John Stephens

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
02-09-1945
N/A
26-12-1970
Wigan
16-01-1971 v Leeds
Warrington
1974- Widnes
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1970-1974
127 (22)
16
0
0
48

BIOGRAPHY

John Stephens by Dave Dooley:

You would not normally expect a chef to moonlight in the front row of a rugby league team - but that was the lot of John Stephens. In four full seasons at the start of the 1970s John helped the Saints to a League Championship, BBC TV Floodlit Trophy and a Challenge Cup victory. John was a strong running forward who was also blessed with an excellent battery of offloads and fine scrimmaging skills.

This Widnes born forward came to Knowsley Road in the new year of 1971, providing experience and stability as Cliff Watson`s career was being disrupted by a series of arm injuries. He scored his first try for the club in the 11 points to 8 away victory over Huddersfield on April 17th, 1971. John`s inaugural campaign with the Saints ended in glory as Billy `the bandit` Benyon grabbed a last minute try to sneak the Championship Final from archrivals Wigan. In those days of four tackles limited rugby John was in his element with penetrating angled runs followed by a cute offload to a supporting Saint. Such runs helped expose Wigan in the last ten minutes of that magnificent Final and pave the way for the Saints` backs to weave their magic and retain the tag of national champions.

Watson`s departure in the close season of 1971 provided John and Graham Rees with greater responsibility for Saints forwards` power plays. He was a non-playing substitute as Saints lifted their first BBC TV Floodlit Trophy by defeating Rochdale Hornets in a gritty, tryless battle at Knowsley Road. In the 1972 Challenge Cup Final John was not found wanting in defence or attack as Saints held on to a lead they had created in the first minute of the match courtesy of Graham Rees. John`s tackling was steadfast as the Loiners failed to produce a match-winning move.

John was a mainstay of the pack for the next two seasons though silverware evaded the Saints` trophy cabinet. Whilst at the Saints John gained a total of four Lancashire caps. He was transferred to his hometown club in 1974/5 as Widnes embarked on their great trophy winning sequence.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1970~71 2 0 0 20
1971~72 7 0 0 43
1971-72 0 0 0 1
1972~73 4 0 0 38
1973~74 3 0 0 28
1974~75 0 0 0 1
TOTALS:16 0 0 131
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1971~72 0002
1972~73 0001
1973~74 0001
1974~75 0001
TOTALS:0005

