Archie Waddell

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
04-09-1886
N/A
Date unknown.
New Zealand
03-09-1910 v Oldham
Hunslet
1914- Returned to New Zealand
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1910-1913
97 (0)
18
0
0
54

BIOGRAPHY

Archie Waddell by Alex Service

Archie came to St.Helens as a forward and ‘a mate of Jum Turtill’s’ for the start of the 1910-11 season. According to the St.Helens Newspaper he was originally visiting friends in Scotland, but went to see his good friend in St.Helens and the persuasive eloquence of the famous full-back induced him to change his mind about going back home and he duly became a Saint. The Newspaper gave the following details of the signing on 9th August 1910: “On Saturday last, the Saints made an important capture when they secured the signature of Archie Waddell a New Zealand forward. Waddell is the picture of the ideal scrummager, standing 6ft and turning the scales at 14st 5lbs. He is only 24 years of age. He commenced his football with Hawk’s Bay Province and from there went into the Auckland team, with whom he has played for three years. He was a North Island representative last year and was invited to play with the New Zealand international rugby union side at present in Australia. The North Island and Auckland in particular are very strong in forwards and it has the hallmark of class to be selected for a representative match. Waddell was a club-mate of Charlie Seeling and the Wigan forward says that the new St.Helens forward is one of the best.”

Waddell made his debut for his new club against Oldham in the first match of the 1910-11 season and scored a try in the Saints 16-5 victory, which delighted the Knowsley Road crowd. Although the beating of such traditionally tough opponents proved to be somewhat over-optimistic in terms of the team’s ambitions during the campaign, Waddell was certainly a great signing for the club. Throughout his career he gave terrific value for money and was a popular figure around the town. He averaged over 20 appearances each season and could be relied on to score at least four tries. The best season for Archie and his new team-mates was 1911-12, when the club reached the dizzy heights of 7th in the Northern Union when Archie made 27 appearances scoring 7 tries.
Like many of his colleagues Archie must have returned to New Zealand at the outbreak of War and the next we hear of him is an article in the St.Helens Newspaper and Advertiser, Friday 25thFebruary 1916: “Sergeant Archie Waddell of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, who is well-known in St.Helens as a prominent playing member of the St.Helens RFC has ‘come home’ as the Late Rt.Hon.R.J. Seddon, the Premier of New Zealand, observed when he returned to St.Helens. Sergeant Waddell arrived in St.Helens the other day having spent four and a half months in hospital as a result of his experiences with the Colonial Forces at Gallipoli. He looked fairly well, however, but said he was not yet in form to play football, as he is suffering from the effects of concussion caused by the explosion of a high explosive shell, and also from the effects of dysentery. As the Newspaper representatives left, Sergeant Waddell said: “As I said, I don’t think I shall play football again, but I shall go to see the boys on Saturday when they play Barrow.”
There are reports of him playing against Australia in 1919, but this is unconfirmed. Although Archie suffered badly from his military service, he survived to tell the tale, unlike his old chum Turtill, who perished on the Western Front. Both Turtill and Waddell organised charity matches in the town as part of the Chief Constable’s Clog and Stocking Fund, which provided children’s clothes for the needy. They certainly had two of these matches and the teams were known as Turtill’s Toddlers and Waddell’s Warriors. The teams themselves consisted of prominent local business men and personalities. Archie played in one, certainly. If you have any further information about Archie we would like to hear from you. We do know that he died on 2nd November 1972.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1910~114 0 0 23
1911~12 6 0 0 27
1912~134 0 0 25
1913~14 4 0 0 22
TOTALS:18 0 0 97
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1911~12 1001
1912~13 0001
TOTALS:1002

