Freddie Little

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
28-11-1871
N/A
Date unknown.
Unknown.
05-10-1895 v Broughton Rangers
Stockport
1899-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1895-1898
48 (0)
2
0
0
6

BIOGRAPHY

Freddie was a no nonsense scrum half who played for the Saints in the early years of the Northern Union. The man from Belfast played for the Saints some 48 times including the first Challenge Cup Final in 1897 when the Saints lost to Batley by 10 points to 3. Freddie scored two tries for the Saints in matches against Salford and Swinton. He played his last official match for the club against Stockport in April 1899.

The subsequently story of Freddie Little and his family demonstrates how hard yet fragile life was in St Helens in the early part of the twentieth century. Freddie married Sintelliner Mary Ellen Birchall in 1896 when his rugby career was at its zenith. By 1898 they had a daughter Minnie and the 1901 Census finds them living at 42 Lascelles Street, St Helens. Freddie`s job was reported to be a Labourer in a Glassworks. By that time his rugby playing days in the Saints first team were over.

In 1911, the Little family were resident at 1 Park Road, St Helens. Freddie was still working in a Glassworks but his job title was Sheet Glass Counter. The Census that year indicated an addition to the household, namely Frederick Charles Junior (Born in 1903). Sometime later the family moved to 165 Charles Street, St Helens.

In March 1925, Minnie Little died aged just 27. Six years later, on April the 5th. 1933, Freddie died aged 61.The probate reference cited an amount of just over 315 to be left to his Mary Ellen. A tidy amount in those days but of course no consolation to his widow. The passing of Frederick Junior in June 1936 at the tender age of 33 left a solitary Mary Ellen Little. Mrs Little passed away in 1951 aged 79. The whole family are buried together in St Helens Cemetery. <

Dave Dooley

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1895~960 0 0 12
1896~972 0 0 20
1897~980 0 0 2
1898~990 0 0 9
1900~010 0 0 5
TOTALS:2 0 0 48
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1895~96 0001
1896~970001
1898~991001
1900~010001
TOTALS:1004

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
5th Oct 1895 W 7 Broughton Rangers L 1895~96 A 5 3 V
7th Oct 1895 L 7 Bradford L 1895~96 A 4 15 V
12th Oct 1895 W 6 Warrington L 1895~96 H 3 0 V
19th Oct 1895 W 6 Hull L 1895~96 H 3 0 V
26th Oct 1895 D 6 Tyldesley L 1895~96 H 3 3 V
2nd Nov 1895 D 7 Leigh L 1895~96 H 6 6 V
16th Nov 1895 D 7 Wigan L 1895~96 H 0 0 V
21st Dec 1895 W 7 Broughton Rangers * Fr 1895~96 H 13 10 V
11th Jan 1896 W 7 Halifax L 1895~96 H 6 3 V
1st Feb 1896 L 7 Hull L 1895~96 A 0 9 V
29th Feb 1896 D 7 Warrington L 1895~96 A 5 5 V
7th Mar 1896 W 7 Bradford L 1895~96 H 11 5 V
14th Mar 1896 L 7 Leigh L 1895~96 A 3 11 V
19th Sep 1896 D 6 Salford L 1896~97 A 0 0 V
25th Dec 1896 L 7 Halifax* Fr 1896~97 A 0 4 V
26th Dec 1896 D 7 Widnes L 1896~97 A 0 0 V
1st Jan 1897 L 7 Oldham L 1896~97 H 5 17 V
2nd Jan 1897 L 7 Runcorn L 1896~97 A 0 20 V
9th Jan 1897 W 7 Morecambe L 1896~97 H 3 0 V
30th Jan 1897 W 7 Salford L 1896~97 H 9 3 1 V
6th Feb 1897 L 7 Wigan L 1896~97 A 0 4 V
13th Feb 1897 L 7 Broughton Rangers L 1896~97 H 10 20 V
20th Feb 1897 L 7 Tyldesley L 1896~97 A 9 12 V
22nd Feb 1897 L 7 Warrington L 1896~97 A 3 7 V
27th Feb 1897 L 7 Swinton L 1896~97 A 0 10 V
6th Mar 1897 D 7 Leigh L 1896~97 A 6 6 V
11th Mar 1897 W 7 Wigan L 1896~97 H 3 0 V
13th Mar 1897 W 7 Stockport L 1896~97 H 9 0 V
20th Mar 1897 W 7 Lees CC1 1896~97 H 58 0 V
27th Mar 1897 W 7 Castleford CC2 1896~97 H 17 3 V
3rd Apr 1897 W 7 Wigan CC3 1896~97 H 11 0 V
10th Apr 1897 W 7 Tyldesley CC4 1896~97 H 12 0 V
19th Apr 1897 W 7 Swinton CCSF 1896~97 N 7 0 1 V
24th Apr 1897 L 7 Batley CCF 1896~97 N 3 10 V
16th Oct 1897 L 6 Widnes L 1897~98 H 3 13 V
13th Nov 1897 L 7 Swinton L 1897~98 A 0 13 V
19th Nov 1898 L 6 Leigh L 1898~99 A 2 5 V
24th Dec 1898 L 6 Salford L 1898~99 A 2 13 V
26th Dec 1898 W 6 Tyldesley L 1898~99 H 9 5 V
7th Jan 1899 D 6 Salford L 1898~99 H 8 8 V
14th Jan 1899 W 6 Swinton L 1898~99 H 6 5 V
21st Jan 1899 W 7 Birkenhead* Fr 1898~99 A 9 0 1 V
11th Feb 1899 W 6 Tyldesley L 1898~99 A 6 3 V
18th Mar 1899 W 6 Whitworth CC1 1898~99 H 12 3 V
25th Mar 1899 D 7 Morecambe CC2 1898~99 H 0 0 V
20th Apr 1899 W 6 Stockport L 1898~99 H 13 10 V
8th Dec 1900 L 7 Batley* Fr 1900~01 A 0 5 V
15th Dec 1900 L 7 Oldham L 1900~01 H 5 15 V
22nd Dec 1900 L 7 Broughton Rangers L 1900~01 A 0 29 V
24th Dec 1900 L 7 Warrington BTCSF 1900~01 A 5 6 V
26th Dec 1900 L 7 Leigh L 1900~01 H 0 12 V
29th Dec 1900 L 7 Widnes L 1900~01 A 0 8 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 44 OTHER 4 = 48
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 48

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