Les Quirk

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
06-03-1965
N/A
01-10-1987
Barrow
04-10-1987 v Halifax
New Zealand
1993- Whitehaven
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1987-1993
160 (12)
98
0
0
392

BIOGRAPHY

Les Quirk by Dave Dooley:

This lad from Ulverston was signed from Barrow on October 1st., 1987. Three days later he was making his debut in the away game at Halifax. Although Saints lost by 14 points to 12, Les scored a promising try on debut. Blessed with speed and a spectacular swerve Les was also a difficult man to stop close to the tryline. He scored some of the most outstanding tries in his six and bit season at the Saints. In that first season with the Saints his try strike return was impressive. He scorched in for two hat tricks against Salford and Auckland out of a season total of 16 tries from 25 games. This initial campaign at Knowsley Road also witnessed Les gaining a winner`s medal at Central Park, Wigan in the John Player Trophy Final. Saints put in a magnificent defensive effort to hold off a tenacious Leeds outfit who were hell bent on pulling back Saints? half time lead. However, Saints prevailed by 15 points to 14.

In the following season (1988/9) Les produced a sizzling display in scoring a hat trick against Oldham as part of a 58 points to 12 home league victory. One of his most memorable matches came in the Rugby League Challenge Cup semi-final against Widnes on March 11th. 1989 when Saints prevailed in one of the best and closet semi-final matches of all time by 16 points to 14. Les Quirk scored a brace of spectacular tries including a long range touchline dart which demonstrated all his qualities a strong fend off, masterful body swerve and crash dive at the corner to bemuse a smoking Widnes defence. However, Les and the Saints had a Saints had a miserable end to the season finishing seventh in the league and being whitewashed by the old enemy Wigan at Wembley. On a personal note Les had a fantastic campaign ending the season as top tryscorer at the club with 24 touchdowns as well as being top of the appearances chart with 37 matches.

An early injury in the first match of the season saw Les out of action until December. Furthermore, experimentation with player combinations continued in the 1989/90 season with the team playing no fewer than 36 players over the campaign. Although ending up close to the top of the league as the highest scorers, some inconsistencies were denying the team of the big prizes. Les seemed to grab a try whenever he played in the second half of the season and finished the campaign with 15 tries from 21 appearances. The season`s highlight for Les and the Saints came on Good Friday 1990 when Wigan were trounced by 35 points to 10 at Knowsley Road and Les scored a hat trick. The pick of the crop was a quick 20 metres restart when Les received a short pass and left the Wigan defence in his wake as he stormed 80 metres and under the posts for a try which brought the house down. Saints ended the season as top points scorers in the league but lost form towards the end of the campaign. Once again the Knowsley Road trophy cabinet remained empty.

In the following season (1990-91) as the Saints rattled up the points again unfortunately the side was defensively stretched in many games and 11 losses in the league left Cooper`s men in sixth position. Les was back to full fitness and scored at regular intervals. He posted three home hat tricks against Hull KR, Wakefield and Warrington as he accumulated 26 tries for the campaign. This career best total with the Saints left him joint top of the Saints tryscoring charts with Alan Hunte. Another magnificent Challenge Cup semi-final win over Widnes set up a Wembley final against the old enemy. Yet again Saints fell at the final hurdle as Wigan held on to a handy half time lead to prevail by 13 points to 8 in the 1991 Challenge Cup Final. Many felt that Wigan were there for the taking on that day and this made the club even more determined to bring some silverware to Knowsley Road. Sadly for Les, the ball rarely came out to the wings on a day when the Saints were a little underdone.

Les soon was in a position to extend his medal collection when Saints made a good start to the season in the Lancashire Cup or so he thought. In the first round Saints played Trafford Borough and the 104 points that Saints amassed included a hat trick from the genial Cumbrian. At the time Mike McClennan was trying different combinations in the backs and Anthony Sullivan emerged as Les` main contender for the number five shirt. Saints went on to record a 24 points to 14 win over Rochdale Hornets in the Lancashire Cup Final at Warrington but Les had to settle for a spectator`s seat that day. Les was in and out of the team managing to accrue 9 tries from 19 matches by the end of the campaign. The side eventually settled down that season and finished a comfortable second position in the league but still somewhat adrift from Wigan at the top.

