Henry Greenall

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
10-03-1891
N/A
Date unknown.
Local juniors?
19-11-1913 v Wakefield Trinity
Oldham
1919-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1913-1919
63 (0)
24
0
0
72

BIOGRAPHY

Henry Greenall: Biography by Alex Service with additional career statistical comments by Dave Dooley. Thanks to Gerry Greenall for his contribution and interest.

A member of one of the Town`s great rugby families, Henry began his career with the Junior team St.Helens Rovers and joined the Saints as a powerful, stocky wing threequarter. He made 64 appearances for the Knowsley Road club from 1913-19, scoring 24 tries. He also played in the infamous 1915 Challenge Cup Final against Huddersfield, at Watersheddings, when the Saints received a 37-3 drubbing at the hands the Team of All the Talents, Huddersfield.

Henry`s younger brothers were both scrum halves and Recs` Legends in the 1920s and 1930s, although it could have been so different. Johnny Greenall, together with several of his team-mates, Bill Mulvanney, Joe McComas and Frank Bowen were invited to sign for the Saints. However, the Committee told Johnny that he would have to stay for another year in the Junior Leagues because he wasn`t considered big enough. The rest of his team-mates would not sign without him and they all ended up joining the Recs - and thus the nucleus of a great team was born! Billy, the youngest, took over Johnny`s number seven jumper on his retirement and nearly led the Recs to a place in the first-ever Wembley Challenge Cup Final. They drew the first Semi-Final at Swinton (the first-ever match at Station Road) and were beaten 13-12 in the replay!

Billy recalls watching his elder brother Henry at Knowsley Road on many occasions and remembers one try in particular against Widnes, where he carried three burly tacklers for quite a distance before plunging over the line. Henry had a good job with Pilkington Brothers and was a quiet, unassuming fellow, who liked nothing better than a game of billiards - often in brother Johnny`s pub, the Black Bull. No matter where he was, he would never have more than two glasses of bitter. He lived in Thatto Heath and used to be sent the length and breadth of the country with his job.

His father was a full-back with the Recs, affectionately known as the `Lancaster Castle` and his mother was renowned for following the fortunes of her boys with a certain protective zeal. Although she followed the fortunes of Henry closely, she saw most of Johnny`s matches at City Road and would watch all of Billy`s games for the Recs both home and away. She would not think twice about berating a member of the opposition in the street if they had given her sons a bad time. Indeed, her name appears more than once in the Minutes of the Saints` Committee and the club had to write to her on several occasions, the most famous being after a street `set-to` with loose forward Ernie Shaw, who had obviously not given Johnny an easy time around the scrum base during one particularly fiery derby encounter. Gerry Greenall is a descendant and takes up the tale:

"Regarding my grandma who I`m sure many of the older folk in the town will remember as a real old time character - I don`t know whether she had the same level of support for Henry as for the other two later Recs. players but I do know she made history in 1926 B.M. ( not B.C - before Minnie Cotton) by invading the pitch to attack one of the Widnes playerswith her umbrella!"

I have no doubt that Henry would have been rather embarrassed by such behaviour. An almost shy, gentle man, he rarely talked of his rugby exploits in the Tap Room of his local, The British Lion in Thatto Heath. Unlike his younger brothers, he never entered the licensing trade, although he was the only one of the three to appear in a Challenge Cup Final. There are very few players who can say that!

Henry made his debut for the club in the 24 points to 8 away victory over Wakefield Trinity on the 19th of November, 1913. He scored his first points for the Saints when he crossed the tryline twice against Runcorn on December 13th later that year. In his first season at Knowsley Road he scored 9 tries in 18 matches including another brace in the first round Challenge Cup tie against Wigan Highfield. The following season was a successful campaign for the Saints as they finished a creditable seventh place in the league. Henry was a regular member of the team netting 8 tries, including braces against Bramley and Salford. In the latter match Henry played centre. He played for the Saints throughout the First World War in the War Emergency League though these games are not included in official records. In fact the 66 matches Henry played for the Saints during the hostilities were three more than the `official` seasons. His haul of 25 tries during World War I included his only ever hat trick for the club against Runcorn on the third of November, 1917. St Helens Recs played in the WEL and in the 1915/16 season Saints played their local rivals no fewer than six times (plus a game which had to be abandoned). Henry played in all these matches. Greenall played a further 13 matches for the club at the end of the War and played his final match in the 26 points to 3 away loss to Oldham with Henry scoring Saints only points in the encounter.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1913~149 0 0 18
1914~15 8 0 0 32
1918~19 4 0 0 8
1919~203 0 0 5
TOTALS:24 0 0 63
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1915~16 110026
1916~1750022
1917~1850018
1918~192005
TOTALS:230071

