovers L 1980~81 A 8 12 V
14th Dec 1980 L 12 Leeds L 1980~81 H 11 13 V
21st Dec 1980 L 12 Bradford Northern L 1980~81 A 0 11 V
26th Dec 1980 W 12 Oldham L 1980~81 H 11 10 V
28th Dec 1980 L 12 Barrow L 1980~81 A 8 11 V
18th Jan 1981 W 15 Barrow L 1980~81 H 11 2 V
25th Jan 1981 L 12 Leeds L 1980~81 A 17 20 V
1st Feb 1981 L 12 Wakefield Trinity L 1980~81 A 11 20 1 V
8th Feb 1981 L 12 Leigh L 1980~81 H 9 10 V
15th Feb 1981 W 12 Huddersfield CC1 1980~81 A 10 8 V
28th Feb 1981 W 12 Hull CC2 1980~81 H 5 3 V
15th Mar 1981 W 15 Oldham CC3 1980~81 A 6 5 V
29th Mar 1981 L 12 Halifax L 1980~81 A 7 17 V
4th Apr 1981 L 12 Hull K.R. CCSF 1980~81 N 5 22 V
6th Apr 1981 W 12 Warrington L 1980~81 H 29 9 1 V
12th Apr 1981 W 12 Halifax L 1980~81 H 31 22 1 V
17th Apr 1981 W 12 Oldham L 1980~81 A 21 18 V
19th Apr 1981 W 12 Hull L 1980~81 H 26 6 2 V
21st Apr 1981 W 12 Widnes L 1980~81 H 24 9 1 V
29th Apr 1981 W 12 Bradford Northern PT1 1980~81 A 14 12 V
10th May 1981 L 12 Hull K.R. PT2 1980~81 A 17 30 1 V
16th Aug 1981 W 12 Blackpool Borough LC1 1981~82 A 28 0 1 V
23rd Aug 1981 W 12 Barrow LC2 1981~82 H 40 17 1 V
30th Aug 1981 W 12 Fulham L 1981~82 H 35 4 1 V
2nd Sep 1981 L 12 Leigh LCSF 1981~82 A 6 20 V
6th Sep 1981 W 12 Castleford L 1981~82 A 32 17 1 V
13th Sep 1981 W 12 Leigh L 1981~82 H 16 13 V
20th Sep 1981 L 12 Hull K.R. L 1981~82 A 12 21 V
27th Sep 1981 W 12 Wakefield Trinity L 1981~82 H 33 14 1 V
4th Oct 1981 L 12 Warrington L 1981~82 A 11 13 V
11th Oct 1981 W 12 Bradford Northern L 1981~82 H 20 8 V
18th Oct 1981 D 12 Barrow JP1 1981~82 H 16 16 1 V
22nd Oct 1981 L 12 Barrow JP1 (rep) 1981~82 A 0 17 V
25th Oct 1981 D 12 Featherstone Rovers L 1981~82 A 8 8 V
1st Nov 1981 L 12 Wakefield Trinity L 1981~82 A 9 16 V
15th Nov 1981 W 13 Bradford Northern L 1981~82 A 20 8 V
22nd Nov 1981 L 13 Barrow L 1981~82 A 5 7 V
1st Jan 1982 W 13 Widnes L 1981~82 H 13 10 1 V
3rd Jan 1982 L 11 Leeds L 1981~82 A 4 30 V
20th Jan 1982 L 11 Castleford L 1981~82 H 10 40 1 V
24th Jan 1982 L 12 Leigh L 1981~82 A 5 27 V
21st Feb 1982 W 15 York L 1981~82 A 19 7 V
28th Feb 1982 W 12 Whitehaven L 1981~82 H 41 7 V
3rd Mar 1982 W 12 Featherstone Rovers L 1981~82 H 14 4 V
14th Mar 1982 W 12 Warrington L 1981~82 H 18 10 V
21st Mar 1982 W 12 Fulham L 1981~82 A 17 2 V
4th Apr 1982 L 12 Hull K.R. L 1981~82 H 16 28 1 V
9th Apr 1982 W 12 Wigan L 1981~82 H 13 11 1 V
12th Apr 1982 W 12 Widnes L 1981~82 A 21 16 V
18th Apr 1982 W 12 Barrow L 1981~82 H 15 6 V
21st Apr 1982 L 12 Hull L 1981~82 H 13 14 1 V