The 1992/3 season followed a similar pattern for Les with Hunte, Sullivan and Mike Riley vying for just two wing positions. Les was unlucky when it came round to Finals football. Again he missed out when Saints lost to Wigan by one point in the last ever Lancashire Cup Final that season. At the end of a successful campaign Les again had to sit out the Premiership Final victory by 10 points to 4 over Wigan at Old Trafford. He still managed to net 8 tries from 20 appearances including braces against Bradford and Leigh.

The start of the 1993/4 season saw Les play two matches on the right wing and two on the left flank without scoring. The competition for places was intense and both Hunte and Sullivan were on the top of their game. After coming on as substitute against New Zealand in the Tour match Les was transferred to Whitehaven. In 160 appearances for the club Les scored 98 tries at an impressive strike rate of 0.61 tries per game.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1987~88 16 0 0 25
1988~89 24 0 0 37
1989~9015 0 0 23
1990~9126 0 0 32
1991~929 0 0 19
1992~93 8 0 0 20
1993~940 0 0 6
TOTALS:98 0 0 162
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1988~891001
1989~900001
1991~921001
1992~930001
1993~941001
TOTALS:3005

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
4th Oct 1987 L 5 Halifax L 1987~88 A 12 14 1 V
18th Oct 1987 W 5 Leigh L 1987~88 H 23 14 V
25th Oct 1987 W 5 Salford L 1987~88 A 18 8 3 V
1st Nov 1987 W 5 Auckland Tour 1987~88 H 52 26 3 V
8th Nov 1987 L 5 Leeds L 1987~88 A 21 24 V
14th Nov 1987 W 5 Widnes JP1 1987~88 H 12 10 1 V
22nd Nov 1987 W 5 Mansfield Marksmen JP2 1987~88 H 40 0 V
29th Nov 1987 W 5 Hull JP3 1987~88 H 20 16 1 V
6th Dec 1987 L 5 Hull K.R. L 1987~88 A 16 25 V
13th Dec 1987 W 5 Warrington L 1987~88 H 17 14 1 V
19th Dec 1987 W 5 Oldham JPSF 1987~88 N 18 8 V
27th Dec 1987 W 5 Wigan L 1987~88 A 32 22 1 V
3rd Jan 1988 W 5 Widnes L 1987~88 H 25 0 1 V
9th Jan 1988 W 5 Leeds JPF 1987~88 N 15 14 V
17th Jan 1988 W 5 Bradford Northern L 1987~88 A 13 12 V
31st Jan 1988 W 5 Leigh CC1 1987~88 A 22 12 1 V
7th Feb 1988 W 5 Halifax L 1987~88 H 16 4 V
13th Feb 1988 W 5 Warrington CC2 1987~88 A 24 20 1 V
1st Apr 1988 L 5 Wigan L 1987~88 H 9 10 V
10th Apr 1988 L 5 Leeds L 1987~88 H 23 28 1 V
13th Apr 1988 W 5 Hull L 1987~88 A 20 8 V
17th Apr 1988 W 5 Swinton L 1987~88 H 52 4 V
24th Apr 1988 W 5 Castleford PT1 1987~88 H 40 8 1 V
8th May 1988 W 5 Bradford Northern PTSF 1987~88 H 24 10 V
15th May 1988 L 5 Widnes PTF 1987~88 N 14 38 V
