Harry Pimblett

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
05-04-1920
N/A
05-10-1937
Local Juniors
15-10-1938 v Dewsbury
Rochdale Hornets
1947- Belle Vue Rangers
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1938-1946
103 (0)
22
3
0
72

BIOGRAPHY

Birthday Boy Harry is Saints Record Survivor by Denis Whittle

An old-time Rugby League star who has battled through the trials and tribulations of life celebrates his 90th birthday on Monday, April 5 and became Saints oldest veteran en-route!

Ex-full-back Harry Pimblett, of Newtown, was born in Union Street, Gerards Bridge, in 1920, and attended Windle and the ‘dole’ schools before working at the BI, Corporation Transport Department and UGB. Standing 6ft and weighing 13 stone, the personable Pimblett played junior soccer and rugby for the Star, Merton Bank, Saints’ ‘A,’ and also in the last Saints v Recs match (Alf Ellaby included) prior to answering the call of King and Country in 1940, when he married Betty Chisnall at St. Thomas’s Church.

Remarkably, given that the name of Pimblett has been a household one in St. Helens for many seasons, Harry was related to no other, including former Test centre Albert of Warrington, and Saints’ stars of more recent vintage Arthur, Geoff and Tom.

Enlisting as a ramrod-backed recruit in the Welsh Guards, he was promoted to corporal, served in North Africa and Italy and was taken prisoner after the battle of Monte Cassino in 1944, and was held near to Dachau concentration camp.

Before leaving Blighty Pimblett appeared in both codes by guesting for Wigan and Dewsbury, plus Union sides Metropolitan Police, Wasps and Sandown Park along with England versus Wales at Swansea, where he was man-of-the match.

Blessed with an encyclopaedic memory and military matters now behind him, Harry did not like his brown pin-stripe demob suit and sold it for a £1 to Saints’ captain Jimmy Stott. Pimblett went on to make 104 appearances for the Knowsley Road team, scoring 22 tries, was in the squad winning the Wigan Sevens, and scored a 60-yard try in the 12-7 victory at Central Park in 1947.

In that year Pimblett was transferred to Belle Vue Rangers and on returning ‘home’ dropped a goal in their 9-0 triumph, and enjoyed his stay with the Manchester club, whose chairman was legendary Tom Spedding and left winger Saints’ target Stan McCormick. Harry then hung up his boots, age 34, when BVR folded in 1954.

Philosophical as ever, Harry nonetheless reflected on a trio of tragedies that befell him in life, such as the loss of his only child Jack, who died after sustaining injuries when playing for Pilkington Recs at City Road in 1971. He was just 27. There was also the death of his beloved Betty in 2003 following 63 years of happy marriage and several health issues, including having his right leg amputated due to gangrene in 2005, and not being suitable for an artificial one.

Grandfather of Michael and Cliff and great-grandfather of Jack, and now ensconced in a specially-adapted house in Grafton Street, gentleman Harry Pimblett is well-loved by his carers and enjoys a wee dram in Windle Labour Club on Sunday nights. We’ll drink to that!

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1938~39 9 0 0 30
1939~40 6 0 0 30
1941~42 2 1 0 3
1942~43 1 2 0 3
1945~46 1 0 0 11
1946~473 0 0 26
TOTALS:22 3 0 103
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1942~43 0001
TOTALS:0001

