Bill Whittaker

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
01-05-1920
N/A
03-1949
Widnes
19-03-1949 v Salford
Oldham
1953-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1948-1952
143 (0)
10
0
0
30

BIOGRAPHY

Bill Whittaker by Alex Service

Bill was a grafting front-row forward of the old school, who joined the Saints as part of their team-building policy in March 1949 for a £1500 fee from his home-town club Widnes. He was over six foot and 16 stones and was adept at carting the ball up in relentless fashion. Bill made his debut in a 6-7 reversal against Salford at the Willows on 19th March 1949. The Saints team lined up as follows, Lowe, Llewellyn, Jimmy Stott, Tommy Stott, McCormick, Greenall, Beesley, Whittaker, Dutton, Dicky Jones, Parsons, Aston and Prescott. The coach was Peter Lyons, who would have probably had some influence in bringing Bill to Knowsley Road with his Widnes connections

Bill remained at St. Helens for the start of the Jim Sullivan coaching era. He played in the 1952 Lancashire Cup final against Leigh, although the Saints lost 22-5. In what was a great season for the club, Bill was not selected for the Wembley squad and did not feature in the Championship final at the end of the season.

His last match for the club was against Oldham at the Watersheddings, which had a real end of season air to it in some ways. Yet the Saints pulled off a wonderful 14-13 victory, with tries from Jimmy Honey, Peter Metcalfe and four goals from George Langfield. The team had indeed shown many changes from Bill’s first match for the club, Moses, Howard, Dickinson, Roach, Honey, Metcalfe, Langfield, Prescott, Winstanley, Whittaker, Doug Holland, Thornett, Karalius.

“Bill was quite a character,” remembers Denis Whittle. “He had a chip shop in Prescot and he went on to be a Board member at Liverpool City and Huyton when he finished playing. I think he was Chairman for a spell at one time too.” Bill attended functions with the Saints Past Players Association and passed away in September 2011 at the age of 91. He played in 143 matches and his efforts in establishing the Saints as a member of the rugby league elite will never be forgotten.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1948~490 0 0 8
1949~50 3 0 0 40
1950~511 0 0 37
1951~524 0 0 34
1952~532 0 0 24
TOTALS:10 0 0 143
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1948~491004
1949~500002
1950~513004
1951~520003
1952~53 0001
1953~540001
TOTALS:40015

