Keith Northey

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
01-08-1940
N/A
22-05-1961
Birkenhead Park RUFC
26-08-1961 v Swinton
Rochdale Hornets
1965- Widnes
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1961-1965
119 (3)
48
48
0
240

BIOGRAPHY

Keith Northey by Dave Dooley:
Keith Northey was a fast, skilful player for the club playing over 100 matches in the mid-sixties, mostly as a centre. Born in St Helens, he signed from Rugby Union outfit Birkenhead Park on 22nd. May 1961. Keith made his debut against Swinton in the 15 points to 6 points away defeat on the 26th. August 1961. Keith was an elusive runner with the ball and became famous for utilising the `goose-step` to take on opponents on the outside. In defence he was a sound tackler. In his first season Keith played 30 games for the Saints scoring 12 tries and kicking 48 goals for an aggregate of 132 points. In this season he shared the goal-kicking duties with Austin Rhodes. Remarkably, Keith never kicked another goal for the Saints!

Keith Northey scored his first try for the Club against Leigh on September 2nd. 1961 in the 43 points to 8 drubbing of the Leythers in the first round Lancashire Cup match. He promptly followed up with a second touchdown in the same match. For the next two seasons most Saints backs found themselves being rotated around the back positions and in and out of the side. The lack of goal-kicking practice can be attributed to the signing of Kel Coslett who was an ever-present member of the team in the 1962-63 season. However Keith did chip in with eleven tries from 21 games.

The following season Keith was in the centre as Saints lifted the Lancashire Cup for the fourth year in succession. This time the opposition was Leigh as 21 231 spectators witness Saints overcome the Leythers by 15 points to 4. In the 1963/64 season Keith played 31 matches notching 11 tries in the process. The penultimate match that season was the Western Divisional Championship Final against Swinton at Central Park. On the 16th. May, 1964 in front of 17 363 spectators Saints defeated a talented Swinton side by 10 points to 7 with Northey scoring a fine try.

The 1964/65 was another action-packed campaign for Keith Northey. He collected his second Lancashire Cup winners medal as Saints again disposed of Swinton by 12 points to 4 in front of a crowd of 17 383 at Central Park on October 24th. 1964. The start of that particular season was an incredible experience for Saints` fans at the time. The team won its first 21 matches of the season with Keith playing in sixteen of those games (plus substitute twice). By the end of the season Saints topped the table having conceded only 226 from 34 league matches (an average of less than 7 points conceded per match); notwithstanding Saints were renowned for their attacking play at the time!

The following season saw changing fortunes for Keith as a raft of talented backs pressed hard for a starting position in the team. Keith was eventually out of favour as the Club attempted to maintain the winning formula that had put together another incredible unbeaten run in the league in the first four months of the season. After only two games of the campaign Keith moved on to Widnes as Wood, Benyon, Smith, Williams, Murphy and Tony Barrow regularly featured in the centre position (Even John Mantle and Kel Coslett played in the centre that season). Northey played his final game for the Saints away against Rochdale Hornets on the 24th. of August, 1965, as Saints prevailed by 17 points to 9.

Keith Northey played 116 (+ three as substitute) matches for the club. He scored 48 tries and kicked 48 goals for an aggregate score of 240 points. Keith also represented Lancashire on three occasions plus once as substitute. This was a recognition of the fine attacking play he exhibited for the Club at the time.

