Wilf Smith

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
26-07-1935
N/A
15-09-1955
Clock Face ARL
12-11-1955 v Halifax
Wigan
1969- when he Retired
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1955-1968
200 (5)
55
1
0
167

BIOGRAPHY

Wilf Smith by Alex Service

Wilf was a stalwart of the St.Helens club for 14 years, winning virtually every honour in the game during his career at Knowsley Road. Rugby League was in his blood his father, Tommy, was a fine second row forward with the mighty St.Helens Recs in the 1920s and part of the famous ‘Smith, Fildes and Mulvanney’ back three! A great all-round footballer, with good hands and a clinical tackler, he signed for the Saints from the Clock Face amateur club on 15 September 1955 and learned his trade in the ‘A’ team before emerging as a stand-off outside the legendary scrum-half Alex Murphy in 1958/59, a season when the Saints won the Championship Final after an epic 44-22 victory over Hunslet. Wilf scored a magical try in the second half, slicing through the opposition defence in a 30 yard run to the line.

The Smith-Murphy combination at half-back was once again seen at its best at Wembley in 1961, when the Saints beat deadly rivals Wigan 12-6 in the baking sun. Wilf’s prodigious work-rate and solid defence were one of the features of his team’s success. He appeared in three more Championship Finals, in 1965, when the Saints lost to a powerful Halifax side at Swinton and two years later, when Wakefield Trinity lifted the silverware after a replay at the same venue, in front of 33,000 spectators! Wilf played in every position in the backs for Saints during his career and never gave anything less than one hundred percent! It was indeed a pity that such a fine player never achieved county recognition, but competition in those days was tough.

Wilf played just 15 matches in Saints four cups season in 1965/66, as a result of a persistent knee injury, although he appeared in five Lancashire Cup Finals for the club, winning four, against Swinton (1961 and 1962), Leigh (1963), when he played left centre and scored a memorable try and in the replayed final against Warrington in 1967, when he was centre to the great Tom Van Vollenhoven. His much-needed experience in the back line was a major contribution to Saints 13-10 success. All told, he played in ten major finals for the club, including replays a fantastic achievement. He will always be remembered as a solid, reliable footballer and he was awarded a well-earned Benefit in 1967.

Wilf took up a coaching position with Blackpool Borough and became Assistant Coach at Wigan, with George Fairburn and Maurice Bamford in the early 1980s, before becoming involved with the amateur game at Blackbrook and Bold. A member of the prestigious St. Helens Players Association Hall of Fame, he remained knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the modern game until his death in June 2014, aged 78.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1955~560 0 0 5
1958~5913 1 0 15
1959~60 13 0 0 29
1960~616 0 0 25
1961~62 8 0 0 30
1962~63 7 0 0 37
1963~64 6 0 0 26
1964~65 0 0 0 12
1965~66 1 0 0 15
1966~67 1 0 0 6
1967~68 0 0 0 6
1968~69 0 0 0 5
TOTALS:55 1 0 211
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1955~561001
1958~592004
1959~603001
1960~610001
1961~621001
1962~631001
1963~641001
1966~670001
TOTALS:90011

