Peter Harvey

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
24-10-1940
N/A
Date unknown.
Liverpool RU
24-08-1963 v Huddersfield
Leigh
1966- Warrington
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1963-1966
120 (8)
48
8
0
144

BIOGRAPHY



Peter Harvey by Alex Service

Peter has the unusual distinction of being born in Scotland, in Johnstone to be precise, possibly the only Saints’ player, apart from John McCallum in 1921, to have done so. Both codes of rugby have loomed large in Peter’s sporting life since his schooldays at West Park Grammar School in St.Helens. Keith Northey was a contemporary. There, of course, it was Rugby Union and Peter built up a formidable reputation as a top-class threequarter at schoolboy level. He was awarded the coveted Victor Ludorum Bowl as West Park’s Sportsman of the Year in 1959. He originally captained Lancashire Schoolboys, but such was his progress that he captained the England Under 18 team against France (he scored a crucial try in the 11-all draw) and played in the England youth team against Wales in the same year (1959). Peter was the first player from Lancashire to play for England schools at that level!
The “redhead with fire in his boots” joined Liverpool RFC, together with stints at St.Mary’s College, Twickenham and Loughborough College as part of his Teacher Training. Whilst in London, he also turned out for Rosslyn Park and Blackheath. He played over 20 times for the full Lancashire XV, either in the centre, or wing, wherever his electric pace and guile could be utilised fully - a fine pedigree indeed. Peter also played in a full England trial in 1963 before joining the Saints and becoming a professional Rugby League player. Indeed, he was not selected for the England tour to Australia that same year, which was a catalyst for him to switch to League. He became one of several high-profile signings by the club from the Union code. Names like Ray French, Kel Coslett, John Mantle, John Warlow, Keith Northey, Len Killeen and, of course, Tom van Vollenhoven, spring to mind in this respect.
Peter made quite an impact early on in the 13 a side code, with selection for Lancashire in October 1963 (against Cumbria at Whitehaven) and in 1964, when he appeared in the centre. He made his First Team debut at stand-off against Huddersfield at Knowsley Road at the start of the 1963-64 season, with Wilf Smith at scrum-half. Although the home team lost 7-10, Peter was to hit the headlines a few weeks later with a two-try performance in the win at Swinton playing on the left wing. He could certainly operate with great effectiveness out wide, after all, one scribe from his Union days talked about his “speed, a safe pair of hands and an eagle eye for the half chance.” Peter finished joint top scorer at the end of the 1963-64 season with 22 tries (level with Tom van Vollenhoven) and only Kel Coslett and Ray French played more matches. In the five major finals he won as a Saint, however, four were in the number six jersey! His first was in the 1963 Lancashire Cup final against Leigh at Swinton, when he played on the left wing, with former school chum Keith Northey as his centre. Towards the end of his debut season came his second major final in the short-lived Western Division Championship. Saints won 10-7 with Peter back at stand-off partnering scrum-half Alex Murphy. The same partnership was again in operation for the 1964 Lancashire Cup final against Swinton, with another Saints victory (12-4). Although the team went on to win the League Leaders Shield in 1964-65, there was defeat at the end of the campaign in the Championship final at Swinton, where un-fancied Halifax triumphed 7-15. Peter played on the right wing that day, with Tom van Vollenhoven as his centre! This was to be a mere inconvenience for what was to follow during the 1965-66 season, however, when he appeared for the Saints at Wembley in his more accustomed stand-off position during the 21-2 demolition of Wigan and in the Championship final shortly after, when the Saints thrashed Halifax 35-12 on the way to an eventual four-trophy haul. Tommy Bishop this time was his partner at 7, with skipper Alex Murphy switched to the centre. Indeed, word of his prowess reached the front page of the Johnstone Advertiser for 27th May 1966: “Johnstonian Plays in Wembley Cup Final With the Egg-Shaped Ball.”
Unfortunately, Peter’s career at Knowsley Road never reached the same level of success. For a variety of reasons, it must have been difficult for the team to replicate their marvellous achievements of the 1965-66 campaign. Although they eventually reached the Championship Final in 1966-67, where they lost to Wakefield Trinity after a replay, it was without Peter Harvey. Matters became untenable between club and player, as Peter himself recalls: ”The club told me that I would never play for them again either in the First or the A Team. They put me ‘in dispute’, brought Peter Douglas in from Barrow and I was eventually transferred to Warrington in about July 1967.”
