Alan Whittle

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
01-02-1947
N/A
10-05-1963
St.Helens Juniors
10-02-1967 v Liverpool City
Halifax
1972- Barrow
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1966-1972
201 (25)
69
0
0
207

BIOGRAPHY

Alan Whittle by Dave Dooley:
Alan Whittle was a classy, quick-witted stand off who played a pivotal role in some memorable matches for the Saints. Alan was gifted with speed off the mark, nimble footwork and neat ball distribution skills. His brilliant anticipation ands support play was a defining feature of his game. Whittle made his debut in the match against Liverpool City on the 11th. of February, 1967. In this is only outing of the season, Alan was on hand to score his first try for the club in a 23 points to 6 home victory. Alan broke into the first team on a regular basis in the following season when he scored 5 tries in 24 outings for the club. He played in the drawn 1967 Lancashire Cup Final against Warrington. Unluckily, Alan was not selected for the replay when Volls men carried off the trophy in a 13 points to 10 victory.

In the 1968/9 campaign Alan was virtually an ever-present member of the side. He featured strongly in the 1968 Lancashire Cup Final when he teamed up at half back with captain Tommy Bishop to cut the Roughyeds defence to ribbons in the last quarter of the match. That season also brought the Lancashire League Championship to Knowsley Road as Alan featured in the stand-off position in the last 25 matches to end the campaign top of the club appearances chart with an incredible 48 matches played.

Alan Whittle retained the number six jersey for most of the next three seasons as Saints embarked on a glory run at the start of the 1970s. He was an unused substitute in the 1970 Championship Final win over Leeds but starred in the 1972 Challenge Cup victory over the same opposition. In between Alan featured in the 1971 Championship Final victory over Wigan when a last minute try from Billy "the bandit" Benyon sealed the win over the old enemy. That season was probably the high point of Alans career. He notched two hat tricks against foreign opposition that campaign. Saints defeated newly crowned champions Australia by 37 points to 10 with Whittle putting in a blistering headline performance. In the last match of the season Alan ran riot as the Saints destroyed St Gaudens by 62 points to nil to claim the European Champions tag.

With a rampant Ken Kelly grabbing the headlines at the start of the 1972/3 season, Alan was transferred to Barrow after scoring a solitary try against Warrington in the first round of the Lancashire Cup.

Alan Whittle was one of those sharp, exciting players that supporters loved to see crossing the opponents tryline. His shrewd play was an integral part of Saints open style of play that was so successful in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Alan joined Barrow for a 5,750 fee in September 1972 and later played with distinction for Warrington.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1966~67 1 0 0 1
1967~68 5 0 0 26
1968~69 19 0 0 49
1969~7015 0 0 47
1970~7119 0 0 48
1971~72 9 0 0 42
1972~73 1 0 0 5
TOTALS:69 0 0 218
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1968~690001
1969~700001
1970~710002
1971~72 0002
TOTALS:0006