Keith Northey Article in St.Helens Reporter 19th July 1958

Leaves a Glorious Sport Record
One of the most accomplished young athletes to be produced by West Park Catholic grammar school is strapping all-rounder Keith Northey, 436, Liverpool Road, Pewfall, who is to study to become a physical education master at De La Salle training college, Middleton.
Seventeen years old Keith stands 5 foot 11inches and weighs around 13 stones. He left school last week, leaving behind a glorious record of sporting achievements.
He was captain of his school Rugby Union and cricket teams and last month became athletics individual champion for the second year in succession. Excelling in field events, he has no mean burst of speed, a great asset to his play as a rugby centre.
Some idea of his versatility can be gained from his latest athletic performances. His times and distances for the seven events he won, under rather unfavourable conditions were: 100 yards (10.7 seconds), 220 yards (25 seconds), high jump (five feet), long jump (18 feet four inches), javelin (131 feet) and shot (45 feet).
In addition he was second in the 440 yards event and in the 100 yards hurdles. And he was a member of the winning House relay team. One of his proudest achievements was in breaking the school batting record of 81, set by Tom King in 1943. Keith knocked up 118 in a match against a team of staff members and Old Boys. (A number of them now experienced senior league cricketers). He has also hit 82 not out against Newton Grammar School.
Last season he was presented with the Roland Pennington award (a special cricket bat) as the school’s best cricketing all-rounder. On occasions he has assisted West Park Old Boys and as well as being a stylish batsman, he is also a fast bowler.
He has also played for the Old Boys rugby team in a Sevens tournament.
Keith’s father Bob Northey has his chief sporting interest in soccer. A former Manchester United player, he also played for Prescot Cables and the old Haydock Villa sides. He was recently appointed chief coach of the Lancashire Combination side St.Helens Town.
Keith added to his laurels over the past week when he shattered the schools batting record of 450 runs for a season. Against Ormskirk Grammar School, he hit his 459th run and there are still three matches left to the end of the season.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1961~6212 48 0 30
1962~63 11 0 0 21
1963~6411 0 0 31
1964~65 14 0 0 39
1965~66 0 0 0 2
TOTALS:48 48 0 123
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1961~621001
1962~631202
1963~641301
1964~652002
1965~66 0001
TOTALS:5507

