George Mann

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
31-07-1965
N/A
31-07-1989
Mangere East- NZ
08-10-1989 v Wakefield Trinity
Wigan
1994- Leeds
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1989-1993
141 (7)
23
0
0
92

BIOGRAPHY

George Mann by Dave Dooley:

George Mann was a powerful strong running Kiwi who signed for the Saints in the summer of 1989. He emanated from the Mangare East Club and was signed on recommendation of Shane Cooper who played for the same New Zealand team. George played mostly at prop whilst at the Saints but also performed well in the second row particularly in his second season with the club. He made his debut against Wakefield Trinity in an away fixture, which the Saints prevailed in a thrilling encounter by 24 points to 21. George made a sensational home debut against Featherstone Rovers one week later. Saints were winning comfortably when George received the ball 40 yards out on the right hand side of the pitch as the team were attacking the Edington Stand end. He suddenly cut across the field and started a south-westerly diagonal run. With great pace he skirted around the Rover`s defence and outpaced the full back to score with a spectacular dive as he was about to be tackled. The crowd whooped with delight as they realised the potential of a forward with such power and pace. George would not let them down! In his first season with the club George scored three tries from 23 appearances.

In the following season (1990-91) the Saints rattled up the points again. Unfortunately the side was defensively stretched in many games and 11 losses in the league left Cooper`s men in sixth position. George had a golden period for the Saints during October and November 1990. He scored in five successive matches whilst operating in the second row. His powerful bursts helped the Saints in the fabulous 19 points to 2 semi-final win over Widnes in the Challenge Cup semi-final. However, George and the boys were thwarted as Saints fell at the final hurdle when Wigan held on to a handy half time lead to prevail by 13 points to 8 in the 1991 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley. Many felt that Wigan were there for the taking on that day and this made the club even more determined to bring some silverware to Knowsley Road.

George`s ambition for a winner`s medal was soon fulfilled in the following campaign (1991-92) as he and the Saints had a blinder against Wigan in the Lancashire Cup semi-final, as Saints prevailed by 28 points to 16. Ten days later the Saints went on to record a 24 points to 14 win over Rochdale Hornets in the Lancashire Cup Final at Warrington. Mann had an absolute strormer as the Saints gradually broke down the resistance of a stubborn Hornets` defence. Indeed the power and support play of George was one of the main differences between the two sides that day, not to mention his two well-taken tries. George had collected his first winner`s medal with the Saints. He ended the season with a total of seven tries from 36 appearances. The side also settled down that season and finished a comfortable second position in the league but still somewhat adrift from Wigan at the top.

In the 1992/3 season George gave one of his finest displays in the Boxing Day match against Wigan in 1992. He was supporting all over the pitch as Saints whipped the boys from Wigan by a fabulous score-line of 41 points to 6. Mike McClennan often positioned George at stand off when Saints fed a scrum in the opponent`s half, using the power of the Kiwi against the smaller defence backs. This proved very effective in this particular game as did the triumvirate of Kiwis in George, Tea Ropati and captain Shane Cooper who dominated and dictated play throughout the match. Everyone felt that the balance of power was finally shifting westwards over Billinge Lump after that game but at the end of the season Saints lost out to Wigan on points difference at the top of the table following an 8 points all drawn match at Central Park. Some consolation came however in the last match of the season as the Saints thoroughly deserved their1993 Premiership Final win over Wigan by 10 points to 4. George added another winner`s medal to his collection. Remarkably in 29 matches of the 1992/3 season, George failed to score. More importantly, he was often instrumental in making a break and laying on tries for his colleagues.

In George`s final season at Knowsley Road competition was red hot for starting positions in the pack. Eric Hughes had Neill, Harrison, Dannatt, Pickavance, Fogerty and George as the choice of props with Nickle, Joynt and Cooper firmly embedded in the back three. If you then considered the availability Bernard Dwyer and a young Chris Morley at the time, it would be enough to make the modern coaches of streamline squads drool! George played 24 matches in his final campaign managing six tries in the process. This haul included a rare brace against Featherstone Rovers. This amiable Kiwi was always popular with the Knowsley Road crowd. His career had stretched 141 and included 23 tries before his transfer to Leeds at the end of the 1993/4 season.

When you look at George`s playing style you would have loved to have seen him used in the modern set up of four substitutes - he would have been an ideal "impact player".

