Andy Platt

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
9-10-1963
N/A
02-06-1982
Wigan St. Patricks ARL
22-08-1982 v Leigh
Bradford Northern
1988- Wigan
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1982-1987
185 (15)
68
1
1
269

BIOGRAPHY

Andy Platt by Dave Dooley:

Andy Platt in his time at the Saints was a fast, elusive player renowned for his excellent line breaks, super offloads, reliable support player and solid tackler. In other words he seemed a perfect player for the Saints` style of play and he was! Andy was signed from the St Partick`s ARL club in June 1982 and made his debut as a substitute in the 19 all draw at Hilton Park on the 22nd of August 1982. Within a month he had scored his first try for the club away at Barrow in a 19 points to 12 defeat. When Andy joined the club, Saints were very much in a transitional period with a host of young junior talent and some experienced stalwarts in the twilight of their careers. In his first full season (1982/83) Andy crossed the line on 6 occasions. This haul included a brace of touchdowns in the 40 points to 16 defeat of Carlisle. By the end of the campaign his potential to be one of the all-time greats was evident and his future in the first team was secure.

Andy operated in the second row in his first two seasons. In the 1983/4 campaign his versatility was shown in the tight home match against Bradford Northern when a cheeky drop goal by Andy helped secure a 29 points to 14 victory. His 10 tries that season included a brace in the away fixture at Whitehaven. However, it was the Meninga season of 1984/5 that would really establish Andy as a `class act` and one of the future starts of the British game.

The signing of Mal Meninga and Phil Veivers sent a tsunami of optimism through the town and filled the team with confidence for the 1984/5 campaign. Under the astute direction of coach Billy Benyon, Andy and the Saints mounted their assault on the game`s prizes. Meninga`s presence inspired great confidence in the team and Andy enjoyed his best ever season with the Saints. His first honour with the first team came in the momentous Lancashire Cup Final when a sparkling team performance defeated the old foe in their own backyard. In a season which saw Saints score 1267 points in all matches, Andy netted 19 tries with some sizzling finishes characteristic of his exemplary back up play which included a fantastic four try haul against the Wire and a hat trick against Hunslet. The final game of that famous campaign was the Premiership Final against Hull KR. In this game Andy`s smart play helped Saints gain the upper hand in a wonderful game of open attacking play which Saints eventually won by a record 36 points to 16. Andy`s sensational form paved the way for his international debut for Great Britain in 1985. In all Andy made seven appearances for Great Britain in his time at the Saints and won a further singleton cap for Lancashire.

The following season was very much an "after the Lord Meninga`s Show" affair. Some inconsistent form eventually triggered the departure of the popular Billy Benyon as coach and heralded the arrival of Alex Murphy as the new coach. Maters did not improve greatly as Saints suffered a six match losing streak in the New Year of 1986 before finishing the campaign with 13 straight league victories. Andy`s return in this turbulent campaign was 10 tries with a brace against Salford. Indeed Andy yet again demonstrated his prowess by turning out as prop in nine of the last ten matches of this campaign.

Although the club continued its winning streak in the league up to Boxing Day and played some lovely football the trophy cabinet remained empty as the old foe seemed to buy up every big name going and kick-start their dominance of the British game for the next decade. The agony of the 1987 Challenge Cup Final against Halifax was deeply felt as the chance of a Wembley success slipped away from the grasp of Andy and the rest of his contemporaries. An eleven try seasonal haul including a brace against Featherstone Rovers was evidence of Andy`s importance to the team.

Andy`s final season with the Saints in the 1987/8 was one of his finest as he made the move to loose forward and made the number 13 jersey his own. He was inspirational in the 15 points to 14 victory over Leeds in the 1988 John Player Cup Final at Central Park with incisive runs, superb backing up and a tremendous defensive display. The campaign brought him 12 tries and braces against Leeds, Hull and Swinton. Andy also kicked his solitary goal for the club in the narrow 14 points to 12 loss to Halifax at Thrum Hall.

