J. Morris

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
Date unknown.
N/A
Date unknown.
St. Helens Recs
12-01-1901 v Leigh
Leeds
1905-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1900-1904
24 (0)
2
0
0
6

BIOGRAPHY

J Morris by Alex Service

It is a great pity that we do not have a definite first name for this player. Granted, it does sound Welsh, but for one of the earlier matches in his Saints’ career, against Swinton, on 22nd January 1901, there is a possible clue as to his origins. For this game he took up a place on the wing, but he was essentially a half-back. The St. Helens Newspaper explained the selection thus: “Veterans like Cross and Appleton were called forth to do battle for the team, while a couple of players from the Runcorn district were included, Morris from the Recs who played wing threequarter and Johnstone, who played in the pack.”

He made his debut in the match at Leigh on 12th January 1901 in the left centre position. Saints lost 0-5 and in the Football Notes column in the Newspaper, criticism of the backs was damning: “the Saints lost by their weakness at threequarter and by their halves being out-classed by the other pair.”

Morris then played the majority of his remaining matches in the halves, scoring tries against Salford [away] and in the home match against Radcliffe at Knowsley Road on 7th December 1901. Surprisingly, his last match was against Leeds on 15th April 1905, when Edmunds partnered him at stand-off. Saints lost 5-10. It was his first match since the 11-8 victory over Leigh at Knowsley Road on Boxing Day 1901 and the last of his 24 appearances for the club. What happened to him after that, we do not know and we would welcome any further information from anyone who has some!

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1900~01 1 0 0 13
1901~02 1 0 0 10
1904~050 0 0 1
TOTALS:2 0 0 24
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
TOTALS:

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
12th Jan 1901 L 4 Leigh L 1900~01 A 0 5 V
19th Jan 1901 W 5 Swinton L 1900~01 H 6 3 V
26th Jan 1901 L 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1900~01 A 0 2 V
9th Feb 1901 W 6 Widnes L 1900~01 H 7 5 V
16th Feb 1901 L 6 Runcorn L 1900~01 A 0 5 V
23rd Feb 1901 L 3 Millom L 1900~01 A 2 5 V
9th Mar 1901 D 7 Stockport CC2 1900~01 H 0 0 V
13th Mar 1901 W 7 Stockport CC2(rep) 1900~01 A 11 5 V
16th Mar 1901 L 7 Swinton L 1900~01 A 2 19 V
23rd Mar 1901 L 7 Batley CC3 1900~01 H 5 7 V
5th Apr 1901 L 7 Salford L 1900~01 A 7 16 1 V
6th Apr 1901 L 7 Barrow L 1900~01 H 0 5 V
15th Apr 1901 W 7 Widnes LPO 1900~01 N 3 0 V
7th Sep 1901 L 5 Wigan L & SWLL 1901~02 H 2 8 V
2nd Nov 1901 W 7 Radcliffe L 1901~02 A 19 0 V
9th Nov 1901 L 7 Warrington SWLL 1901~02 H 9 17 V
16th Nov 1901 W 7 Birkenhead Wanderers L AB 1901~02 A 5 0 V
23rd Nov 1901 W 7 Millom L 1901~02 A 8 6 V
30th Nov 1901 L 7 Warrington SWLL 1901~02 A 5 11 V
7th Dec 1901 W 7 Radcliffe L 1901~02 H 23 6 1 V
14th Dec 1901 L 7 Barrow L 1901~02 A 5 7 V
25th Dec 1901 W 7 Hull K.R. L 1901~02 H 12 3 V
26th Dec 1901 W 7 Leigh SWLL 1901~02 H 11 8 V
15th Apr 1905 L 7 Leeds L 1904~05 H 5 10 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 24 OTHER 0 = 24
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 24
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