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
12th Nov 1955 W 6 Halifax L 1955~56 H 13 8 V
26th Dec 1955 L 6 Leigh L 1955~56 H 9 18 V
12th Apr 1956 W 7 Workington Town L 1955~56 A 12 9 V
14th Apr 1956 L 3 Oldham L 1955~56 A 8 40 V
16th Apr 1956 W 6 Whitehaven L 1955~56 H 22 7 V
20th May 1956 L 5 Hull* Fr 1955~56 A 20 23 1 V
9th Aug 1958 L 7 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1958~59 A 10 14 V
11th Oct 1958 W 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1958~59 H 15 8 1 V
27th Dec 1958 W 4 Oldham L 1958~59 H 22 6 V
24th Jan 1959 L 4 Hunslet L 1958~59 A 11 19 V
7th Feb 1959 W 7 Hull L 1958~59 A 19 9 V
27th Mar 1959 L 7 Wigan L 1958~59 A 14 19 1 V
28th Mar 1959 W 7 Liverpool City L 1958~59 A 40 20 V
30th Mar 1959 W 3 Blackpool Borough L 1958~59 H 46 11 1 V
4th Apr 1959 W 7 Halifax L 1958~59 A 25 19 V
14th Apr 1959 W 3 Hull L 1958~59 H 37 16 1 1 V
18th Apr 1959 L 1 Swinton L 1958~59 A 11 19 V
21st Apr 1959 W 7 Workington Town L 1958~59 H 36 14 3 V
25th Apr 1959 W 6 Liverpool City L 1958~59 H 41 22 4 V
27th Apr 1959 L 6 Oldham L 1958~59 A 14 15 1 V
2nd May 1959 W 6 Oldham ChSF 1958~59 H 42 4 V
16th May 1959 W 6 Hunslet ChF 1958~59 N 44 22 1 V
18th May 1959 W 6 Welsh XIII* Fr Tour 1958~59 P 44 28 V
20th May 1959 W 6 Welsh XIII* Fr Tour 1958~59 L 35 19 1 V
23rd May 1959 W 6 Welsh XIII* Fr Tour 1958~59 C 47 31 1 V
8th Aug 1959 W 6 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1959~60 H 50 3 3 V
15th Aug 1959 W 6 Widnes L 1959~60 A 27 14 1 V
17th Aug 1959 W 6 Blackpool Borough L 1959~60 H 59 17 1 V
22nd Aug 1959 W 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1959~60 H 40 7 V
26th Aug 1959 W 6 Swinton L 1959~60 A 32 9 V
29th Aug 1959 W 6 Swinton LC1 1959~60 A 17 9 V
5th Sep 1959 W 4 Leeds L 1959~60 H 23 9 1 V
9th Sep 1959 W 7 Widnes LC2 1959~60 A 24 9 V
12th Sep 1959 W 7 Wakefield Trinity L 1959~60 A 16 2 V
19th Sep 1959 W 6 Hunslet L 1959~60 H 38 17 2 V
26th Sep 1959 W 7 Liverpool City L 1959~60 A 45 6 3 V
30th Sep 1959 W 6 Whitehaven LCSF 1959~60 A 18 2 V
3rd Oct 1959 W 6 Salford L 1959~60 H 40 11 V
10th Oct 1959 L 6 Australia Tour 1959~60 H 2 15 V
17th Oct 1959 W 7 Whitehaven L 1959~60 A 15 12 V
24th Oct 1959 W 6 Hull L 1959~60 H 29 11 V
31st Oct 1959 L 6 Warrington LCF 1959~60 N 4 5 V
7th Nov 1959 W 7 Liverpool City L 1959~60 H 40 17 1 V
14th Nov 1959 W 6 Dewsbury L 1959~60 A 20 15 1 V
21st Nov 1959 W 7 Halifax L 1959~60 H 25 10 V
28th Nov 1959 L 7 Leeds L 1959~60 A 11 24 V
5th Dec 1959 L 6 Workington Town L 1959~60 H 11 12 V
12th Dec 1959 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1959~60 A 40 4 1 V
19th Dec 1959 W 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1959~60 H 26 2 V
25th Dec 1959 W 7 Leigh L 1959~60 H 14 10 1 V
6th Feb 1960 W 6 Blackpool Borough L 1959~60 A 26 7 1 V
13th Feb 1960 L 6 Wakefield Trinity CC1 1959~60 H 10 15 V
20th Feb 1960 W 7 Dewsbury L 1959~60 H 25 4 V