22nd Aug 1982 D 12 Leigh L 1982~83 A 19 19 1 V
25th Aug 1982 W 12 Bradford Northern L 1982~83 H 12 11 1 V
5th Sep 1982 W 12 Widnes LC1 1982~83 A 14 12 1 V
12th Sep 1982 W 12 Oldham L 1982~83 H 20 15 1 V
15th Sep 1982 W 12 Barrow LC2 1982~83 A 9 6 V
29th Sep 1982 D 12 Carlisle LCSF 1982~83 H 7 7 V
3rd Oct 1982 W 12 Featherstone Rovers L 1982~83 A 29 12 V
6th Oct 1982 W 12 Carlisle LCSF (rep) 1982~83 A 9 5 V
10th Oct 1982 L 12 Leigh L 1982~83 H 10 19 V
23rd Oct 1982 L 12 Warrington LCF 1982~83 N 0 16 V
31st Oct 1982 W 12 Warrington L 1982~83 H 16 11 V
6th Nov 1982 L 12 Leeds L 1982~83 A 10 13 V
14th Nov 1982 W 12 Workington Town L 1982~83 A 20 15 V
21st Nov 1982 L 12 Castleford L 1982~83 H 23 24 1 V
27th Nov 1982 W 12 Fulham JP1 1982~83 H 17 5 V
12th Dec 1982 L 12 Wigan JP2 1982~83 A 5 9 V
19th Dec 1982 W 12 Featherstone Rovers L 1982~83 H 13 10 V
26th Dec 1982 W 12 Wigan L 1982~83 H 11 8 1 V
2nd Jan 1983 W 12 Widnes L 1982~83 A 18 11 V
9th Jan 1983 W 12 Hull L 1982~83 H 19 18 V
16th Jan 1983 L 12 Castleford L 1982~83 A 10 31 V
23rd Jan 1983 W 12 Barrow L 1982~83 H 20 5 1 V
30th Jan 1983 W 12 Hull K.R. L 1982~83 H 13 7 V
6th Feb 1983 W 12 Oldham L 1982~83 A 10 0 V
15th Feb 1983 W 12 Carlisle CC1 1982~83 H 52 0 1 V
6th Mar 1983 W 12 Leeds L 1982~83 H 19 7 1 V
12th Mar 1983 L 12 Featherstone Rovers CC3 1982~83 H 10 11 V
16th Mar 1983 W 12 Warrington L 1982~83 A 17 13 V
20th Mar 1983 L 12 Hull L 1982~83 A 13 24 V
27th Mar 1983 W 15 Carlisle L 1982~83 A 40 16 V
29th Mar 1983 W 12 Halifax L 1982~83 H 22 0 V
1st Apr 1983 L 15 Wigan L 1982~83 A 6 13 V
4th Apr 1983 L 12 Widnes L 1982~83 H 9 11 V
10th Apr 1983 W 12 Halifax L 1982~83 A 23 5 V
12th Apr 1983 L 12 Bradford Northern L 1982~83 A 6 13 V
17th Apr 1983 W 12 Carlisle L 1982~83 H 39 7 V
24th Apr 1983 L 13 Widnes PT1 1982~83 H 7 11 V
10th Aug 1983 W 18 Widnes * Fr Testimonial 1983~84 H 44 20 V
14th Aug 1983 W 12 Oldham* Fr Ward Cup 1983~84 A 32 10 V
21st Aug 1983 W 12 Hull K.R. L 1983~84 H 30 11 V
28th Aug 1983 W 12 Warrington L 1983~84 A 12 8 V
3rd Sep 1983 W 12 Rochdale Hornets LC1 1983~84 A 28 4 V
11th Sep 1983 L 12 Castleford L 1983~84 H 10 22 V
14th Sep 1983 L 12 Warrington LC2 1983~84 H 26 30 V
18th Sep 1983 L 12 Bradford Northern L 1983~84 A 10 14 V
25th Sep 1983 W 12 Wakefield Trinity L 1983~84 H 50 12 V
2nd Oct 1983 L 12 Oldham L 1983~84 A 6 32 1 V
9th Oct 1983 W 12 Fulham L 1983~84 H 18 14 V
30th Oct 1983 W 15 Featherstone Rovers L 1983~84 H 19 13 1 V
6th Nov 1983 W 15 Kent Invicta JP1 1983~84 A 40 7 V