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
19th Mar 1949 L 8 Salford L 1948~49 A 6 7 V
26th Mar 1949 L 8 Batley* Fr 1948~49 H 10 12 V
31st Mar 1949 L 8 Wigan L 1948~49 H 8 13 V
9th Apr 1949 W 8 Halifax L 1948~49 A 8 3 V
15th Apr 1949 L 8 Wigan L 1948~49 A 5 19 V
16th Apr 1949 L 8 Huddersfield L 1948~49 A 0 34 V
18th Apr 1949 L 11 Keighley L 1948~49 H 2 4 V
23rd Apr 1949 L 8 Swinton L 1948~49 A 3 16 V
25th Apr 1949 W 8 Barrow L 1948~49 H 16 5 V
16th May 1949 L 8 Huddersfield* Fr Tour 1948~49 P 11 46 V
18th May 1949 W 9 Huddersfield* Fr Tour 1948~49 B 33 17 V
21st May 1949 L 8 Huddersfield* Fr Tour 1948~49 A 16 25 1 V
13th Aug 1949 W 8 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1949~50 H 34 22 V
20th Aug 1949 L 8 Widnes L 1949~50 A 2 15 V
25th Aug 1949 W 8 Wakefield Trinity L 1949~50 H 22 12 V
27th Aug 1949 L 8 Workington Town LC1(1) 1949~50 H 0 7 V
31st Aug 1949 L 8 Workington Town LC1(2) 1949~50 A 4 7 V
3rd Sep 1949 L 8 Dewsbury L 1949~50 A 12 18 V
7th Sep 1949 L 8 Barrow L 1949~50 A 3 18 V
10th Sep 1949 W 11 Oldham L 1949~50 H 16 8 V
17th Sep 1949 L 11 Wakefield Trinity L 1949~50 A 9 12 V
19th Sep 1949 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1949~50 A 12 5 V
24th Sep 1949 W 10 Workington Town L 1949~50 H 43 10 V
1st Oct 1949 W 10 Bramley L 1949~50 H 39 2 1 V
15th Oct 1949 W 10 Belle Vue Rangers L 1949~50 H 28 5 V
22nd Oct 1949 W 10 Oldham L 1949~50 A 12 2 V
29th Oct 1949 W 10 Leeds* Fr 1949~50 H 18 12 V
5th Nov 1949 D 10 Hull L 1949~50 A 5 5 V
12th Nov 1949 W 10 Warrington L 1949~50 A 7 3 V
19th Nov 1949 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1949~50 H 14 3 1 V
26th Nov 1949 W 10 Liverpool Stanley L 1949~50 A 11 3 V
3rd Dec 1949 W 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1949~50 H 23 0 V
10th Dec 1949 L 10 Salford L 1949~50 A 4 8 V
17th Dec 1949 W 10 Widnes L 1949~50 H 7 0 V
24th Dec 1949 W 10 Whitehaven L 1949~50 A 14 7 V
26th Dec 1949 W 10 Wigan L 1949~50 H 15 8 V
27th Dec 1949 W 10 Swinton L 1949~50 H 10 5 V
31st Dec 1949 L 10 Leigh L 1949~50 A 10 15 V
2nd Jan 1950 W 10 Hull L 1949~50 H 30 0 1 V
21st Jan 1950 L 10 Dewsbury L 1949~50 H 2 15 V
4th Feb 1950 W 10 Halifax CC1(1) 1949~50 H 10 6 V
11th Feb 1950 L 10 Halifax CC1(2) 1949~50 A 0 2 V
18th Feb 1950 L 10 Swinton L 1949~50 A 8 11 V
25th Feb 1950 W 10 Salford CC2 1949~50 A 9 2 V
4th Mar 1950 W 10 Warrington L 1949~50 H 12 3 V
11th Mar 1950 D 10 Bradford Northern CC3 1949~50 H 0 0 V
15th Mar 1950 L 10 Bradford Northern CC3(rep) 1949~50 A 0 11 V
18th Mar 1950 D 10 Belle Vue Rangers L 1949~50 A 7 7 V
25th Mar 1950 L 8 Workington Town L 1949~50 A 0 5 V
1st Apr 1950 W 8 Liverpool Stanley L 1949~50 H 27 2 V
7th Apr 1950 L 10 Wigan L 1949~50 A 12 17 V
8th Apr 1950 W 10 Barrow L 1949~50 H 16 0 V
