Teddy Toole

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
13-05-1884
N/A
Date unknown.
Pocket Nook Shamrocks
21-04-1905 v Warrington
Leigh
1911- Runcorn
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1904-1911
97 (0)
9
40
0
107

BIOGRAPHY

Teddy Toole by Alex Service

The 1891 Census tells us that Teddy lived with his father, Edward, a bottle maker and mother Annie in Frazer Court, Pocket Nook. Annie, like so many living in the Pocket Nook area, was from Ireland. Edward was from Bromborough Pool in Cheshire. By 1911, Teddy was a coal drainer, living in Barber Street and, by that time, he had carved out a reputation as a fine scrum-half for the Saints, with good hands and a solid defensive game. He could kick goals too. He made his debut at Warrington on 21st April 1905, in the number seven jersey, with another Pocket Nooker, Tom Hall, beside him at stand-off. Unfortunately, the Saints lost 0-5, but young Teddy had a fine match. Indeed, he went on to play just under a century of games for the St. Helens club, after joining them from Pocket Nook Shamrocks. He joined a fine body of men from that area who honed their rugby skills on the local Cinder Field. Names like the Creevey brothers, Banks and Hall, and Frank Mooney spring to mind in that respect.

The Saints were hardly a power in rugby league at the time. Teddy scored two tries at Central Park for the Saints on 13th April 1906, but, typical of the times, the home team ran away with a 37-6 victory. Perhaps his most memorable match was against the touring New Zealanders, the famous All Golds on 30th October 1907. he formed a Pocket nook half-back line, with Teddy at stand-off and Matt Creevey at stand-off. Unfortunately the Kiwis won 5-24, but it remains one of the stellar matches in the history of Knowsley Road. His last match was at Knowsley Road against Leigh, when the visitors won 11-13 in a closely-fought contest. Teddy was at scrum-half, with George Scholes as his stand-off.

Teddy, who passed away in 1966, aged 79 did not appear to divulge much about his war service. Yet a tantalising piece of evidence comes from a letter sent back to Blighty by former Saints full-back John Mosedale:

I have heard from a chum from the same regiment that Teddy Toole has been missing about three weeks. His regiment was hotly engaged one morning and they lost a good number of men, but when they called the roll, poor Teddy was missing.

It is presumed that John was talking about his former team-mate at Knowsley Road and, suffice to say, Teddy did make it back to his regiment in the end and lived to fight another day. It is presumed, therefore, that he was possibly in the Royal Field Artillery, although this is by no means certain. His grandson, Terry, reveals that, like so many, he did not talk too much about that particular time in his life.

Back to rugby, Teddy left Saints to join Runcorn. Mike Latham tells us that he played 12 games [scoring one try] in 1912-13 and 6 games the following season.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1904~051 0 0 2
1905~06 4 3 0 30
1906~07 1 33 0 27
1907~08 2 3 0 26
1908~090 1 0 3
1909~101 0 0 4
1910~11 0 0 0 4
1911~12 0 0 0 1
TOTALS:9 40 0 97
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1909~10 0101
TOTALS:0101