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
12th Aug 1961 W 2 Liverpool City* Fr Charity Cup 1961~62 H 29 14 1 V
26th Aug 1961 L 3 Swinton L 1961~62 A 6 15 V
2nd Sep 1961 W 3 Leigh LC1 1961~62 H 43 8 2 V
12th Sep 1961 W 3 Rochdale Hornets L 1961~62 A 14 2 4 V
16th Sep 1961 W 5 Whitehaven L 1961~62 H 44 0 2 2 V
30th Sep 1961 L 5 Hull L 1961~62 H 22 25 5 V
14th Oct 1961 W 6 New Zealand Tour 1961~62 H 25 10 1 5 V
25th Nov 1961 W 2 Workington Town L 1961~62 H 16 7 1 V
2nd Dec 1961 L 3 Hull K.R. L 1961~62 A 5 12 V
9th Dec 1961 L 3 Wakefield Trinity L 1961~62 A 10 12 2 V
16th Dec 1961 L 6 Oldham L 1961~62 H 8 9 1 V
20th Jan 1962 W 5 Warrington L 1961~62 H 11 7 V
27th Jan 1962 L 5 Workington Town L 1961~62 A 7 23 2 V
3rd Feb 1962 W 1 Huddersfield L 1961~62 H 36 5 6 V
10th Feb 1962 W 1 Salford CC1 1961~62 A 15 2 3 V
17th Feb 1962 W 1 Salford L 1961~62 H 17 12 1 V
24th Feb 1962 L 1 Leigh L 1961~62 A 6 7 3 V
10th Mar 1962 W 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1961~62 H 16 5 5 V
13th Mar 1962 W 4 Liverpool City L 1961~62 H 31 7 1 V
17th Mar 1962 L 4 Oldham L 1961~62 A 7 10 V
24th Mar 1962 W 3 Widnes L 1961~62 H 13 8 V
31st Mar 1962 W 1 Swinton L 1961~62 H 5 2 1 1 V
3rd Apr 1962 W 1 Hull K.R. L 1961~62 H 27 2 2 V
7th Apr 1962 W 1 Hull L 1961~62 A 12 8 V
9th Apr 1962 W 1 Leigh L 1961~62 H 42 4 1 1 V
14th Apr 1962 W 1 Blackpool Borough L 1961~62 A 15 2 V
20th Apr 1962 L 1 Wigan L 1961~62 H 16 18 V
21st Apr 1962 W 4 Liverpool City L 1961~62 A 14 2 1 V
23rd Apr 1962 W 5 Blackpool Borough L 1961~62 H 37 5 2 2 V
28th Apr 1962 L 4 Wigan L 1961~62 A 3 12 V
2nd May 1962 W 4 Huddersfield L 1961~62 A 16 9 1 2 V
7th May 1962 W 4 SHAPE Indians* Fr 1962~63 H 43 8 2 V
10th Aug 1962 W 6 Liverpool City* Fr Charity Cup 1962~63 H 33 2 1 V
18th Aug 1962 W 6 Salford WDC 1962~63 A 35 24 V
22nd Aug 1962 W 6 Leigh WDC 1962~63 H 21 3 1 V
25th Aug 1962 W 4 Blackpool Borough WDC 1962~63 H 21 12 2 V
30th Aug 1962 W 4 Liverpool City WDC 1962~63 A 16 9 1 V
1st Sep 1962 W 4 Salford WDC 1962~63 H 59 0 1 V
8th Sep 1962 W 4 Liverpool City LC1 1962~63 H 22 0 1 V
6th Oct 1962 L 4 Warrington L 1962~63 A 13 21 1 V
9th Oct 1962 L 4 Widnes WDCSF 1962~63 H 9 10 V
13th Oct 1962 D 6 Castleford L 1962~63 H 10 10 V
17th Nov 1962 W 4 Castleford L 1962~63 A 8 7 V
24th Nov 1962 W 3 Huddersfield L 1962~63 H 36 3 1 V
1st Dec 1962 L 3 Workington Town L 1962~63 A 5 8 V
8th Dec 1962 W 2 Leeds L 1962~63 H 13 6 1 V
15th Dec 1962 L 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1962~63 A 7 10 V
30th Mar 1963 W 5 Featherstone Rovers L 1962~63 A 17 10 V
1st Apr 1963 W 6 Workington Town L 1962~63 H 29 0 V
6th Apr 1963 W 6 Halifax L 1962~63 H 33 3 2 V
12th Apr 1963 W 6 Wigan L 1962~63 A 24 4 V
15th Apr 1963 L 6 Swinton L 1962~63 H 9 24 V
20th Apr 1963 W 6 Featherstone Rovers L 1962~63 H 18 5 V
27th Apr 1963 L 6 Hull L 1962~63 A 7 15 V
17th Aug 1963 W 2 Liverpool City* Fr Charity Cup 1963~64 H 34 8 1 3 V
28th Aug 1963 W 4 Castleford L 1963~64 H 20 11 2 V
31st Aug 1963 W 4 Keighley L 1963~64 A 18 6 V
2nd Sep 1963 W 4 Hunslet L 1963~64 A 15 7 1 V
7th Sep 1963 W 4 Swinton LC1 1963~64 A 12 2 V
14th Sep 1963 W 4 Hull K.R. L 1963~64 H 40 5 V
16th Sep 1963 W 4 Workington Town LC2 1963~64 H 28 4 V
21st Sep 1963 L 4 Halifax L 1963~64 A 5 13 V
23rd Sep 1963 W 6 Warrington LCSF 1963~64 A 21 14 1 V
28th Sep 1963 L 6 Australia Tour 1963~64 H 2 8 V
5th Oct 1963 W 3 Barrow WDC 1963~64 H 19 15 V
12th Oct 1963 W 6 Leeds L 1963~64 A 10 2 V
19th Oct 1963 W 3 Hull L 1963~64 H 11 10 V
