Stan Lewis

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
24-05-1899
N/A
23-03-1922
Pontypool RU- Wales
25-03-1922 v Featherstone Rovers
Wigan Highfield
1924- when he Retired
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1921-1923
47 (0)
6
5
0
28

BIOGRAPHY

Stan Lewis by Alex Service

Part of a triple transfer sensation from Wales in the early 1920s, with his brother George and centre Gus Hayes, Stan Lewis was a scrum-half and played there after he turned professional at Knowsley Road. The scout who was sent to look at Welsh talent for the club, Tom Parker, was initially told to look for a centre threequarter. Yet he watched Gus Hayes guesting in the centre for Pontypool and was also taken with the half-back play of the brothers Lewis.
The brothers initially wanted £500 each for signing, but the Committee turned this down. “After some bargaining,” it records in the Boardroom Minutes of the time, “they agreed to accept £800 cash down, but refused to look at a cheque.” The Lewis brothers were a fine combination, after all, they knew each other’s play inside out. Unfortunately, the club’s ventures into the Welsh market led to a serious financial problem in the early 1920s that took careful handling. The club was eventually saved from extinction by Councillor Frank McCormick, a Saints Committeeman, setting up an SOS fund which fortunately did the trick.
As for Stan, he was a nippy footballer, certainly pacier than his brother and looked the part for a couple of seasons. 1922-23 was his best campaign, however, when he made 25 appearances, sharing the scrum-half berth with a local lad, Walter Groves. In 1923-24 he found competition increasing not just from Groves, but also Les Fairclough and another Welsh signing, Tommy Flynn.
As brother George remembered, his brother’s career had an unfortunate ending: “We were playing Warrington at Wilderspool. Mick Hanley was outside half for the Wires and came away with the ball. Stan and I both tackled went for him at the same time. I landed across Stan’s knee and that was that!He had no option but to give up the game and return to Wales where he worked down the pit.”
The Lewis brothers lived in Pentrepiod, just outside Pontypool, at a house called Oak View. It was known locally as the house with the monkey tree and probably still is. George outlived Stan and spent the rest of his life at Pentrepiod. While they were in St.Helens, the brothers lived at 33, Oxford Street in a house presumably belonging to the St.Helens Club. All new signings from far afield seemed to live there in the 1920s

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1921~220 3 0 4
1922~231 2 0 25
1923~245 0 0 18
TOTALS:6 5 0 47
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
TOTALS:

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
25th Mar 1922 W 7 Featherstone Rovers L 1921~22 H 24 13 1 V
8th Apr 1922 D 7 Warrington L 1921~22 H 5 5 1 V
14th Apr 1922 L 7 Wigan L 1921~22 A 5 8 1 V
16th Apr 1922 L 7 York L 1921~22 A 3 6 V
26th Aug 1922 L 7 Widnes L 1922~23 A 3 11 V
2nd Sep 1922 L 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1922~23 H 14 17 V
9th Sep 1922 L 7 Bradford Northern L 1922~23 A 2 3 V
16th Sep 1922 W 7 Wigan Highfield L 1922~23 H 21 5 V
23rd Sep 1922 L 7 Hull L 1922~23 A 15 18 V
30th Sep 1922 W 7 Bramley L 1922~23 H 19 5 V
7th Oct 1922 L 7 Warrington L 1922~23 A 14 21 V
4th Nov 1922 L 7 Leigh L 1922~23 H 8 11 V
11th Nov 1922 L 7 Oldham L 1922~23 A 12 26 V
18th Nov 1922 L 7 Featherstone Rovers L 1922~23 A 5 24 V
22nd Nov 1922 W 7 Warrington L 1922~23 H 9 3 V
25th Nov 1922 W 7 Swinton L 1922~23 H 6 5 V
9th Dec 1922 L 7 Wigan Highfield L 1922~23 A 3 15 1 V
16th Dec 1922 W 7 Keighley L OBJ 1922~23 H 23 5 V
23rd Dec 1922 L 7 Broughton Rangers L 1922~23 A 8 14 V
13th Jan 1923 W 7 Bramley L 1922~23 A 6 3 V
20th Jan 1923 L 7 Swinton L 1922~23 A 0 3 V
25th Jan 1923 W 7 Keighley L 1922~23 H 14 7 1 V
27th Jan 1923 W 7 Salford L 1922~23 H 17 5 V
3rd Feb 1923 W 7 Featherstone Rovers L 1922~23 H 9 2 1 V
10th Feb 1923 W 7 Keighley L 1922~23 A 8 3 V
17th Feb 1923 W 7 Norwood CC1 1922~23 A 29 3 V
24th Feb 1923 L 7 Salford L 1922~23 A 3 11 V
3rd Mar 1923 L 7 Oldham CC2 1922~23 H 3 11 V
17th Mar 1923 L 7 Widnes L 1922~23 H 9 11 V
25th Aug 1923 W 7 Widnes L 1923~24 H 5 3 V
1st Sep 1923 L 7 Warrington L 1923~24 H 5 8 V
5th Dec 1923 W 7 Swinton L 1923~24 H 4 0 V
8th Dec 1923 L 7 Widnes L 1923~24 A 0 18 V
15th Dec 1923 W 7 Hull L 1923~24 H 5 3 V
25th Dec 1923 L 7 St. Helens Recs L 1923~24 A 2 21 V
29th Dec 1923 L 7 Barrow L 1923~24 A 5 41 1 V
1st Jan 1924 W 7 St. Helens Recs L 1923~24 H 4 0 V
5th Jan 1924 L 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1923~24 A 5 23 V
19th Jan 1924 L 7 Leigh L 1923~24 A 0 25 V
26th Jan 1924 L 7 Hull L 1923~24 A 6 11 V
31st Jan 1924 W 7 Barrow L 1923~24 H 12 11 V
2nd Feb 1924 L 7 Bramley L 1923~24 A 7 18 V
9th Feb 1924 L 7 Dewsbury L 1923~24 A 10 16 V
16th Feb 1924 W 7 Wardley CC1 1923~24 A 73 0 2 V
23rd Feb 1924 L 7 Warrington L 1923~24 A 11 39 V
1st Mar 1924 L 7 Huddersfield CC2 1923~24 A 13 24 1 V
8th Mar 1924 W 7 Wigan Highfield L 1923~24 H 10 9 1 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 47 OTHER 0 = 47
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 47

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