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
16th Jan 1971 L 8 Leeds L 1970~71 A 5 12 V
23rd Jan 1971 W 8 Workington Town CC1 1970~71 A 8 6 V
30th Jan 1971 W 8 Whitehaven L 1970~71 H 27 5 V
6th Feb 1971 W 8 Salford L 1970~71 H 26 4 V
13th Feb 1971 L 8 Castleford L 1970~71 A 6 12 V
20th Feb 1971 L 8 Leeds CC2 1970~71 A 0 4 V
6th Mar 1971 W 8 Featherstone Rovers L 1970~71 H 23 16 V
13th Mar 1971 W 8 Hull K.R. L 1970~71 A 26 9 V
20th Mar 1971 W 8 Swinton L 1970~71 H 40 0 V
22nd Mar 1971 W 8 Leeds L 1970~71 H 30 9 V
2nd Apr 1971 W 8 Widnes L 1970~71 A 8 5 V
9th Apr 1971 W 8 Wigan L 1970~71 A 9 6 V
10th Apr 1971 W 8 Batley L 1970~71 A 27 4 V
12th Apr 1971 W 8 Widnes L 1970~71 H 14 5 V
17th Apr 1971 W 8 Huddersfield L 1970~71 A 11 8 1 V
24th Apr 1971 W 8 Huddersfield Ch1 1970~71 H 28 5 V
30th Apr 1971 W 8 Hull Ch2 1970~71 H 30 5 V
7th May 1971 W 8 Leeds ChSF 1970~71 H 22 7 V
22nd May 1971 W 8 Wigan ChF 1970~71 N 16 12 V
5th Jun 1971 W 8 St. Gaudens ECF(2) 1970~71 H 62 0 1 V
30th Jul 1971 L 8 Salford * Fr Gallie Cup 1971~72 A 13 28 V
6th Aug 1971 W 8 Leigh LC1 1971~72 H 11 10 V
12th Aug 1971 W 8 Warrington LC2 1971~72 H 23 6 V
14th Aug 1971 W 8 Leigh CS 1971~72 H 11 4 V
14th Aug 1971 W 8 Leigh * Fr Cup Winners v Cha 1971~72 H 11 4 V
17th Aug 1971 L 8 Widnes LCSF 1971~72 H 10 12 V
24th Aug 1971 L 8 Leeds L 1971~72 A 13 20 V
27th Aug 1971 W 8 Leigh L 1971~72 A 8 3 V
30th Aug 1971 W 8 Workington Town L 1971~72 H 21 14 V
6th Sep 1971 W 8 New Zealand Tour 1971~72 H 18 8 V
8th Sep 1971 L 15 Castleford L 1971~72 A 13 22 V
11th Sep 1971 W 8 Wakefield Trinity L 1971~72 A 23 12 V
2nd Oct 1971 W 8 Salford L 1971~72 H 23 12 1 V
9th Oct 1971 L 8 Bramley L 1971~72 A 10 15 V
18th Oct 1971 W 8 Oldham L 1971~72 H 50 2 V
23rd Oct 1971 L 8 Huddersfield L 1971~72 A 15 17 V
25th Oct 1971 W 8 Batley L 1971~72 H 35 5 1 V
30th Oct 1971 W 8 Bramley L 1971-72 H 37 4 V
6th Nov 1971 W 8 Dewsbury L 1971~72 A 4 2 V
13th Nov 1971 W 8 Featherstone Rovers JP1 1971~72 H 37 7 V
20th Nov 1971 W 15 Castleford L 1971~72 H 14 2 Y V
27th Nov 1971 W 15 Whitehaven JP2 1971~72 A 12 0 V
30th Nov 1971 W 15 Leeds FTSF 1971~72 A 17 0 Y V
4th Dec 1971 W 8 Oldham L 1971~72 A 28 0 V
11th Dec 1971 W 15 Hull JP3 1971~72 H 33 5 V
14th Dec 1971 W 15 Rochdale Hornets FTF 1971~72 H 8 2 Y V
18th Dec 1971 L 15 Wakefield Trinity JPSF 1971~72 A 9 14 V
27th Dec 1971 L 8 Wigan L 1971~72 A 3 8 V
12th Feb 1972 W 15 Leigh L 1971~72 H 20 7 V
4th Mar 1972 W 15 York CC3 1971~72 A 32 5 V
11th Mar 1972 W 8 Huddersfield L 1971~72 H 27 0 1 V
14th Mar 1972 W 8 Hull K.R. L 1971~72 H 29 2 1 V
18th Mar 1972 W 8 Dewsbury L 1971~72 H 16 14 V
24th Mar 1972 W 10 Salford L 1971~72 A 7 0 V
27th Mar 1972 W 8 Halifax L 1971~72 A 19 5 1 V
31st Mar 1972 W 10 Wigan L 1971~72 H 21 4 V
3rd Apr 1972 L 12 Widnes L 1971~72 A 9 19 V
6th Apr 1972 W 10 Workington Town L 1971~72 A 19 10 V
8th Apr 1972 W 8 Hull L 1971~72 A 17 7 V
15th Apr 1972 D 15 Warrington CCSF 1971~72 N 10 10 V
19th Apr 1972 W 8 Warrington CCSF(rep) 1971~72 N 10 6 1 V
22nd Apr 1972 W 8 Hull K.R. Ch1 1971~72 H 25 5 1 V
28th Apr 1972 W 8 Rochdale Hornets Ch2 1971~72 H 17 5 V
4th May 1972 W 15 Bradford Northern ChSF 1971~72 A 14 10 V
13th May 1972 W 10 Leeds CCF 1971~72 N 16 13 V
20th May 1972 L 10 Leeds ChF 1971~72 N 5 9 V
11th Aug 1972 D 8 Salford * Fr Gallie Cup 1972~73 A 12 12 V
20th Aug 1972 W 8 Rochdale Hornets L 1972~73 A 21 3 V
22nd Aug 1972 W 8 Warrington L 1972~73 H 15 11 V
25th Aug 1972 W 8 Huyton L 1972~73 H 41 2 1 V
3rd Sep 1972 W 8 Warrington LC1 1972~73 A 18 16 V