10th Apr 1950 W 10 Whitehaven L 1949~50 H 30 17 V
15th Apr 1950 L 10 Leigh L 1949~50 H 5 12 V
5th Aug 1950 W 10 Carcassonne* Fr 1950~51 H 24 22 V
12th Aug 1950 W 11 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1950~51 A 15 2 V
19th Aug 1950 W 8 Widnes L 1950~51 H 17 2 V
23rd Aug 1950 W 10 Barrow L 1950~51 A 14 4 V
26th Aug 1950 W 10 Liverpool Stanley L 1950~51 A 36 2 V
30th Aug 1950 W 10 Italy* Fr 1950~51 H 74 38 2 V
13th Sep 1950 W 12 Swinton LC1(2) 1950~51 H 11 3 1 V
16th Sep 1950 L 11 Workington Town L 1950~51 A 11 19 V
23rd Sep 1950 W 8 Swinton L 1950~51 H 21 2 V
27th Sep 1950 W 11 Salford LC2 1950~51 H 20 3 V
30th Sep 1950 L 11 Huddersfield L 1950~51 A 9 19 V
11th Oct 1950 L 8 Wigan LCSF 1950~51 H 7 9 V
14th Oct 1950 L 10 Salford L 1950~51 A 3 25 V
21st Oct 1950 W 8 Liverpool Stanley L 1950~51 H 26 4 V
28th Oct 1950 L 8 Warrington L 1950~51 A 2 19 V
4th Nov 1950 W 8 Workington Town L 1950~51 H 13 11 V
11th Nov 1950 L 8 Oldham L 1950~51 H 7 13 V
18th Nov 1950 D 8 York L 1950~51 A 6 6 V
25th Nov 1950 W 8 Hull L 1950~51 A 16 5 V
2nd Dec 1950 W 8 Whitehaven L 1950~51 H 47 10 V
9th Dec 1950 W 8 Rochdale Hornets L 1950~51 A 38 8 V
23rd Dec 1950 W 8 Swinton L 1950~51 A 11 3 V
25th Dec 1950 L 8 Leigh L 1950~51 H 2 12 V
13th Jan 1951 L 8 Belle Vue Rangers L 1950~51 A 8 9 V
20th Jan 1951 W 8 Barrow L 1950~51 H 10 6 V
27th Jan 1951 W 8 Whitehaven L 1950~51 A 3 2 V
3rd Feb 1951 W 8 Salford L 1950~51 H 10 0 V
10th Feb 1951 L 8 Bradford Northern CC1(1) 1950~51 A 6 11 V
17th Feb 1951 W 8 Bradford Northern CC1(2) 1950~51 H 4 0 V
24th Feb 1951 L 10 Hunslet L 1950~51 A 4 8 V
17th Mar 1951 W 12 Belle Vue Rangers L 1950~51 H 13 4 V
23rd Mar 1951 L 12 Wigan L 1950~51 A 13 22 V
24th Mar 1951 W 12 Warrington L 1950~51 H 5 3 V
26th Mar 1951 L 12 Oldham L AB 1950~51 A 0 3 V
4th Apr 1951 W 12 Leeds L 1950~51 H 22 14 V
7th Apr 1951 L 12 Oldham L 1950~51 A 4 17 V
12th Apr 1951 W 12 Widnes L 1950~51 A 5 2 V
14th Apr 1951 W 12 Leeds L 1950~51 A 9 3 V
18th Apr 1951 L 12 Huddersfield L 1950~51 H 9 14 V
25th Apr 1951 L 11 Leigh L 1950~51 A 7 10 V
30th Apr 1951 W 11 Players Union * Fr 1950~51 H 45 38 1 V
18th Aug 1951 W 12 Widnes L 1951~52 A 20 11 V
21st Aug 1951 W 12 Rochdale Hornets L 1951~52 A 20 2 V
25th Aug 1951 W 12 Liverpool City L 1951~52 H 23 3 V
29th Aug 1951 D 12 Swinton L 1951~52 H 12 12 1 V
1st Sep 1951 L 12 Belle Vue Rangers LC1(1) 1951~52 H 4 8 V
6th Sep 1951 D 12 Belle Vue Rangers LC1(2) 1951~52 A 2 2 V
15th Sep 1951 L 12 Oldham L 1951~52 A 7 13 V
22nd Sep 1951 W 11 Barrow L 1951~52 H 16 3 V
29th Sep 1951 W 11 Warrington L 1951~52 A 19 13 1 V
6th Oct 1951 L 12 Hull L 1951~52 H 10 15 V
13th Oct 1951 W 11 Halifax L 1951~52 A 20 9 V
20th Oct 1951 L 12 New Zealand Tour 1951~52 H 10 33 V
27th Oct 1951 L 11 Workington Town L 1951~52 A 8 11 V
