Albert Graham

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
08-07-1904
N/A
17-11-1924
St. Helens Recs
10-01-1925 v Wigan Highfield
Rochdale Hornets
1929- Wigan Highfield
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1924-1928
50 (0)
11
12
0
57

BIOGRAPHY

Bob Graham by Alex Service

According to his former team-mate, George Lewis, Albert, or rather Bob, as he was often called, had quite a bit of pace, but not quite as much as Alf Ellaby. This is by no means derogatory, however, as Ellaby is one of the fastest of all time! The Minutes of the St. Helens Committee describe his signing as follows: “Graham full-back, late St. Helens Recs interviewed the Committee and agreed to accept £25 as a signing-on fee providing the club wished to retain him at the end of the season.”

He could fill in virtually anywhere in the threequarters with aplomb and was an established goal kicker. Bob made his debut in the number one jersey at Wigan Highfield on 10 January 1925, which Saints lost narrowly by 8-12.

He made 50 appearances altogether for the First Team and was a stalwart in the ‘A’ Team too. He scored 11 tries and kicked 12 goals for a 57 point haul. His most memorable performance was the league match against Salford on 15 October 1927, when he scored a hat trick of tries and booted over three goals for good measure. His centre partner on that memorable afternoon was the veteran Teddy McLoughlin. Bob played his last game as a Saint in the 12-5 victory at Rochdale Hornets, on 13 April 1929.

He went on to represent Wigan Highfield and the Wigan club, although he did not seem to represent the latter at First Team level. A resident of Morley Street in St. Helens, he passed away in 1971 at the age of 67. His elder sister, Elizabeth, is my grandmother, who lived a goal kick away from the Saints ground at nearby Poplar Grove. The Players Registers also tell us that another member of the Graham family, Henry, was also on the books of St. Helens RFC, although he never graduated to the First Team.

There is another interesting postscript. The Graham family originated from Ireland. George Graham, from County Fermanagh, married Margaret, from County Cavan and by the 1911 Census, they were living in Morley Street in a five room dwelling in Morley Street, St. Helens with no less than eleven siblings. They were listed as follows. Glass Worker Robert 26, Sarah, a General Servant 24, William, a Blacksmith 22, Maggie, 20, George, a Glassworks Labourer 18, Alice, a Confectioner 15, John, an Errand Boy 13, Elizabeth 10, Henry 9, Albert 6 and Maud 3.

Alas the First World War was to take a toll on two family members. 7742 Lance Corporal William Thomas Graham, of the Second Battalion Canadian Infantry, died on 26 April 1915 aged 26. He had previously sought a new life in Canada. He is commemorated at Ypres on the Menin Gate. His younger brother, John, was killed on 6 November 1918. He was in the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery. He had also earned the Military Medal for gallantry under fire. A letter sent back from the front just before his demise still remains and is a sad testament to his bravery. He is buried in the Communal cemetery at Pont sur Sambre.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1924~250 0 0 2
1925~26 6 5 0 18
1926~270 0 0 1
1927~283 6 0 18
1928~29 2 1 0 11
TOTALS:11 12 0 50
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1926~270001
TOTALS:0001

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
10th Jan 1925 L 1 Wigan Highfield L 1924~25 A 8 12 V
24th Jan 1925 L 4 Swinton L 1924~25 A 3 49 V
12th Dec 1925 L 6 Salford L 1925~26 A 3 17 1 V
16th Dec 1925 W 3 Dewsbury L 1925~26 H 7 0 2 V
19th Dec 1925 L 3 Swinton L 1925~26 H 9 10 3 V
25th Dec 1925 D 3 St. Helens Recs L 1925~26 A 3 3 V
26th Dec 1925 L 3 Wigan L 1925~26 H 5 10 V
1st Jan 1926 W 3 St. Helens Recs L 1925~26 H 4 2 V
2nd Jan 1926 L 5 Oldham L 1925~26 A 6 24 2 V
9th Jan 1926 W 3 Wigan Highfield L 1925~26 H 16 6 1 V
16th Jan 1926 L 5 Warrington L 1925~26 A 7 9 V
23rd Jan 1926 W 5 Salford L OBJ 1925~26 H 13 10 1 V
30th Jan 1926 W 6 Batley L 1925~26 A 7 0 V
6th Feb 1926 W 5 Broughton Rangers L 1925~26 H 24 8 V
13th Feb 1926 W 5 Widnes CC1 1925~26 A 10 7 V
20th Feb 1926 W 5 Leigh L 1925~26 A 6 0 1 V
27th Feb 1926 L 5 Hull CC2 1925~26 H 7 10 V
6th Mar 1926 W 5 Wigan Highfield L 1925~26 A 15 10 V
15th Mar 1926 W 5 Hunslet L 1925~26 H 16 8 V
20th Mar 1926 L 5 Barrow L 1925~26 A 2 9 V
27th Dec 1926 L 1 Wigan L 1926~27 H 13 14 V
12th May 1927 L 6 Barrow* Fr Lonsdale Hospital 1926~27 L 8 16 V
15th Oct 1927 W 5 Salford L 1927~28 H 44 10 3 3 V
22nd Oct 1927 D 5 Hull L 1927~28 A 5 5 V
29th Oct 1927 W 5 Wigan Highfield L 1927~28 H 15 5 2 V
5th Nov 1927 W 5 Warrington L 1927~28 A 8 4 V
12th Nov 1927 W 5 Warrington L 1927~28 H 13 0 V
19th Nov 1927 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1927~28 H 10 2 1 V
26th Nov 1927 L 5 Oldham L 1927~28 A 2 11 V
3rd Dec 1927 W 2 Hull K.R. L 1927~28 H 25 7 V
10th Dec 1927 L 2 Featherstone Rovers L 1927~28 A 3 15 V
26th Dec 1927 L 1 Wigan L 1927~28 H 13 20 V
29th Dec 1927 L 1 St. Helens Recs L 1927~28 H 5 22 V
7th Jan 1928 W 1 Leeds L 1927~28 H 8 0 V
11th Feb 1928 L 2 Oldham CC1 1927~28 A 5 15 V
3rd Mar 1928 W 1 Hull K.R. L 1927~28 A 11 0 V
10th Mar 1928 W 1 Barrow L 1927~28 H 15 6 V
7th Apr 1928 L 1 Wigan Highfield L 1927~28 A 15 20 V
9th Apr 1928 W 1 Hunslet L 1927~28 H 30 10 V
10th Apr 1928 L 1 Rochdale Hornets L 1927~28 A 5 15 V
25th Aug 1928 L 2 Widnes L 1928~29 A 0 2 V
1st Sep 1928 D 2 Widnes L 1928~29 H 12 12 1 V
8th Sep 1928 W 2 Carlisle City L 1928~29 A 8 5 V
15th Sep 1928 W 2 Broughton Rangers L 1928~29 H 12 5 V
19th Sep 1928 W 2 Hull K.R. L 1928~29 H 6 0 1 V
22nd Sep 1928 W 2 Dewsbury L 1928~29 A 17 7 V
17th Nov 1928 W 5 Halifax L 1928~29 H 12 6 V
8th Dec 1928 W 1 Oldham L 1928~29 A 14 11 V
19th Jan 1929 L 5 Swinton L 1928~29 H 2 3 V
2nd Feb 1929 D 1 Salford L 1928~29 H 11 11 1 V
13th Apr 1929 W 1 Rochdale Hornets L 1928~29 A 12 5 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 49 OTHER 1 = 50
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 50
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