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
11th Feb 1967 W 6 Liverpool City L 1966~67 H 23 6 1 V
18th Aug 1967 W 14 Rochdale Hornets LC1 1967~68 H 7 4 V
23rd Aug 1967 W 14 Leeds L 1967~68 A 13 12 1 V
26th Aug 1967 W 3 Hull K.R. L 1967~68 H 13 8 V
28th Aug 1967 W 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1967~68 H 13 11 V
1st Sep 1967 W 6 Salford L 1967~68 A 15 3 V
9th Sep 1967 W 14 Liverpool City L 1967~68 A 32 5 Y V
15th Sep 1967 W 14 Leigh L 1967~68 H 22 0 Y V
19th Sep 1967 W 4 Swinton LCSF 1967~68 A 12 8 V
23rd Sep 1967 W 14 Rochdale Hornets L 1967~68 A 8 2 V
27th Sep 1967 W 3 Warrington L 1967~68 H 17 12 V
7th Oct 1967 D 4 Warrington LCF 1967~68 N 2 2 V
14th Oct 1967 W 6 Liverpool City L 1967~68 H 15 7 V
21st Oct 1967 L 7 Whitehaven L 1967~68 A 6 11 V
11th Nov 1967 W 3 Blackpool Borough L 1967~68 H 17 3 1 V
18th Nov 1967 W 3 Leigh L 1967~68 A 7 4 V
22nd Nov 1967 L 4 Wigan FT2 1967~68 H 11 22 V
24th Nov 1967 L 14 Salford L 1967~68 H 4 7 V
26th Feb 1968 W 6 Whitehaven L 1967~68 H 31 8 V
23rd Mar 1968 L 14 Wakefield Trinity L 1967~68 A 3 23 V
30th Mar 1968 W 6 Workington Town L 1967~68 H 18 11 2 V
12th Apr 1968 W 6 Wigan L 1967~68 H 24 13 1 V
13th Apr 1968 L 14 Widnes L 1967~68 A 7 24 V
15th Apr 1968 W 6 Swinton L 1967~68 A 19 16 V
19th Apr 1968 W 6 Halifax Ch1 1967~68 H 31 2 V
24th Apr 1968 W 6 Warrington Ch2 1967~68 H 20 0 V
27th Apr 1968 L 6 Hull K.R. ChSF 1967~68 A 10 23 V
9th Aug 1968 W 6 Swinton* Fr Gallie Cup 1968~69 H 13 9 V
14th Aug 1968 W 14 Wakefield Trinity L 1968~69 A 5 0 V
20th Aug 1968 W 14 Whitehaven L 1968~69 H 28 9 Y V
24th Aug 1968 L 14 Leeds L 1968~69 A 13 20 1 V
28th Aug 1968 W 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1968~69 H 24 8 V
31st Aug 1968 W 6 Widnes L 1968~69 H 24 9 1 V
2nd Sep 1968 W 6 Barrow L 1968~69 A 17 2 V
7th Sep 1968 W 6 Wigan LC1 1968~69 H 19 16 V
10th Sep 1968 W 4 Barrow FTP(1) 1968~69 H 21 5 V
14th Sep 1968 W 4 Leigh L 1968~69 H 27 2 V
18th Sep 1968 W 4 Widnes LC2 1968~69 A 20 17 V
20th Sep 1968 W 4 Huyton L 1968~69 H 11 10 V
23rd Sep 1968 L 4 Barrow FTP(2) 1968~69 A 11 18 V
27th Sep 1968 W 4 Warrington L 1968~69 H 24 11 V
4th Oct 1968 D 4 Salford L 1968~69 A 10 10 V
7th Oct 1968 W 6 Leigh LCSF 1968~69 A 17 6 1 V
12th Oct 1968 W 6 Leeds L 1968~69 H 28 3 V
14th Oct 1968 W 6 Swinton FT1 1968~69 H 12 10 V
25th Oct 1968 W 6 Oldham LCF 1968~69 N 30 2 V
9th Nov 1968 W 6 Doncaster L 1968~69 A 22 8 V
11th Nov 1968 W 6 Hull K.R. L 1968~69 H 21 5 1 V
16th Nov 1968 D 6 Salford L 1968~69 H 9 9 1 V
23rd Nov 1968 W 1 Warrington L 1968~69 A 20 5 V
26th Nov 1968 W 1 Hull FT2 1968~69 H 14 10 V
4th Dec 1968 W 1 Blackpool Borough L 1968~69 H 13 10 V
10th Dec 1968 W 6 Warrington FTSF 1968~69 H 29 6 1 V
17th Dec 1968 L 6 Wigan FTF 1968~69 A 4 7 V
26th Dec 1968 W 6 Wigan L AB 1968~69 H 11 3 2 V
1st Jan 1969 W 6 Swinton L 1968~69 A 15 5 V
