George Cotton

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
20-06-1902
N/A
24-10-1923
Local
08-12-1923 v Widnes
Wigan
1927- when he Retired
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1923-1926
83 (0)
40
1
0
122

BIOGRAPHY

George Cotton by Alex Service

George Cotton was the archetypal club winger with a fair turn of speed, sidestep and finishing ability. It was a great pity that a shoulder injury necessitated his early retirement from the game, because he had shown what he was capable of in a Saints jersey. In the 1924-25 season, his second in the First Team, he notched 25 tries in 39 appearances and forged a fine partnership with another local lad, Alf Frodsham, as his centre. Unfortunately George’s injury problems coincided with the arrival of the great Alf Ellaby, who fairly set the try-scoring charts on fire in his early days at Knowsley Road. He remained a staunch supporter of the club, however and became a valued member of the Supporters Club Committee (Secretary) for many years.
His wife was the legendary Minnie Cotton (daughter of Saints Committeeman Tom Topping), who terrorised Dewsbury front-rower Trevor Walker with an umbrella in the 1966 Challenge Cup semi-final at Station Road, Swinton. In 1939 George was living in St Luke’s Road, St Helens and working as a Foreman Glass Baker. George passed away on 2nd July 1963 aged 61. His wife, Minnie, was an ardent Saints supporter and provided lodgings for John Warlow in the 1960s after George had passed away. Her encroachments onto the Swinton pitch, wielding an umbrella, brought her national media coverage during the Championship Final against Halifax in 1965.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1923~247 1 0 18
1924~2525 0 0 39
1925~26 3 0 0 15
1926~275 0 0 11
TOTALS:40 1 0 83
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1923~241001
TOTALS:1001

