Roy Hardgrave

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
28-07-1906
N/A
15-08-1929
New Zealand
31-08-1929 v Widnes
London Highfield
1934- York
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1929-1933
212 (0)
173
0
0
519

BIOGRAPHY

Roy Hardgrave by Alex Service

New Zealander Roy ‘Shaver’ Hardgrave had played in the Final Test at Christchurch against the 1928 tourists, which Great Britain won 6-5. Some months later, he wrote to his former adversary Alf Ellaby, expressing a desire to play in England. The astute Saints’ legend immediately contacted the Committee with regard to bringing him to St.Helens. Shortly afterwards, at an emergency meeting, it was resolved to sign Hardgrave and, several days later, fellow-international forwards Lou Hutt and Trevor Hall, when it became known that they were available.

At five foot seven inches and nearly eleven stones, Hardgrave had great pace and a fantastic skipping sidestep that baffled opposing defenders. At 22 years of age, The ‘Newton Flyer’ soon settled down in St.Helens and became a try-scoring phenomenon, flying in for 33 in 47 appearances in his first season, as the Saints reached top spot in the league table and clinched the Lancashire League title. Mighty Wigan were also defeated in a famous replay in the semi-final of the Challenge Cup at Mather Lane, Leigh. It was to be a disappointing climax to the season for the ‘Three Hs,’ however, as the ‘Team of all the Talents’ were defeated in controversial circumstances in the Top Four clash with Leeds, at Knowsley Road, despite a fine try from Hardgrave, and at Wembley against Widnes, in one of the greatest-ever upsets in the competition’s history!

Despite these set-backs, the Saints’ wingers were on fire in 1930/31, with Ellaby scoring 43 to Hardgraves’ 34. The following season Roy scored 44 tries to Ellaby’s 33 as the Saints clinched second place in the table and lifted the Lancashire League trophy once more. They won the last ten league games in succession and the little Kiwi equalled Ellaby’s feat of 1926/27 of scoring tries in 9 successive club games in March and April 1932. He ended with 44 tries from 42 appearances an astonishing statistic! The Saints went on to win their first-ever Championship, with a 9-5 success over Huddersfield at Wakefield, on 7 May 1932, ironically without Alf Ellaby, who was already on the boat, having been selected for the Australian Tour.

Roy’s fellow New Zealanders, Hutt and Hall, left St.Helens at the end of the 1930/31 campaign. He remained a Saint, however, and played in the 1932 Lancashire Cup Final defeat by Warrington. Roy continued to score freely, before returning to New Zealand at the end of the 1933/34 campaign. He later came back to play for York for a spell, yet his unbelievable scoring feats of almost a try per match - on a par with the great Tom Van Vollenhoven in that respect - will always hold a special place for him in the history of St.Helens Rugby League Club.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1929~3033 0 0 47
1930~3132 0 0 41
1931~3244 0 0 42
1932~33 34 0 0 46
1933~3430 0 0 36
TOTALS:173 0 0 212
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1930~31 1001
1932~32 0001
TOTALS:1002