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1989~903 0 0 23
1990~917 0 0 29
1991~92 7 0 0 36
1992~93 0 0 0 29
1993~946 0 0 24
TOTALS:23 0 0 141
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1989~902501
1991~921001
1992~930002
1993~940002
TOTALS:3506

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
8th Oct 1989 W 8 Wakefield Trinity L 1989~90 A 24 21 V
15th Oct 1989 W 8 Featherstone Rovers L 1989~90 H 50 11 1 V
29th Oct 1989 W 10 Warrington L 1989~90 A 15 3 V
10th Dec 1989 D 8 Dewsbury RT2 1989~90 H 12 12 V
13th Dec 1989 W 8 Dewsbury RT2 (rep) 1989~90 A 14 0 V
23rd Dec 1989 L 8 Halifax RTSF 1989~90 N 9 10 V
28th Jan 1990 W 15 Bramley CC1 1989~90 A 22 14 V
31st Jan 1990 W 10 Bradford Northern L 1989~90 H 32 10 V
4th Feb 1990 W 8 Leeds L 1989~90 H 32 26 V
10th Feb 1990 W 10 Hull CC2 1989~90 A 24 12 V
18th Feb 1990 W 10 Barrow L 1989~90 A 46 6 V
25th Feb 1990 W 10 Whitehaven CC3 1989~90 H 44 10 V
28th Feb 1990 D 10 Warrington L AB 1989~90 H 0 0 V
4th Mar 1990 L 10 Castleford L 1989~90 A 24 34 V
10th Mar 1990 L 10 Wigan CCSF 1989~90 N 14 20 V
14th Mar 1990 L 10 Warrington L 1989~90 H 14 23 V
17th Mar 1990 W 10 Wakefield Trinity L 1989~90 H 44 21 V
25th Mar 1990 W 10 Leigh L 1989~90 H 12 6 V
1st Apr 1990 L 10 Leeds L 1989~90 A 14 50 V
8th Apr 1990 W 10 Sheffield Eagles L 1989~90 H 42 26 1 V
13th Apr 1990 W 10 Wigan L 1989~90 H 35 10 1 V
16th Apr 1990 L 10 Widnes L 1989~90 A 16 34 V
22nd Apr 1990 L 11 Bradford Northern PT1 1989~90 A 8 25 V
2nd May 1990 W 6 Pilkington Recs/ Thatto Heath* Fr Benefit 1989~90 H 74 38 2 5 V
9th Sep 1990 L 10 Hull L 1990~91 A 14 20 V
16th Sep 1990 W 10 Bradford Northern L 1990~91 H 24 20 V
7th Oct 1990 L 15 Australia Tour 1990~91 H 4 34 V
21st Oct 1990 L 11 Castleford L 1990~91 H 16 29 1 V
4th Nov 1990 W 11 Rochdale Hornets L 1990~91 A 30 18 1 V
11th Nov 1990 W 12 Sheffield Eagles L 1990~91 H 34 17 1 V
21st Nov 1990 L 12 Bradford Northern L 1990~91 A 16 18 1 V
25th Nov 1990 W 12 Rochdale Hornets L 1990~91 H 44 14 1 V
2nd Dec 1990 W 12 Swinton RT1 1990~91 A 31 7 V
11th Dec 1990 W 12 Featherstone Rovers RT2 1990~91 A 33 16 1 V
16th Dec 1990 L 12 Warrington RT3 1990~91 A 12 18 V
1st Jan 1991 L 12 Widnes L 1990~91 A 8 14 V
6th Jan 1991 W 10 Wakefield Trinity L 1990~91 H 36 14 V
13th Jan 1991 W 15 Featherstone Rovers L 1990~91 A 36 28 1 V
20th Jan 1991 W 10 Leeds L 1990~91 H 22 16 V
27th Jan 1991 D 11 Hull K.R. L 1990~91 A 26 26 V
18th Feb 1991 W 12 Hull L 1990~91 H 12 10 V
23rd Feb 1991 W 12 Wakefield Trinity CC2 1990~91 H 16 2 V
3rd Mar 1991 L 12 Warrington L 1990~91 A 20 34 V
10th Mar 1991 W 12 Halifax CC3 1990~91 A 24 16 V
13th Mar 1991 W 12 Oldham L 1990~91 H 33 22 V