Andy was an automatic choice for the 1988 British Lions Tour down under. It was on this tour that Andy was lured to Wigan. This move was instrumental in maintaining Wigan`s dominance in the game and a savage blow to the Knowsley Road diehards. Platty was somewhat transformed from a nippy back row forward to a hard grafting, direct front rower and gained multiple honours with Wigan before trying his hand with the Auckland Warriors in the twilight of his career. Notwithstanding, Saints` fans will always remember Andy as a truly great footballing forward.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1982~836 0 0 26
1983~84 10 0 1 32
1984~85 19 0 0 36
1985~8610 0 0 29
1986~8711 0 0 36
1987~88 12 1 0 29
TOTALS:68 1 1 188
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1982~832002
1983~843002
1984~852005
1986~870001
1987~88 0002
TOTALS:70012

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
6th Aug 1982 W 15 Pilkington Recs* Fr Testimonial 1982~83 H 51 7 V
15th Aug 1982 D 17 Oldham* Fr Ward Cup 1982~83 H 15 15 2 V
22nd Aug 1982 D 15 Leigh L 1982~83 A 19 19 V
25th Aug 1982 W 15 Bradford Northern L 1982~83 H 12 11 V
29th Aug 1982 L 15 Hull K.R. L 1982~83 A 10 31 Y V
12th Sep 1982 W 15 Oldham L 1982~83 H 20 15 V
15th Sep 1982 W 15 Barrow LC2 1982~83 A 9 6 V
19th Sep 1982 L 12 Barrow L 1982~83 A 12 19 1 V
10th Oct 1982 L 14 Leigh L 1982~83 H 10 19 V
17th Oct 1982 L 13 Australia Tour 1982~83 H 0 32 V
31st Oct 1982 W 15 Warrington L 1982~83 H 16 11 Y V
2nd Jan 1983 W 14 Widnes L 1982~83 A 18 11 V
9th Jan 1983 W 14 Hull L 1982~83 H 19 18 V
23rd Jan 1983 W 13 Barrow L 1982~83 H 20 5 1 V
30th Jan 1983 W 13 Hull K.R. L 1982~83 H 13 7 V
6th Feb 1983 W 11 Oldham L 1982~83 A 10 0 V
15th Feb 1983 W 15 Carlisle CC1 1982~83 H 52 0 V
27th Feb 1983 W 12 Leeds CC2 1982~83 A 23 13 V
6th Mar 1983 W 15 Leeds L 1982~83 H 19 7 1 V
12th Mar 1983 L 15 Featherstone Rovers CC3 1982~83 H 10 11 Y V
16th Mar 1983 W 13 Warrington L 1982~83 A 17 13 V
20th Mar 1983 L 13 Hull L 1982~83 A 13 24 V
27th Mar 1983 W 12 Carlisle L 1982~83 A 40 16 2 V
1st Apr 1983 L 12 Wigan L 1982~83 A 6 13 V
4th Apr 1983 L 13 Widnes L 1982~83 H 9 11 V
10th Apr 1983 W 13 Halifax L 1982~83 A 23 5 V
12th Apr 1983 L 13 Bradford Northern L 1982~83 A 6 13 V
17th Apr 1983 W 13 Carlisle L 1982~83 H 39 7 1 V
7th Aug 1983 W 13 Huyton* Fr Charity 1983~84 H 48 14 3 V
14th Aug 1983 W 11 Oldham* Fr Ward Cup 1983~84 A 32 10 V
21st Aug 1983 W 15 Hull K.R. L 1983~84 H 30 11 1 V
28th Aug 1983 W 3 Warrington L 1983~84 A 12 8 2 V
3rd Sep 1983 W 3 Rochdale Hornets LC1 1983~84 A 28 4 V
11th Sep 1983 L 11 Castleford L 1983~84 H 10 22 V
14th Sep 1983 L 3 Warrington LC2 1983~84 H 26 30 1 V
2nd Oct 1983 L 3 Oldham L 1983~84 A 6 32 V
9th Oct 1983 W 11 Fulham L 1983~84 H 18 14 V