5th Mar 1960 W 6 Warrington L 1959~60 A 19 16 V
12th Mar 1960 W 7 Barrow L 1959~60 H 13 12 V
6th Aug 1960 W 7 Liverpool City* Fr Charity Cup 1960~61 H 34 10 V
13th Aug 1960 L 6 Oldham L 1960~61 A 4 16 V
15th Aug 1960 W 7 Liverpool City L 1960~61 H 17 9 V
20th Aug 1960 W 7 Hunslet L 1960~61 H 22 10 1 V
27th Aug 1960 W 7 Widnes LC1 1960~61 A 19 17 V
3rd Sep 1960 L 7 Wakefield Trinity L 1960~61 H 5 18 V
7th Sep 1960 W 4 Wigan LC2 1960~61 H 7 4 V
21st Sep 1960 W 7 Swinton L 1960~61 A 15 7 V
26th Sep 1960 W 7 Halifax L 1960~61 H 32 4 1 V
12th Oct 1960 W 7 Australia Tour 1960~61 H 15 12 1 V
15th Oct 1960 W 6 Blackpool Borough L 1960~61 A 34 13 V
5th Nov 1960 W 7 Whitehaven L 1960~61 H 18 8 V
7th Jan 1961 W 7 Warrington L 1960~61 A 8 5 V
16th Jan 1961 W 6 Hull L 1960~61 H 22 15 V
11th Feb 1961 D 7 Widnes CC1 1960~61 H 5 5 V
16th Feb 1961 W 7 Widnes CC1(rep) 1960~61 A 29 10 V
18th Feb 1961 W 6 Widnes L 1960~61 H 44 7 V
25th Feb 1961 W 6 Castleford CC2 1960~61 A 18 10 V
4th Mar 1961 W 7 Liverpool City L 1960~61 A 52 2 V
31st Mar 1961 L 7 Wigan L 1960~61 A 2 12 V
15th Apr 1961 W 7 Hull CCSF 1960~61 N 26 9 2 V
19th Apr 1961 W 7 Widnes L 1960~61 A 17 5 V
22nd Apr 1961 L 7 Featherstone Rovers L 1960~61 A 11 28 V
29th Apr 1961 W 7 Featherstone Rovers L 1960~61 H 38 0 1 V
6th May 1961 L 7 Leeds ChSF 1960~61 A 4 11 V
13th May 1961 W 7 Wigan CCF 1960~61 N 12 6 V
12th Aug 1961 W 7 Liverpool City* Fr Charity Cup 1961~62 H 29 14 1 V
19th Aug 1961 W 6 Leeds L 1961~62 H 20 5 V
26th Aug 1961 L 6 Swinton L 1961~62 A 6 15 V
30th Aug 1961 W 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1961~62 H 10 5 1 V
2nd Sep 1961 W 7 Leigh LC1 1961~62 H 43 8 1 V
9th Sep 1961 W 6 Salford L 1961~62 A 24 7 V
12th Sep 1961 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1961~62 A 14 2 V
30th Sep 1961 L 7 Hull L 1961~62 H 22 25 1 V
2nd Oct 1961 W 6 Oldham LC2 1961~62 H 30 7 V
11th Nov 1961 W 6 Swinton LCF 1961~62 N 25 9 V
18th Nov 1961 L 6 Widnes L 1961~62 A 12 13 V
25th Nov 1961 W 6 Workington Town L 1961~62 H 16 7 V
2nd Dec 1961 L 7 Hull K.R. L 1961~62 A 5 12 V
9th Dec 1961 L 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1961~62 A 10 12 V
16th Dec 1961 L 7 Oldham L 1961~62 H 8 9 V
6th Jan 1962 W 7 Barrow L 1961~62 H 30 6 V
13th Jan 1962 L 7 Leeds L 1961~62 A 3 20 V
20th Jan 1962 W 7 Warrington L 1961~62 H 11 7 V
3rd Feb 1962 W 7 Huddersfield L 1961~62 H 36 5 1 V
10th Feb 1962 W 7 Salford CC1 1961~62 A 15 2 1 V
17th Feb 1962 W 7 Salford L 1961~62 H 17 12 V
24th Feb 1962 L 7 Leigh L 1961~62 A 6 7 V
3rd Mar 1962 L 7 Huddersfield CC2 1961~62 H 2 13 V
10th Mar 1962 W 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1961~62 H 16 5 1 V
24th Mar 1962 W 7 Widnes L 1961~62 H 13 8 1 V
31st Mar 1962 W 7 Swinton L 1961~62 H 5 2 V
3rd Apr 1962 W 7 Hull K.R. L 1961~62 H 27 2 1 V
7th Apr 1962 W 7 Hull L 1961~62 A 12 8 V
9th Apr 1962 W 7 Leigh L 1961~62 H 42 4 V
