Matt Creevey

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
23-04-1886
N/A
Date unknown.
Pocket Nook Shamrocks
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
06-10-1906 v Runcorn
Leigh
1919- when he Retired
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1906-1910
125 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
15
15
0
75

BIOGRAPHY

Matt Creevey by Dave Dooley:
Matt Creevey was one of the greatest all round sportsmen ever to don a Saints` jersey. Besides becoming a great half back for the Saints Matt was also an accomplished professional sprinter and handball player. Furthermore, Matt was a music hall `trick jumping` artist who held several related world`s records. My father related a tale of Matt being able to perform a jump over the head of an adult from a standing position. Matt recalled his early experiences in a candid interview in the St Helens Newspaper during the depression years following World War I.

"Jumping on the canal bank was how I got started. It was a popular sport in those days and I was quite young when I took it up professionally."

The most sensational feat he performed was the standing jump with two weights over the backs of two 16 hands high horses standing side by side. He astounded Music Hall audiences all over the British Isles with his hazardous leap over 11 chairs and two tables - seven chairs on the floor, four on top and a card table at each end. He performed at the Kelvin Hall Glasgow for six weeks, jumping backwards as a stunt, farther than any challenger could jump forwards!

The talented Saints half back could run the 100 yards in 10.4 seconds well into his thirties. His biggest win in a wonderful succession of handicap triumphs was at the Broughton handicap in1916 when he beat 343 runners! Matt was also decorated by the Royal Humane Society for the rescue of a woman from the local Sankey Canal.

The same interview served to illustrate the temporary nature of fame and fortune as Matt found himself without work in the hard times of the late 1920`s. He longed to become a football trainer:-

"I myself had the finest trainer in the world and I would like nothing better than to put some of his precepts into practice."

Matt signed for Saints from Pocket Nook Shamrocks in 1904. He made his first team debut on October 6th., 1906 in the home defeat by 22 points to 8 against Runcorn. His first goal and points for the club came in the same match. That season Matt went on to play 20 matches in his inaugural season netting 4 tries and kicking 5 goals. It was this season that the Creevey clan established a notable first in the history of the Club. In the first ever 13- a side derby against Wigan on March 9th. 1907 Matt accompanied his brothers, Charlie and Jimmy in the first team as the Saints defeated Wigan by 10 points to 8. It was a red letter day for the family as Matt scored a try and Charlie kicked two goals. The same three brothers also played in the corresponding away fixture in the same season. No other family trio have played in a Saints fixture together.

The following season Matt played in 31 out of the 36 matches scoring three tries and six goals. At this point of his career he was playing mostly at scrum half but he had already appeared at stand off, in the centre and on the wing. His appearances in the 1908/09 season were curtailed as Matt sailed to the USA to trade local fame for fortune. The final match of the 1913/14 season saw Matt capture a brace of tries in the home match against Hunslet. The 1914/15 season witnessed Matt making 33 appearances for the Saints as the team marched to the Challenge Cup Final to face the great Huddersfield team. Matt played stand off in the May Day final at Oldham, that saw the Saints go down by 37 points to 3. During the following three seasons the War Emergency League were not counted as official matches but Matt did play 16 matches in the 1915/16 campaign resulting in a personal haul of one try and one goal.

Matt`s all round athleticism and agility were reflected on the rugby field. He was `lightning` off the mark and extremely evasive with the ball in his hand. He played 3 official matches in the 1918/19 season and played his last match for the Club on March 1st. 1919 in a 10 points to nil home defeat by Leigh. In all Matt played 58 games at scrum half and 54 at stand off with the rest in the centre or on the wing. His family background and all round abilities make him one of the most colourful and rich characters ever to have played for our great Club.

