Spider Johnson

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
Date unknown.
N/A
Date unknown.
Runcorn
19-01-1901 v Swinton
Dewsbury
1906-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1900-1905
40 (0)
0
0
0
0

BIOGRAPHY

Spider Johnson by SHS

As yet we do not have a first name for this player, although in all probability it was Samuel! But we do know that he came to Saints from Runcorn and that his nickname was Spider. He made his debut against Swinton at Knowsley Road on a pitch that was described as a ‘quagmire, dotted with small ponds’. Spider’s team-mates in the forwards that afternoon were: Billy Cross [the veteran making one of his last appearances], Billy and Tom Briers, Whiteley, Dale, Thompson and Tom Winstanley.

It is difficult to assess his overall abilities as a rugby player, because it was rare for individual forwards to be given due praise in the match reports of the time. Generally speaking, however, we can assume that he must have been a good scrummager, although he never scored a try for St. Helens. Yet Spider played on until his last match, against Dewsbury, at Knowsley Road on 24th February 1906. It was his 40th senior appearance for the club. He did not play in the seniors in the 1902-03 season either, for reasons unknown.

His most celebrated match in the Saints’ jersey was probably the ‘Test Match’ against Holbeck, that ensured Saints were promoted back into the First Division on 14th May 1904. The forwards for his last game lined up as follows: Johnson, Billy Briers, Whiteley, Lee, James Prescott, Wharton, Jimmy Mavitty and Jack Smith.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1900~01 0 0 0 2
1901~02 0 0 0 9
1903~04 0 0 0 5
1904~050 0 0 3
1905~06 0 0 0 21
TOTALS:0 0 0 40
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1901~02 0001
TOTALS:0001

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
19th Jan 1901 W 13 Swinton L 1900~01 H 6 3 V
23rd Feb 1901 L 11 Millom L 1900~01 A 2 5 V
2nd Nov 1901 W 8 Radcliffe L 1901~02 A 19 0 V
9th Nov 1901 L 8 Warrington SWLL 1901~02 H 9 17 V
18th Jan 1902 W 12 Stockport L 1901~02 H 13 7 V
25th Jan 1902 W 9 Birkenhead Wanderers L 1901~02 A 6 0 V
1st Feb 1902 W 10 Altrincham L 1901~02 H 35 0 V
8th Feb 1902 D 10 Millom L 1901~02 H 3 3 V
1st Mar 1902 W 8 Morecambe L 1901~02 H 3 2 V
15th Mar 1902 L 8 Hull K.R. CC1 1901~02 A 0 7 V
29th Mar 1902 W 8 Oldham * Fr 1901~02 A 26 2 V
23rd Apr 1902 W 8 Morecambe L 1901~02 A 10 9 V
9th Apr 1904 W 12 Castleford L 1903~04 H 31 3 V
13th Apr 1904 W 10 Lancaster L 1903~04 A 12 2 V
16th Apr 1904 L 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1903~04 A 0 5 V
23rd Apr 1904 W 9 Lancaster L 1903~04 H 35 2 V
14th May 1904 W 9 Holbeck LPO 1903~04 N 7 0 V
17th Sep 1904 L 13 Swinton L 1904~05 A 7 17 V
24th Apr 1905 W 10 Runcorn L 1904~05 A 9 0 V
29th Apr 1905 L 10 Halifax L 1904~05 A 2 23 V
9th Sep 1905 W 9 Morecambe L 1905~06 H 26 6 V
16th Sep 1905 L 9 Widnes L 1905~06 A 2 3 V
23rd Sep 1905 W 9 Hull L 1905~06 H 8 5 V
30th Sep 1905 L 9 Salford L 1905~06 A 5 25 V
21st Oct 1905 L 9 Runcorn L 1905~06 A 3 12 V
4th Nov 1905 W 9 Dewsbury L 1905~06 A 3 2 V
18th Nov 1905 W 9 Rochdale Hornets L 1905~06 A 11 0 V
2nd Dec 1905 L 9 Oldham L 1905~06 H 7 15 V
9th Dec 1905 W 9 Barrow L 1905~06 H 25 0 V
23rd Dec 1905 L 9 Warrington L 1905~06 A 0 16 V
25th Dec 1905 W 9 Runcorn L 1905~06 H 7 0 V
26th Dec 1905 L 9 Wigan L 1905~06 H 5 13 V
30th Dec 1905 W 9 Morecambe L 1905~06 A 10 3 V
6th Jan 1906 L 9 Leigh L 1905~06 A 2 3 V
13th Jan 1906 W 9 Barrow L 1905~06 A 3 2 V
20th Jan 1906 W 9 Normanton L 1905~06 H 28 3 V
27th Jan 1906 L 9 Oldham L 1905~06 A 2 12 V
3rd Feb 1906 L 9 Swinton L 1905~06 A 0 5 V
10th Feb 1906 W 9 Widnes L 1905~06 H 5 0 V
17th Feb 1906 L 9 Runcorn CCInt. 1905~06 H 0 3 V
24th Feb 1906 W 9 Dewsbury L 1905~06 H 7 0 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 39 OTHER 1 = 40
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 40
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