Steve Morris

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
05-09-1922
N/A
31-07-1946
Cross Keys RUFC
14-09-1946 v Leigh
Workington Town
1948-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1943-1947
26 (0)
3
0
0
9

BIOGRAPHY

Steve Morris by Alex Service

One of the first Welsh post-war signings, Steve Morris was a scrum-half signed from the Cross Keys club in Wales. His Uncle, also named Steve was a famous Rugby Union forward just after the First World War.

In the St. Helens Reporter on 30th July 1946, Recorder wrote the following about the new Saints’ signing:

“I understand the deputation that went down to see him was led by Mr. Rex Winter and included Mr. Harry Tomlinson and Mr AE Owen. They found him a well set up young fellow, of good physique and looking a good type. He was very highly recommended to the club by good judges on the spot. He is, I believe, a mine worker by trade and there would be no difficulty whatever in fixing him up in this area, particularly under the recent decision to close the essential works order in the mining industry. This is the first capture. I understand he has not been capped but his club is of good standing and has provided good men for other rugby league clubs in pre-war seasons”.

The renowned sporting journalist Premier wrote in encouraging terms of his first sighting of Morris during the first Public Practice Match of the new season:

“Morris the new scrum half had a go in the second half. Everything he does, he does nicely and with a little experience, he may become a very good player. The first essential in a scrum half is his, he passes well. He can turn then pass back with a turn of the body, changing the direction of the attack. He has good hands. He tackles well.”

Steve played 26 matches for the Saints, his last being the game against Workington on 31st January 1948, when the Saints were subjected to a 20-0 reversal. Steve found it difficult to get into the side following the introduction of Constance at stand-off and Frank Beesley at scrum-half.

What happened to Steve after leaving Knowsley Road is not clear. Any further information about him would be most welcome.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1946~471 0 0 15
1947~48 2 0 0 11
TOTALS:3 0 0 26
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
TOTALS:

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
14th Sep 1946 L 7 Leigh LC1(2) 1946~47 A 4 17 V
21st Sep 1946 L 7 Widnes L 1946~47 A 10 17 V
18th Jan 1947 W 7 Featherstone Rovers L 1946~47 A 11 7 V
25th Jan 1947 W 7 Hull K.R. L 1946~47 H 29 16 V
8th Mar 1947 W 7 Keighley CC1(1) 1946~47 H 17 7 V
11th Mar 1947 L 7 Keighley CC1(2) 1946~47 N 5 8 V
22nd Mar 1947 L 7 Warrington CC2 1946~47 A 2 24 V
19th Apr 1947 L 7 Workington Town L 1946~47 A 2 13 V
26th Apr 1947 W 7 Swinton L 1946~47 A 15 6 V
6th May 1947 L 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1946~47 A 5 7 1 V
10th May 1947 W 7 Bramley L 1946~47 H 29 0 V
24th May 1947 L 7 Barrow L 1946~47 A 9 15 V
26th May 1947 L 7 Halifax L 1946~47 A 9 10 V
31st May 1947 W 7 Barrow L 1946~47 H 36 7 V
7th Jun 1947 W 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1946~47 H 26 4 V
23rd Aug 1947 L 7 Widnes L 1947~48 A 8 9 V
4th Sep 1947 W 7 Leigh LC1(2) 1947~48 H 31 5 V
6th Sep 1947 W 7 Salford L 1947~48 A 12 5 V
13th Sep 1947 W 6 Oldham L 1947~48 H 16 2 V
20th Sep 1947 W 7 York L 1947~48 A 31 3 V
25th Sep 1947 L 7 New Zealand Tour 1947~48 H 5 11 V
29th Sep 1947 L 7 Wigan LC2 1947~48 H 7 8 V
4th Oct 1947 W 7 Swinton L 1947~48 H 24 3 1 V
11th Oct 1947 L 7 Wakefield Trinity L 1947~48 A 7 10 1 V
6th Dec 1947 D 7 Hunslet L 1947~48 H 13 13 V
31st Jan 1948 L 6 Workington Town L 1947~48 A 0 20 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 26 OTHER 0 = 26
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 26
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