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
21st Apr 1905 L 7 Warrington L 1904~05 A 0 5 V
24th Apr 1905 W 7 Runcorn L 1904~05 A 9 0 1 V
2nd Sep 1905 W 6 Millom L 1905~06 H 34 3 V
9th Sep 1905 W 6 Morecambe L 1905~06 H 26 6 1 V
16th Sep 1905 L 6 Widnes L 1905~06 A 2 3 V
23rd Sep 1905 W 6 Hull L 1905~06 H 8 5 V
30th Sep 1905 L 6 Salford L 1905~06 A 5 25 1 V
14th Oct 1905 L 6 Wigan LC1 1905~06 A 0 18 V
21st Oct 1905 L 6 Runcorn L 1905~06 A 3 12 V
4th Nov 1905 W 6 Dewsbury L 1905~06 A 3 2 V
18th Nov 1905 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1905~06 A 11 0 V
2nd Dec 1905 L 6 Oldham L 1905~06 H 7 15 V
9th Dec 1905 W 6 Barrow L 1905~06 H 25 0 V
16th Dec 1905 W 6 Millom L 1905~06 A 2 0 V
23rd Dec 1905 L 6 Warrington L 1905~06 A 0 16 V
25th Dec 1905 W 6 Runcorn L 1905~06 H 7 0 V
26th Dec 1905 L 6 Wigan L 1905~06 H 5 13 V
30th Dec 1905 W 6 Morecambe L 1905~06 A 10 3 V
6th Jan 1906 L 6 Leigh L 1905~06 A 2 3 V
13th Jan 1906 W 6 Barrow L 1905~06 A 3 2 V
3rd Feb 1906 L 7 Swinton L 1905~06 A 0 5 V
10th Feb 1906 W 7 Widnes L 1905~06 H 5 0 V
17th Feb 1906 L 7 Runcorn CCInt. 1905~06 H 0 3 V
24th Feb 1906 W 7 Dewsbury L 1905~06 H 7 0 1 V
10th Mar 1906 W 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1905~06 H 15 0 1 V
17th Mar 1906 D 7 Swinton L 1905~06 H 0 0 V
24th Mar 1906 L 7 Leigh L 1905~06 H 8 15 V
31st Mar 1906 W 7 Normanton L 1905~06 A 9 5 1 V
13th Apr 1906 L 7 Wigan L 1905~06 A 6 37 2 V
16th Apr 1906 L 7 Warrington L 1905~06 H 0 8 V
21st Apr 1906 L 7 Hull L 1905~06 A 0 19 V
30th Apr 1906 W 7 Salford L 1905~06 H 11 0 V
1st Sep 1906 L 6 Swinton L 1906~07 H 6 10 V
8th Sep 1906 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1906~07 H 27 6 5 V
15th Sep 1906 L 7 Warrington L 1906~07 H 10 19 2 V
22nd Sep 1906 L 7 Barrow L 1906~07 A 3 31 V
29th Sep 1906 L 6 Widnes L 1906~07 A 5 11 1 V
13th Oct 1906 L 6 Oldham LC1 1906~07 H 14 17 1 V
20th Oct 1906 L 6 Pontefract L 1906~07 A 7 17 1 V
3rd Nov 1906 W 1 Widnes L 1906~07 H 10 7 1 V
10th Nov 1906 L 6 Salford L 1906~07 A 13 26 2 V
20th Nov 1906 L 6 Keighley L 1906~07 A 5 15 V
24th Nov 1906 W 6 Keighley L 1906~07 H 18 9 3 V
1st Dec 1906 L 6 Batley L 1906~07 A 5 30 V
15th Dec 1906 L 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1906~07 A 8 14 V
22nd Dec 1906 L 6 Broughton Rangers L 1906~07 H 7 14 V
25th Dec 1906 W 7 Liverpool City L 1906~07 H 42 0 4 V
1st Jan 1907 W 6 Batley L 1906~07 H 26 0 3 V
5th Jan 1907 L 6 Warrington L 1906~07 A 3 20 V
19th Jan 1907 L 6 Leigh L 1906~07 A 2 5 V
2nd Feb 1907 L 4 Broughton Rangers L 1906~07 A 11 27 V
16th Feb 1907 W 6 Barrow L 1906~07 H 26 3 2 V
23rd Feb 1907 L 6 Runcorn L 1906~07 A 8 14 V
6th Mar 1907 L 7 Swinton L 1906~07 A 11 14 1 V
9th Mar 1907 W 6 Wigan L 1906~07 H 10 8 V
16th Mar 1907 L 6 Swinton CC1 1906~07 A 9 16 V
29th Mar 1907 L 4 Wigan L 1906~07 A 2 24 1 V
30th Mar 1907 W 4 Liverpool City L 1906~07 H 68 0 1 4 V
1st Apr 1907 W 7 Salford L 1906~07 H 30 5 2 V
3rd Sep 1907 L 6 Keighley L 1907~08 A 3 12 V
7th Sep 1907 L 6 Swinton L 1907~08 A 0 22 V
14th Sep 1907 L 6 Bradford L 1907~08 H 9 14 V
21st Sep 1907 L 1 Salford L 1907~08 A 2 21 V
28th Sep 1907 W 1 Warrington L 1907~08 H 7 6 V
5th Oct 1907 L 1 Widnes L 1907~08 A 5 17 V
12th Oct 1907 L 7 Swinton LC1 1907~08 A 0 7 V
19th Oct 1907 W 6 Runcorn L 1907~08 H 17 11 V
30th Oct 1907 L 6 New Zealand Tour 1907~08 H 5 24 V
2nd Nov 1907 L 6 Broughton Rangers L 1907~08 A 13 25 V
9th Nov 1907 L 6 Oldham L 1907~08 A 2 39 V
21st Dec 1907 L 6 Wigan L 1907~08 H 2 18 1 V
25th Dec 1907 L 4 Runcorn L 1907~08 A 0 19 V
4th Jan 1908 L 7 Wigan L 1907~08 A 5 35 V
18th Jan 1908 L 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1907~08 A 11 27 1 V
25th Jan 1908 W 1 Keighley L 1907~08 H 11 3 1 V
1st Feb 1908 D 1 Widnes L 1907~08 H 5 5 V
15th Feb 1908 W 6 Ebbw Vale L 1907~08 A 5 3 V
7th Mar 1908 L 7 Hunslet L 1907~08 A 6 21 1 V
14th Mar 1908 L 7 Bradford L 1907~08 A 10 17 V
21st Mar 1908 L 7 Oldham L 1907~08 H 5 14 V
4th Apr 1908 L 7 Warrington L 1907~08 A 5 20 V
13th Apr 1908 L 7 Broughton Rangers L 1907~08 H 11 28 1 V
18th Apr 1908 W 7 Barrow L 1907~08 H 15 5 V
20th Apr 1908 D 6 Leigh L 1907~08 H 5 5 V
21st Apr 1908 L 6 Bramley L 1907~08 A 13 16 V
5th Sep 1908 L 6 Oldham L 1908~09 H 0 38 V
12th Sep 1908 L 6 Runcorn L 1908~09 A 5 21 1 V
12th Apr 1909 L 1 Warrington L 1908~09 A 6 78 V
4th Sep 1909 W 4 Broughton Rangers L 1909~10 A 10 7 V
18th Sep 1909 L 4 Warrington L 1909~10 A 15 19 V
16th Apr 1910 W 6 Hull K.R. L 1909~10 H 23 8 1 V
23rd Apr 1910 W 3 Rochdale Hornets L 1909~10 H 20 11 V
7th May 1910 L 4 Turthills Colonials * * Fr W. Whiteleys Tes 1909~10 H 24 42 1 V
14th Apr 1911 L 7 Wigan L 1910~11 A 8 25 V
15th Apr 1911 L 7 Swinton L 1910~11 A 9 23 V
17th Apr 1911 L 7 Hull K.R. L 1910~11 H 3 20 V
22nd Apr 1911 L 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1910~11 A 2 17 V
30th Sep 1911 L 7 Leigh L 1911~12 H 11 13 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 96 OTHER 1 = 97
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 97

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