23rd Sep 1972 W 11 Halifax JP1 1972~73 A 22 20 V
29th Sep 1972 W 10 Swinton L 1972~73 H 33 12 1 V
7th Oct 1972 D 10 Oldham L 1972~73 A 12 12 V
10th Oct 1972 L 10 Leeds FT1 1972~73 H 6 14 V
13th Oct 1972 W 11 Bradford Northern L 1972~73 H 22 8 1 V
22nd Oct 1972 W 10 Dewsbury L 1972~73 A 17 12 V
27th Oct 1972 W 10 Featherstone Rovers L 1972~73 H 33 8 V
3rd Nov 1972 W 10 Dewsbury L 1972~73 H 12 7 V
15th Nov 1972 L 15 Australia Tour 1972~73 H 9 24 V
19th Nov 1972 L 10 Workington Town L 1972~73 A 4 12 V
24th Nov 1972 W 15 Featherstone Rovers JP2 1972~73 H 24 8 V
1st Dec 1972 W 8 Oldham L 1972~73 H 24 10 V
9th Dec 1972 W 8 Widnes JP3 1972~73 H 10 3 V
15th Dec 1972 L 8 Workington Town L 1972~73 H 12 14 V
20th Jan 1973 W 15 Leeds L 1972~73 A 5 2 V
26th Jan 1973 W 15 Doncaster CC1 1972~73 H 41 0 V
30th Jan 1973 W 15 Rochdale Hornets L 1972~73 H 22 7 V
2nd Feb 1973 W 15 Barrow L 1972~73 H 33 2 V
11th Feb 1973 L 15 Warrington L 1972~73 A 11 13 V
18th Feb 1973 L 15 Wigan CC2 1972~73 A 2 15 V
2nd Mar 1973 W 8 Blackpool Borough L 1972~73 H 29 0 V
7th Mar 1973 L 8 Swinton L 1972~73 A 7 11 V
11th Mar 1973 L 8 Whitehaven L 1972~73 A 7 9 V
16th Mar 1973 W 8 Salford L 1972~73 H 21 4 V
25th Mar 1973 W 8 Leigh L 1972~73 A 11 7 V
27th Mar 1973 W 8 Leeds L 1972~73 H 19 12 V
30th Mar 1973 W 8 Whitehaven L 1972~73 H 15 9 V
6th Apr 1973 W 15 Barrow L 1972~73 A 6 5 V
17th Apr 1973 W 8 Bradford Northern L 1972~73 A 24 8 V
20th Apr 1973 L 8 Wigan L 1972~73 A 2 12 V
23rd Apr 1973 W 8 Widnes L 1972~73 H 15 5 V
27th Apr 1973 W 8 Leigh Ch1 1972~73 H 29 14 1 V
2nd May 1973 W 8 Wakefield Trinity Ch2 1972~73 H 28 0 V
6th May 1973 L 8 Leeds ChSF 1972~73 A 2 7 V
10th Aug 1973 L 15 Salford * Fr Gallie Cup 1973~74 H 15 18 V
27th Aug 1973 W 15 Barrow FTP(2) 1973~74 H 20 8 V
7th Sep 1973 W 15 Wakefield Trinity L 1973~74 H 30 9 V
15th Sep 1973 W 15 Featherstone Rovers JP1 1973~74 H 34 16 Y V
13th Oct 1973 L 15 Leeds L 1973~74 A 15 20 V
16th Oct 1973 W 12 Whitehaven FT1 1973~74 H 35 5 V
19th Oct 1973 W 8 Warrington L 1973~74 H 24 6 V
28th Oct 1973 W 8 Castleford L 1973~74 A 17 7 V
6th Nov 1973 W 8 Rochdale Hornets FT2 1973~74 H 15 7 V
11th Nov 1973 W 11 Warrington L 1973~74 A 11 5 V
13th Nov 1973 W 12 Australia Tour 1973~74 H 11 7 V
18th Nov 1973 W 11 Dewsbury L 1973~74 H 35 3 V
25th Nov 1973 W 12 Hull K.R. L 1973~74 A 14 9 V
22nd Dec 1973 L 10 Featherstone Rovers L 1973~74 A 8 13 V
29th Dec 1973 D 12 Wakefield Trinity JP3 1973~74 A 18 18 1 V
6th Jan 1974 W 8 Wakefield Trinity JP3 (rep) 1973~74 H 16 10 V
12th Jan 1974 L 8 Warrington JPSF 1973~74 A 9 20 V
17th Feb 1974 W 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1973~74 H 38 5 V
24th Mar 1974 W 15 Leigh L 1973~74 H 44 5 1 V
26th Mar 1974 L 12 Widnes L 1973~74 H 0 5 V
31st Mar 1974 W 8 Oldham L 1973~74 H 33 12 V
5th Apr 1974 W 8 Leeds L 1973~74 H 17 5 1 V
10th Apr 1974 W 15 Wakefield Trinity L 1973~74 A 15 2 V
12th Apr 1974 D 8 Wigan L 1973~74 H 9 9 V
15th Apr 1974 L 8 Widnes L 1973~74 A 9 12 V
17th Apr 1974 W 12 Bramley L 1973~74 H 19 13 V
20th Apr 1974 W 8 Workington Town MCC1 1973~74 H 24 7 V
28th Apr 1974 W 8 Castleford MCC2 1973~74 H 25 9 V
3rd May 1974 W 8 Leeds MCCSF 1973~74 A 23 10 V
16th Aug 1974 W 10 Blackpool Borough * Fr Charity 1974~75 H 30 8 V
23rd Aug 1974 W 8 Warrington L 1974~75 A 16 10 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 122 OTHER 5 = 131
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 22 Subs) = 127

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