13th Nov 1983 L 11 Leigh L 1983~84 A 12 20 V
19th Nov 1983 W 15 Warrington JP2 1983~84 A 18 10 V
27th Nov 1983 W 11 Featherstone Rovers JP3 1983~84 H 16 12 V
4th Dec 1983 L 11 Hull K.R. L 1983~84 A 7 32 V
17th Dec 1983 L 12 Widnes JPSF 1983~84 N 4 18 V
20th Dec 1983 W 12 Salford L 1983~84 A 18 16 V
26th Dec 1983 L 12 Wigan L 1983~84 A 8 12 1 V
1st Jan 1984 L 12 Widnes L 1983~84 H 12 20 V
8th Jan 1984 L 12 Wakefield Trinity L 1983~84 A 22 31 V
11th Jan 1984 L 12 Hull L 1983~84 A 24 30 V
15th Jan 1984 W 12 Whitehaven L 1983~84 H 40 10 V
22nd Jan 1984 W 12 Fulham L 1983~84 A 30 0 V
5th Feb 1984 W 12 Salford L 1983~84 H 20 0 V
12th Feb 1984 W 10 Leigh CC1 1983~84 H 16 10 V
19th Feb 1984 L 10 Leeds L 1983~84 A 7 18 V
25th Feb 1984 W 10 Hull CC2 1983~84 H 24 14 V
4th Mar 1984 W 10 Featherstone Rovers L 1983~84 A 21 13 V
11th Mar 1984 L 10 Wigan CC3 1983~84 H 7 16 V
16th Mar 1984 W 10 Hull L 1983~84 H 22 10 V
20th Mar 1984 W 10 Warrington L 1983~84 H 37 25 V
25th Mar 1984 L 10 Castleford L 1983~84 A 22 26 V
1st Apr 1984 W 10 Oldham L 1983~84 H 31 20 V
6th Apr 1984 W 10 Leigh L 1983~84 H 37 12 1 V
10th Apr 1984 W 10 Leeds L 1983~84 H 20 10 V
15th Apr 1984 W 10 Whitehaven L 1983~84 A 27 21 V
20th Apr 1984 W 10 Wigan L 1983~84 H 20 13 V
23rd Apr 1984 D 10 Widnes L 1983~84 A 28 28 V
29th Apr 1984 W 10 Warrington PT1 1983~84 A 19 13 V
7th May 1984 L 10 Hull K.R. PTSF 1983~84 A 16 21 V
2nd Sep 1984 W 11 Featherstone Rovers L 1984~85 H 25 10 V
9th Sep 1984 W 10 Leeds L 1984~85 A 21 2 V
14th Sep 1984 W 10 Runcorn Highfield LC1 1984~85 H 58 14 1 V
23rd Sep 1984 L 10 Hull K.R. L 1984~85 A 6 32 V
26th Sep 1984 W 12 Barrow LC2 1984~85 A 26 10 1 V
30th Sep 1984 L 10 Bradford Northern L 1984~85 A 10 30 V
30th Sep 1984 L 12 Bradford Northern L 1984~85 A 10 30 1 V
7th Oct 1984 W 10 Castleford L 1984~85 H 30 16 V
10th Oct 1984 W 10 Leigh LCSF 1984~85 H 31 10 V
14th Oct 1984 W 10 Hunslet L 1984~85 A 32 14 V
17th Oct 1984 W 10 Halifax L 1984~85 H 42 14 1 V
21st Oct 1984 W 10 Oldham L 1984~85 H 32 5 V
28th Oct 1984 W 10 Wigan LCF 1984~85 A 26 18 V
4th Nov 1984 W 10 Warrington L 1984~85 A 20 14 V
11th Nov 1984 W 10 Barrow L 1984~85 H 59 2 V
18th Nov 1984 W 10 Keighley JP1 1984~85 H 60 8 1 V
25th Nov 1984 W 10 Bradford Northern L 1984~85 H 28 6 V
2nd Dec 1984 D 10 Bradford Northern JP2 1984~85 A 12 12 1 V
5th Dec 1984 W 10 Bradford Northern JP2 (rep) 1984~85 H 24 10 V
9th Dec 1984 W 10 Leeds L 1984~85 H 48 16 V
22nd Dec 1984 L 10 Halifax JP3 1984~85 H 8 14 V
26th Dec 1984 L 10 Wigan L 1984~85 H 22 30 1 V
