Jeff Hitchen

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
28-12-1943
N/A
20-01-1966
St.Helens RUFC
11-04-1966 v Swinton
Hull
1969-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1965-1968
18 (6)
0
0
0
0

BIOGRAPHY

Jeff Hitchen by SHS

A local lad, who was signed from St.Helens RUFC, Jeff was substitute forward in the 1966 Challenge Cup final and played in the second half of the Championship final against Halifax the following week. A forceful front-rower, very much in the old-fashioned sense, Geoff was a local teacher at Parr High School for many years. He signed for the Saints in January 1966 and made his debut by coming off the bench in the 6-20 defeat at Swinton on 11th April. He was always on call for the First Team if required and he was a substitute forward on a number of occasions. His last match was a memorable one, in the mud at Hull in a tough Challenge Cup First Round clash on 25th January 1969, which Saints won 13-3. Remember Tommy Bishop’s marvellous scooting try through the slutch? Five members of the 1966 Cup-winning side were still there that day: Benyon, Bishop, Watson, Sayer and Mantle.
Jeff spent some time with Widnes (in exchange for hooker Eric Hughes) before eventually retiring. He can be justifiably proud of appearing in major finals with some all-time great Saints’ players. Jeff always gave everything when he came onto the pitch.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1965~66 0 0 0 9
1966~67 0 0 0 17
1968~69 0 0 0 4
TOTALS:0 0 0 30
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1966~670001
TOTALS:0001

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
11th Apr 1966 L 15 Swinton L 1965~66 A 6 20 V
16th Apr 1966 W 15 Dewsbury CCSF 1965~66 N 12 5 Y V
22nd Apr 1966 L 12 Swinton L 1965~66 H 10 15 V
25th Apr 1966 W 12 Liverpool City L 1965~66 A 28 3 V
30th Apr 1966 W 12 Warrington Ch1 1965~66 H 35 7 V
7th May 1966 W 15 Oldham Ch2 1965~66 H 15 10 V
14th May 1966 W 15 Hull K.R. ChSF 1965~66 H 14 6 Y V
21st May 1966 W 15 Wigan CCF 1965~66 N 21 2 Y V
28th May 1966 W 15 Halifax ChF 1965~66 N 35 12 V
12th Aug 1966 L 12 Swinton* Fr Gallie Cup 1966~67 H 13 27 V
19th Aug 1966 D 15 Widnes L 1966~67 A 10 10 V
23rd Aug 1966 L 15 Warrington L 1966~67 H 6 10 Y V
27th Aug 1966 W 15 Salford L 1966~67 H 42 7 Y V
29th Aug 1966 L 11 Wakefield Trinity L 1966~67 A 15 28 V
3rd Sep 1966 W 15 Rochdale Hornets LC1 1966~67 A 18 16 Y V
14th Sep 1966 L 15 Wigan LC2 1966~67 A 9 11 Y V
17th Sep 1966 W 15 Blackpool Borough L 1966~67 A 23 14 Y V
26th Sep 1966 W 8 Salford FTP(2) 1966~67 H 40 5 V
17th Dec 1966 W 15 Workington Town L 1966~67 A 16 9 Y V
26th Dec 1966 W 15 Wigan L 1966~67 H 8 3 Y V
27th Dec 1966 W 8 Warrington L 1966~67 A 9 8 V
2nd Jan 1967 D 11 Swinton L 1966~67 A 9 9 V
21st Jan 1967 L 12 Workington Town L 1966~67 H 5 6 V
7th Feb 1967 L 15 Salford CC1(rep) 1966~67 H 3 8 Y V
11th Feb 1967 W 12 Liverpool City L 1966~67 H 23 6 V
17th Feb 1967 L 11 Oldham L 1966~67 A 7 8 V
4th Mar 1967 L 11 Leeds L 1966~67 A 20 26 V
9th Nov 1968 W 8 Doncaster L 1968~69 A 22 8 V
16th Nov 1968 D 15 Salford L 1968~69 H 9 9 Y V
11th Jan 1969 W 15 Whitehaven L 1968~69 A 9 7 V
25th Jan 1969 W 15 Hull CC1 1968~69 A 13 3 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 17 OTHER 1 = 30
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 6 Subs) = 18

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