14th Aug 1988 W 5 Widnes* Fr Charity 1988~89 H 28 16 1 V
28th Aug 1988 W 5 Bradford Northern L 1988~89 H 23 16 1 V
4th Sep 1988 W 5 Warrington L 1988~89 A 25 14 V
11th Sep 1988 D 5 Castleford L 1988~89 H 14 14 V
18th Sep 1988 L 5 Widnes LC1 1988~89 A 24 32 V
2nd Oct 1988 W 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1988~89 H 30 14 1 V
9th Oct 1988 W 5 Hull K.R. L 1988~89 A 30 22 1 V
16th Oct 1988 L 5 Hull L 1988~89 H 9 20 V
23rd Oct 1988 W 5 Oldham L 1988~89 A 26 22 V
6th Nov 1988 W 5 Salford L 1988~89 H 30 14 V
13th Nov 1988 W 5 York JP1 1988~89 A 14 6 V
20th Nov 1988 L 5 Castleford L 1988~89 A 12 46 1 V
27th Nov 1988 W 5 Hull JP2 1988~89 H 16 13 1 V
4th Dec 1988 W 5 Wakefield Trinity JP3 1988~89 H 34 18 V
10th Dec 1988 L 5 Widnes JPSF 1988~89 N 18 20 2 V
13th Dec 1988 L 5 Hull L 1988~89 A 12 21 V
18th Dec 1988 W 5 Halifax L 1988~89 H 50 16 2 V
26th Dec 1988 L 5 Wigan L 1988~89 H 11 18 V
1st Jan 1989 L 5 Widnes L 1988~89 A 22 29 1 V
8th Jan 1989 W 5 Leeds L 1988~89 H 15 6 1 V
15th Jan 1989 L 5 Featherstone Rovers L 1988~89 A 12 13 1 V
22nd Jan 1989 W 5 Hull K.R. L 1988~89 H 29 0 1 V
29th Jan 1989 W 5 Swinton CC1 1988~89 A 16 5 1 V
12th Feb 1989 W 5 Barrow CC2 1988~89 H 28 6 1 V
19th Feb 1989 W 5 Bradford Northern L 1988~89 A 16 12 1 V
26th Feb 1989 W 5 Featherstone Rovers CC3 1988~89 H 32 3 1 V
1st Mar 1989 W 5 Oldham L 1988~89 H 58 12 3 V
11th Mar 1989 W 5 Widnes CCSF 1988~89 N 16 14 2 V
14th Mar 1989 L 5 Salford L 1988~89 A 4 22 V
19th Mar 1989 L 5 Featherstone Rovers L 1988~89 H 10 31 V
27th Mar 1989 L 5 Widnes L 1988~89 H 16 44 V
2nd Apr 1989 L 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1988~89 A 14 21 1 V
9th Apr 1989 W 5 Warrington L 1988~89 H 30 16 V
12th Apr 1989 L 5 Wigan L 1988~89 A 7 14 V
16th Apr 1989 L 5 Halifax L 1988~89 A 8 40 1 V
23rd Apr 1989 W 5 Wigan PT1 1988~89 A 4 2 V
29th Apr 1989 L 5 Wigan CCF 1988~89 N 0 27 V
7th May 1989 L 5 Widnes PTSF 1988~89 A 14 38 V
20th Aug 1989 W 5 Widnes* Fr Charity 1989~90 A 24 16 V
3rd Sep 1989 W 5 Sheffield Eagles L 1989~90 A 36 20 V
10th Dec 1989 D 14 Dewsbury RT2 1989~90 H 12 12 Y V
13th Dec 1989 W 14 Dewsbury RT2 (rep) 1989~90 A 14 0 1 V
17th Dec 1989 W 14 Oldham RT3 1989~90 H 32 18 V
26th Dec 1989 L 14 Wigan L 1989~90 A 6 38 1 V
1st Jan 1990 L 5 Widnes L 1989~90 H 8 18 V
7th Jan 1990 L 15 Leigh L 1989~90 A 18 30 V
21st Jan 1990 W 5 Salford L 1989~90 A 25 10 1 V
28th Jan 1990 W 5 Bramley CC1 1989~90 A 22 14 2 V
31st Jan 1990 W 5 Bradford Northern L 1989~90 H 32 10 V
