Alf Robinson

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
01-08-1894
N/A
04-09-1919
Unknown.
03-05-1919 v St. Helens Recs
Keighley
1923-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1918-1923
75 (0)
9
0
0
27

BIOGRAPHY

Alf Robinson by Alex Service

Born in St. Helens in 1894, the 1901 Census returns tell us that Alf lived in Raglan Street and that his father John was a glass bottle worker, born in Newcastle. Fast forward to 1911 and Alf is listed as a glass polisher, aged 16 and living in Wilson Street with his mother Anne. He was at the same residence when he made his debut for the Saints against local rivals Recs on 3 May 1919 at City Road, when the visitors lost 2-8. However Alf became a valued member of the St Helens team during the first full season of rugby league after the First World War, making 30 appearances. He was mostly a back rower, but could operate with equal effectiveness in the front row too. Alf scored 9 tries during his career as a Saint and was certainly no slouch in the loose.

Things were not easy at Knowsley Road when Alf played. Finances were always a problem and the Directors struggled to assemble a team that would compete for major honours. Alf played his last game for the seniors on 29 september 1923 at Keighley. The back row that day was Hilton, Robinson and Ernie Shaw, the former Wigan loose forward. One of his greatest matches was undoubtedly the game against Salford at Knowsley Road on 10 August 1921 when Alf scored three tries from the front row position, an unusual feat indeed in those days. The Saints won 16-6 and he formed a fearsome front row with Benny Briers and Bill Clarey.

Alf is yet another notable rugby product of the famous Bruk area of the St. Helens town centre and the family link continued when his son Roy was signed by the Saints and went on to play at Wembley in 1956. Apparently Alf worked in the glass industry, on the railways and finished his working life as a Park Ranger. He passed away in 1961, aged 68.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1918~190 0 0 1
1919~201 0 0 30
1920~21 1 0 0 16
1921~224 0 0 12
1922~23 3 0 0 12
1923~240 0 0 4
TOTALS:9 0 0 75
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1918~190001
TOTALS:0001