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
31st Aug 1929 L 2 Widnes L 1929~30 H 0 3 V
4th Sep 1929 L 2 Leeds L 1929~30 A 5 7 V
7th Sep 1929 W 2 Widnes L 1929~30 A 21 8 1 V
14th Sep 1929 D 2 Hunslet L 1929~30 H 8 8 V
19th Sep 1929 W 2 Leeds L 1929~30 H 22 7 V
22nd Sep 1929 W 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1929~30 A 11 7 1 V
24th Sep 1929 W 2 Oldham L 1929~30 H 20 13 V
2nd Oct 1929 L 2 Hull L 1929~30 A 5 8 1 V
5th Oct 1929 L 2 Halifax L 1929~30 A 13 19 1 V
12th Oct 1929 W 2 Broughton Rangers LC1 1929~30 A 10 9 V
19th Oct 1929 W 2 Salford L 1929~30 H 18 12 V
23rd Oct 1929 D 2 Salford LC2 1929~30 H 8 8 V
26th Oct 1929 L 2 Castleford L 1929~30 H 10 20 V
30th Oct 1929 L 2 Salford LC2(rep) 1929~30 A 3 13 1 V
2nd Nov 1929 W 2 Broughton Rangers L 1929~30 A 8 3 1 V
9th Nov 1929 W 2 Hull K.R. L 1929~30 H 24 5 3 V
16th Nov 1929 D 2 Australia Tour 1929~30 H 18 18 2 V
23rd Nov 1929 L 2 Leigh L 1929~30 A 3 5 V
30th Nov 1929 W 2 York L 1929~30 A 18 5 3 V
7th Dec 1929 W 2 Wigan Highfield L 1929~30 H 8 0 V
14th Dec 1929 W 2 Barrow L 1929~30 A 12 2 2 V
21st Dec 1929 W 2 Barrow L 1929~30 H 19 6 V
25th Dec 1929 W 2 St. Helens Recs L 1929~30 H 8 3 1 V
26th Dec 1929 W 2 Wigan L 1929~30 H 14 5 V
28th Dec 1929 L 2 Castleford L 1929~30 A 0 5 V
1st Jan 1930 L 2 St. Helens Recs L 1929~30 A 0 3 V
4th Jan 1930 L 2 Oldham L 1929~30 A 4 20 V
11th Jan 1930 W 2 Halifax L 1929~30 H 23 2 2 V
18th Jan 1930 L 2 Warrington L 1929~30 A 5 22 1 V
25th Jan 1930 W 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1929~30 H 32 5 2 V
1st Feb 1930 W 2 Wigan Highfield L 1929~30 A 22 0 1 V
8th Feb 1930 W 2 St. Helens Recs CC1 1929~30 H 9 7 V
15th Feb 1930 W 2 Hull K.R. L 1929~30 A 16 5 1 V
22nd Feb 1930 W 2 Leeds CC2 1929~30 A 18 5 V
15th Mar 1930 L 2 Salford L 1929~30 A 2 11 V
22nd Mar 1930 W 2 Hull L 1929~30 H 23 4 1 V
29th Mar 1930 D 2 Wigan CCSF 1929~30 N 5 5 V
2nd Apr 1930 W 2 Wigan CCSF(rep) 1929~30 N 22 10 V
5th Apr 1930 L 2 Hunslet L 1929~30 A 11 14 1 V
9th Apr 1930 W 2 Swinton L 1929~30 A 8 3 2 V
14th Apr 1930 W 2 Warrington L 1929~30 H 23 15 1 V
18th Apr 1930 W 2 Wigan L 1929~30 A 8 3 V
19th Apr 1930 W 2 Broughton Rangers L 1929~30 H 31 17 2 V
21st Apr 1930 W 2 York L 1929~30 H 29 0 1 V
22nd Apr 1930 W 2 Swinton L 1929~30 H 8 4 V
26th Apr 1930 L 2 Leeds ChSF 1929~30 H 6 10 1 V
3rd May 1930 L 2 Widnes CCF 1929~30 N 3 10 V
30th Aug 1930 W 2 Widnes L 1930~31 A 21 7 3 V
6th Sep 1930 L 2 Widnes L 1930~31 H 5 9 V
10th Sep 1930 L 2 Salford L 1930~31 A 5 11 V
13th Sep 1930 L 2 Swinton L 1930~31 A 3 12 V
20th Sep 1930 W 2 Warrington L 1930~31 H 18 12 1 V
27th Sep 1930 W 2 Hull K.R. L 1930~31 A 21 5 V
4th Oct 1930 W 2 Dewsbury L 1930~31 H 12 10 1 V
11th Oct 1930 L 2 Wigan LC1 1930~31 A 7 24 1 V