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
15th Oct 1938 W 2 Dewsbury L 1938~39 A 10 5 V
22nd Oct 1938 W 5 York L 1938~39 H 15 13 V
5th Nov 1938 W 5 Dewsbury L 1938~39 H 16 4 1 V
12th Nov 1938 L 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1938~39 A 8 10 1 V
19th Nov 1938 W 5 Swinton L 1938~39 H 12 8 1 V
26th Nov 1938 L 5 Broughton Rangers L 1938~39 A 7 10 V
3rd Dec 1938 L 5 Huddersfield L 1938~39 H 3 10 V
10th Dec 1938 W 5 Liverpool Stanley L 1938~39 A 12 10 V
17th Dec 1938 W 5 Broughton Rangers L 1938~39 H 22 6 1 V
24th Dec 1938 W 5 Leigh L 1938~39 A 18 10 V
26th Dec 1938 L 5 St. Helens Recs L 1938~39 H 4 5 V
27th Dec 1938 L 5 Wigan L 1938~39 H 2 28 V
31st Dec 1938 L 5 Featherstone Rovers L 1938~39 A 5 10 V
14th Jan 1939 L 5 Salford L 1938~39 A 0 37 V
21st Jan 1939 L 5 Salford L 1938~39 H 5 32 1 V
28th Jan 1939 L 5 Huddersfield L 1938~39 A 5 33 1 V
4th Feb 1939 L 5 Salford CC1 1938~39 A 0 11 V
11th Feb 1939 W 5 Barrow L 1938~39 H 17 2 1 V
27th Feb 1939 L 5 Keighley L 1938~39 A 5 8 V
4th Mar 1939 W 5 Bramley L 1938~39 H 13 7 V
11th Mar 1939 L 5 York L 1938~39 A 0 10 V
18th Mar 1939 W 5 Leigh L 1938~39 H 22 12 V
25th Mar 1939 L 5 Oldham L 1938~39 A 0 2 V
3rd Apr 1939 L 5 Halifax L 1938~39 A 5 20 V
7th Apr 1939 L 5 Wigan L 1938~39 A 2 6 V
8th Apr 1939 L 5 Bramley L 1938~39 A 8 10 V
10th Apr 1939 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1938~39 H 36 8 2 V
22nd Apr 1939 L 5 Halifax L 1938~39 H 4 25 V
24th Apr 1939 W 5 Warrington L 1938~39 A 8 7 V
29th Apr 1939 W 5 Featherstone Rovers L 1938~39 H 37 10 V
26th Aug 1939 W 5 Leigh L 1939~40 A 23 3 V
29th Aug 1939 W 5 Swinton L 1939~40 H 13 0 V
2nd Sep 1939 L 5 New Zealand Tour 1939~40 H 3 19 V
29th Sep 1939 W 5 Rochdale Hornets WEL 1939~40 H 28 9 V
7th Oct 1939 W 5 Liverpool Stanley WEL 1939~40 A 20 0 1 V
14th Oct 1939 W 5 Warrington WEL 1939~40 H 13 9 V
21st Oct 1939 L 5 Swinton WEL 1939~40 A 2 41 V
28th Oct 1939 W 5 Swinton WEL 1939~40 H 15 7 V
4th Nov 1939 W 5 Broughton Rangers WEL 1939~40 H 28 10 1 V
11th Nov 1939 L 5 Salford WEL 1939~40 H 10 15 1 V
18th Nov 1939 L 1 Oldham WEL 1939~40 A 3 7 V
25th Nov 1939 W 5 Barrow WEL 1939~40 H 23 3 V
2nd Dec 1939 L 5 Salford WEL 1939~40 A 5 10 V
9th Dec 1939 W 5 Broughton Rangers WEL 1939~40 H 27 9 1 V
16th Dec 1939 L 5 Warrington WEL 1939~40 A 6 8 V
25th Dec 1939 D 5 Widnes WEL 1939~40 A 6 6 V
26th Dec 1939 L 5 Wigan WEL 1939~40 H 9 12 V
24th Feb 1940 W 5 Liverpool Stanley WEL 1939~40 H 18 8 1 V
2nd Mar 1940 W 4 Broughton Rangers LC1 (1) 1939~40 H 26 7 V
16th Mar 1940 L 5 Wigan LC2 (1) 1939~40 A 0 5 V
22nd Mar 1940 L 1 Wigan WEL 1939~40 A 0 6 V
23rd Mar 1940 W 1 Leigh WEL 1939~40 H 11 5 V