The following obituary of Matt Creevey appeared in the St.Helens Reporter on Tuesday 06/01/1948.
The death is announced at the age of 61 of Matt Creevey of Oliver Road, one of the best fly-half backs St.Helens RFC ever had. He was a star of a few decades ago, was one of the world’s champion jumpers and had three well-known brother footballers who each in turn played for the Saints. They were Charlie, Jimmy and Luke. Matt collapsed twelve months ago owing to heart trouble and had been in poor health since. He was an indirect product of the St.Helens Junior Rugby League team St.Helens Shamrocks. Matt could do 70 yards in seven seconds – a very nice dash for a half-back. He won a professional short distance sprint over that distance. He also won most of the world’s jumping records. He could jump over the average man’s head; onto a horse’s back and off again in one movement; into a fair-sized barrel and out again in the same way; and backwards over an ordinary chair. At one period he travelled the music halls performing jumping tricks. His assets as a rugby player were, first, his brilliant burst of speed; second, his blinding dummy; third, his simultaneous sidestep and last, but perhaps the most important of all, his ability to change his position to take his runs at different angles when playing fly-half. Some time after retiring he became licensee of a pub in Pocket Nook. In 1939 Matt lived in Napier Street, St Helens. He died in January 1948 in St Helens aged 61. He died a widower with three daughters – all married. His grandson, aged four, died on the same day.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1906~07 4 5 0 20
1907~08 3 6 0 31
1908~090 1 0 2
1909~10 3 0 0 23
1910~111 0 0 9
1913~14 3 0 0 4
1914~15 1 2 0 33
1918~19 0 1 0 3
TOTALS:15 15 0 125
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1908~09 0001
1909~10 0002
1915~16 11016
1918~19 0002
TOTALS:11021