18th Oct 1930 L 2 Leeds L 1930~31 H 8 20 V
25th Oct 1930 W 2 York L 1930~31 A 10 4 1 V
1st Nov 1930 W 2 Bramley L 1930~31 H 34 14 3 V
8th Nov 1930 W 2 Huddersfield L 1930~31 A 10 5 1 V
15th Nov 1930 W 2 Salford L 1930~31 H 7 0 V
22nd Nov 1930 W 2 Barrow L 1930~31 A 7 4 V
29th Nov 1930 W 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1930~31 H 33 15 3 V
6th Dec 1930 W 2 Wigan Highfield L 1930~31 A 10 7 V
13th Dec 1930 W 2 Oldham L 1930~31 H 7 2 V
20th Dec 1930 W 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1930~31 A 9 2 1 V
25th Dec 1930 W 2 St. Helens Recs L 1930~31 H 7 6 V
26th Dec 1930 L 2 Wigan L 1930~31 H 2 23 V
27th Dec 1930 L 2 Leeds L 1930~31 A 0 23 V
1st Jan 1931 L 2 St. Helens Recs L 1930~31 A 3 5 V
3rd Jan 1931 W 2 Halifax L 1930~31 H 20 6 1 V
10th Jan 1931 L 2 Warrington L 1930~31 A 3 14 V
17th Jan 1931 W 2 Swinton L 1930~31 H 8 3 V
24th Jan 1931 D 2 Broughton Rangers L 1930~31 A 0 0 V
31st Jan 1931 L 2 Huddersfield L 1930~31 H 0 10 V
7th Feb 1931 W 2 Keighley CC1 1930~31 H 46 4 3 V
14th Feb 1931 W 2 Bramley L 1930~31 A 19 8 1 V
21st Feb 1931 W 2 Castleford CC2 1930~31 A 8 2 V
28th Feb 1931 W 2 Barrow L 1930~31 H 30 0 2 V
7th Mar 1931 W 2 Broughton Rangers CC3 1930~31 A 8 7 V
21st Mar 1931 W 2 Leigh L 1930~31 H 23 3 1 V
28th Mar 1931 L 2 Halifax CCSF 1930~31 N 2 11 V
3rd Apr 1931 L 2 Wigan L 1930~31 A 2 5 V
4th Apr 1931 L 2 Oldham L 1930~31 A 7 28 V
6th Apr 1931 W 2 York L 1930~31 H 13 3 V
7th Apr 1931 L 2 Halifax L 1930~31 A 13 15 1 V
11th Apr 1931 W 2 Broughton Rangers L 1930~31 H 37 5 4 V
22nd Apr 1931 W 2 Wigan Highfield L 1930~31 H 40 17 3 V
25th Apr 1931 W 2 Hull K.R. L 1930~31 H 25 5 1 V
9th May 1931 W 2 Barrow * Fr Carnival Cup 1930~31 L 33 7 1 V
29th Aug 1931 W 2 Widnes L 1931~32 H 39 2 3 V
5th Sep 1931 D 2 Widnes L 1931~32 A 7 7 V
9th Sep 1931 W 2 Barrow L 1931~32 A 12 0 2 V
12th Sep 1931 W 2 Wigan Highfield L 1931~32 H 14 10 V
19th Sep 1931 L 2 Huddersfield L 1931~32 A 2 5 V
26th Sep 1931 W 2 Dewsbury L 1931~32 H 49 0 4 V
3rd Oct 1931 L 2 Oldham L 1931~32 A 13 16 V
10th Oct 1931 L 2 Salford LC1 1931~32 A 5 16 1 V
17th Oct 1931 W 2 Oldham L 1931~32 H 31 17 V
24th Oct 1931 L 2 Broughton Rangers L 1931~32 A 12 24 V
31st Oct 1931 W 2 Bradford Northern L 1931~32 H 35 5 3 V
7th Nov 1931 W 2 Wigan Highfield L 1931~32 A 19 4 1 V
14th Nov 1931 W 2 Salford L 1931~32 H 10 2 V
21st Nov 1931 W 2 Warrington L 1931~32 A 23 8 3 V
28th Nov 1931 W 2 Warrington L 1931~32 H 38 8 3 V
5th Dec 1931 W 2 Bradford Northern L 1931~32 A 31 5 2 V
12th Dec 1931 W 2 Leigh L 1931~32 A 16 8 1 V
19th Dec 1931 W 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1931~32 H 33 12 1 V
25th Dec 1931 L 2 St. Helens Recs L 1931~32 A 2 13 V
26th Dec 1931 W 2 Wigan L 1931~32 H 10 4 V