3rd Nov 1951 W 12 Rochdale Hornets L 1951~52 H 5 2 V
17th Nov 1951 L 12 Workington Town L 1951~52 H 11 20 V
24th Nov 1951 L 11 Dewsbury L 1951~52 A 2 6 V
15th Dec 1951 L 12 Salford L 1951~52 H 6 14 V
26th Dec 1951 D 11 Wigan L 1951~52 H 2 2 V
29th Dec 1951 L 8 Swinton L 1951~52 A 2 27 V
1st Jan 1952 W 10 Leigh L 1951~52 H 9 0 V
19th Jan 1952 L 10 Whitehaven L 1951~52 A 5 7 V
9th Feb 1952 W 10 Belle Vue Rangers CC1(1) 1951~52 H 6 5 V
16th Feb 1952 W 10 Belle Vue Rangers CC1(2) 1951~52 A 9 4 V
23rd Feb 1952 W 10 Huddersfield L 1951~52 H 37 13 V
1st Mar 1952 W 10 Liverpool City L 1951~52 A 31 6 1 V
8th Mar 1952 L 10 Workington Town CC2 1951~52 A 4 15 V
15th Mar 1952 W 10 Belle Vue Rangers L 1951~52 A 16 8 V
29th Mar 1952 L 10 Oldham L 1951~52 H 6 10 V
2nd Apr 1952 W 10 Warrington L 1951~52 H 13 5 V
5th Apr 1952 L 10 Hull L 1951~52 A 7 14 V
11th Apr 1952 L 10 Wigan L 1951~52 A 11 15 V
12th Apr 1952 W 10 Halifax L 1951~52 H 16 11 V
14th Apr 1952 L 10 Huddersfield L 1951~52 A 15 34 V
26th Apr 1952 L 10 Barrow L 1951~52 A 8 12 1 V
30th Apr 1952 L 10 Toulouse* Fr Tour 1951~52 A 5 31 V
1st May 1952 L 10 French XIII* Fr Tour 1951~52 T 5 45 V
4th May 1952 W 10 French XIII* Fr Tour 1951~52 F 27 24 V
18th Aug 1952 L 8 Barrow * Fr Ward Cup 1952~53 A 18 32 V
23rd Aug 1952 W 10 Widnes L 1952~53 H 41 2 V
30th Aug 1952 W 10 Barrow LC1(1) 1952~53 A 24 21 V
6th Sep 1952 W 10 Liverpool City L 1952~53 A 42 2 V
10th Sep 1952 W 10 Oldham L 1952~53 H 6 2 V
13th Sep 1952 L 10 Workington Town L 1952~53 H 9 15 V
20th Sep 1952 W 10 Keighley L 1952~53 A 27 7 V
23rd Sep 1952 W 10 Rochdale Hornets LC2 1952~53 H 31 7 V
4th Oct 1952 W 10 Castleford L 1952~53 H 18 17 V
11th Oct 1952 W 10 Bramley L 1952~53 A 21 0 V
14th Oct 1952 W 10 Warrington LCSF 1952~53 A 17 10 V
18th Oct 1952 W 10 Salford L 1952~53 H 14 6 V
25th Oct 1952 L 10 Huddersfield L 1952~53 H 14 17 V
1st Nov 1952 W 10 Swinton L 1952~53 A 14 7 V
8th Nov 1952 W 10 Barrow L 1952~53 A 14 7 V
15th Nov 1952 W 10 Swinton L 1952~53 H 23 10 V
22nd Nov 1952 W 10 Warrington L 1952~53 A 19 8 V
29th Nov 1952 L 10 Leigh LCF 1952~53 N 5 22 V
13th Dec 1952 W 10 Barrow L 1952~53 H 26 9 1 V
27th Dec 1952 W 10 Wakefield Trinity L 1952~53 A 20 11 V
7th Mar 1953 W 10 Wakefield Trinity L 1952~53 H 69 17 1 V
31st Mar 1953 W 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1952~53 A 8 0 V
6th Apr 1953 D 10 Huddersfield L 1952~53 A 10 10 V
11th Apr 1953 W 10 Belle Vue Rangers L 1952~53 H 38 9 V
18th Apr 1953 W 10 Oldham L 1952~53 A 14 13 V
8th Aug 1953 W 10 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1953~54 H 29 20 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 128 OTHER 15 = 143
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 143

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