Roy Robinson

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
26-01-1931
N/A
21-02-1953
UGB ARL
08-10-1955 v Keighley
Hunslet
1958- Barrow
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1955-1958
57 (0)
15
0
0
45

BIOGRAPHY

CUP DEBUT FOR ROBBIE AT WEMBLEY! By Denis Whittle

A one-time Saints star made his own remarkable piece of history by becoming the club’s only player to make his first Challenge Cup appearance in the code’s Final showdown. And it became a tale of Boy’s Own dimensions both for Roy Robinson and Saints, as they lifted the trophy by defeating Halifax 13-2 in 1956, so ending a 59-year drought in that competition.

A strapping 5ft 10in 14 stone second rower, Roy was reared in Wilson Street, thereby qualifying as a Bruk lad, which was a stretch of waste land near Beechams on which many oval-ball hopefuls cut their Rugby League teeth. He also honed his handling and tackling flair at Rivington Road School prior to signing for Saints, for whom he made 59 appearances and touched down on 14 occasions.

His big Wembley chance arrived just 48 hours before kick-off, when Roy was told by Saints coach Jim Sullivan that he was in the side because another local product, Walter Delves, had cried off through injury. A Pilkington worker, Roy wound up his Rugby League career with Barrow and Warrington, and then he and his wife Doreen owned the Chocolate Box sweet shop and newsagents in Duke Street from 1981 to 1995.

A dab-hand at snooker and dominoes at Windle Labour club, Robbie died at his home in Cowley Hill Lane at the age of 68 in 1999. Just before he passed away better-half Doreen and family asked me to come to his bedside to recall his Wembley heroics. A memory-jerking if sombre duty no doubt, but one that I considered a privilege having known the rampaging Robinson since those stirring games fought out within the shadow of Beecham’s clock.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1955~562 0 0 7
1956~57 7 0 0 14
1957~584 0 0 30
1958~59 2 0 0 6
TOTALS:15 0 0 57
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1955~560001
1958~590001
TOTALS:0002

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
8th Oct 1955 W 12 Keighley L 1955~56 A 21 6 V
26th Oct 1955 W 12 New Zealand Tour 1955~56 H 16 8 1 V
5th Nov 1955 W 11 Swinton L 1955~56 A 4 0 V
2nd Apr 1956 W 11 Rochdale Hornets L 1955~56 A 14 6 1 V
12th Apr 1956 W 12 Workington Town L 1955~56 A 12 9 V
16th Apr 1956 W 12 Whitehaven L 1955~56 H 22 7 V
28th Apr 1956 W 12 Halifax CCF 1955~56 N 13 2 V
20th May 1956 L 12 Hull* Fr 1955~56 A 20 23 V
11th Sep 1956 W 11 Liverpool City LC2 1956~57 H 34 3 V
1st Dec 1956 W 12 Huddersfield L 1956~57 H 51 4 3 V
15th Dec 1956 W 12 Widnes L 1956~57 A 10 2 V
19th Jan 1957 L 11 Leeds L 1956~57 A 11 22 V
26th Jan 1957 W 12 Barrow L 1956~57 H 59 5 V
20th Mar 1957 W 12 Halifax L 1956~57 A 10 4 V
23rd Mar 1957 W 12 Huddersfield L 1956~57 A 10 9 V
3rd Apr 1957 W 12 Whitehaven L 1956~57 A 5 2 V
6th Apr 1957 W 2 Leeds L 1956~57 H 44 3 1 V
13th Apr 1957 W 12 Swinton L 1956~57 H 34 0 V
15th Apr 1957 L 12 Barrow L 1956~57 A 8 11 V
19th Apr 1957 L 2 Wigan L 1956~57 A 11 19 1 V
20th Apr 1957 L 12 Workington Town L 1956~57 A 3 26 V
22nd Apr 1957 W 5 Blackpool Borough L 1956~57 H 48 10 2 V
17th Aug 1957 W 2 Widnes L 1957~58 A 22 13 V
24th Aug 1957 W 11 Hunslet L 1957~58 H 30 9 V
31st Aug 1957 W 12 Workington Town LC1 1957~58 A 16 12 V
12th Sep 1957 W 12 Blackpool Borough LC2 1957~58 A 28 12 V
14th Sep 1957 W 13 Hull L 1957~58 H 13 4 V
2nd Oct 1957 L 2 Oldham LCSF 1957~58 H 9 29 V
5th Oct 1957 W 2 Huddersfield L 1957~58 A 35 13 1 V
12th Oct 1957 W 2 Whitehaven L 1957~58 H 26 9 2 V
19th Oct 1957 W 12 Liverpool City L 1957~58 A 28 4 V
2nd Nov 1957 W 12 Whitehaven L 1957~58 A 15 7 V
9th Nov 1957 W 12 Swinton L 1957~58 H 43 11 V
16th Nov 1957 W 12 Barrow L 1957~58 A 18 12 V
23rd Nov 1957 W 12 Workington Town L 1957~58 H 29 6 V
30th Nov 1957 W 12 Warrington L 1957~58 A 13 11 V
7th Dec 1957 W 12 Barrow L 1957~58 H 25 7 V
14th Dec 1957 W 12 Rochdale Hornets L 1957~58 A 10 5 V
21st Dec 1957 W 12 Wakefield Trinity L 1957~58 H 52 5 V
25th Dec 1957 W 12 Leigh L 1957~58 H 11 9 V
26th Dec 1957 W 10 Wigan L 1957~58 A 12 9 1 V
28th Dec 1957 L 12 Salford L 1957~58 A 7 12 V
1st Jan 1958 L 12 Leigh L 1957~58 A 5 15 V
4th Jan 1958 W 12 Rochdale Hornets L 1957~58 H 51 0 V
18th Jan 1958 W 12 Liverpool City L 1957~58 H 27 8 V
1st Feb 1958 L 12 Wakefield Trinity L 1957~58 A 12 17 V
12th Feb 1958 W 12 Hunslet CC1 1957~58 A 15 0 V
22nd Feb 1958 W 12 Keighley CC2 1957~58 A 19 4 V
1st Mar 1958 L 10 Workington Town L 1957~58 A 10 15 V
8th Mar 1958 L 12 Featherstone Rovers CC3 1957~58 A 0 5 V
15th Mar 1958 L 12 Hull L 1957~58 A 11 22 V
22nd Mar 1958 W 13 Widnes L 1957~58 H 14 7 V
9th Aug 1958 L 10 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1958~59 A 10 14 V
19th Aug 1958 W 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1958~59 A 15 5 V
23rd Aug 1958 W 10 Featherstone Rovers L 1958~59 H 32 9 1 V
6th Sep 1958 W 12 Wakefield Trinity L 1958~59 A 24 14 V
17th Sep 1958 W 10 Barrow LCSF 1958~59 H 18 6 V
20th Sep 1958 W 10 Warrington L 1958~59 A 29 15 1 V
27th Sep 1958 W 10 Hunslet L 1958~59 H 31 15 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 55 OTHER 2 = 57
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 57

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