1st Jan 1932 D 2 St. Helens Recs L 1931~32 H 7 7 1 V
2nd Jan 1932 W 2 Hull K.R. L 1931~32 A 5 3 V
9th Jan 1932 W 2 Wakefield Trinity L 1931~32 H 11 2 2 V
13th Jan 1932 L 2 Salford L 1931~32 A 3 9 V
23rd Jan 1932 W 2 Halifax L 1931~32 H 24 10 V
30th Jan 1932 W 2 Swinton L 1931~32 A 8 7 V
6th Feb 1932 L 2 Keighley CC1 1931~32 A 6 12 V
13th Feb 1932 L 2 Hull K.R. L 1931~32 H 5 8 1 V
27th Feb 1932 L 2 Castleford L 1931~32 A 0 5 V
5th Mar 1932 W 2 Barrow L 1931~32 H 36 15 1 V
12th Mar 1932 W 2 Huddersfield L 1931~32 H 21 8 2 V
19th Mar 1932 W 2 Dewsbury L 1931~32 A 24 15 2 V
25th Mar 1932 W 2 Wigan L 1931~32 A 12 3 1 V
26th Mar 1932 W 2 Castleford L 1931~32 H 24 6 1 V
28th Mar 1932 W 2 Leigh L 1931~32 H 31 2 1 V
29th Mar 1932 W 2 Halifax L 1931~32 A 13 3 2 V
2nd Apr 1932 W 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1931~32 A 16 3 1 V
16th Apr 1932 W 2 Swinton L 1931~32 H 17 5 3 V
18th Apr 1932 W 2 Broughton Rangers L 1931~32 H 21 10 V
23rd Apr 1932 W 2 Wakefield Trinity L 1931~32 A 25 8 2 V
30th Apr 1932 W 2 Leeds ChSF 1931~32 H 9 0 V
7th May 1932 W 2 Huddersfield ChF 1931~32 N 9 5 V
27th Aug 1932 L 2 Widnes L 1932~33 A 10 12 1 V
3rd Sep 1932 W 2 Widnes L 1932~33 H 16 9 V
10th Sep 1932 W 2 Swinton L 1932~33 A 12 7 1 V
17th Sep 1932 W 2 Leigh L 1932~33 H 33 10 3 V
24th Sep 1932 L 2 Hunslet L 1932~33 A 8 15 1 V
26th Sep 1932 W 2 Hunslet L 1932~33 H 21 3 2 V
1st Oct 1932 L 2 Swinton L 1932~33 H 11 37 V
8th Oct 1932 W 2 Widnes LC1 1932~33 A 10 5 2 V
15th Oct 1932 W 2 Barrow L 1932~33 H 18 11 V
22nd Oct 1932 D 2 Wigan Highfield L 1932~33 A 11 11 1 V
24th Oct 1932 W 2 Broughton Rangers LC2 1932~33 H 22 4 1 V
29th Oct 1932 W 2 Batley L 1932~33 H 14 7 V
2nd Nov 1932 D 2 Salford LCSF 1932~33 A 2 2 V
5th Nov 1932 W 2 Leigh L 1932~33 A 13 3 V
7th Nov 1932 W 2 Salford LCSF(rep) 1932~33 H 17 10 1 V
12th Nov 1932 W 2 Wigan Highfield L 1932~33 H 34 7 4 V
19th Nov 1932 L 2 Warrington LCF 1932~33 N 9 10 V
26th Nov 1932 W 2 Leeds L 1932~33 H 21 5 1 V
29th Nov 1932 L 2 Batley L 1932~33 A 12 17 1 V
3rd Dec 1932 W 2 Castleford L 1932~33 A 10 7 V
10th Dec 1932 L 2 Warrington L 1932~33 H 16 18 1 V
17th Dec 1932 L 2 Salford L 1932~33 A 5 13 V
24th Dec 1932 L 2 Oldham L 1932~33 A 8 12 V
25th Dec 1932 W 2 St. Helens Recs L 1932~33 H 8 3 V
27th Dec 1932 W 2 Wigan L 1932~33 H 13 10 V
31st Dec 1932 L 2 Leeds L 1932~33 A 0 27 V
7th Jan 1933 W 2 Salford L 1932~33 H 12 5 V
14th Jan 1933 L 2 York L 1932~33 A 5 11 V
28th Jan 1933 L 2 Barrow L 1932~33 A 17 18 1 V
4th Feb 1933 W 2 Halifax L 1932~33 H 5 3 V
11th Feb 1933 W 2 Bradford Northern CC1 1932~33 A 24 3 V
18th Feb 1933 W 2 Oldham L 1932~33 H 23 0 V
2nd Mar 1933 W 2 Hunslet CC2 1932~33 H 14 3 1 V
4th Mar 1933 D 2 Broughton Rangers L 1932~33 A 8 8 1 V