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
19th Nov 1913 W 2 Wakefield Trinity L 1913~14 A 24 8 V
22nd Nov 1913 L 2 Barrow L 1913~14 H 11 18 V
29th Nov 1913 L 2 Hunslet L 1913~14 A 11 20 V
6th Dec 1913 W 2 Swinton L 1913~14 H 19 5 V
13th Dec 1913 W 2 Runcorn L 1913~14 H 18 5 2 V
20th Dec 1913 L 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1913~14 A 2 31 V
25th Dec 1913 W 2 Widnes L 1913~14 H 10 3 1 V
26th Dec 1913 L 2 Wigan L 1913~14 H 3 17 V
27th Dec 1913 L 2 Broughton Rangers L 1913~14 A 0 11 V
1st Jan 1914 D 2 Huddersfield L 1913~14 H 8 8 1 V
3rd Jan 1914 W 2 Hull L 1913~14 A 8 6 1 V
24th Jan 1914 L 2 Swinton L 1913~14 A 3 16 V
31st Jan 1914 W 2 Dewsbury L 1913~14 A 12 11 1 V
28th Feb 1914 W 2 Wigan Highfield CC1 1913~14 H 27 4 2 V
21st Mar 1914 L 2 Leigh L 1913~14 A 6 7 1 V
28th Mar 1914 L 2 Salford L 1913~14 H 2 8 V
10th Apr 1914 L 2 Wigan L 1913~14 A 2 30 V
11th Apr 1914 W 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1913~14 H 47 5 V
5th Sep 1914 W 5 Runcorn L 1914~15 H 26 0 1 V
12th Sep 1914 L 5 Swinton L 1914~15 A 3 12 V
19th Sep 1914 W 5 Oldham L 1914~15 H 10 4 V
10th Oct 1914 W 5 Widnes L 1914~15 H 12 5 V
17th Oct 1914 L 5 Swinton LC1 1914~15 A 11 13 V
24th Oct 1914 L 5 Bradford Northern L 1914~15 A 3 28 V
14th Nov 1914 W 5 Barrow L 1914~15 H 13 12 V
19th Dec 1914 W 2 Bramley L 1914~15 H 24 0 2 V
26th Dec 1914 L 2 Wigan L 1914~15 H 6 15 V
1st Jan 1915 W 2 Runcorn L 1914~15 A 10 4 V
2nd Jan 1915 W 2 Warrington L 1914~15 H 25 0 2 V
9th Jan 1915 W 4 Salford L 1914~15 A 9 3 2 V
16th Jan 1915 W 5 Leigh L 1914~15 A 6 2 V
23rd Jan 1915 W 5 Hull L 1914~15 H 11 9 V
30th Jan 1915 W 5 Keighley L 1914~15 A 20 2 V
6th Feb 1915 W 5 Salford L 1914~15 H 23 2 V
13th Feb 1915 L 5 Barrow L 1914~15 A 0 10 V
20th Feb 1915 W 5 Swinton L 1914~15 H 10 0 V
27th Feb 1915 W 5 Featherstone Rovers CC1 1914~15 A 6 0 V
6th Mar 1915 L 5 Dewsbury L 1914~15 A 3 13 V
13th Mar 1915 W 5 Swinton CC2 1914~15 A 5 0 V
20th Mar 1915 W 5 Leigh L 1914~15 H 14 8 V
27th Mar 1915 W 5 Keighley CC3 1914~15 A 3 2 V
29th Mar 1915 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1914~15 H 12 3 1 V
2nd Apr 1915 L 5 Wigan L 1914~15 A 11 13 V
3rd Apr 1915 W 5 Bradford Northern L 1914~15 H 19 3 V
5th Apr 1915 L 5 Hull L 1914~15 A 6 46 V
10th Apr 1915 D 5 Rochdale Hornets CCSF 1914~15 N 5 5 V
14th Apr 1915 L 5 Broughton Rangers L 1914~15 A 8 31 V
17th Apr 1915 L 5 Widnes L 1914~15 A 0 21 V
24th Apr 1915 W 5 Rochdale Hornets CCSF(rep) 1914~15 N 9 2 V
1st May 1915 L 5 Huddersfield CCF 1914~15 N 3 37 V
4th Sep 1915 L 5 Swinton * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 5 26 V
11th Sep 1915 L 4 St. Helens Recs * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 5 10 V
