Joe McLees

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
--1873
N/A
Date unknown.
Local leagues
07-09-1895 v Rochdale Hornets
Runcorn
1896- St. Helens Recs
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1895-1895
15 (0)
0
0
0
0

BIOGRAPHY

Joseph McLees by Alex Service

Joe McLees was a dynamic half-back who played in the first-ever game of Northern Union football at Knowsley Road, against Rochdale Hornets on 7th September 1895. He played mostly at scrum-half, with Cumbrian Player-Coach Billy Cross outside him at stand-off. He could also play in the centres, which he did on a few occasions when he was partnered on the outside by Tom Sudlow. One gets the impression of a nuggety little player, in the mould of Wilf Smith in later years.

Joe did not complete the season in the First Team, for whatever reason and he made 15 appearances overall. He was, however, a member of those pioneering group of players who formed the Northern Union in 1895 and one of the few Saintsí players to have been born in Ireland. The 1901 Census tells us that he lived with his parents in Westfield Street and was a pipe carrier at a pottery works. He was 28 when the Census was taken, so he would be 23 when playing for Saints. Interesting too is the fact that his father, Daniel, is listed as a saltcake worker, aged 56.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1895~96 0 0 0 15
TOTALS:0 0 0 15
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
TOTALS:

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
7th Sep 1895 W 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1895~96 H 8 3 V
14th Sep 1895 W 7 Runcorn L 1895~96 H 5 0 V
21st Sep 1895 D 7 Batley L 1895~96 A 3 3 V
28th Sep 1895 L 7 Stockport L 1895~96 H 0 3 V
5th Oct 1895 W 4 Broughton Rangers L 1895~96 A 5 3 V
7th Oct 1895 L 4 Bradford L 1895~96 A 4 15 V
12th Oct 1895 W 4 Warrington L 1895~96 H 3 0 V
19th Oct 1895 W 4 Hull L 1895~96 H 3 0 V
26th Oct 1895 D 7 Tyldesley L 1895~96 H 3 3 V
2nd Nov 1895 D 4 Leigh L 1895~96 H 6 6 V
9th Nov 1895 L 2 Hunslet L 1895~96 A 0 12 V
18th Jan 1896 L 7 Stockport L 1895~96 A 3 18 V
8th Feb 1896 L 7 Hunslet L 1895~96 H 0 5 V
15th Feb 1896 L 7 Manningham L 1895~96 A 5 9 V
22nd Feb 1896 L 7 Runcorn L 1895~96 A 0 3 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 15 OTHER 0 = 15
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 15
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