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
8th Dec 1923 L 5 Widnes L 1923~24 A 0 18 V
15th Dec 1923 W 2 Hull L 1923~24 H 5 3 V
29th Dec 1923 L 5 Barrow L 1923~24 A 5 41 V
5th Jan 1924 L 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1923~24 A 5 23 V
12th Jan 1924 L 2 Leigh L 1923~24 H 5 12 V
19th Jan 1924 L 2 Leigh L 1923~24 A 0 25 V
26th Jan 1924 L 2 Hull L 1923~24 A 6 11 1 V
31st Jan 1924 W 2 Barrow L 1923~24 H 12 11 1 V
2nd Feb 1924 L 2 Bramley L 1923~24 A 7 18 V
16th Feb 1924 W 2 Wardley CC1 1923~24 A 73 0 3 V
23rd Feb 1924 L 2 Warrington L 1923~24 A 11 39 V
1st Mar 1924 L 5 Huddersfield CC2 1923~24 A 13 24 1 V
8th Mar 1924 W 5 Wigan Highfield L 1923~24 H 10 9 V
15th Mar 1924 W 5 Keighley L 1923~24 H 34 6 V
22nd Mar 1924 L 5 Oldham L 1923~24 A 10 48 V
29th Mar 1924 W 5 Bramley L 1923~24 H 13 8 V
5th Apr 1924 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1923~24 H 15 13 2 V
12th Apr 1924 L 5 St. Helens Recs* Fr 1923~24 H 8 10 1 V
18th Apr 1924 L 5 Wigan L 1923~24 H 3 14 V
30th Aug 1924 W 5 Widnes L 1924~25 A 10 9 1 V
6th Sep 1924 L 5 Widnes L 1924~25 H 7 8 1 V
13th Sep 1924 L 5 Barrow L 1924~25 A 8 19 1 V
20th Sep 1924 W 5 Keighley L 1924~25 H 16 9 V
27th Sep 1924 W 5 Hull L 1924~25 A 9 0 V
4th Oct 1924 W 5 Wigan Highfield L 1924~25 H 15 5 3 V
11th Oct 1924 D 5 Widnes LC1 1924~25 A 7 7 V
15th Oct 1924 W 5 Widnes LC1(rep) 1924~25 H 19 5 1 V
18th Oct 1924 L 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1924~25 A 2 3 V
25th Oct 1924 W 5 Warrington LC2 1924~25 H 15 5 1 V
8th Nov 1924 L 5 Oldham LCSF 1924~25 H 9 16 1 V
13th Nov 1924 L 5 Swinton L 1924~25 H 6 20 V
15th Nov 1924 L 5 Salford L 1924~25 A 3 13 V
22nd Nov 1924 W 5 Broughton Rangers L 1924~25 H 12 2 1 V
29th Nov 1924 W 5 Keighley L 1924~25 A 5 4 1 V
6th Dec 1924 W 5 Dewsbury L 1924~25 H 21 2 1 V
13th Dec 1924 W 5 Leigh L 1924~25 H 21 3 V
20th Dec 1924 L 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1924~25 A 0 11 V
25th Dec 1924 W 5 St. Helens Recs L 1924~25 H 7 5 V
26th Dec 1924 L 5 Wigan L 1924~25 H 7 13 V
27th Dec 1924 L 5 Dewsbury L 1924~25 A 0 8 V
1st Jan 1925 D 5 St. Helens Recs L 1924~25 A 5 5 1 V
3rd Jan 1925 W 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1924~25 H 15 2 1 V
10th Jan 1925 L 5 Wigan Highfield L 1924~25 A 8 12 1 V
17th Jan 1925 L 5 Oldham L 1924~25 H 5 24 V
24th Jan 1925 L 5 Swinton L 1924~25 A 3 49 V
31st Jan 1925 W 5 Salford L OBJ 1924~25 H 14 0 1 V
2nd Feb 1925 W 5 Barrow L 1924~25 H 12 8 2 V
14th Feb 1925 L 5 Widnes CC1 1924~25 A 8 10 1 V
21st Feb 1925 W 5 Warrington L 1924~25 H 9 5 2 V
28th Feb 1925 W 5 Salford L 1924~25 H 17 0 V
7th Mar 1925 D 5 Halifax L 1924~25 A 11 11 V
14th Mar 1925 W 5 Halifax L 1924~25 H 10 2 V
21st Mar 1925 D 5 Broughton Rangers L 1924~25 A 10 10 1 V
28th Mar 1925 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1924~25 H 34 3 2 V
10th Apr 1925 L 5 Wigan L 1924~25 A 4 51 V
11th Apr 1925 L 5 Leigh L 1924~25 A 10 17 1 V
13th Apr 1925 W 5 Hull L 1924~25 H 10 8 V
18th Apr 1925 W 5 Warrington L 1924~25 A 15 8 V
28th Aug 1925 L 5 Widnes L 1925~26 H 6 23 V
12th Sep 1925 W 5 Barrow L 1925~26 H 22 3 V
19th Sep 1925 L 5 Broughton Rangers L 1925~26 A 3 7 V
26th Sep 1925 W 5 Batley L 1925~26 H 15 3 1 V
3rd Oct 1925 L 5 Swinton L 1925~26 A 5 12 V
10th Oct 1925 L 5 Leigh LC1 1925~26 A 7 10 V
17th Oct 1925 L 5 Oldham L 1925~26 H 3 16 V
14th Nov 1925 L 5 Dewsbury L 1925~26 A 0 10 V
21st Nov 1925 W 5 Warrington L 1925~26 H 12 9 V
16th Dec 1925 W 5 Dewsbury L 1925~26 H 7 0 V
19th Dec 1925 L 5 Swinton L 1925~26 H 9 10 V
25th Dec 1925 D 5 St. Helens Recs L 1925~26 A 3 3 V
26th Dec 1925 L 5 Wigan L 1925~26 H 5 10 1 V
1st Jan 1926 W 5 St. Helens Recs L 1925~26 H 4 2 V
9th Jan 1926 W 5 Wigan Highfield L 1925~26 H 16 6 1 V
30th Oct 1926 W 5 Barrow L 1926~27 A 11 10 2 V
4th Nov 1926 D 2 Widnes LCSF 1926~27 A 3 3 1 V
6th Nov 1926 W 2 Wigan Highfield L 1926~27 H 13 7 V
8th Nov 1926 W 2 Widnes LCSF(rep) 1926~27 H 17 0 1 V
13th Nov 1926 L 2 Salford L 1926~27 A 5 8 V
20th Nov 1926 W 2 St. Helens Recs LCF 1926~27 N 10 2 V
27th Nov 1926 W 2 York L 1926~27 H 54 3 V
27th Dec 1926 L 2 Wigan L 1926~27 H 13 14 1 V
19th Feb 1927 W 2 Batley L 1926~27 H 13 8 V
5th Mar 1927 L 3 Swinton L 1926~27 A 3 24 V
15th Apr 1927 W 2 Wigan L 1926~27 A 10 8 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 82 OTHER 1 = 83
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 83

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