25th Sep 1915 W 5 Broughton Rangers * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 11 5 1 V
2nd Oct 1915 W 5 Swinton * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 7 3 1 V
9th Oct 1915 W 5 Salford * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 27 8 2 V
16th Oct 1915 W 3 Oldham * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 13 0 V
23rd Oct 1915 W 5 St. Helens Recs * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 12 5 V
30th Oct 1915 D 3 Broughton Rangers * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 11 11 V
7th Nov 1915 D 3 Runcorn * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 0 0 V
14th Nov 1915 L 3 Salford * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 5 18 V
11th Dec 1915 W 5 Runcorn * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 6 2 V
18th Dec 1915 L 5 Wigan * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 8 11 V
25th Dec 1915 D 5 St. Helens Recs * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 0 0 V
26th Dec 1915 W 5 Wigan * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 8 2 V
1st Jan 1916 W 2 St. Helens Recs * Fr WEL *AB 1915~16 A 2 0 V
8th Jan 1916 L 5 St. Helens Recs * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 3 8 1 V
22nd Jan 1916 L 5 Wigan * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 0 6 V
29th Jan 1916 L 5 St. Helens Recs * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 3 6 V
12th Feb 1916 L 5 Hull * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 3 22 1 V
17th Mar 1916 W 5 Runcorn * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 19 11 2 V
8th Apr 1916 L 5 Barrow * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 3 16 V
15th Apr 1916 W 5 Runcorn * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 12 2 1 V
21st Apr 1916 L 5 Wigan * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 16 29 2 V
22nd Apr 1916 L 5 St. Helens Recs * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 3 11 V
24th Apr 1916 L 5 Barrow * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 0 23 V
29th Apr 1916 W 5 Swinton * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 5 3 V
2nd Sep 1916 L 2 St. Helens Recs* Fr WEL 1916~17 H 0 24 V
9th Sep 1916 L 2 Swinton* Fr WEL 1916~17 A 3 24 V
14th Oct 1916 L 2 Broughton Rangers* Fr WEL 1916~17 H 8 9 V
21st Oct 1916 L 2 Warrington* Fr WEL 1916~17 A 2 6 V
28th Oct 1916 W 2 Swinton* Fr WEL 1916~17 H 10 3 V
11th Nov 1916 W 2 Widnes* Fr WEL 1916~17 H 13 12 1 V
18th Nov 1916 L 2 Salford* Fr WEL 1916~17 A 0 8 V
25th Nov 1916 W 2 Warrington* Fr WEL 1916~17 H 5 3 V
9th Dec 1916 L 2 Runcorn* Fr WEL 1916~17 H 6 7 V
