Thomas Mawson

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
01-02-1879
N/A
Date unknown.
Askam
27-09-1902 v Brighouse Rovers
Halifax
1905-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1902-1904
86 (0)
1
0
0
3

BIOGRAPHY

Thomas Mawson by Alex Service

The St. Helens club between the last decade of the 19th century and first of the 20th were always on the lookout for ‘North Country’ talent, especially from Cumberland. Yet Thomas joined the Saints from Askam, in Lancashire, the same team from which scrum-half Fred Trenwith played for, who later became a Saint himself.

The 1891 and 1901 Census returns give us more details about Thomas. He came from a large family. In 1891, at their home in Askam, were five brothers: Fleming, Hartley, Joseph, William and Thomas, the youngest, born in 1880. Their mother, Hannah, was widowed and by 1901, Fleming, William and Thomas remain in the household, working, according to the Census, as ‘Pig iron works labourers’. It seemed, therefore, quite appropriate that they should be living in Steel Street!

At some stage, the family must have gone south and returned to Askam, as Thomas is registered as being born in Broughton, Lancashire, in 1880. By his early ‘twenties, Thomas caught the eyes of some of the Northern Union clubs with his performances for Askam and decided to take advantage of the Saints’ Committee’s advances. He was the archetypal strong, tough forward that the Saints’ Committee were looking for and he made his debut against Brighouse Rangers in a league match on 27th September 1902. The Saints won 4-3 in Yorkshire, but the 1902-03 season saw the team slide somewhat unceremoniously into the Second Division, despite Thomas showing himself to be well worth his place in the forwards.

The 1903-04 campaign saw Thomas continuing his good form, with 39 appearances in the pack. The season, of course, ended in triumph as the Saints beat [level on points] Holbeck in a special Test Match at Huddersfield to secure promotion back to the Top Tier.

Alas, Thomas seemingly had had enough at Knowsley Road by November 1904, when he wrote to the Committee asking for his transfer. E. J. Hannaford, the Saints’ Chairman, recorded in the Minutes that: “It was decided to retain him on our register and that he be written to that effect”. Thomas continued to play, however, although selections for the A team became more frequent. He played his last match for the seniors at Halifax on 29th April 1905. Saints lost 2-23, but this was the last of Thomas’s 86 matches in three years.

The Mawson trail, rugby-wise seemingly goes cold, but the 1911 census picks him up as living in Leigh, with wife Elizabeth and a young family. Thomas wasn’t at home. He is listed as a miner in South Africa! Obviously he had been involved with the [iron ore] mining industry earlier and this would probably have been a natural progression if work was scarce generally. And there the story ends. If anyone has any further information about Thomas and his South African adventure in particular, we would like to hear from you.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1902~03 0 0 0 31
1903~041 0 0 39
1904~05 0 0 0 16
TOTALS:1 0 0 86
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
TOTALS:

