Brian Howard

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
02-03-1933
N/A
22-01-1952
United Services/ St. Helens B
18-10-1952 v Salford
Liverpool City
1959- Leigh
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1952-1958
131 (0)
58
0
0
174

BIOGRAPHY

Harry Brian Howard by Dave Dooley:
Brian Howard was a stalwart for the club playing over 100 matches mostly as a stand off. He made his debut against Salford on the 18th. October 1952. In 131 matches for the Saints Brian scored 58 tries, for a total points aggregate of 174 points. Brian was the nephew of William Birkett who had played for St Helens Recs before the war. He was signed from the Saints `B` team which operated in the local amateur league.

This hardworking, creative centre was a member of the 1956 Challenge Cup winning team that defeated Halifax by 13 points to 2. In this match Brian created a sensational try for Frank Carlton cutting through the Halifax defence to put the flying winger away to score near the posts. This sent Saints fans into rapture as caps, scarves, rattles and saucers flew into the air.

His final match for the Club was against Liverpool City on the 26th of April, 1959. Brian was subsequently sold to Leigh. He is the father of Harvey Howard, who played for Widnes and Brisbane Broncos in Australia, amongst others.

Brian sadly passed away in January 2017.

Brian Howard Dies [Obituary January 2017]

Another link from the 1956 Challenge Cup winning squad has been severed with the passing of Brian Howard at the age of 83. He had been ill for some time. The 1956 success against Halifax at Wembley was the first time the Saints had lifted the gleaming trophy and Brian played his part in this never-to-be-forgotten triumph. Playing left centre that afternoon, Brian’s deft pass on the hour to Frank Carlton enabled the winger to fly away and score the crucial first try of the game that did so much to ensure eventual victory. “I was there as a spectator that day”, recalls former Saint Brian McGinn “and he was obviously a regular first-teamer then. I was sixteen and signed for the club shortly afterwards. Eventually, of course, I became a team-mate of his in both the A team and the seniors. He came through with the likes of Walter Delves, Roy Robinson and Josh Gaskell. He was a very good all-round footballer and a nice bloke off the pitch too”.

Hard-working, creative and defensively sound all describe Brian Howard’s rugby ability. He also had the requisite pace to score tries as well as create them. It may be a something of a cliché to describe someone as a ‘utility back’, but it is true that Brian, at various times, occupied every position for the club in the threequarters, mostly as a left centre in his early career at Knowsley Road. Yet later on he became a stand-off, playing in the number six jersey on 57 occasions, with Alex Murphy as his scrum-half. This is where he enjoyed his most successful season, in 1958-59, when he turned out in 40 matches and scored 22 tries. Overall, he played 131 times for his home town club, including 48 tries.

Born in 1933, Brian attended Rivington Road School. Rugby-wise, he was a former member of the United Services and the Saints ‘B’ teams in the Junior Leagues and signed professional forms for his home town club on 22nd January 1952. Brian made his senior debut on the right wing for St. Helens against Salford at Knowsley Road on 18th October 1952 [Saints won 14-6] and his last match was against Liverpool City, on 26th April 1959, when he was right centre to the great Tom van Vollenhoven in a 41-22 success.

Apart from the magnificent Challenge Cup final success in 1956, Brian played in one other final for the club, when Saints lost to Oldham in the Lancashire Cup final of 1958 at Central Park. He also scored one of his team’s tries against the visiting New Zealanders in 1955, when the Kiwis were defeated 16-8.

Rugby League is very much in the Howard family’s DNA. His uncle was William Birkett, who played for St. Helens Recs as a threequarter between the wars and, of course, one of Brian’s two sons, Harvey, created his own niche in the rugby league game as an international and renowned club professional on two continents, with a clubs including Widnes, Wigan and Brisbane Broncos on his resume.