26th Oct 1963 W 4 Leigh LCF 1963~64 N 15 4 V
2nd Nov 1963 W 4 Warrington L 1963~64 H 19 8 1 V
16th Nov 1963 D 4 Featherstone Rovers L 1963~64 H 11 11 V
7th Dec 1963 W 3 Wakefield Trinity L 1963~64 A 8 7 V
14th Dec 1963 L 2 Halifax L 1963~64 H 12 13 1 V
28th Dec 1963 W 3 Workington Town L 1963~64 A 5 0 V
1st Jan 1964 L 2 Swinton L 1963~64 H 6 8 V
1st Feb 1964 W 3 Hull K.R. L 1963~64 A 9 5 1 V
8th Feb 1964 L 1 Castleford CC1 1963~64 H 6 13 V
7th Mar 1964 W 3 Huddersfield L 1963~64 A 16 11 V
21st Mar 1964 W 4 Whitehaven WDC 1963~64 H 50 7 1 V
30th Mar 1964 W 1 Swinton L 1963~64 A 10 7 V
4th Apr 1964 L 1 Widnes L 1963~64 H 6 10 1 V
15th Apr 1964 W 4 Whitehaven WDC 1963~64 A 3 0 V
18th Apr 1964 W 6 Liverpool City WDC 1963~64 A 32 7 V
25th Apr 1964 W 4 Widnes L 1963~64 A 19 8 V
1st May 1964 W 2 Oldham WDCSF 1963~64 H 22 11 1 V
6th May 1964 W 2 Hull L 1963~64 A 17 9 V
16th May 1964 W 4 Swinton WDCF 1963~64 N 10 7 1 V
14th Aug 1964 W 4 Swinton* Fr Gallie Cup 1964~65 H 22 2 V
22nd Aug 1964 W 6 Leigh L 1964~65 A 19 6 1 V
24th Aug 1964 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1964~65 H 28 4 1 V
29th Aug 1964 W 3 Widnes L 1964~65 H 29 6 V
31st Aug 1964 W 14 Whitehaven L 1964~65 A 15 5 Y V
5th Sep 1964 W 4 Liverpool City LC1 1964~65 A 41 11 1 V
12th Sep 1964 W 6 Blackpool Borough L 1964~65 H 37 5 3 V
14th Sep 1964 W 4 Barrow LC2 1964~65 A 22 11 1 V
19th Sep 1964 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1964~65 A 17 6 V
26th Sep 1964 W 4 Featherstone Rovers L 1964~65 A 30 15 V
29th Sep 1964 W 4 Warrington LCSF 1964~65 A 10 8 V
3rd Oct 1964 W 4 Workington Town L 1964~65 H 32 6 1 V
10th Oct 1964 W 14 Blackpool Borough L 1964~65 A 31 9 Y V
17th Oct 1964 W 3 Featherstone Rovers L 1964~65 H 25 12 1 V
24th Oct 1964 W 3 Swinton LCF 1964~65 N 12 4 V
31st Oct 1964 W 3 Oldham L 1964~65 H 22 6 V
7th Nov 1964 W 3 Warrington L 1964~65 H 26 10 V
14th Nov 1964 W 4 Hull K.R. L 1964~65 A 25 12 2 V
21st Nov 1964 W 4 Barrow L 1964~65 H 37 3 2 V
19th Dec 1964 W 3 Leigh L 1964~65 H 10 7 V
1st Jan 1965 W 3 Swinton L 1964~65 A 11 5 V
9th Jan 1965 W 6 Liverpool City L 1964~65 H 23 3 V
16th Jan 1965 L 14 Warrington L 1964~65 A 4 6 Y V
27th Jan 1965 W 3 Other Nationalities* Fr Opening of Floodl 1964~65 H 19 2 2 V
6th Feb 1965 W 3 Castleford CC1 1964~65 H 22 9 V
13th Feb 1965 L 3 Workington Town L 1964~65 A 3 4 V
16th Feb 1965 W 14 Salford L 1964~65 H 12 6 Y V
20th Feb 1965 W 3 Huddersfield L 1964~65 H 28 6 V
27th Feb 1965 L 3 Wigan CC2 1964~65 A 2 7 V
13th Mar 1965 W 4 Oldham L 1964~65 A 15 9 V
16th Mar 1965 L 14 Wakefield Trinity L 1964~65 H 2 9 V
20th Mar 1965 L 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1964~65 A 4 5 V
27th Mar 1965 L 14 Salford L 1964~65 A 8 11 V
5th Apr 1965 W 4 Barrow L 1964~65 A 21 14 V
17th Apr 1965 W 6 Widnes L 1964~65 A 14 2 V
19th Apr 1965 W 4 Swinton L 1964~65 H 16 5 V
21st Apr 1965 W 4 Huddersfield L 1964~65 A 20 6 V
24th Apr 1965 W 14 Barrow Ch1 1964~65 H 23 7 1 V
30th Apr 1965 W 6 Hull K.R. Ch2 1964~65 H 24 6 V
15th May 1965 W 4 Wakefield Trinity ChSF 1964~65 H 10 5 V
22nd May 1965 L 4 Halifax ChF 1964~65 N 7 15 V
14th Aug 1965 L 6 Swinton * Fr Gallie Cup 1965~66 A 9 11 V
20th Aug 1965 W 3 Halifax L 1965~66 H 15 4 V
24th Aug 1965 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1965~66 A 17 9 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 112 OTHER 7 = 123
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 3 Subs) = 119

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