17th Mar 1991 W 12 Featherstone Rovers L 1990~91 H 54 38 V
24th Mar 1991 L 12 Castleford L 1990~91 A 4 28 V
30th Mar 1991 W 12 Widnes CCSF 1990~91 N 19 2 V
4th Apr 1991 L 13 Wigan L 1990~91 A 14 28 V
7th Apr 1991 W 15 Wakefield Trinity L 1990~91 A 22 8 V
14th Apr 1991 W 12 Warrington L 1990~91 H 62 16 V
21st Apr 1991 L 12 Hull PT1 1990~91 A 12 28 V
27th Apr 1991 L 12 Wigan CCF 1990~91 N 8 13 V
25th Aug 1991 W 12 Barrow* Fr Testimonial 1991~92 A 20 16 1 V
1st Sep 1991 W 15 Hull L 1991~92 A 31 10 V
8th Sep 1991 W 15 Warrington L 1991~92 H 27 20 V
15th Sep 1991 W 12 Trafford Borough LC1 1991~92 H 104 12 1 V
22nd Sep 1991 W 12 Swinton L 1991~92 A 16 12 V
26th Sep 1991 W 12 Oldham LC2 1991~92 H 39 26 V
29th Sep 1991 W 10 Castleford L 1991~92 H 25 14 V
6th Oct 1991 L 10 Halifax L 1991~92 A 6 26 V
10th Oct 1991 W 12 Wigan LCSF 1991~92 H 28 16 V
13th Oct 1991 W 12 Bradford Northern L 1991~92 H 30 12 1 V
20th Oct 1991 W 12 Rochdale Hornets LCF 1991~92 N 24 14 2 V
23rd Oct 1991 W 10 Salford L 1991~92 H 25 16 V
27th Oct 1991 D 10 Leeds L 1991~92 A 8 8 V
3rd Nov 1991 L 10 Wakefield Trinity L 1991~92 A 12 20 V
10th Nov 1991 W 12 Hull K.R. L 1991~92 H 38 15 V
17th Nov 1991 W 10 Huddersfield RT1 1991~92 A 32 10 V
24th Nov 1991 W 10 Oldham RT2 1991~92 A 24 18 V
1st Dec 1991 W 10 Bradford Northern RT3 1991~92 H 30 12 V
4th Dec 1991 L 10 Featherstone Rovers L 1991~92 A 6 8 V
8th Dec 1991 W 10 Swinton L 1991~92 H 28 4 V
15th Dec 1991 L 13 Hull K.R. L 1991~92 A 14 24 V
21st Dec 1991 L 10 Widnes RTSF 1991~92 N 10 18 V
26th Dec 1991 L 10 Wigan L 1991~92 A 6 16 V
1st Jan 1992 W 10 Widnes L 1991~92 H 24 22 V
5th Jan 1992 W 10 Salford L 1991~92 A 15 6 1 V
16th Feb 1992 W 10 Bradford Northern L 1991~92 A 20 8 V
22nd Feb 1992 L 10 Wigan CC3 1991~92 H 6 13 V
1st Mar 1992 W 10 Leeds L 1991~92 H 19 8 V
8th Mar 1992 D 10 Castleford L 1991~92 A 8 8 V
22nd Mar 1992 W 13 Halifax L 1991~92 H 30 28 V
29th Mar 1992 W 9 Hull L 1991~92 H 42 12 V
4th Apr 1992 L 13 Warrington L 1991~92 A 18 30 1 V
17th Apr 1992 L 10 Wigan L 1991~92 H 6 16 V
20th Apr 1992 W 11 Widnes L 1991~92 A 28 23 V
26th Apr 1992 W 12 Halifax PT1 1991~92 H 52 6 V
10th May 1992 W 12 Castleford PTSF 1991~92 H 30 14 1 V
17th May 1992 L 12 Wigan PTF 1991~92 N 16 48 V
2nd Aug 1992 W 12 St. Helens Born XIII* Fr Testimonial 1992~93 H 72 46 V
16th Aug 1992 W 12 Widnes* Fr Charity 1992~93 H 22 12 V
23rd Aug 1992 W 12 Wigan CS 1992~93 N 17 0 V
13th Sep 1992 W 10 Barrow LC1 1992~93 A 36 2 V
20th Sep 1992 W 10 Sheffield Eagles L 1992~93 A 18 10 V
27th Sep 1992 W 12 Salford L 1992~93 H 48 8 V
30th Sep 1992 W 12 Widnes LC2 1992~93 H 10 8 V
4th Oct 1992 W 10 Wakefield Trinity L 1992~93 A 18 5 V