Brian moved on to Leigh from 1959-62 and made 79 appearances for the Hilton Park club, scoring 15 tries. A personable guy, Brian was a fine footballer and a member of the Saints’ Players’ Association.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1952~530 0 0 2
1953~541 0 0 6
1954~55 1 0 0 1
1955~5612 0 0 28
1956~578 0 0 20
1957~5814 0 0 34
1958~5922 0 0 40
TOTALS:58 0 0 131
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1954~552001
1955~562002
1958~590001
TOTALS:4004

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
18th Oct 1952 W 2 Salford L 1952~53 H 14 6 V
18th Apr 1953 W 2 Oldham L 1952~53 A 14 13 V
26th Sep 1953 L 6 Halifax L 1953~54 A 3 14 V
7th Nov 1953 W 3 Oldham L 1953~54 A 5 3 V
9th Jan 1954 W 4 Swinton L 1953~54 A 8 0 V
16th Jan 1954 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1953~54 H 28 5 1 V
19th Apr 1954 L 3 Huddersfield L 1953~54 A 13 29 V
1st May 1954 L 4 Warrington ChSF 1953~54 A 0 11 V
21st Aug 1954 W 2 Blackpool Borough L 1954~55 A 34 2 1 V
7th May 1955 W 4 Leigh* Fr 1954~55 H 40 16 2 V
13th Aug 1955 L 6 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1955~56 H 17 31 1 V
20th Aug 1955 W 4 Widnes L 1955~56 A 35 18 V
27th Aug 1955 L 4 Barrow LC1 1955~56 A 12 18 1 V
31st Aug 1955 L 4 Salford L 1955~56 A 10 11 V
3rd Sep 1955 W 2 York L 1955~56 H 26 18 1 V
10th Sep 1955 W 4 Keighley L 1955~56 H 52 23 V
24th Sep 1955 W 4 Barrow L 1955~56 H 66 15 1 V
8th Oct 1955 W 4 Keighley L 1955~56 A 21 6 2 V
15th Oct 1955 W 6 Liverpool City L 1955~56 H 32 4 1 V
22nd Oct 1955 W 6 Blackpool Borough L 1955~56 A 36 4 V
26th Oct 1955 W 6 New Zealand Tour 1955~56 H 16 8 1 V
29th Oct 1955 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1955~56 H 8 7 V
5th Nov 1955 W 3 Swinton L 1955~56 A 4 0 V
12th Nov 1955 W 3 Halifax L 1955~56 H 13 8 V
19th Nov 1955 W 6 Liverpool City L 1955~56 A 29 9 1 V
26th Nov 1955 W 6 Workington Town L 1955~56 H 36 3 2 V
3rd Dec 1955 W 6 Whitehaven L 1955~56 A 20 12 V
17th Dec 1955 W 4 Barrow L 1955~56 A 18 6 V
24th Dec 1955 W 4 Oldham L 1955~56 H 18 7 V
26th Dec 1955 L 4 Leigh L 1955~56 H 9 18 V
27th Dec 1955 L 6 Wigan L 1955~56 A 0 8 V
31st Dec 1955 W 4 Dewsbury L 1955~56 A 19 10 1 V
2nd Jan 1956 W 6 Leigh L 1955~56 A 20 6 1 V
17th Mar 1956 W 4 York L 1955~56 A 13 6 V
31st Mar 1956 L 5 Warrington L 1955~56 H 7 13 V
12th Apr 1956 W 3 Workington Town L 1955~56 A 12 9 V
14th Apr 1956 L 4 Oldham L 1955~56 A 8 40 V
16th Apr 1956 W 3 Whitehaven L 1955~56 H 22 7 V
28th Apr 1956 W 4 Halifax CCF 1955~56 N 13 2 V