23rd Oct 1983 W 11 Bradford Northern L 1983~84 H 29 14 1 V
30th Oct 1983 W 11 Featherstone Rovers L 1983~84 H 19 13 V
6th Nov 1983 W 11 Kent Invicta JP1 1983~84 A 40 7 1 V
19th Nov 1983 W 11 Warrington JP2 1983~84 A 18 10 V
27th Nov 1983 W 13 Featherstone Rovers JP3 1983~84 H 16 12 V
4th Dec 1983 L 13 Hull K.R. L 1983~84 A 7 32 V
17th Dec 1983 L 11 Widnes JPSF 1983~84 N 4 18 V
20th Dec 1983 W 13 Salford L 1983~84 A 18 16 V
26th Dec 1983 L 11 Wigan L 1983~84 A 8 12 V
1st Jan 1984 L 13 Widnes L 1983~84 H 12 20 1 V
8th Jan 1984 L 11 Wakefield Trinity L 1983~84 A 22 31 1 V
11th Jan 1984 L 11 Hull L 1983~84 A 24 30 V
15th Jan 1984 W 11 Whitehaven L 1983~84 H 40 10 V
12th Feb 1984 W 11 Leigh CC1 1983~84 H 16 10 1 V
19th Feb 1984 L 13 Leeds L 1983~84 A 7 18 V
25th Feb 1984 W 11 Hull CC2 1983~84 H 24 14 V
4th Mar 1984 W 11 Featherstone Rovers L 1983~84 A 21 13 V
11th Mar 1984 L 11 Wigan CC3 1983~84 H 7 16 V
16th Mar 1984 W 11 Hull L 1983~84 H 22 10 V
25th Mar 1984 L 11 Castleford L 1983~84 A 22 26 V
1st Apr 1984 W 11 Oldham L 1983~84 H 31 20 V
6th Apr 1984 W 11 Leigh L 1983~84 H 37 12 V
10th Apr 1984 W 11 Leeds L 1983~84 H 20 10 V
15th Apr 1984 W 11 Whitehaven L 1983~84 A 27 21 2 V
7th May 1984 L 11 Hull K.R. PTSF 1983~84 A 16 21 V
26th Aug 1984 W 11 Oldham* Fr Ward Cup 1984~85 H 38 4 V
2nd Sep 1984 W 9 Featherstone Rovers L 1984~85 H 25 10 V
9th Sep 1984 W 11 Leeds L 1984~85 A 21 2 1 V
14th Sep 1984 W 11 Runcorn Highfield LC1 1984~85 H 58 14 V
23rd Sep 1984 L 11 Hull K.R. L 1984~85 A 6 32 V
26th Sep 1984 W 11 Barrow LC2 1984~85 A 26 10 V
30th Sep 1984 L 11 Bradford Northern L 1984~85 A 10 30 V
7th Oct 1984 W 11 Castleford L 1984~85 H 30 16 V
10th Oct 1984 W 11 Leigh LCSF 1984~85 H 31 10 V
14th Oct 1984 W 11 Hunslet L 1984~85 A 32 14 V
17th Oct 1984 W 11 Halifax L 1984~85 H 42 14 V
21st Oct 1984 W 11 Oldham L 1984~85 H 32 5 1 V
28th Oct 1984 W 11 Wigan LCF 1984~85 A 26 18 V
11th Nov 1984 W 11 Barrow L 1984~85 H 59 2 1 V
18th Nov 1984 W 11 Keighley JP1 1984~85 H 60 8 V
25th Nov 1984 W 11 Bradford Northern L 1984~85 H 28 6 V
2nd Dec 1984 D 11 Bradford Northern JP2 1984~85 A 12 12 V
5th Dec 1984 W 11 Bradford Northern JP2 (rep) 1984~85 H 24 10 V
9th Dec 1984 W 11 Leeds L 1984~85 H 48 16 2 V
22nd Dec 1984 L 11 Halifax JP3 1984~85 H 8 14 V
26th Dec 1984 L 11 Wigan L 1984~85 H 22 30 V
1st Jan 1985 W 11 Widnes L 1984~85 A 8 6 V
30th Jan 1985 L 11 Castleford L 1984~85 A 12 30 1 V
21st Feb 1985 L 11 Hull K.R. CC1 1984~85 H 3 8 V
24th Feb 1985 W 11 Barrow L 1984~85 A 31 16 V
3rd Mar 1985 W 11 Featherstone Rovers L 1984~85 A 14 13 V
22nd Mar 1985 W 11 Hull L 1984~85 H 47 18 V
31st Mar 1985 W 11 Warrington L 1984~85 H 30 28 4 V
5th Apr 1985 W 11 Wigan L 1984~85 A 30 19 2 V
8th Apr 1985 W 11 Widnes L 1984~85 H 28 22 1 V
14th Apr 1985 W 11 Hull K.R. L 1984~85 H 30 14 1 V