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
6th Oct 1906 L 7 Runcorn L 1906~07 H 8 22 1 VIEW
13th Oct 1906 L 7 Oldham LC1 1906~07 H 14 17 VIEW
20th Oct 1906 L 7 Pontefract L 1906~07 A 7 17 VIEW
24th Nov 1906 W 7 Keighley L 1906~07 H 18 9 1 VIEW
1st Dec 1906 L 7 Batley L 1906~07 A 5 30 VIEW
15th Dec 1906 L 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1906~07 A 8 14 VIEW
22nd Dec 1906 L 7 Broughton Rangers L 1906~07 H 7 14 1 VIEW
25th Dec 1906 W 6 Liverpool City L 1906~07 H 42 0 1 VIEW
1st Jan 1907 W 7 Batley L 1906~07 H 26 0 1 VIEW
5th Jan 1907 L 7 Warrington L 1906~07 A 3 20 VIEW
19th Jan 1907 L 7 Leigh L 1906~07 A 2 5 VIEW
2nd Feb 1907 L 7 Broughton Rangers L 1906~07 A 11 27 VIEW
16th Feb 1907 W 7 Barrow L 1906~07 H 26 3 VIEW
23rd Feb 1907 L 7 Runcorn L 1906~07 A 8 14 VIEW
6th Mar 1907 L 6 Swinton L 1906~07 A 11 14 VIEW
9th Mar 1907 W 7 Wigan L 1906~07 H 10 8 1 VIEW
16th Mar 1907 L 7 Swinton CC1 1906~07 A 9 16 VIEW
29th Mar 1907 L 7 Wigan L 1906~07 A 2 24 VIEW
30th Mar 1907 W 7 Liverpool City L 1906~07 H 68 0 3 VIEW
1st Apr 1907 W 6 Salford L 1906~07 H 30 5 VIEW
3rd Sep 1907 L 7 Keighley L 1907~08 A 3 12 VIEW
7th Sep 1907 L 7 Swinton L 1907~08 A 0 22 VIEW
14th Sep 1907 L 7 Bradford L 1907~08 H 9 14 VIEW
21st Sep 1907 L 7 Salford L 1907~08 A 2 21 VIEW
28th Sep 1907 W 7 Warrington L 1907~08 H 7 6 VIEW
5th Oct 1907 L 7 Widnes L 1907~08 A 5 17 VIEW
12th Oct 1907 L 6 Swinton LC1 1907~08 A 0 7 VIEW
19th Oct 1907 W 7 Runcorn L 1907~08 H 17 11 VIEW
26th Oct 1907 L 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1907~08 H 8 12 VIEW
30th Oct 1907 L 7 New Zealand Tour 1907~08 H 5 24 VIEW
2nd Nov 1907 L 4 Broughton Rangers L 1907~08 A 13 25 VIEW
9th Nov 1907 L 4 Oldham L 1907~08 A 2 39 VIEW
16th Nov 1907 D 3 Ebbw Vale L 1907~08 H 11 11 VIEW
23rd Nov 1907 W 6 Swinton L 1907~08 H 8 0 1 VIEW
25th Dec 1907 L 7 Runcorn L 1907~08 A 0 19 VIEW
26th Dec 1907 L 6 Barrow L 1907~08 A 8 9 VIEW
28th Dec 1907 W 6 Bramley L 1907~08 H 16 3 1 1 VIEW
1st Jan 1908 L 6 Hunslet L 1907~08 H 8 24 VIEW
4th Jan 1908 L 4 Wigan L 1907~08 A 5 35 1 VIEW
18th Jan 1908 L 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1907~08 A 11 27 VIEW
25th Jan 1908 W 6 Keighley L 1907~08 H 11 3 3 VIEW
1st Feb 1908 D 6 Widnes L 1907~08 H 5 5 1 VIEW
22nd Feb 1908 L 6 New Zealand Tour 1907~08 H 10 21 VIEW
29th Feb 1908 L 6 Whitehaven Recs CC1 1907~08 A 8 13 VIEW
7th Mar 1908 L 6 Hunslet L 1907~08 A 6 21 VIEW
14th Mar 1908 L 6 Bradford L 1907~08 A 10 17 VIEW
21st Mar 1908 L 5 Oldham L 1907~08 H 5 14 VIEW
4th Apr 1908 L 5 Warrington L 1907~08 A 5 20 VIEW
12th Apr 1908 L 7 Rochdale Hornets * Fr 1908~09 A 0 15 VIEW
13th Apr 1908 L 5 Broughton Rangers L 1907~08 H 11 28 VIEW
18th Apr 1908 W 5 Barrow L 1907~08 H 15 5 1 VIEW
20th Apr 1908 D 5 Leigh L 1907~08 H 5 5 VIEW
28th Nov 1908 W 5 Bradford Northern L 1908~09 H 8 2 1 VIEW
12th Apr 1909 L 6 Warrington L 1908~09 A 6 78 VIEW
23rd Oct 1909 D 3 Dewsbury L 1909~10 H 8 8 VIEW
6th Nov 1909 L 7 Leigh L 1909~10 A 5 13 VIEW
20th Nov 1909 W 7 Widnes L 1909~10 H 37 8 1 VIEW
27th Nov 1909 L 7 Oldham L 1909~10 H 5 31 VIEW
4th Dec 1909 W 7 Hunslet L 1909~10 A 24 8 1 VIEW
11th Dec 1909 W 7 Salford L 1909~10 H 7 3 VIEW
13th Dec 1909 W 7 Swinton L 1909~10 A 20 9 VIEW
18th Dec 1909 L 7 Oldham L 1909~10 A 6 36 VIEW
25th Dec 1909 W 7 Runcorn L 1909~10 A 13 0 VIEW
27th Dec 1909 L 6 Wigan L 1909~10 H 6 7 VIEW
15th Jan 1910 W 7 Leigh L 1909~10 H 11 3 VIEW
22nd Jan 1910 L 7 Coventry * Fr 1909~10 A 11 19 VIEW