6th Jan 1969 W 6 Hull K.R. L 1968~69 A 16 5 V
11th Jan 1969 W 6 Whitehaven L 1968~69 A 9 7 V
14th Jan 1969 W 6 Wigan L 1968~69 H 13 3 V
18th Jan 1969 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1968~69 H 17 7 V
25th Jan 1969 W 6 Hull CC1 1968~69 A 13 3 V
25th Feb 1969 W 6 Oldham CC2 1968~69 A 15 6 V
1st Mar 1969 L 6 Warrington CC3 1968~69 A 2 4 V
6th Mar 1969 W 6 Huyton L 1968~69 H 37 6 V
11th Mar 1969 W 6 Barrow L 1968~69 H 32 7 2 V
15th Mar 1969 L 6 Leigh L 1968~69 A 10 12 V
21st Mar 1969 W 6 Widnes L 1968~69 A 18 4 V
24th Mar 1969 W 6 Blackpool Borough L 1968~69 H 43 12 3 V
28th Mar 1969 W 6 Oldham L 1968~69 H 19 4 V
4th Apr 1969 L 6 Wigan L 1968~69 A 10 34 V
7th Apr 1969 W 6 Swinton L 1968~69 H 40 5 V
12th Apr 1969 L 6 Workington Town L 1968~69 H 5 8 1 V
15th Apr 1969 W 6 Oldham L 1968~69 A 17 2 V
19th Apr 1969 W 6 Doncaster L 1968~69 H 57 5 2 V
26th Apr 1969 W 6 Keighley Ch1 1968~69 H 25 7 V
3rd May 1969 W 6 Featherstone Rovers Ch2 1968~69 H 47 4 3 V
10th May 1969 L 6 Castleford ChSF 1968~69 H 6 18 V
9th Aug 1969 W 6 Swinton* Fr Gallie Cup 1969~70 A 32 4 V
16th Aug 1969 W 6 Castleford L 1969~70 H 27 3 V
20th Aug 1969 L 6 Widnes L 1969~70 A 5 17 V
1st Sep 1969 W 6 Maryport LC1 1969~70 H 58 5 2 V
5th Sep 1969 W 6 Huyton L 1969~70 H 31 0 1 V
10th Sep 1969 L 4 Castleford L 1969~70 A 3 9 V
13th Sep 1969 W 14 Blackpool Borough L 1969~70 A 35 2 V
20th Sep 1969 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1969~70 H 63 10 2 V
27th Sep 1969 W 4 Workington Town L 1969~70 A 17 5 V
29th Sep 1969 L 4 Widnes LC2 1969~70 A 14 22 V
4th Oct 1969 W 4 Warrington L 1969~70 H 11 7 1 V
7th Oct 1969 L 14 Leeds L 1969~70 A 7 13 V
11th Oct 1969 W 2 Huyton L 1969~70 A 28 5 V
13th Oct 1969 W 6 Swinton FT1 1969~70 A 17 9 V
29th Oct 1969 L 14 Salford L 1969~70 A 12 16 Y V
4th Nov 1969 W 14 Barrow FT2 1969~70 A 11 6 Y V
8th Nov 1969 L 4 Whitehaven L 1969~70 A 9 10 V
10th Nov 1969 W 4 Leigh L 1969~70 H 16 10 1 V
15th Nov 1969 L 14 Featherstone Rovers L 1969~70 A 6 13 V
17th Nov 1969 W 3 Barrow L 1969~70 H 31 9 V
9th Dec 1969 D 14 Wigan FTSF 1969~70 A 13 13 Y V
11th Dec 1969 L 4 Wigan FTSF(rep) 1969~70 H 9 15 1 V
13th Dec 1969 W 3 Blackpool Borough L 1969~70 H 26 9 2 V
26th Dec 1969 W 4 Wigan L 1969~70 A 53 11 2 V
1st Jan 1970 D 4 Swinton L 1969~70 H 18 18 V
10th Jan 1970 W 4 Batley L 1969~70 H 22 9 V
27th Jan 1970 L 4 Salford L 1969~70 H 15 16 V
31st Jan 1970 L 4 Leigh L 1969~70 A 3 6 V
7th Feb 1970 W 4 Bradford Northern CC1 1969~70 H 16 3 V
21st Feb 1970 W 4 Bramley CC2 1969~70 H 17 2 V
27th Feb 1970 W 4 Barrow L 1969~70 A 6 0 V
2nd Mar 1970 W 6 Whitehaven L 1969~70 H 37 5 V
10th Mar 1970 D 14 Doncaster CC3 1969~70 A 4 4 Y V
14th Mar 1970 W 4 Featherstone Rovers L 1969~70 H 22 4 1 V
16th Mar 1970 W 4 Doncaster CC3(rep) 1969~70 H 36 0 V
21st Mar 1970 W 4 Batley L 1969~70 A 8 7 1 V