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
3rd Sep 1910 W 11 Oldham L 1910~11 H 16 5 1 V
10th Sep 1910 L 11 Runcorn L 1910~11 A 4 8 V
17th Sep 1910 W 11 Salford L 1910~11 H 19 14 V
24th Sep 1910 W 11 Merthyr Tydfil L 1910~11 A 17 6 V
1st Oct 1910 L 11 Widnes L 1910~11 A 12 28 V
8th Oct 1910 W 11 Broughton Rangers L 1910~11 H 31 2 1 V
15th Oct 1910 L 11 Leigh L 1910~11 A 5 9 V
22nd Oct 1910 L 11 Rochdale Hornets LC1 1910~11 H 5 11 V
29th Oct 1910 L 11 Warrington L 1910~11 H 9 17 V
12th Nov 1910 W 11 Merthyr Tydfil L 1910~11 H 13 3 V
19th Nov 1910 L 11 Barrow L 1910~11 A 11 16 V
26th Nov 1910 W 11 Batley L 1910~11 H 8 5 V
3rd Dec 1910 W 11 Rochdale Hornets L 1910~11 H 21 8 V
10th Dec 1910 L 11 Oldham L 1910~11 A 0 9 V
17th Dec 1910 W 11 Warrington L 1910~11 A 8 7 V
24th Dec 1910 W 11 Runcorn L 1910~11 H 25 3 V
26th Dec 1910 L 11 Wigan L 1910~11 H 6 18 V
31st Dec 1910 L 11 Batley L 1910~11 A 8 24 1 V
2nd Jan 1911 W 11 Hunslet L 1910~11 H 24 2 V
7th Jan 1911 W 11 Swinton L 1910~11 H 11 10 1 V
11th Jan 1911 L 11 Wakefield Trinity L 1910~11 A 9 26 V
21st Jan 1911 L 11 Wakefield Trinity L 1910~11 H 8 18 V
28th Jan 1911 L 11 Broughton Rangers L 1910~11 A 7 14 V
4th Nov 1911 L 10 Wigan LC2 1911~12 A 8 22 V
11th Nov 1911 L 10 Ebbw Vale L 1911~12 A 0 2 V
18th Nov 1911 W 10 Salford L 1911~12 A 15 13 V
25th Nov 1911 W 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1911~12 H 27 12 2 V
2nd Dec 1911 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1911~12 H 10 5 V
7th Dec 1911 W 10 Oldham L 1911~12 H 21 11 V
9th Dec 1911 W 10 Warrington L 1911~12 A 17 2 V
16th Dec 1911 W 10 Coventry L 1911~12 H 31 2 V
23rd Dec 1911 W 10 Runcorn L 1911~12 A 9 0 V
25th Dec 1911 W 10 Widnes L 1911~12 H 9 4 V
26th Dec 1911 L 10 Wigan L 1911~12 H 3 16 V
30th Dec 1911 L 10 Oldham L 1911~12 A 5 35 V
1st Jan 1912 W 10 Hunslet L 1911~12 H 31 10 1 V
6th Jan 1912 L 10 Wakefield Trinity L 1911~12 A 5 14 V
13th Jan 1912 W 10 Ebbw Vale L 1911~12 H 34 0 1 V
27th Jan 1912 W 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1911~12 A 10 3 V
17th Feb 1912 L 10 Barrow CC1 1911~12 A 3 13 V
20th Feb 1912 L 10 Dewsbury L 1911~12 A 8 17 V
24th Feb 1912 W 10 Leigh L 1911~12 A 30 0 1 V
2nd Mar 1912 W 10 Runcorn * Fr 1911~12 27 8 1 V
9th Mar 1912 W 10 Swinton L 1911~12 H 20 5 V
16th Mar 1912 W 10 Salford L 1911~12 H 19 6 V
28th Mar 1912 W 10 Dewsbury L 1911~12 H 20 0 V
30th Mar 1912 W 10 Barrow L 1911~12 H 43 2 1 V
5th Apr 1912 L 10 Wigan L 1911~12 A 14 17 V
6th Apr 1912 L 10 Broughton Rangers L 1911~12 A 5 21 V
8th Apr 1912 W 10 Wakefield Trinity L 1911~12 H 41 2 V