17th Apr 1985 W 11 Hunslet L 1984~85 H 68 7 3 V
19th Apr 1985 W 11 Workington Town L 1984~85 A 42 13 1 V
21st Apr 1985 L 11 Leigh L 1984~85 A 26 30 V
27th Apr 1985 W 11 Widnes PT1 1984~85 H 26 2 1 V
7th May 1985 W 11 Wigan PTSF 1984~85 H 37 14 V
11th May 1985 W 11 Hull K.R. PTF 1984~85 N 36 16 V
26th May 1985 L 11 Canterbury* Fr Tour 1984~85 C 24 30 1 V
29th May 1985 L 11 Waikato* Fr Tour 1984~85 H 24 34 V
2nd Jun 1985 L 11 Manukau * Fr Tour 1984~85 A 10 26 V
3rd Jun 1985 W 11 Northland * Fr Tour 1984~85 W 42 12 1 V
22nd Sep 1985 L 15 Leeds L 1985~86 A 8 21 V
25th Sep 1985 W 12 Whitehaven LC2 1985~86 H 26 8 V
29th Sep 1985 L 11 Hull L 1985~86 H 22 35 1 V
2nd Oct 1985 L 13 Wigan LCSF 1985~86 A 2 30 V
13th Oct 1985 L 11 Castleford L 1985~86 A 18 32 V
20th Oct 1985 W 13 Hull K.R. L 1985~86 H 39 22 1 V
27th Oct 1985 L 11 New Zealand Tour 1985~86 H 8 46 V
17th Nov 1985 W 11 Bradford Northern L 1985~86 A 18 9 1 V
24th Nov 1985 W 11 Dewsbury JP1 1985~86 H 42 6 V
1st Dec 1985 W 11 Doncaster JP2 1985~86 H 36 20 1 V
8th Dec 1985 D 11 Leeds L 1985~86 H 12 12 V
11th Dec 1985 W 11 Hull JP3 1985~86 H 57 14 V
15th Dec 1985 D 11 Hull L 1985~86 A 20 20 V
21st Dec 1985 L 13 Hull K.R. JPSF 1985~86 N 4 22 V
24th Feb 1986 W 14 Dewsbury CC1 1985~86 A 22 19 V
2nd Mar 1986 W 11 Halifax L 1985~86 H 22 10 V
8th Mar 1986 L 11 Wigan CC2 1985~86 A 14 24 V
16th Mar 1986 W 11 York L 1985~86 A 18 11 V
19th Mar 1986 W 11 Salford L 1985~86 H 28 10 2 V
23rd Mar 1986 W 10 Dewsbury L 1985~86 A 18 12 V
28th Mar 1986 W 10 Wigan L 1985~86 H 18 13 V
31st Mar 1986 W 10 Widnes L 1985~86 A 16 6 V
2nd Apr 1986 W 10 Oldham L 1985~86 A 38 12 1 V
6th Apr 1986 W 10 Swinton L 1985~86 H 24 14 V
9th Apr 1986 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1985~86 A 22 13 V
13th Apr 1986 W 15 Salford L 1985~86 A 30 28 V
16th Apr 1986 W 10 Castleford L 1985~86 H 62 12 1 V
20th Apr 1986 W 10 Oldham L 1985~86 H 44 12 2 V
27th Apr 1986 L 10 Leeds PT1 1985~86 H 22 38 V
24th Aug 1986 W 11 Great Britain XIII* Fr Testimonial 1986~87 H 34 30 V
7th Sep 1986 W 10 Leeds L 1986~87 A 40 20 V
14th Sep 1986 W 10 Carlisle LC1 1986~87 H 112 0 V
21st Sep 1986 W 10 Halifax L 1986~87 H 38 16 1 V
24th Sep 1986 W 10 Warrington LC2 1986~87 H 19 15 V
28th Sep 1986 W 11 Hull K.R. L 1986~87 A 36 4 V
1st Oct 1986 L 11 Wigan LCSF 1986~87 A 16 22 V
5th Oct 1986 W 11 Wakefield Trinity L 1986~87 H 32 11 V
12th Oct 1986 W 11 Barrow L 1986~87 A 34 12 1 V
17th Oct 1986 W 11 Salford L 1986~87 H 32 14 1 V
2nd Nov 1986 L 11 Australia Tour 1986~87 H 8 32 V
9th Nov 1986 W 11 Featherstone Rovers L 1986~87 A 44 8 2 V
16th Nov 1986 W 11 Oldham L 1986~87 A 18 17 1 V
23rd Nov 1986 W 11 Hull L 1986~87 H 50 10 V
6th Dec 1986 W 11 Castleford JP2 1986~87 A 26 22 1 V
14th Dec 1986 L 11 Warrington JP3 1986~87 H 20 22 V