23rd Mar 1970 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1969~70 A 10 0 V
27th Mar 1970 L 4 Wigan L 1969~70 H 16 23 1 V
28th Mar 1970 W 6 Leeds L 1969~70 H 12 5 V
30th Mar 1970 L 6 Swinton L 1969~70 A 9 10 V
4th Apr 1970 L 4 Castleford CCSF 1969~70 N 3 6 V
6th Apr 1970 W 6 Oldham L 1969~70 A 43 0 V
10th Apr 1970 W 6 Widnes L 1969~70 H 15 12 V
18th Apr 1970 W 14 Warrington Ch1 1969~70 H 36 8 Y V
25th Apr 1970 W 14 Leigh Ch2 1969~70 H 16 5 V
2nd May 1970 D 14 Castleford ChSF 1969~70 A 9 9 Y V
4th May 1970 W 14 Castleford ChSF(rep) 1969~70 H 21 12 V
16th May 1970 W 14 Leeds ChF 1969~70 N 24 12 Y V
7th Aug 1970 W 6 Salford* Fr Gallie Cup 1970~71 H 29 12 V
15th Aug 1970 D 14 Castleford CS 1970~71 A 19 19 Y V
15th Aug 1970 D 14 Castleford* Fr Cup Winners v Cha 1970~71 A 19 19 V
22nd Aug 1970 W 14 Bradford Northern L 1970~71 A 42 3 V
31st Aug 1970 W 6 Leigh L 1970~71 H 26 7 V
5th Sep 1970 W 6 Bramley L 1970~71 A 15 8 1 V
10th Sep 1970 W 14 Halifax L 1970~71 A 27 4 Y V
12th Sep 1970 W 14 Huddersfield L 1970~71 H 39 0 2 V
15th Sep 1970 W 6 Halifax L 1970~71 H 22 7 1 V
17th Sep 1970 W 14 Swinton LC2 1970~71 H 20 7 Y V
19th Sep 1970 L 1 Swinton L 1970~71 A 8 22 V
22nd Sep 1970 W 6 Hull L 1970~71 H 30 9 V
26th Sep 1970 W 14 Hull K.R. L 1970~71 H 38 3 Y V
29th Sep 1970 W 14 Castleford FT1 1970~71 H 14 7 V
7th Oct 1970 W 6 Warrington L 1970~71 A 12 4 V
10th Oct 1970 W 7 Wigan LCSF 1970~71 A 23 0 V
13th Oct 1970 W 7 Warrington L 1970~71 H 37 6 V
19th Oct 1970 W 7 Bradford Northern L 1970~71 H 42 0 1 V
6th Nov 1970 W 7 Hull L 1970~71 A 16 2 V
9th Nov 1970 W 7 Australia Tour 1970~71 H 37 10 3 V
14th Nov 1970 L 7 Leigh L 1970~71 A 13 15 V
20th Nov 1970 W 7 Salford L 1970~71 A 4 0 V
28th Nov 1970 L 7 Leigh LCF 1970~71 N 4 7 V
30th Nov 1970 W 6 Leigh FT2 1970~71 A 10 4 V
5th Dec 1970 W 6 St. Gaudens ECF(1) 1970~71 A 30 11 V
8th Dec 1970 D 6 Wigan FTSF 1970~71 A 7 7 1 V
12th Dec 1970 W 6 Castleford L 1970~71 H 9 5 1 V
13th Dec 1970 W 6 Wigan FTSF(rep) 1970~71 H 16 15 V
15th Dec 1970 L 6 Leeds FTF 1970~71 A 5 9 V
19th Dec 1970 W 6 Bramley L 1970~71 H 34 0 V
26th Dec 1970 L 6 Wigan L 1970~71 H 5 12 V
23rd Jan 1971 W 14 Workington Town CC1 1970~71 A 8 6 V
30th Jan 1971 W 6 Whitehaven L 1970~71 H 27 5 2 V
6th Feb 1971 W 6 Salford L 1970~71 H 26 4 V
13th Feb 1971 L 6 Castleford L 1970~71 A 6 12 V
20th Feb 1971 L 6 Leeds CC2 1970~71 A 0 4 V
27th Feb 1971 W 6 Whitehaven L 1970~71 A 15 8 V
6th Mar 1971 W 7 Featherstone Rovers L 1970~71 H 23 16 2 V
13th Mar 1971 W 7 Hull K.R. L 1970~71 A 26 9 1 V
22nd Mar 1971 W 7 Leeds L 1970~71 H 30 9 V
2nd Apr 1971 W 6 Widnes L 1970~71 A 8 5 V
9th Apr 1971 W 6 Wigan L 1970~71 A 9 6 V
10th Apr 1971 W 3 Batley L 1970~71 A 27 4 1 V
12th Apr 1971 W 6 Widnes L 1970~71 H 14 5 V
17th Apr 1971 W 2 Huddersfield L 1970~71 A 11 8 V
24th Apr 1971 W 6 Huddersfield Ch1 1970~71 H 28 5 V