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
27th Sep 1902 W 12 Brighouse Rovers L 1902~03 A 4 3 V
4th Oct 1902 L 12 Swinton L 1902~03 H 6 10 V
11th Oct 1902 D 12 Runcorn L 1902~03 H 0 0 V
18th Oct 1902 L 12 Batley L 1902~03 A 4 7 V
25th Oct 1902 W 12 Salford L 1902~03 H 9 5 V
1st Nov 1902 L 12 Halifax L 1902~03 A 0 8 V
8th Nov 1902 L 12 Leigh L 1902~03 H 2 13 V
15th Nov 1902 W 12 Hull L 1902~03 A 4 3 V
22nd Nov 1902 L 12 Oldham L 1902~03 H 0 3 V
29th Nov 1902 L 12 Broughton Rangers L 1902~03 A 0 23 V
6th Dec 1902 L 12 Hull K.R. L 1902~03 A 0 10 V
20th Dec 1902 L 15 Wigan L 1902~03 H 5 6 V
27th Dec 1902 L 12 Widnes L 1902~03 A 0 8 V
1st Jan 1903 W 12 Batley L 1902~03 H 7 5 V
3rd Jan 1903 L 12 Bradford L 1902~03 A 2 14 V
10th Jan 1903 L 12 Huddersfield L 1902~03 H 5 13 V
24th Jan 1903 L 12 Brighouse Rovers L 1902~03 H 0 7 V
31st Jan 1903 L 12 Swinton L 1902~03 A 0 15 V
7th Feb 1903 L 14 Runcorn L 1902~03 A 0 19 V
14th Feb 1903 W 12 Warrington CC1 1902~03 H 6 3 V
21st Feb 1903 L 12 Rochdale Hornets CC2 1902~03 H 2 8 V
24th Feb 1903 L 12 Warrington L 1902~03 A 0 6 V
28th Feb 1903 W 12 Halifax L 1902~03 H 7 3 V
7th Mar 1903 W 12 Leigh L 1902~03 A 8 5 V
14th Mar 1903 W 12 Hull L 1902~03 H 10 8 V
28th Mar 1903 L 12 Broughton Rangers L 1902~03 H 3 18 V
31st Mar 1903 L 12 Oldham L 1902~03 A 4 13 V
4th Apr 1903 L 12 Hull K.R. L 1902~03 H 2 6 V
11th Apr 1903 D 12 Hunslet L 1902~03 H 5 5 V
13th Apr 1903 L 12 Salford L 1902~03 A 3 11 V
18th Apr 1903 W 12 Wigan L 1902~03 A 5 3 V
12th Sep 1903 W 13 Birkenhead Wanderers L 1903~04 A 3 0 V
19th Sep 1903 W 13 Barrow L 1903~04 H 18 6 V
26th Sep 1903 L 13 Holbeck L 1903~04 A 3 19 V
3rd Oct 1903 W 13 Normanton L 1903~04 H 27 0 V
17th Oct 1903 W 13 York L 1903~04 H 2 0 V
24th Oct 1903 D 13 Morecambe L 1903~04 A 2 2 V
31st Oct 1903 W 13 Brighouse Rovers L 1903~04 H 10 0 V
7th Nov 1903 W 13 South Shields L 1903~04 A 6 0 V
14th Nov 1903 W 13 Millom L 1903~04 H 17 4 V
21st Nov 1903 D 13 Bramley L 1903~04 A 0 0 V
28th Nov 1903 W 13 Wakefield Trinity L 1903~04 H 11 8 V
5th Dec 1903 W 13 Pontefract L 1903~04 A 10 3 V
12th Dec 1903 L 13 Castleford L 1903~04 A 0 7 V
19th Dec 1903 W 13 Rochdale Hornets L OBJ 1903~04 H 14 2 V
25th Dec 1903 L 13 Wigan SWLL 1903~04 A 6 12 V
26th Dec 1903 L 13 Lancaster L OBJ 1903~04 A 3 10 V
9th Jan 1904 W 13 Birkenhead Wanderers L 1903~04 H 3 0 V
16th Jan 1904 W 13 Barrow L 1903~04 A 8 0 V
23rd Jan 1904 W 13 Holbeck L 1903~04 H 10 0 V
30th Jan 1904 W 13 Normanton L 1903~04 A 8 6 1 V
13th Feb 1904 L 13 York L 1903~04 A 0 5 V
16th Feb 1904 D 13 Dewsbury L 1903~04 A 3 3 V
20th Feb 1904 W 13 Morecambe L 1903~04 H 8 0 V
22nd Feb 1904 W 13 Rochdale Hornets L 1903~04 H 6 0 V
27th Feb 1904 L 13 Brighouse Rovers L 1903~04 A 0 3 V
5th Mar 1904 W 13 Highfield CCP 1903~04 H 48 5 V
12th Mar 1904 L 13 Halifax CC1 1903~04 A 0 15 V
16th Mar 1904 W 13 Millom L 1903~04 A 3 0 V
19th Mar 1904 W 13 Bramley L 1903~04 H 21 2 V
1st Apr 1904 W 13 Widnes SWLL 1903~04 A 8 4 V
2nd Apr 1904 D 13 Runcorn SWLL 1903~04 A 3 3 V
4th Apr 1904 L 13 Warrington SWLL 1903~04 A 3 19 V
9th Apr 1904 W 13 Castleford L 1903~04 H 31 3 V
13th Apr 1904 W 13 Lancaster L 1903~04 A 12 2 V
16th Apr 1904 L 13 Rochdale Hornets L 1903~04 A 0 5 V
21st Apr 1904 W 13 Pontefract L 1903~04 H 19 0 V
23rd Apr 1904 W 13 Lancaster L 1903~04 H 35 2 V
30th Apr 1904 W 13 South Shields L 1903~04 H 23 0 V
14th May 1904 W 13 Holbeck LPO 1903~04 N 7 0 V
10th Sep 1904 L 14 Wigan L 1904~05 H 7 11 V
17th Sep 1904 L 14 Swinton L 1904~05 A 7 17 V
24th Sep 1904 L 14 Broughton Rangers L 1904~05 A 5 24 V
8th Oct 1904 L 14 Batley L 1904~05 A 10 20 V
15th Oct 1904 L 14 Hunslet L 1904~05 H 3 9 V
10th Dec 1904 L 12 Bradford L 1904~05 H 8 18 V
17th Dec 1904 L 10 Leeds L 1904~05 A 2 17 V
4th Feb 1905 W 9 Batley L 1904~05 H 4 0 V
18th Feb 1905 L 15 Widnes L 1904~05 H 5 7 V
25th Feb 1905 L 9 Salford L 1904~05 A 2 19 V
30th Mar 1905 L 9 Leigh L 1904~05 H 0 2 V
1st Apr 1905 L 9 Hull L 1904~05 H 0 13 V
8th Apr 1905 L 9 Bradford L 1904~05 A 6 9 V
15th Apr 1905 L 9 Leeds L 1904~05 H 5 10 V
21st Apr 1905 L 9 Warrington L 1904~05 A 0 5 V
24th Apr 1905 W 9 Runcorn L 1904~05 A 9 0 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 86 OTHER 0 = 86
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 86
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