8th Nov 1992 W 10 Leeds RT1 1992~93 H 15 14 V
15th Nov 1992 W 12 Salford L 1992~93 A 15 12 V
22nd Nov 1992 W 10 Bradford Northern L 1992~93 A 16 4 V
29th Nov 1992 W 10 Sheffield Eagles L 1992~93 H 30 20 V
6th Dec 1992 W 10 Featherstone Rovers RT2 1992~93 A 25 8 V
11th Dec 1992 L 10 Castleford L 1992~93 A 6 16 V
19th Dec 1992 L 11 Castleford RT3 1992~93 H 8 12 V
27th Dec 1992 W 11 Wigan L 1992~93 H 41 6 V
6th Jan 1993 W 10 Leigh L 1992~93 H 64 9 V
17th Jan 1993 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1992~93 A 22 11 V
22nd Jan 1993 W 12 Halifax L 1992~93 H 18 16 V
31st Jan 1993 W 12 Featherstone Rovers CC1 1992~93 A 24 22 V
5th Feb 1993 W 10 Warrington L 1992~93 H 12 4 V
13th Feb 1993 L 10 Wigan CC2 1992~93 A 3 23 V
17th Feb 1993 L 10 Widnes L 1992~93 A 8 26 V
21st Feb 1993 L 10 Hull L 1992~93 A 16 21 V
28th Mar 1993 W 15 Warrington L 1992~93 A 32 17 V
4th Apr 1993 W 12 Leeds L 1992~93 H 42 8 V
9th Apr 1993 D 12 Wigan L 1992~93 A 8 8 V
12th Apr 1993 W 10 Widnes L 1992~93 H 29 18 V
23rd Apr 1993 W 10 Halifax PT1 1992~93 H 34 25 V
9th May 1993 W 10 Leeds PTSF 1992~93 H 15 2 V
16th May 1993 W 10 Wigan PTF 1992~93 N 10 4 V
8th Aug 1993 L 10 International XIII* Fr Testimonial 1993~94 H 24 54 V
22nd Aug 1993 W 10 Widnes* Fr Charity 1993~94 A 30 14 V
29th Aug 1993 L 10 Hull K.R. L 1993~94 A 10 16 V
5th Sep 1993 W 10 Salford L 1993~94 H 22 14 V
12th Sep 1993 L 12 Warrington L 1993~94 A 10 17 V
19th Sep 1993 W 10 Leigh L 1993~94 H 34 16 V
26th Sep 1993 W 10 Castleford L 1993~94 A 35 18 1 V
1st Oct 1993 W 10 Featherstone Rovers L 1993~94 A 37 16 2 V
10th Oct 1993 W 10 Wakefield Trinity L 1993~94 H 36 10 V
20th Oct 1993 L 10 New Zealand Tour 1993~94 H 8 14 V
24th Oct 1993 L 12 Sheffield Eagles L 1993~94 H 12 19 V
7th Nov 1993 W 10 Bradford Northern L 1993~94 H 54 3 V
12th Nov 1993 W 11 Dewsbury RT2 1993~94 A 20 6 1 V
17th Nov 1993 W 12 Leeds L 1993~94 A 21 18 V
21st Nov 1993 W 10 Oldham L 1993~94 A 12 2 V
26th Nov 1993 D 11 Halifax L 1993~94 H 16 16 V
3rd Dec 1993 L 11 Hull L 1993~94 A 14 18 V
11th Dec 1993 L 10 Warrington RT3 1993~94 H 8 16 V
26th Mar 1994 L 10 Leeds CCSF 1993~94 N 8 20 V
1st Apr 1994 L 10 Wigan L 1993~94 H 9 15 V
4th Apr 1994 L 10 Widnes L 1993~94 A 17 20 V
10th Apr 1994 W 10 Hull L 1993~94 H 52 10 1 V
13th Apr 1994 W 10 Leeds L 1993~94 H 68 0 1 V
19th Apr 1994 L 10 Bradford Northern L 1993~94 A 16 18 V
24th Apr 1994 L 12 Halifax L 1993~94 A 30 37 V
8th May 1994 L 10 Wigan PT1 1993~94 A 16 34 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 135 OTHER 6 = 141
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 7 Subs) = 141

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