30th Apr 1971 W 6 Hull Ch2 1970~71 H 30 5 V
7th May 1971 W 6 Leeds ChSF 1970~71 H 22 7 V
22nd May 1971 W 6 Wigan ChF 1970~71 N 16 12 V
5th Jun 1971 W 6 St. Gaudens ECF(2) 1970~71 H 62 0 3 V
30th Jul 1971 L 6 Salford * Fr Gallie Cup 1971~72 A 13 28 V
6th Aug 1971 W 6 Leigh LC1 1971~72 H 11 10 V
14th Aug 1971 W 3 Leigh CS 1971~72 H 11 4 V
14th Aug 1971 W 3 Leigh * Fr Cup Winners v Cha 1971~72 H 11 4 V
17th Aug 1971 L 3 Widnes LCSF 1971~72 H 10 12 V
21st Aug 1971 W 6 Hull L 1971~72 H 30 14 V
24th Aug 1971 L 6 Leeds L 1971~72 A 13 20 1 V
27th Aug 1971 W 4 Leigh L 1971~72 A 8 3 V
30th Aug 1971 W 3 Workington Town L 1971~72 H 21 14 1 V
4th Sep 1971 W 6 Keighley L 1971~72 H 30 19 1 V
6th Sep 1971 W 6 New Zealand Tour 1971~72 H 18 8 V
11th Sep 1971 W 3 Wakefield Trinity L 1971~72 A 23 12 1 V
18th Sep 1971 W 4 Halifax L 1971~72 H 14 10 V
21st Sep 1971 W 6 Swinton FT1 1971~72 A 14 9 V
2nd Oct 1971 W 4 Salford L 1971~72 H 23 12 V
9th Oct 1971 L 4 Bramley L 1971~72 A 10 15 V
18th Oct 1971 W 4 Oldham L 1971~72 H 50 2 1 V
23rd Oct 1971 L 4 Huddersfield L 1971~72 A 15 17 V
18th Dec 1971 L 14 Wakefield Trinity JPSF 1971~72 A 9 14 V
27th Dec 1971 L 14 Wigan L 1971~72 A 3 8 V
1st Jan 1972 W 6 Widnes L 1971~72 H 33 5 1 V
8th Jan 1972 W 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1971~72 H 18 12 V
15th Jan 1972 W 3 Keighley L 1971~72 A 24 4 V
22nd Jan 1972 D 14 Leeds L 1971~72 H 15 15 V
29th Jan 1972 W 14 Oldham CC1 1971~72 A 8 6 V
12th Feb 1972 W 6 Leigh L 1971~72 H 20 7 V
19th Feb 1972 W 14 Huddersfield CC2 1971~72 H 32 9 Y V
26th Feb 1972 L 3 Hull K.R. L 1971~72 A 2 5 V
11th Mar 1972 W 6 Huddersfield L 1971~72 H 27 0 V
14th Mar 1972 W 6 Hull K.R. L 1971~72 H 29 2 1 V
18th Mar 1972 W 6 Dewsbury L 1971~72 H 16 14 V
24th Mar 1972 W 4 Salford L 1971~72 A 7 0 V
27th Mar 1972 W 4 Halifax L 1971~72 A 19 5 V
31st Mar 1972 W 4 Wigan L 1971~72 H 21 4 V
3rd Apr 1972 L 6 Widnes L 1971~72 A 9 19 V
6th Apr 1972 W 14 Workington Town L 1971~72 A 19 10 V
8th Apr 1972 W 4 Hull L 1971~72 A 17 7 V
15th Apr 1972 D 14 Warrington CCSF 1971~72 N 10 10 Y V
16th Apr 1972 W 4 Batley L 1971~72 A 14 7 V
22nd Apr 1972 W 3 Hull K.R. Ch1 1971~72 H 25 5 V
28th Apr 1972 W 6 Rochdale Hornets Ch2 1971~72 H 17 5 2 V
4th May 1972 W 4 Bradford Northern ChSF 1971~72 A 14 10 V
13th May 1972 W 14 Leeds CCF 1971~72 N 16 13 V
20th May 1972 L 14 Leeds ChF 1971~72 N 5 9 V
28th Aug 1972 W 7 Huyton L 1972~73 A 47 6 V
3rd Sep 1972 W 6 Warrington LC1 1972~73 A 18 16 1 V
13th Sep 1972 L 7 Widnes LC2 1972~73 A 2 13 V
17th Sep 1972 L 14 Featherstone Rovers L 1972~73 A 14 19 V
23rd Sep 1972 W 14 Halifax JP1 1972~73 A 22 20 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 196 OTHER 6 = 218
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 25 Subs) = 201

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