14th Apr 1962 W 7 Blackpool Borough L 1961~62 A 15 2 V
20th Apr 1962 L 7 Wigan L 1961~62 H 16 18 V
10th Aug 1962 W 7 Liverpool City* Fr Charity Cup 1962~63 H 33 2 1 V
18th Aug 1962 W 7 Salford WDC 1962~63 A 35 24 V
22nd Aug 1962 W 7 Leigh WDC 1962~63 H 21 3 V
25th Aug 1962 W 7 Blackpool Borough WDC 1962~63 H 21 12 2 V
30th Aug 1962 W 6 Liverpool City WDC 1962~63 A 16 9 V
1st Sep 1962 W 6 Salford WDC 1962~63 H 59 0 1 V
8th Sep 1962 W 6 Liverpool City LC1 1962~63 H 22 0 V
15th Sep 1962 W 6 Leigh WDC 1962~63 A 20 10 V
18th Sep 1962 W 7 Blackpool Borough LC2 1962~63 A 14 3 V
29th Sep 1962 D 4 Blackpool Borough WDC 1962~63 A 12 12 1 V
2nd Oct 1962 W 4 Oldham LCSF 1962~63 A 10 8 V
6th Oct 1962 L 6 Warrington L 1962~63 A 13 21 V
9th Oct 1962 L 7 Widnes WDCSF 1962~63 H 9 10 V
13th Oct 1962 D 7 Castleford L 1962~63 H 10 10 V
20th Oct 1962 W 4 Huddersfield L 1962~63 A 22 9 V
27th Oct 1962 W 4 Swinton LCF 1962~63 N 7 4 V
10th Nov 1962 L 4 Warrington L 1962~63 H 2 4 V
17th Nov 1962 W 6 Castleford L 1962~63 A 8 7 V
15th Dec 1962 L 7 Wakefield Trinity L 1962~63 A 7 10 V
22nd Dec 1962 W 3 Hull L 1962~63 H 27 14 V
9th Mar 1963 L 3 Hull K.R. L 1962~63 A 2 3 V
11th Mar 1963 L 6 Halifax CC1 1962~63 A 2 9 V
23rd Mar 1963 W 6 Bramley L 1962~63 H 38 0 V
26th Mar 1963 W 6 Wigan L 1962~63 H 20 11 V
30th Mar 1963 W 6 Featherstone Rovers L 1962~63 A 17 10 V
6th Apr 1963 W 4 Halifax L 1962~63 H 33 3 V
12th Apr 1963 W 3 Wigan L 1962~63 A 24 4 V
13th Apr 1963 L 4 Swinton L 1962~63 A 8 9 V
15th Apr 1963 L 3 Swinton L 1962~63 H 9 24 V
27th Apr 1963 L 3 Hull L 1962~63 A 7 15 V
29th Apr 1963 L 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1962~63 H 15 16 V
4th May 1963 W 6 Widnes L 1962~63 A 25 2 1 V
6th May 1963 W 6 Oldham L 1962~63 H 22 8 V
13th May 1963 W 6 Widnes L 1962~63 H 14 6 V
18th May 1963 W 6 Bramley L 1962~63 A 21 9 1 V
25th May 1963 W 6 Halifax L 1962~63 A 33 5 1 V
27th May 1963 W 6 Hull K.R. L 1962~63 H 16 15 V
30th May 1963 W 7 Oldham L 1962~63 A 24 9 V
17th Aug 1963 W 6 Liverpool City* Fr Charity Cup 1963~64 H 34 8 1 V
24th Aug 1963 L 7 Huddersfield L 1963~64 H 7 10 V
28th Aug 1963 W 7 Castleford L 1963~64 H 20 11 1 V
31st Aug 1963 W 7 Keighley L 1963~64 A 18 6 V
2nd Sep 1963 W 6 Hunslet L 1963~64 A 15 7 V
26th Oct 1963 W 6 Leigh LCF 1963~64 N 15 4 1 V
2nd Nov 1963 W 6 Warrington L 1963~64 H 19 8 V
16th Nov 1963 D 6 Featherstone Rovers L 1963~64 H 11 11 V
30th Nov 1963 W 6 Liverpool City WDC 1963~64 H 16 0 V
14th Dec 1963 L 3 Halifax L 1963~64 H 12 13 V
4th Jan 1964 W 3 Salford WDC 1963~64 A 15 5 V
25th Jan 1964 W 7 Keighley L 1963~64 H 28 3 V
1st Feb 1964 W 7 Hull K.R. L 1963~64 A 9 5 V
8th Feb 1964 L 7 Castleford CC1 1963~64 H 6 13 V
15th Feb 1964 W 7 Barrow WDC 1963~64 A 14 10 V
22nd Feb 1964 L 7 Leeds L 1963~64 H 6 14 1 V
29th Feb 1964 W 6 Warrington L 1963~64 A 17 10 V
7th Mar 1964 W 6 Huddersfield L 1963~64 A 16 11 1 V