It was such a pity that his departure came in such fashion. Peter showed that he was effective wherever he played, especially at stand-off and made a vital contribution to the Saints’ success of the mid 1960s.
A retired Primary School Headteacher, Peter is an active Committee Member of the Saints Past Players Association and retains a keen interest in all matters connected with the oval ball and local and family history.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1963~6422 0 0 39
1964~65 13 0 0 35
1965~668 0 0 47
1966~67 5 0 0 15
TOTALS:48 0 0 136
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1964~651001
1965~66 0001
TOTALS:1002

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
24th Aug 1963 L 6 Huddersfield L 1963~64 H 7 10 V
28th Aug 1963 W 6 Castleford L 1963~64 H 20 11 V
31st Aug 1963 W 6 Keighley L 1963~64 A 18 6 V
7th Sep 1963 W 5 Swinton LC1 1963~64 A 12 2 2 V
14th Sep 1963 W 5 Hull K.R. L 1963~64 H 40 5 2 V
16th Sep 1963 W 5 Workington Town LC2 1963~64 H 28 4 1 V
21st Sep 1963 L 5 Halifax L 1963~64 A 5 13 V
23rd Sep 1963 W 5 Warrington LCSF 1963~64 A 21 14 V
28th Sep 1963 L 5 Australia Tour 1963~64 H 2 8 V
5th Oct 1963 W 5 Barrow WDC 1963~64 H 19 15 1 V
12th Oct 1963 W 5 Leeds L 1963~64 A 10 2 1 V
19th Oct 1963 W 5 Hull L 1963~64 H 11 10 1 V
26th Oct 1963 W 5 Leigh LCF 1963~64 N 15 4 V
2nd Nov 1963 W 5 Warrington L 1963~64 H 19 8 1 V
16th Nov 1963 D 5 Featherstone Rovers L 1963~64 H 11 11 1 V
30th Nov 1963 W 5 Liverpool City WDC 1963~64 H 16 0 V
7th Dec 1963 W 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1963~64 A 8 7 1 V
14th Dec 1963 L 6 Halifax L 1963~64 H 12 13 V
28th Dec 1963 W 5 Workington Town L 1963~64 A 5 0 V
1st Jan 1964 L 3 Swinton L 1963~64 H 6 8 V
4th Jan 1964 W 5 Salford WDC 1963~64 A 15 5 V
11th Jan 1964 L 6 Hunslet L 1963~64 H 10 12 V
25th Jan 1964 W 5 Keighley L 1963~64 H 28 3 4 V
1st Feb 1964 W 5 Hull K.R. L 1963~64 A 9 5 1 V
8th Feb 1964 L 5 Castleford CC1 1963~64 H 6 13 V
15th Feb 1964 W 5 Barrow WDC 1963~64 A 14 10 1 V
22nd Feb 1964 L 5 Leeds L 1963~64 H 6 14 V
29th Feb 1964 W 5 Warrington L 1963~64 A 17 10 V
7th Mar 1964 W 5 Huddersfield L 1963~64 A 16 11 V
14th Mar 1964 W 5 Workington Town L 1963~64 H 14 8 1 V
30th Mar 1964 W 5 Swinton L 1963~64 A 10 7 1 V
8th Apr 1964 L 5 Featherstone Rovers L 1963~64 A 12 19 V
18th Apr 1964 W 5 Liverpool City WDC 1963~64 A 32 7 2 V
22nd Apr 1964 W 2 Wigan L 1963~64 A 22 13 V
25th Apr 1964 W 2 Widnes L 1963~64 A 19 8 1 V
1st May 1964 W 6 Oldham WDCSF 1963~64 H 22 11 V
6th May 1964 W 6 Hull L 1963~64 A 17 9 V
16th May 1964 W 6 Swinton WDCF 1963~64 N 10 7 V
27th May 1964 L 6 Castleford L 1963~64 A 10 11 V