4th Feb 1990 W 5 Leeds L 1989~90 H 32 26 1 V
10th Feb 1990 W 5 Hull CC2 1989~90 A 24 12 1 V
18th Feb 1990 W 5 Barrow L 1989~90 A 46 6 V
25th Feb 1990 W 5 Whitehaven CC3 1989~90 H 44 10 1 V
28th Feb 1990 D 15 Warrington L AB 1989~90 H 0 0 Y V
4th Mar 1990 L 5 Castleford L 1989~90 A 24 34 1 V
10th Mar 1990 L 5 Wigan CCSF 1989~90 N 14 20 1 V
14th Mar 1990 L 5 Warrington L 1989~90 H 14 23 V
17th Mar 1990 W 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1989~90 H 44 21 1 V
8th Apr 1990 W 5 Sheffield Eagles L 1989~90 H 42 26 V
13th Apr 1990 W 5 Wigan L 1989~90 H 35 10 3 V
16th Apr 1990 L 5 Widnes L 1989~90 A 16 34 1 V
22nd Apr 1990 L 5 Bradford Northern PT1 1989~90 A 8 25 V
26th Aug 1990 W 5 Trafford Borough LC1 1990~91 H 56 24 1 V
2nd Sep 1990 L 5 Salford LC2 1990~91 A 7 21 1 V
9th Sep 1990 L 5 Hull L 1990~91 A 14 20 V
16th Sep 1990 W 5 Bradford Northern L 1990~91 H 24 20 V
23rd Sep 1990 W 5 Hull K.R. L 1990~91 H 42 10 3 V
30th Sep 1990 L 5 Leeds L 1990~91 A 4 23 V
7th Oct 1990 L 5 Australia Tour 1990~91 H 4 34 1 V
4th Nov 1990 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1990~91 A 30 18 1 V
11th Nov 1990 W 5 Sheffield Eagles L 1990~91 H 34 17 V
23rd Dec 1990 L 5 Sheffield Eagles L 1990~91 A 8 18 1 V
26th Dec 1990 L 5 Wigan L 1990~91 H 15 28 V
1st Jan 1991 L 5 Widnes L 1990~91 A 8 14 V
6th Jan 1991 W 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1990~91 H 36 14 3 V
13th Jan 1991 W 5 Featherstone Rovers L 1990~91 A 36 28 V
20th Jan 1991 W 5 Leeds L 1990~91 H 22 16 1 V
27th Jan 1991 D 5 Hull K.R. L 1990~91 A 26 26 2 V
3rd Feb 1991 W 5 Oldham L 1990~91 A 20 16 V
10th Feb 1991 W 5 Swinton CC1 1990~91 A 18 8 V
18th Feb 1991 W 5 Hull L 1990~91 H 12 10 1 V
23rd Feb 1991 W 5 Wakefield Trinity CC2 1990~91 H 16 2 V
3rd Mar 1991 L 5 Warrington L 1990~91 A 20 34 2 V
10th Mar 1991 W 5 Halifax CC3 1990~91 A 24 16 1 V
13th Mar 1991 W 5 Oldham L 1990~91 H 33 22 2 V
17th Mar 1991 W 5 Featherstone Rovers L 1990~91 H 54 38 1 V
24th Mar 1991 L 5 Castleford L 1990~91 A 4 28 V
30th Mar 1991 W 5 Widnes CCSF 1990~91 N 19 2 V
1st Apr 1991 L 5 Widnes L 1990~91 H 12 20 V
4th Apr 1991 L 5 Wigan L 1990~91 A 14 28 1 V
7th Apr 1991 W 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1990~91 A 22 8 1 V
14th Apr 1991 W 5 Warrington L 1990~91 H 62 16 3 V
21st Apr 1991 L 5 Hull PT1 1990~91 A 12 28 V
27th Apr 1991 L 5 Wigan CCF 1990~91 N 8 13 V
18th Aug 1991 W 5 Widnes* Fr Charity 1991~92 A 30 26 1 V
8th Sep 1991 W 5 Warrington L 1991~92 H 27 20 V
15th Sep 1991 W 5 Trafford Borough LC1 1991~92 H 104 12 3 V