25th Dec 1916 L 2 St. Helens Recs* Fr WEL 1916~17 A 0 7 V
26th Dec 1916 W 2 Wigan* Fr WEL 1916~17 H 11 3 V
30th Dec 1916 L 2 Barrow* Fr WEL 1916~17 A 0 36 V
2nd Jan 1917 W 2 St. Helens Recs* Fr WEL 1916~17 H 15 0 V
24th Feb 1917 L 2 Warrington* Fr WEL 1916~17 A 8 9 1 V
3rd Mar 1917 W 2 South Lancs Regiment* Fr 1916~17 H 33 5 1 V
17th Mar 1917 W 2 Barrow* Fr WEL 1916~17 H 6 3 V
31st Mar 1917 W 2 Salford* Fr WEL 1916~17 H 8 6 V
6th Apr 1917 L 2 Wigan* Fr WEL 1916~17 A 3 25 1 V
7th Apr 1917 L 2 Leigh* Fr WEL 1916~17 A 5 19 V
9th Apr 1917 L 2 Widnes* Fr WEL 1916~17 A 5 14 V
14th Apr 1917 L 2 St. Helens Recs* Fr WEL 1916~17 A 0 11 V
21st Apr 1917 W 2 Broughton Rangers* Fr WEL 1916~17 A 11 6 1 V
1st Sep 1917 L 2 Wigan* Fr WEL 1917~18 A 8 14 V
15th Sep 1917 L 2 Leigh* Fr WEL 1917~18 A 0 13 V
29th Sep 1917 L 2 St. Helens Recs* Fr WEL 1917~18 A 0 8 V
6th Oct 1917 W 3 Widnes* Fr WEL 1917~18 H 9 3 1 V
13th Oct 1917 W 2 Warrington* Fr WEL 1917~18 H 9 8 1 V
20th Oct 1917 L 2 Broughton* Fr WEL 1917~18 A 2 20 V
27th Oct 1917 L 2 Swinton* Fr WEL 1917~18 A 2 5 V
3rd Nov 1917 W 2 Runcorn* Fr WEL 1917~18 H 30 0 3 V
10th Nov 1917 L 2 Barrow* Fr WEL 1917~18 A 3 50 V
17th Nov 1917 L 2 Leigh* Fr WEL 1917~18 H 2 22 V
1st Dec 1917 L 2 Leigh* Fr WEL 1917~18 A 0 38 V
25th Dec 1917 L 2 St. Helens Recs* Fr WEL 1917~18 A 3 24 V
26th Dec 1917 L 2 Wigan* Fr WEL 1917~18 H 2 5 V
30th Dec 1917 W 2 Warrington* Fr WEL 1917~18 A 8 3 V
1st Jan 1918 L 2 St. Helens Recs* Fr WEL 1917~18 A 0 14 V
5th Jan 1918 D 2 Widnes* Fr WEL 1917~18 A 10 10 V
12th Jan 1918 L 2 Widnes* Fr WEL 1917~18 H 6 18 V
31st Jan 1918 L 2 Widnes* Fr WEL 1917~18 A 0 22 V
14th Jan 1919 L 5 Barrow * Fr 1918~19 A 3 27 V
18th Jan 1919 L 2 St. Helens Recs L 1918~19 H 3 24 1 V
1st Feb 1919 W 2 Warrington L 1918~19 H 8 3 V
8th Feb 1919 L 2 Warrington L 1918~19 A 0 16 V
1st Mar 1919 L 2 Leigh L 1918~19 H 0 10 V
29th Mar 1919 L 2 Leigh L 1918~19 A 0 9 V
5th Apr 1919 W 2 Warrington LC1 1918~19 H 11 5 1 V
12th Apr 1919 L 2 Oldham LC2 1918~19 A 8 16 1 V
18th Apr 1919 W 2 Widnes* Fr 1918~19 H 16 10 1 V
21st Apr 1919 D 2 Widnes* Fr 1918~19 A 3 3 V
26th Apr 1919 L 2 St. Helens Recs* Fr 1918~19 H 6 8 V
3rd May 1919 W 2 St. Helens Recs L 1918~19 A 8 2 1 V
24th May 1919 L 2 Wigan* Fr 1918~19 N 3 16 1 V
23rd Aug 1919 W 2 Broughton Rangers L 1919~20 H 28 2 1 V
6th Sep 1919 L 2 Oldham L 1919~20 H 3 12 1 V
13th Sep 1919 L 5 Swinton L 1919~20 A 5 7 V
4th Oct 1919 L 5 Widnes L 1919~20 A 0 13 V
25th Oct 1919 L 2 Oldham L 1919~20 A 3 26 1 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL -8 OTHER 71 = 63
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 63

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