14th Aug 1964 W 6 Swinton* Fr Gallie Cup 1964~65 H 22 2 1 V
22nd Aug 1964 W 14 Leigh L 1964~65 A 19 6 Y V
24th Aug 1964 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1964~65 H 28 4 2 V
29th Aug 1964 W 6 Widnes L 1964~65 H 29 6 V
31st Aug 1964 W 6 Whitehaven L 1964~65 A 15 5 V
5th Sep 1964 W 6 Liverpool City LC1 1964~65 A 41 11 V
12th Sep 1964 W 14 Blackpool Borough L 1964~65 H 37 5 1 V
14th Sep 1964 W 6 Barrow LC2 1964~65 A 22 11 V
19th Sep 1964 W 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1964~65 A 17 6 V
26th Sep 1964 W 6 Featherstone Rovers L 1964~65 A 30 15 1 V
29th Sep 1964 W 6 Warrington LCSF 1964~65 A 10 8 1 V
3rd Oct 1964 W 6 Workington Town L 1964~65 H 32 6 2 V
10th Oct 1964 W 6 Blackpool Borough L 1964~65 A 31 9 V
17th Oct 1964 W 6 Featherstone Rovers L 1964~65 H 25 12 V
24th Oct 1964 W 6 Swinton LCF 1964~65 N 12 4 V
31st Oct 1964 W 6 Oldham L 1964~65 H 22 6 1 V
7th Nov 1964 W 6 Warrington L 1964~65 H 26 10 V
14th Nov 1964 W 3 Hull K.R. L 1964~65 A 25 12 V
21st Nov 1964 W 3 Barrow L 1964~65 H 37 3 2 V
19th Dec 1964 W 6 Leigh L 1964~65 H 10 7 V
1st Jan 1965 W 2 Swinton L 1964~65 A 11 5 V
9th Jan 1965 W 2 Liverpool City L 1964~65 H 23 3 1 V
16th Jan 1965 L 6 Warrington L 1964~65 A 4 6 V
13th Feb 1965 L 14 Workington Town L 1964~65 A 3 4 Y V
16th Mar 1965 L 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1964~65 H 2 9 V
20th Mar 1965 L 2 Wakefield Trinity L 1964~65 A 4 5 V
23rd Mar 1965 L 6 Wigan L 1964~65 H 6 10 V
27th Mar 1965 L 6 Salford L 1964~65 A 8 11 V
9th Apr 1965 W 14 Liverpool City L 1964~65 A 11 0 Y V
17th Apr 1965 W 14 Widnes L 1964~65 A 14 2 1 V
19th Apr 1965 W 6 Swinton L 1964~65 H 16 5 V
21st Apr 1965 W 6 Huddersfield L 1964~65 A 20 6 1 V
24th Apr 1965 W 6 Barrow Ch1 1964~65 H 23 7 V
30th Apr 1965 W 14 Hull K.R. Ch2 1964~65 H 24 6 Y V
15th May 1965 W 14 Wakefield Trinity ChSF 1964~65 H 10 5 Y V
22nd May 1965 L 2 Halifax ChF 1964~65 N 7 15 V
14th Aug 1965 L 2 Swinton * Fr Gallie Cup 1965~66 A 9 11 V
20th Aug 1965 W 6 Halifax L 1965~66 H 15 4 1 V
24th Aug 1965 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1965~66 A 17 9 V
28th Aug 1965 W 6 Castleford L 1965~66 A 19 15 1 V
30th Aug 1965 W 6 Whitehaven L 1965~66 H 30 5 V
4th Sep 1965 W 6 Warrington L 1965~66 A 11 2 V
10th Sep 1965 L 6 Swinton LC1 1965~66 H 7 8 V
15th Sep 1965 W 6 New Zealand Tour 1965~66 H 28 7 1 V
27th Sep 1965 W 6 Widnes L 1965~66 A 9 4 V
1st Oct 1965 W 14 Oldham L 1965~66 H 23 17 Y V
5th Oct 1965 W 14 Leigh FT1 1965~66 H 25 19 Y V
9th Oct 1965 W 6 Barrow L 1965~66 H 18 14 V
16th Oct 1965 W 6 Salford L 1965~66 A 15 11 1 V
23rd Oct 1965 W 6 Workington Town L 1965~66 H 43 4 1 V