22nd Sep 1991 W 5 Swinton L 1991~92 A 16 12 V
26th Sep 1991 W 5 Oldham LC2 1991~92 H 39 26 V
29th Sep 1991 W 5 Castleford L 1991~92 H 25 14 1 V
6th Oct 1991 L 5 Halifax L 1991~92 A 6 26 V
23rd Oct 1991 W 5 Salford L 1991~92 H 25 16 V
27th Oct 1991 D 5 Leeds L 1991~92 A 8 8 V
3rd Nov 1991 L 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1991~92 A 12 20 1 V
10th Nov 1991 W 5 Hull K.R. L 1991~92 H 38 15 V
24th Nov 1991 W 14 Oldham RT2 1991~92 A 24 18 1 V
1st Dec 1991 W 2 Bradford Northern RT3 1991~92 H 30 12 V
4th Dec 1991 L 2 Featherstone Rovers L 1991~92 A 6 8 1 V
12th Jan 1992 W 14 Featherstone Rovers L 1991~92 H 28 10 V
19th Jan 1992 W 14 Wakefield Trinity L 1991~92 H 40 12 V
16th Feb 1992 W 2 Bradford Northern L 1991~92 A 20 8 V
22nd Mar 1992 W 5 Halifax L 1991~92 H 30 28 1 V
29th Mar 1992 W 5 Hull L 1991~92 H 42 12 1 V
17th Apr 1992 L 5 Wigan L 1991~92 H 6 16 V
2nd Aug 1992 W 2 St. Helens Born XIII* Fr Testimonial 1992~93 H 72 46 V
23rd Aug 1992 W 14 Wigan CS 1992~93 N 17 0 V
30th Aug 1992 W 14 Leeds L 1992~93 A 27 14 V
6th Sep 1992 W 2 Wakefield Trinity L 1992~93 H 24 12 V
13th Sep 1992 W 2 Barrow LC1 1992~93 A 36 2 V
20th Sep 1992 W 5 Sheffield Eagles L 1992~93 A 18 10 1 V
27th Oct 1992 W 2 Huddersfield RTP 1992~93 H 44 18 1 V
1st Nov 1992 L 2 Bradford Northern L 1992~93 H 18 35 2 V
8th Nov 1992 W 2 Leeds RT1 1992~93 H 15 14 V
11th Nov 1992 L 2 Leigh L 1992~93 A 6 11 V
6th Dec 1992 W 2 Featherstone Rovers RT2 1992~93 A 25 8 V
11th Dec 1992 L 5 Castleford L 1992~93 A 6 16 V
19th Dec 1992 L 5 Castleford RT3 1992~93 H 8 12 1 V
6th Jan 1993 W 2 Leigh L 1992~93 H 64 9 2 V
22nd Jan 1993 W 2 Halifax L 1992~93 H 18 16 V
31st Jan 1993 W 2 Featherstone Rovers CC1 1992~93 A 24 22 V
5th Feb 1993 W 5 Warrington L 1992~93 H 12 4 V
13th Feb 1993 L 5 Wigan CC2 1992~93 A 3 23 V
17th Feb 1993 L 5 Widnes L 1992~93 A 8 26 V
21st Feb 1993 L 5 Hull L 1992~93 A 16 21 V
12th Apr 1993 W 14 Widnes L 1992~93 H 29 18 1 V
8th Aug 1993 L 5 International XIII* Fr Testimonial 1993~94 H 24 54 1 V
5th Sep 1993 W 2 Salford L 1993~94 H 22 14 V
12th Sep 1993 L 2 Warrington L 1993~94 A 10 17 V
19th Sep 1993 W 5 Leigh L 1993~94 H 34 16 V
26th Sep 1993 W 5 Castleford L 1993~94 A 35 18 V
1st Oct 1993 W 14 Featherstone Rovers L 1993~94 A 37 16 V
20th Oct 1993 L 16 New Zealand Tour 1993~94 H 8 14 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 155 OTHER 5 = 162
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 12 Subs) = 160

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