|Alan `Mike` Beddow by Alex Service |
It is no exaggeration to say that Mike Beddow was a talented sportsman. He made his debut for Saints against Liverpool City at Knowsley Road in a league match on 13th March 1962. The home team won 31-7 and the new stand-off created a favourable impression, according to Tom Ashcroft in the St. Helens Reporter: “Although the standard never reached great heights, the game revealed one player of high promise in Mike Beddow, a former Cowleian, who at 20 years of age is a good schemer and born handler in the out-half position.” It should be noted that his partner at scrum-half was Alex Murphy.
Mike went on to play two more matches for the First Team, at Oldham and Huddersfield, finishing off the season with a try and goal performance in the friendly against SHAPE Indians at Knowsley Road on 7th May 1962. Alas, that was his last match at senior level for the club. It would appear that the lure of a professional cricket contract with Lancashire then dominated his sporting life. In fact, from 1962-66, Mike played 33 matches for the Red Rose county, including 54 innings, 3 not outs and 775 runs in total. His highest score was 112. He bowled 1226 balls for 15 wickets, with his best performance 3 for ten.