30th Oct 1965 W 6 Barrow L 1965~66 A 15 10 V
9th Nov 1965 W 5 Huddersfield L 1965~66 H 11 4 V
13th Nov 1965 W 6 Workington Town L 1965~66 A 7 3 V
16th Nov 1965 W 6 Leeds FT2 1965~66 H 21 9 V
19th Nov 1965 W 14 Rochdale Hornets L 1965~66 H 19 7 V
27th Nov 1965 D 14 Wakefield Trinity L 1965~66 H 9 9 Y V
4th Dec 1965 W 6 Whitehaven L 1965~66 A 4 2 V
7th Dec 1965 W 14 Swinton FTSF 1965~66 H 9 5 V
14th Dec 1965 L 14 Castleford FTF 1965~66 H 0 4 Y V
17th Dec 1965 W 6 Blackpool Borough L 1965~66 H 21 9 1 V
1st Jan 1966 W 6 Salford L 1965~66 H 16 3 V
8th Jan 1966 L 6 Oldham L 1965~66 A 9 13 V
29th Jan 1966 W 14 Halifax L 1965~66 A 5 2 V
1st Feb 1966 W 14 Widnes L 1965~66 H 9 4 Y V
5th Feb 1966 W 4 Blackpool Borough L 1965~66 A 25 11 V
14th Feb 1966 W 4 Leigh L 1965~66 H 17 2 V
19th Feb 1966 L 14 Wakefield Trinity L 1965~66 A 12 20 Y V
26th Feb 1966 W 6 Wakefield Trinity CC1 1965~66 A 10 0 V
1st Mar 1966 W 6 Warrington L 1965~66 H 22 6 1 V
8th Mar 1966 W 6 Liverpool City L 1965~66 H 16 2 V
12th Mar 1966 W 6 Huddersfield L 1965~66 A 8 7 V
19th Mar 1966 W 6 Swinton CC2 1965~66 H 16 4 V
23rd Mar 1966 W 6 Leigh L 1965~66 A 6 5 V
26th Mar 1966 L 6 Wigan L 1965~66 A 8 17 V
2nd Apr 1966 W 14 Hull K.R. CC3 1965~66 H 12 10 Y V
8th Apr 1966 W 6 Wigan L 1965~66 H 17 10 V
11th Apr 1966 L 6 Swinton L 1965~66 A 6 20 V
16th Apr 1966 W 6 Dewsbury CCSF 1965~66 N 12 5 V
22nd Apr 1966 L 6 Swinton L 1965~66 H 10 15 V
25th Apr 1966 W 14 Liverpool City L 1965~66 A 28 3 V
30th Apr 1966 W 3 Warrington Ch1 1965~66 H 35 7 1 V
7th May 1966 W 2 Oldham Ch2 1965~66 H 15 10 V
21st May 1966 W 6 Wigan CCF 1965~66 N 21 2 V
28th May 1966 W 6 Halifax ChF 1965~66 N 35 12 V
19th Aug 1966 D 6 Widnes L 1966~67 A 10 10 V
23rd Aug 1966 L 6 Warrington L 1966~67 H 6 10 V
27th Aug 1966 W 4 Salford L 1966~67 H 42 7 V
29th Aug 1966 L 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1966~67 A 15 28 V
3rd Sep 1966 W 6 Rochdale Hornets LC1 1966~67 A 18 16 1 V
7th Sep 1966 W 14 Salford FTP(1) 1966~67 A 19 10 Y V
10th Sep 1966 W 14 Liverpool City L 1966~67 A 35 12 V
12th Sep 1966 W 5 Barrow L 1966~67 A 15 9 V
14th Sep 1966 L 14 Wigan LC2 1966~67 A 9 11 V
17th Sep 1966 W 14 Blackpool Borough L 1966~67 A 23 14 Y V
24th Sep 1966 D 14 Rochdale Hornets L 1966~67 A 17 17 Y V
30th Sep 1966 W 2 Whitehaven L 1966~67 H 35 12 4 V
7th Oct 1966 W 14 Blackpool Borough L 1966~67 H 25 6 Y V
18th Oct 1966 W 6 Swinton FT1 1966~67 H 11 9 V
2nd Nov 1966 L 2 Leigh L 1966~67 A 5 29 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 118 OTHER 2 = 136
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 8 Subs) = 120

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