1st Jan 1985 W 10 Widnes L 1984~85 A 8 6 V
30th Jan 1985 L 10 Castleford L 1984~85 A 12 30 V
3rd Feb 1985 W 10 Leigh L 1984~85 H 56 16 V
21st Feb 1985 L 10 Hull K.R. CC1 1984~85 H 3 8 V
24th Feb 1985 W 10 Barrow L 1984~85 A 31 16 V
27th Feb 1985 L 10 Hull L 1984~85 A 24 46 V
3rd Mar 1985 W 10 Featherstone Rovers L 1984~85 A 14 13 V
10th Mar 1985 W 10 Workington Town L 1984~85 H 62 0 1 V
17th Mar 1985 D 10 Halifax L 1984~85 A 19 19 V
22nd Mar 1985 W 10 Hull L 1984~85 H 47 18 V
31st Mar 1985 W 10 Warrington L 1984~85 H 30 28 V
5th Apr 1985 W 10 Wigan L 1984~85 A 30 19 V
8th Apr 1985 W 10 Widnes L 1984~85 H 28 22 V
14th Apr 1985 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1984~85 H 30 14 V
17th Apr 1985 W 10 Hunslet L 1984~85 H 68 7 V
19th Apr 1985 W 10 Workington Town L 1984~85 A 42 13 V
21st Apr 1985 L 10 Leigh L 1984~85 A 26 30 V
27th Apr 1985 W 10 Widnes PT1 1984~85 H 26 2 V
7th May 1985 W 10 Wigan PTSF 1984~85 H 37 14 V
11th May 1985 W 10 Hull K.R. PTF 1984~85 N 36 16 V
2nd Jun 1985 L 10 Manukau * Fr Tour 1984~85 A 10 26 V
3rd Jun 1985 W 8 Northland * Fr Tour 1984~85 W 42 12 1 1 V
30th Aug 1985 W 10 Swinton L 1985~86 A 32 14 V
4th Sep 1985 W 10 Warrington L 1985~86 H 12 6 V
8th Sep 1985 W 10 York L 1985~86 H 30 8 V
15th Sep 1985 W 10 Carlisle LC1 1985~86 H 72 8 V
22nd Sep 1985 L 10 Leeds L 1985~86 A 8 21 V
25th Sep 1985 W 10 Whitehaven LC2 1985~86 H 26 8 V
29th Sep 1985 L 10 Hull L 1985~86 H 22 35 V
2nd Oct 1985 L 10 Wigan LCSF 1985~86 A 2 30 V
13th Oct 1985 L 10 Castleford L 1985~86 A 18 32 V
20th Oct 1985 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1985~86 H 39 22 V
3rd Nov 1985 W 10 Featherstone Rovers L 1985~86 A 38 12 V
10th Nov 1985 W 10 Dewsbury L 1985~86 H 24 6 V
17th Nov 1985 W 10 Bradford Northern L 1985~86 A 18 9 V
24th Nov 1985 W 10 Dewsbury JP1 1985~86 H 42 6 V
1st Dec 1985 W 10 Doncaster JP2 1985~86 H 36 20 V
11th Dec 1985 W 10 Hull JP3 1985~86 H 57 14 V
15th Dec 1985 D 10 Hull L 1985~86 A 20 20 V
21st Dec 1985 L 10 Hull K.R. JPSF 1985~86 N 4 22 V
26th Dec 1985 L 10 Wigan L 1985~86 A 14 38 V
1st Jan 1986 L 10 Widnes L 1985~86 H 16 30 V
5th Jan 1986 L 10 Halifax L 1985~86 A 18 27 V
12th Jan 1986 L 10 Warrington L 1985~86 A 16 26 V
19th Jan 1986 L 8 Bradford Northern L 1985~86 H 8 18 V
2nd Feb 1986 W 15 Featherstone Rovers L 1985~86 H 44 14 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 230 OTHER 5 = 235
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 9 Subs) = 234

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