13th Apr 1912 L 10 Hunslet L 1911~12 A 7 34 V
7th Sep 1912 W 8 Barrow L 1912~13 H 15 2 V
14th Sep 1912 W 8 Runcorn L 1912~13 A 11 8 V
21st Sep 1912 L 8 Hunslet L 1912~13 H 5 22 V
28th Sep 1912 D 8 Oldham L 1912~13 A 10 10 V
5th Oct 1912 L 8 Swinton L 1912~13 A 2 9 V
12th Oct 1912 W 8 Widnes L 1912~13 H 21 2 1 V
19th Oct 1912 L 8 Dewsbury L 1912~13 A 11 27 V
2nd Nov 1912 W 8 Warrington LC1 1912~13 H 18 10 V
9th Nov 1912 L 8 Leigh L 1912~13 A 5 8 1 V
21st Nov 1912 L 8 Warrington L 1912~13 H 7 10 V
23rd Nov 1912 W 8 Broughton Rangers L 1912~13 H 20 12 V
14th Dec 1912 L 8 Salford L 1912~13 A 3 11 V
4th Jan 1913 W 8 Wakefield Trinity L 1912~13 H 17 3 1 V
11th Jan 1913 L 8 Warrington L 1912~13 A 5 6 V
18th Jan 1913 W 8 Coventry L 1912~13 A 26 0 V
21st Jan 1913 L 8 Rochdale Hornets L 1912~13 A 5 11 V
25th Jan 1913 W 8 Swinton L 1912~13 H 17 0 V
1st Feb 1913 L 8 Wakefield Trinity L 1912~13 A 7 14 V
8th Feb 1913 W 10 Torquay * Fr Tour 1912~13 P 29 5 V
15th Feb 1913 W 8 Coventry L 1912~13 H 51 9 1 V
22nd Feb 1913 W 8 Barrow L 1912~13 A 23 6 V
21st Mar 1913 L 8 Wigan L 1912~13 A 10 33 V
22nd Mar 1913 W 8 Salford L 1912~13 H 6 0 V
24th Mar 1913 L 8 Huddersfield L 1912~13 A 3 21 V
5th Apr 1913 W 8 Leigh L 1912~13 H 20 0 V
9th Apr 1913 L 8 Broughton Rangers L 1912~13 A 11 22 V
11th Oct 1913 L 8 Widnes L 1913~14 A 0 25 V
18th Oct 1913 W 8 Leigh L 1913~14 H 37 7 1 V
29th Nov 1913 L 8 Hunslet L 1913~14 A 11 20 V
6th Dec 1913 W 8 Swinton L 1913~14 H 19 5 V
13th Dec 1913 W 12 Runcorn L 1913~14 H 18 5 V
20th Dec 1913 L 12 Rochdale Hornets L 1913~14 A 2 31 V
25th Dec 1913 W 9 Widnes L 1913~14 H 10 3 V
26th Dec 1913 L 9 Wigan L 1913~14 H 3 17 V
27th Dec 1913 L 9 Broughton Rangers L 1913~14 A 0 11 V
24th Jan 1914 L 10 Swinton L 1913~14 A 3 16 V
31st Jan 1914 W 9 Dewsbury L 1913~14 A 12 11 V
2nd Feb 1914 L 9 Hull L 1913~14 H 7 15 V
21st Feb 1914 L 9 Warrington L 1913~14 H 8 22 V
28th Feb 1914 W 9 Wigan Highfield CC1 1913~14 H 27 4 1 V
14th Mar 1914 D 10 Rochdale Hornets CC2 1913~14 A 3 3 V
18th Mar 1914 L 10 Rochdale Hornets CC2(rep) 1913~14 H 0 10 V
21st Mar 1914 L 10 Leigh L 1913~14 A 6 7 V
4th Apr 1914 L 12 Oldham L 1913~14 A 5 32 V
10th Apr 1914 L 9 Wigan L 1913~14 A 2 30 V
11th Apr 1914 W 9 Rochdale Hornets L 1913~14 H 47 5 1 V
13th Apr 1914 L 9 Huddersfield L 1913~14 A 8 10 V
18th Apr 1914 W 9 Hunslet L 1913~14 H 36 6 1 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 95 OTHER 2 = 97
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 97

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