Bob Harrison

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
28-12-1903
N/A
16-08-1928
Unknown.
10-04-1928 v Rochdale Hornets
Widnes
1930- Retired through injury
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1927-1930
21 (0)
4
0
0
12

BIOGRAPHY

Bob Harrison by Alex Service

A local-born loose forward, Bob Harrison had a relatively short career at St.Helens, as a result of picking up an injury in a Testimonial match for St.Helens Recs forward Frank Bowen. Yet he was able to take part in what was truly a golden age of football at Knowsley Road. It was the Saints Team of All the Talents, with the likes of Les Fairclough and Alf Ellaby who looked more than capable of picking up major honours in the 1929-30 season. Yet for a variety of reasons, the bumper harvest of trophies never materialised, with defeat against an unfancied Widnes side in the club’s first-ever Wembley appearance. It was not only the last match for loose forward Bob Harrison, but for full-back Charlie Crooks and front-rower Bill Clarey. Bob, known universally by the nickname ‘Slosher’ was a strong, mobile back-rower, who could certainly cope with the demands of top class football. Ironically, he had two spells at Knowsley Road, the first being in August 1925, although he was struck off the Players Register the following February and he later re-signed for the club.

Bob made his debut in the last match of the 1927-28 season away against Rochdale Hornets. The Saints lost 5-15 on the day, but Bob was to continue to make appearances in the First Team thereafter. Yet the 1929-30 campaign saw his most concentrated run of selection and he took part in the famous defeat of Wigan in the Challenge Cup semi-final replay which ended in a 22-10 triumph and took the Saints to Wembley. April in particular was a gruelling month for Bob and the team, with no less than 11 matches in four weeks. No wonder they were exhausted physically and mentally before Wembley. Bob carried the legacy of his bad knee injury until he died in 1979 aged 75.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1927~280 0 0 1
1928~29 0 0 0 4
1929~30 4 0 0 16
TOTALS:4 0 0 21
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1929~30 0001
TOTALS:0001

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
10th Apr 1928 L 13 Rochdale Hornets L 1927~28 A 5 15 V
2nd Feb 1929 D 13 Salford L 1928~29 H 11 11 V
13th Mar 1929 L 13 Wigan CC3(rep) 1928~29 A 5 25 V
30th Mar 1929 W 13 Bradford Northern L 1928~29 H 47 5 V
1st Apr 1929 W 13 Barrow L 1928~29 H 9 5 V
11th Jan 1930 W 13 Halifax L 1929~30 H 23 2 1 V
25th Jan 1930 W 13 Rochdale Hornets L 1929~30 H 32 5 V
1st Feb 1930 W 13 Wigan Highfield L 1929~30 A 22 0 V
8th Feb 1930 W 13 St. Helens Recs CC1 1929~30 H 9 7 V
15th Feb 1930 W 13 Hull K.R. L 1929~30 A 16 5 V
22nd Feb 1930 W 13 Leeds CC2 1929~30 A 18 5 1 V
1st Mar 1930 W 13 Leigh L 1929~30 H 23 2 V
8th Mar 1930 W 13 Hunslet CC3 1929~30 H 22 7 1 V
15th Mar 1930 L 13 Salford L 1929~30 A 2 11 V
22nd Mar 1930 W 13 Hull L 1929~30 H 23 4 V
29th Mar 1930 D 13 Wigan CCSF 1929~30 N 5 5 V
2nd Apr 1930 W 13 Wigan CCSF(rep) 1929~30 N 22 10 V
5th Apr 1930 L 13 Hunslet L 1929~30 A 11 14 V
9th Apr 1930 W 13 Swinton L 1929~30 A 8 3 V
12th Apr 1930 W 13 Batley L 1929~30 H 19 3 1 V
3rd May 1930 L 13 Widnes CCF 1929~30 N 3 10 V
10th May 1930 W 13 Wigan * Fr 1929~30 L 21 14 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 20 OTHER 1 = 21
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 21
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