14th Mar 1964 W 6 Workington Town L 1963~64 H 14 8 V
28th Mar 1964 W 6 Salford WDC 1963~64 H 24 13 1 V
30th Mar 1964 W 6 Swinton L 1963~64 A 10 7 V
4th Apr 1964 L 6 Widnes L 1963~64 H 6 10 V
8th Apr 1964 L 6 Featherstone Rovers L 1963~64 A 12 19 1 V
11th Apr 1964 W 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1963~64 H 24 10 V
15th Apr 1964 W 6 Whitehaven WDC 1963~64 A 3 0 V
22nd Apr 1964 W 6 Wigan L 1963~64 A 22 13 V
25th Apr 1964 W 6 Widnes L 1963~64 A 19 8 V
23rd Jan 1965 W 7 Whitehaven L 1964~65 H 16 3 V
13th Feb 1965 L 7 Workington Town L 1964~65 A 3 4 V
13th Mar 1965 W 6 Oldham L 1964~65 A 15 9 V
23rd Mar 1965 L 14 Wigan L 1964~65 H 6 10 Y V
27th Mar 1965 L 7 Salford L 1964~65 A 8 11 V
30th Mar 1965 W 7 Hull K.R. L 1964~65 H 8 2 V
5th Apr 1965 W 14 Barrow L 1964~65 A 21 14 Y V
9th Apr 1965 W 7 Liverpool City L 1964~65 A 11 0 V
16th Apr 1965 W 7 Wigan L 1964~65 A 16 8 V
21st Apr 1965 W 7 Huddersfield L 1964~65 A 20 6 V
15th May 1965 W 7 Wakefield Trinity ChSF 1964~65 H 10 5 V
22nd May 1965 L 7 Halifax ChF 1964~65 N 7 15 V
20th Aug 1965 W 14 Halifax L 1965~66 H 15 4 Y V
24th Aug 1965 W 14 Rochdale Hornets L 1965~66 A 17 9 V
28th Aug 1965 W 4 Castleford L 1965~66 A 19 15 V
30th Aug 1965 W 4 Whitehaven L 1965~66 H 30 5 V
9th Oct 1965 W 14 Barrow L 1965~66 H 18 14 Y V
23rd Oct 1965 W 3 Workington Town L 1965~66 H 43 4 V
30th Oct 1965 W 3 Barrow L 1965~66 A 15 10 V
9th Nov 1965 W 3 Huddersfield L 1965~66 H 11 4 V
13th Nov 1965 W 3 Workington Town L 1965~66 A 7 3 V
16th Nov 1965 W 3 Leeds FT2 1965~66 H 21 9 1 V
19th Nov 1965 W 3 Rochdale Hornets L 1965~66 H 19 7 V
17th Dec 1965 W 14 Blackpool Borough L 1965~66 H 21 9 Y V
1st Jan 1966 W 14 Salford L 1965~66 H 16 3 V
8th Jan 1966 L 3 Oldham L 1965~66 A 9 13 V
30th Apr 1966 W 14 Warrington Ch1 1965~66 H 35 7 Y V
12th Aug 1966 L 6 Swinton* Fr Gallie Cup 1966~67 H 13 27 V
12th Sep 1966 W 14 Barrow L 1966~67 A 15 9 V
25th Mar 1967 L 14 Whitehaven L 1966~67 A 3 4 V
27th Mar 1967 L 4 Swinton L 1966~67 H 5 12 V
29th Apr 1967 W 4 Castleford ChSF 1966~67 H 14 3 1 V
6th May 1967 D 4 Wakefield Trinity ChF 1966~67 N 7 7 V
10th May 1967 L 4 Wakefield Trinity ChF(rep) 1966~67 N 9 21 V
21st Oct 1967 L 14 Whitehaven L 1967~68 A 6 11 Y V
2nd Dec 1967 W 3 Warrington LCF(rep) 1967~68 N 13 10 V
26th Dec 1967 W 14 Wigan L 1967~68 A 16 10 Y V
3rd Feb 1968 L 14 Huddersfield CC1 1967~68 H 0 5 Y V
9th Mar 1968 W 7 Blackpool Borough L 1967~68 A 23 7 V
16th Mar 1968 W 7 Widnes L 1967~68 H 18 13 V
23rd Sep 1968 L 7 Barrow FTP(2) 1968~69 A 11 18 V
9th Nov 1968 W 1 Doncaster L 1968~69 A 22 8 V
16th Nov 1968 D 14 Salford L 1968~69 H 9 9 Y V
4th Apr 1969 L 14 Wigan L 1968~69 A 10 34 V
7th Apr 1969 W 14 Swinton L 1968~69 H 40 5 Y V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 189 OTHER 11 = 211
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 5 Subs) = 200

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