21st Dec 1986 W 13 Oldham L 1986~87 H 28 6 V
26th Dec 1986 L 11 Wigan L 1986~87 H 4 12 V
1st Jan 1987 L 13 Widnes L 1986~87 A 10 16 V
4th Jan 1987 L 11 Halifax L 1986~87 A 19 20 1 V
21st Jan 1987 W 11 Swinton CCP 1986~87 H 18 16 1 V
25th Jan 1987 W 11 Featherstone Rovers L 1986~87 H 43 14 V
5th Feb 1987 W 11 Dewsbury CC1 1986~87 A 48 12 V
14th Feb 1987 W 11 Oldham CC2 1986~87 A 24 14 V
18th Feb 1987 W 11 Warrington L 1986~87 H 42 22 V
22nd Feb 1987 W 11 Bradford Northern L 1986~87 H 40 14 V
1st Mar 1987 W 11 Whitehaven CC3 1986~87 H 41 10 V
4th Mar 1987 L 15 Castleford L 1986~87 A 10 12 V
14th Mar 1987 W 11 Leigh CCSF 1986~87 N 14 8 1 V
17th Mar 1987 L 15 Hull L 1986~87 A 22 36 V
22nd Mar 1987 D 11 Warrington L 1986~87 A 17 17 V
5th Apr 1987 W 11 Leeds L 1986~87 H 24 22 1 V
8th Apr 1987 W 11 Barrow L 1986~87 H 26 4 V
12th Apr 1987 L 11 Bradford Northern L 1986~87 A 4 18 V
26th Apr 1987 W 13 Bradford Northern PT1 1986~87 H 46 14 V
2nd May 1987 L 11 Halifax CCF 1986~87 N 18 19 V
10th May 1987 L 13 Warrington PTSF 1986~87 H 8 18 V
14th Aug 1987 W 13 Sheffield Eagles* Fr 1987~88 H 40 2 V
23rd Aug 1987 L 11 Widnes * Fr Charity 1987~88 A 14 26 V
30th Aug 1987 L 11 Castleford L 1987~88 A 10 20 V
20th Sep 1987 L 13 Warrington L 1987~88 A 20 24 V
27th Sep 1987 W 13 Bradford Northern L 1987~88 H 38 10 1 V
4th Oct 1987 L 13 Halifax L 1987~88 A 12 14 1 V
25th Oct 1987 W 13 Salford L 1987~88 A 18 8 V
1st Nov 1987 W 13 Auckland Tour 1987~88 H 52 26 2 V
8th Nov 1987 L 13 Leeds L 1987~88 A 21 24 V
14th Nov 1987 W 13 Widnes JP1 1987~88 H 12 10 V
22nd Nov 1987 W 13 Mansfield Marksmen JP2 1987~88 H 40 0 V
29th Nov 1987 W 13 Hull JP3 1987~88 H 20 16 V
6th Dec 1987 L 13 Hull K.R. L 1987~88 A 16 25 V
13th Dec 1987 W 13 Warrington L 1987~88 H 17 14 1 V
19th Dec 1987 W 13 Oldham JPSF 1987~88 N 18 8 1 V
27th Dec 1987 W 13 Wigan L 1987~88 A 32 22 V
3rd Jan 1988 W 13 Widnes L 1987~88 H 25 0 V
9th Jan 1988 W 13 Leeds JPF 1987~88 N 15 14 V
17th Jan 1988 W 13 Bradford Northern L 1987~88 A 13 12 V
31st Jan 1988 W 13 Leigh CC1 1987~88 A 22 12 V
7th Feb 1988 W 13 Halifax L 1987~88 H 16 4 V
1st Mar 1988 W 13 Hunslet L 1987~88 H 70 6 V
13th Mar 1988 W 13 Castleford L 1987~88 H 14 6 V
16th Mar 1988 W 13 Salford L 1987~88 H 24 10 V
20th Mar 1988 W 13 Swinton L 1987~88 A 34 18 1 V
4th Apr 1988 L 13 Widnes L 1987~88 A 6 16 1 V
10th Apr 1988 L 13 Leeds L 1987~88 H 23 28 V
13th Apr 1988 W 13 Hull L 1987~88 A 20 8 2 V
17th Apr 1988 W 13 Swinton L 1987~88 H 52 4 2 V
24th Apr 1988 W 13 Castleford PT1 1987~88 H 40 8 V
8th May 1988 W 13 Bradford Northern PTSF 1987~88 H 24 10 1 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 173 OTHER 12 = 188
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 15 Subs) = 185

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