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
3rd May 1919 W 12 St. Helens Recs L 1918~19 A 8 2 V
24th May 1919 L 12 Wigan* Fr 1918~19 N 3 16 V
23rd Aug 1919 W 8 Broughton Rangers L 1919~20 H 28 2 V
30th Aug 1919 W 8 Leigh L 1919~20 A 10 8 V
6th Sep 1919 L 8 Oldham L 1919~20 H 3 12 V
13th Sep 1919 L 11 Swinton L 1919~20 A 5 7 V
4th Oct 1919 L 11 Widnes L 1919~20 A 0 13 V
11th Oct 1919 W 8 Barrow L 1919~20 H 27 13 V
18th Oct 1919 L 8 Widnes LC1 1919~20 A 8 16 V
25th Oct 1919 L 8 Oldham L 1919~20 A 3 26 V
8th Nov 1919 W 11 Hull K.R. L 1919~20 H 11 0 V
11th Nov 1919 L 11 Rochdale Hornets L 1919~20 A 5 6 V
22nd Nov 1919 L 11 Halifax L 1919~20 A 8 17 V
30th Nov 1919 L 13 Leigh L 1919~20 H 3 12 V
13th Dec 1919 W 11 Swinton L 1919~20 H 12 7 V
20th Dec 1919 W 11 Halifax L 1919~20 H 5 0 1 V
25th Dec 1919 L 11 St. Helens Recs L 1919~20 A 6 21 V
3rd Jan 1920 D 10 Wakefield Trinity L 1919~20 A 9 9 V
10th Jan 1920 L 11 Salford L 1919~20 H 6 13 V
17th Jan 1920 W 11 Hull K.R. L 1919~20 A 17 5 V
24th Jan 1920 W 11 Widnes L 1919~20 H 12 2 V
7th Feb 1920 L 11 Barrow L 1919~20 A 5 25 V
14th Feb 1920 L 9 Batley L 1919~20 A 3 6 V
21st Feb 1920 D 11 Wakefield Trinity CC1 1919~20 H 2 2 V
24th Feb 1920 D 11 Wakefield Trinity CC1(rep) 1919~20 A 2 2 V
26th Feb 1920 L 11 Wakefield Trinity CC1(2nd rep) 1919~20 N 3 12 V
6th Mar 1920 W 10 Warrington L 1919~20 A 11 2 V
13th Mar 1920 L 10 Batley L 1919~20 H 0 6 V
20th Mar 1920 L 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1919~20 H 0 8 V
2nd Apr 1920 L 10 Wigan L 1919~20 A 5 20 V
5th Apr 1920 D 10 Warrington L 1919~20 H 8 8 V
10th Apr 1920 L 10 Salford L 1919~20 A 5 7 V
28th Aug 1920 L 11 Broughton Rangers L 1920~21 A 11 13 V
4th Sep 1920 W 11 Widnes L 1920~21 H 18 8 V
11th Sep 1920 L 11 Leigh L 1920~21 A 0 5 V
18th Sep 1920 W 11 Warrington L 1920~21 H 26 6 V
25th Sep 1920 W 11 Swinton L 1920~21 A 17 8 V
2nd Oct 1920 W 11 Bradford Northern L 1920~21 H 38 3 V
9th Oct 1920 W 11 Widnes L 1920~21 A 10 2 V
22nd Jan 1921 W 12 Hunslet L 1920~21 H 8 7 1 V
29th Jan 1921 L 11 Warrington L 1920~21 A 2 15 V
5th Feb 1921 L 11 Rochdale Hornets L 1920~21 H 0 10 V
12th Feb 1921 L 11 Keighley L 1920~21 A 0 9 V
19th Feb 1921 L 11 Barrow L 1920~21 A 5 25 V
26th Feb 1921 L 11 Bramley CC1 1920~21 H 0 7 V
5th Mar 1921 W 12 Oldham L 1920~21 H 11 3 V
19th Mar 1921 L 12 Hunslet L 1920~21 A 5 7 V
25th Mar 1921 L 12 Wigan L 1920~21 A 3 24 V
10th Aug 1921 W 10 Salford L 1921~22 H 16 6 3 V
17th Aug 1921 L 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1921~22 A 5 13 V
24th Aug 1921 W 10 Bramley L 1921~22 H 21 13 V
1st Oct 1921 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1921~22 A 5 2 V
15th Oct 1921 L 10 Barrow L 1921~22 A 0 18 V
25th Feb 1922 L 13 Broughton Rangers CC1 1921~22 A 0 13 V
4th Mar 1922 W 11 Broughton Rangers L 1921~22 H 14 9 V
11th Mar 1922 L 11 Wakefield Trinity L 1921~22 A 5 17 V
18th Mar 1922 W 11 York L 1921~22 H 17 8 1 V
25th Mar 1922 W 11 Featherstone Rovers L 1921~22 H 24 13 V
14th Apr 1922 L 11 Wigan L 1921~22 A 5 8 V
16th Apr 1922 L 11 York L 1921~22 A 3 6 V
26th Aug 1922 L 11 Widnes L 1922~23 A 3 11 V
16th Sep 1922 W 11 Wigan Highfield L 1922~23 H 21 5 V
23rd Sep 1922 L 11 Hull L 1922~23 A 15 18 1 V
30th Sep 1922 W 11 Bramley L 1922~23 H 19 5 V
7th Oct 1922 L 11 Warrington L 1922~23 A 14 21 2 V
14th Oct 1922 W 11 Salford LC1 1922~23 H 25 8 V
21st Oct 1922 W 11 Broughton Rangers L 1922~23 H 24 10 V
28th Oct 1922 L 11 Warrington LC2 1922~23 H 4 17 V
30th Dec 1922 L 12 Leigh L 1922~23 A 3 18 V
13th Jan 1923 W 13 Bramley L 1922~23 A 6 3 V
14th Apr 1923 W 9 Oldham L 1922~23 H 17 12 V
21st Apr 1923 W 9 Salford L 1922~23 H 56 10 V
1st Sep 1923 L 10 Warrington L 1923~24 H 5 8 V
15th Sep 1923 W 12 Bradford Northern L 1923~24 A 12 4 V
22nd Sep 1923 L 12 Oldham L 1923~24 H 21 27 V
29th Sep 1923 L 12 Keighley L 1923~24 A 8 14 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 74 OTHER 1 = 75
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 75
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