11th Mar 1933 W 2 Halifax CC3 1932~33 H 18 6 V
13th Mar 1933 W 2 York L 1932~33 H 9 8 1 V
18th Mar 1933 L 2 Huddersfield L 1932~33 A 4 27 V
25th Mar 1933 L 2 Warrington CCSF 1932~33 N 5 11 V
1st Apr 1933 L 2 Huddersfield L 1932~33 H 8 31 V
4th Apr 1933 L 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1932~33 A 0 38 V
8th Apr 1933 L 2 Halifax L 1932~33 A 18 25 V
14th Apr 1933 L 2 Wigan L 1932~33 A 12 23 2 V
15th Apr 1933 L 2 Warrington L 1932~33 A 17 24 V
17th Apr 1933 W 2 Broughton Rangers L 1932~33 H 26 0 1 V
22nd Apr 1933 W 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1932~33 H 47 19 2 V
29th Apr 1933 W 2 Castleford L 1932~33 H 39 5 5 V
18th May 1933 W 2 Halifax * Fr Carnival Cup 1932~32 L 35 13 V
26th Aug 1933 W 5 Widnes L 1933~34 H 29 14 1 V
2nd Sep 1933 L 5 Widnes L 1933~34 A 4 12 V
4th Sep 1933 W 5 Hull K.R. L 1933~34 H 21 11 3 V
9th Sep 1933 W 5 Warrington L 1933~34 A 11 7 V
30th Sep 1933 W 5 Salford LC1 1933~34 H 12 8 V
7th Oct 1933 L 5 Keighley L 1933~34 A 8 16 1 V
14th Oct 1933 W 5 Leigh L 1933~34 H 20 13 2 V
16th Oct 1933 W 5 Rochdale Hornets LC2 1933~34 H 52 14 3 V
21st Oct 1933 W 5 Dewsbury L 1933~34 A 11 0 1 V
28th Oct 1933 L 5 Salford L 1933~34 H 2 17 V
2nd Nov 1933 L 5 St. Helens Recs LCSF 1933~34 A 2 9 V
4th Nov 1933 L 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1933~34 A 17 20 V
11th Nov 1933 W 5 Dewsbury L 1933~34 H 30 13 V
25th Nov 1933 W 5 Bradford Northern L 1933~34 H 28 0 V
2nd Dec 1933 L 5 Australia Tour 1933~34 H 11 20 V
9th Dec 1933 W 5 Broughton Rangers L 1933~34 A 11 9 V
16th Dec 1933 W 5 Broughton Rangers L 1933~34 H 36 5 3 V
23rd Dec 1933 L 5 Salford L 1933~34 A 10 17 V
1st Jan 1934 W 5 St. Helens Recs L 1933~34 H 10 2 V
8th Jan 1934 L 5 Leigh L 1933~34 A 6 11 V
13th Jan 1934 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1933~34 H 29 13 V
20th Jan 1934 W 5 Leeds L 1933~34 H 21 19 1 V
27th Jan 1934 L 5 Hull K.R. L 1933~34 A 8 23 2 V
3rd Feb 1934 L 5 Huddersfield L 1933~34 H 7 20 1 V
10th Feb 1934 W 5 Bradford Northern CC1 1933~34 A 34 6 3 V
17th Feb 1934 L 5 Halifax L 1933~34 A 8 16 1 V
24th Feb 1934 L 5 Bramley CC2 1933~34 A 12 17 V
28th Feb 1934 W 5 Swinton L 1933~34 A 8 5 V
3rd Mar 1934 W 5 Bradford Northern L 1933~34 A 15 11 V
14th Mar 1934 L 5 London Highfield L 1933~34 A 8 16 V
19th Mar 1934 W 5 Warrington L 1933~34 H 7 3 V
24th Mar 1934 W 5 Swinton L 1933~34 H 25 5 2 V
30th Mar 1934 L 5 Wigan L 1933~34 A 3 27 V
7th Apr 1934 W 5 Barrow L 1933~34 H 31 23 1 V
9th Apr 1934 L 3 Halifax L 1933~34 H 9 19 2 V
14th Apr 1934 W 5 London Highfield L 1933~34 H 34 12 3 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 210 OTHER 2 = 212
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 212

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