20th May 1956 L 4 Hull* Fr 1955~56 A 20 23 1 V
18th Aug 1956 W 4 Widnes L 1956~57 H 29 0 1 V
29th Aug 1956 W 4 Salford L 1956~57 H 40 0 2 V
1st Sep 1956 W 4 Swinton LC1 1956~57 H 27 7 1 V
8th Sep 1956 L 4 Oldham L 1956~57 H 16 25 1 V
11th Sep 1956 W 4 Liverpool City LC2 1956~57 H 34 3 V
27th Oct 1956 L 4 Workington Town L 1956~57 H 9 11 V
1st Jan 1957 W 4 Leigh L 1956~57 H 18 14 V
6th Jan 1957 W 5 Warrington L 1956~57 H 33 7 V
12th Jan 1957 W 4 Swinton L 1956~57 A 14 9 V
19th Jan 1957 L 4 Leeds L 1956~57 A 11 22 V
9th Feb 1957 L 3 Whitehaven CC1 1956~57 A 8 9 V
20th Mar 1957 W 3 Halifax L 1956~57 A 10 4 V
23rd Mar 1957 W 3 Huddersfield L 1956~57 A 10 9 V
3rd Apr 1957 W 3 Whitehaven L 1956~57 A 5 2 1 V
6th Apr 1957 W 3 Leeds L 1956~57 H 44 3 1 V
13th Apr 1957 W 3 Swinton L 1956~57 H 34 0 V
15th Apr 1957 L 3 Barrow L 1956~57 A 8 11 V
19th Apr 1957 L 5 Wigan L 1956~57 A 11 19 1 V
20th Apr 1957 L 3 Workington Town L 1956~57 A 3 26 V
22nd Apr 1957 W 3 Blackpool Borough L 1956~57 H 48 10 V
14th Sep 1957 W 4 Hull L 1957~58 H 13 4 V
21st Sep 1957 W 4 Swinton L 1957~58 A 16 14 V
28th Sep 1957 W 4 Warrington L 1957~58 H 14 2 1 V
2nd Oct 1957 L 4 Oldham LCSF 1957~58 H 9 29 V
5th Oct 1957 W 6 Huddersfield L 1957~58 A 35 13 V
12th Oct 1957 W 3 Whitehaven L 1957~58 H 26 9 V
19th Oct 1957 W 4 Liverpool City L 1957~58 A 28 4 V
26th Oct 1957 W 5 Leeds L 1957~58 H 36 7 1 V
2nd Nov 1957 W 5 Whitehaven L 1957~58 A 15 7 1 V
9th Nov 1957 W 4 Swinton L 1957~58 H 43 11 1 V
16th Nov 1957 W 4 Barrow L 1957~58 A 18 12 2 V
23rd Nov 1957 W 4 Workington Town L 1957~58 H 29 6 1 V
30th Nov 1957 W 4 Warrington L 1957~58 A 13 11 1 V
7th Dec 1957 W 4 Barrow L 1957~58 H 25 7 1 V
14th Dec 1957 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1957~58 A 10 5 V
21st Dec 1957 W 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1957~58 H 52 5 V
25th Dec 1957 W 4 Leigh L 1957~58 H 11 9 V
26th Dec 1957 W 4 Wigan L 1957~58 A 12 9 V
28th Dec 1957 L 6 Salford L 1957~58 A 7 12 V
1st Jan 1958 L 4 Leigh L 1957~58 A 5 15 V
1st Feb 1958 L 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1957~58 A 12 17 V
12th Feb 1958 W 4 Hunslet CC1 1957~58 A 15 0 V
15th Feb 1958 W 6 Oldham L 1957~58 H 5 4 V
22nd Feb 1958 W 4 Keighley CC2 1957~58 A 19 4 1 V
1st Mar 1958 L 4 Workington Town L 1957~58 A 10 15 V
8th Mar 1958 L 4 Featherstone Rovers CC3 1957~58 A 0 5 V
15th Mar 1958 L 4 Hull L 1957~58 A 11 22 V
22nd Mar 1958 W 4 Widnes L 1957~58 H 14 7 1 V
4th Apr 1958 W 6 Wigan L 1957~58 H 32 7 V
5th Apr 1958 W 6 Hunslet L 1957~58 A 33 2 1 V