25th Mar 1940 L 1 Rochdale Hornets WEL 1939~40 A 10 12 1 V
29th Mar 1940 W 1 Wigan LC2 (2) 1939~40 H 10 4 V
6th Apr 1940 W 1 Widnes LCSF (1) 1939~40 H 7 5 V
13th Apr 1940 L 1 Widnes LCSF (2) 1939~40 A 0 13 V
20th Apr 1940 L 1 Barrow WEL 1939~40 A 15 17 V
27th Apr 1940 W 1 Leigh WEL 1939~40 A 16 5 V
4th May 1940 W 1 Oldham WEL 1939~40 H 12 5 V
18th May 1940 L 1 Widnes WEL 1939~40 H 11 20 V
4th Oct 1941 W 5 Batley WEL 1941~42 H 26 16 2 V
19th Oct 1941 L 4 Hunslet WEL 1941~42 A 5 13 1 V
6th Apr 1942 L 3 Dewsbury WEL 1941~42 H 2 9 V
25th Dec 1942 L 4 Wigan WEL 1942~43 A 3 10 V
26th Dec 1942 L 4 Wigan WEL 1942~43 H 8 20 1 V
6th Feb 1943 L 4 Wigan * Fr 1942~43 H 3 24 V
13th Mar 1943 W 1 Barrow CC1(1) 1942~43 H 13 2 2 V
25th Aug 1945 L 1 Widnes L 1945~46 A 8 20 V
1st Sep 1945 L 4 Widnes L 1945~46 H 2 7 V
8th Sep 1945 W 4 Oldham L 1945~46 A 23 15 V
15th Sep 1945 W 1 Wakefield Trinity L 1945~46 H 15 3 1 V
29th Sep 1945 W 1 Workington Town LC1(2) 1945~46 H 21 11 V
6th Oct 1945 W 1 Rochdale Hornets L 1945~46 A 11 4 V
13th Oct 1945 W 1 Rochdale Hornets L 1945~46 H 21 0 V
20th Oct 1945 W 1 Hunslet L 1945~46 H 15 12 V
3rd Nov 1945 D 1 Swinton L 1945~46 A 5 5 V
24th Nov 1945 L 1 Dewsbury L 1945~46 A 0 9 V
26th Dec 1945 L 1 Wigan L 1945~46 H 3 38 V
31st Aug 1946 L 1 Widnes L 1946~47 H 2 10 V
7th Sep 1946 L 1 Leigh LC1(1) 1946~47 H 5 14 V
14th Sep 1946 L 3 Leigh LC1(2) 1946~47 A 4 17 V
21st Sep 1946 L 1 Widnes L 1946~47 A 10 17 V
28th Sep 1946 L 1 Leigh L 1946~47 H 7 11 V
5th Oct 1946 L 1 Warrington L 1946~47 A 10 19 V
12th Oct 1946 W 1 Workington Town L 1946~47 H 12 7 V
19th Oct 1946 W 1 Salford L 1946~47 A 11 2 V
26th Oct 1946 W 1 Halifax L 1946~47 H 15 8 V
2nd Nov 1946 W 1 Oldham L 1946~47 A 7 3 V
9th Nov 1946 L 1 Swinton L 1946~47 H 11 15 V
16th Nov 1946 D 1 Belle Vue Rangers L 1946~47 A 10 10 V
23rd Nov 1946 L 1 Bramley L 1946~47 A 0 10 V
30th Nov 1946 W 1 Huddersfield L 1946~47 H 18 10 V
7th Dec 1946 L 1 Leigh L 1946~47 A 3 10 V
26th Dec 1946 L 1 Wigan L 1946~47 H 9 11 V
28th Dec 1946 L 1 Huddersfield L 1946~47 A 12 19 V
1st Jan 1947 L 1 Liverpool Stanley L 1946~47 A 7 8 V
11th Jan 1947 L 1 Leeds L 1946~47 H 7 8 V
22nd Mar 1947 L 2 Warrington CC2 1946~47 A 2 24 V
29th Mar 1947 L 5 Hull K.R. L 1946~47 A 3 11 1 V
4th Apr 1947 W 1 Wigan L 1946~47 A 12 7 1 V
5th Apr 1947 L 1 Warrington L 1946~47 H 6 10 V
7th Apr 1947 L 1 Belle Vue Rangers L 1946~47 H 10 12 V
12th Apr 1947 L 2 Oldham L 1946~47 H 7 18 1 V
6th May 1947 L 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1946~47 A 5 7 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 102 OTHER 1 = 103
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 103

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