7th Apr 1958 W 6 Halifax L 1957~58 A 18 2 1 V
14th Apr 1958 W 6 Salford L 1957~58 H 42 8 V
19th Apr 1958 W 6 Halifax L 1957~58 H 31 4 1 V
3rd May 1958 L 6 Workington Town ChSF 1957~58 H 13 14 V
9th Aug 1958 L 6 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1958~59 A 10 14 V
16th Aug 1958 L 6 Widnes L 1958~59 A 16 25 V
19th Aug 1958 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1958~59 A 15 5 V
23rd Aug 1958 W 6 Featherstone Rovers L 1958~59 H 32 9 1 V
25th Aug 1958 W 6 Warrington L 1958~59 H 15 7 V
30th Aug 1958 W 6 Rochdale Hornets LC1 1958~59 A 20 15 1 V
6th Sep 1958 W 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1958~59 A 24 14 V
8th Sep 1958 W 6 Leigh LC2 1958~59 A 12 2 1 V
13th Sep 1958 W 6 Halifax L 1958~59 H 45 20 V
17th Sep 1958 W 6 Barrow LCSF 1958~59 H 18 6 1 V
20th Sep 1958 W 6 Warrington L 1958~59 A 29 15 1 V
27th Sep 1958 W 6 Hunslet L 1958~59 H 31 15 3 V
4th Oct 1958 W 6 Blackpool Borough L 1958~59 A 26 19 V
11th Oct 1958 W 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1958~59 H 15 8 V
18th Oct 1958 D 6 Workington Town L 1958~59 A 10 10 1 V
25th Oct 1958 L 6 Oldham LCF 1958~59 N 2 12 V
1st Nov 1958 W 6 Salford L 1958~59 A 28 12 V
8th Nov 1958 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1958~59 H 42 12 2 V
15th Nov 1958 W 6 Featherstone Rovers L 1958~59 A 36 9 1 V
29th Nov 1958 W 6 Whitehaven L 1958~59 A 25 2 V
6th Dec 1958 W 6 Leeds L 1958~59 H 38 12 V
13th Dec 1958 W 6 Swinton L 1958~59 H 32 3 V
20th Dec 1958 W 6 Barrow L 1958~59 A 7 5 1 V
25th Dec 1958 W 6 Leigh L 1958~59 A 10 6 V
26th Dec 1958 W 6 Wigan L 1958~59 H 13 9 V
1st Jan 1959 W 6 Leigh L 1958~59 H 9 6 V
3rd Jan 1959 L 6 Leeds L 1958~59 A 11 12 V
24th Jan 1959 L 6 Hunslet L 1958~59 A 11 19 V
31st Jan 1959 W 6 Whitehaven L 1958~59 H 27 3 3 V
7th Feb 1959 W 6 Hull L 1958~59 A 19 9 1 V
14th Feb 1959 W 6 Barrow L 1958~59 H 71 15 1 V
21st Feb 1959 W 6 Oldham CC1 1958~59 A 7 6 V
28th Feb 1959 W 6 Widnes L 1958~59 H 38 4 2 V
7th Mar 1959 W 6 Dewsbury CC2 1958~59 H 35 8 V
16th Mar 1959 W 6 Salford L 1958~59 H 44 4 V
21st Mar 1959 L 6 Featherstone Rovers CC3 1958~59 A 6 20 V
27th Mar 1959 L 4 Wigan L 1958~59 A 14 19 V
28th Mar 1959 W 6 Liverpool City L 1958~59 A 40 20 1 V
18th Apr 1959 L 6 Swinton L 1958~59 A 11 19 V
21st Apr 1959 W 6 Workington Town L 1958~59 H 36 14 1 V
25th Apr 1959 W 3 Liverpool City L 1958~59 H 41 22 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 127 OTHER 4 = 131
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 131

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