5th Feb 1910 L 7 Dewsbury L 1909~10 A 3 11 VIEW
12th Feb 1910 W 7 Warrington L 1909~10 H 18 10 VIEW
19th Feb 1910 L 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1909~10 A 0 6 VIEW
26th Feb 1910 W 7 Barrow CC1 1909~10 A 15 0 VIEW
5th Mar 1910 W 7 Swinton L 1909~10 H 26 5 VIEW
12th Mar 1910 L 7 Halifax CC2 1909~10 A 6 21 VIEW
25th Mar 1910 L 7 Wigan L 1909~10 A 10 23 VIEW
29th Mar 1910 W 7 Hunslet L 1909~10 H 28 15 VIEW
2nd Apr 1910 W 7 Bramley L 1909~10 A 33 18 VIEW
9th Apr 1910 W 7 Barrow L 1909~10 H 21 5 1 VIEW
16th Apr 1910 W 7 Hull K.R. L 1909~10 H 23 8 VIEW
23rd Apr 1910 W 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1909~10 H 20 11 VIEW
7th May 1910 L 7 Turthills Colonials * * Fr W. Whiteleys Tes 1909~10 H 24 42 VIEW
3rd Sep 1910 W 7 Oldham L 1910~11 H 16 5 VIEW
10th Sep 1910 L 7 Runcorn L 1910~11 A 4 8 VIEW
17th Sep 1910 W 7 Salford L 1910~11 H 19 14 VIEW
24th Sep 1910 W 7 Merthyr Tydfil L 1910~11 A 17 6 VIEW
1st Oct 1910 L 7 Widnes L 1910~11 A 12 28 1 VIEW
8th Oct 1910 W 7 Broughton Rangers L 1910~11 H 31 2 VIEW
15th Oct 1910 L 7 Leigh L 1910~11 A 5 9 VIEW
22nd Oct 1910 L 7 Rochdale Hornets LC1 1910~11 H 5 11 VIEW
29th Oct 1910 L 7 Warrington L 1910~11 H 9 17 VIEW
28th Mar 1914 L 6 Salford L 1913~14 H 2 8 VIEW
10th Apr 1914 L 6 Wigan L 1913~14 A 2 30 VIEW
11th Apr 1914 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1913~14 H 47 5 1 VIEW
18th Apr 1914 W 6 Hunslet L 1913~14 H 36 6 2 VIEW
5th Sep 1914 W 6 Runcorn L 1914~15 H 26 0 VIEW
12th Sep 1914 L 6 Swinton L 1914~15 A 3 12 VIEW
19th Sep 1914 W 6 Oldham L 1914~15 H 10 4 VIEW
26th Sep 1914 L 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1914~15 A 11 26 VIEW
10th Oct 1914 W 6 Widnes L 1914~15 H 12 5 VIEW
17th Oct 1914 L 6 Swinton LC1 1914~15 A 11 13 VIEW
24th Oct 1914 L 6 Bradford Northern L 1914~15 A 3 28 VIEW
21st Nov 1914 W 6 Dewsbury L 1914~15 H 26 16 VIEW
28th Nov 1914 L 6 Warrington L 1914~15 A 6 15 VIEW
5th Dec 1914 W 6 Keighley L 1914~15 H 11 6 VIEW
12th Dec 1914 W 6 Oldham L 1914~15 A 9 5 VIEW
19th Dec 1914 W 6 Bramley L 1914~15 H 24 0 VIEW
26th Dec 1914 L 6 Wigan L 1914~15 H 6 15 VIEW
1st Jan 1915 W 6 Runcorn L 1914~15 A 10 4 VIEW
2nd Jan 1915 W 6 Warrington L 1914~15 H 25 0 1 VIEW
9th Jan 1915 W 5 Salford L 1914~15 A 9 3 VIEW
16th Jan 1915 W 6 Leigh L 1914~15 A 6 2 VIEW
23rd Jan 1915 W 6 Hull L 1914~15 H 11 9 1 VIEW
30th Jan 1915 W 6 Keighley L 1914~15 A 20 2 VIEW
6th Feb 1915 W 6 Salford L 1914~15 H 23 2 1 VIEW
13th Feb 1915 L 6 Barrow L 1914~15 A 0 10 VIEW
20th Feb 1915 W 6 Swinton L 1914~15 H 10 0 VIEW
27th Feb 1915 W 6 Featherstone Rovers CC1 1914~15 A 6 0 VIEW
6th Mar 1915 L 6 Dewsbury L 1914~15 A 3 13 VIEW
13th Mar 1915 W 6 Swinton CC2 1914~15 A 5 0 VIEW
20th Mar 1915 W 6 Leigh L 1914~15 H 14 8 VIEW
27th Mar 1915 W 6 Keighley CC3 1914~15 A 3 2 VIEW
29th Mar 1915 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1914~15 H 12 3 VIEW
2nd Apr 1915 L 6 Wigan L 1914~15 A 11 13 VIEW
10th Apr 1915 D 6 Rochdale Hornets CCSF 1914~15 N 5 5 VIEW
17th Apr 1915 L 6 Widnes L 1914~15 A 0 21 VIEW
24th Apr 1915 W 6 Rochdale Hornets CCSF(rep) 1914~15 N 9 2 VIEW
1st May 1915 L 6 Huddersfield CCF 1914~15 N 3 37 VIEW
11th Sep 1915 L 6 St. Helens Recs * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 5 10 VIEW
25th Sep 1915 W 6 Broughton Rangers * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 11 5 1 VIEW
2nd Oct 1915 W 6 Swinton * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 7 3 VIEW
9th Oct 1915 W 6 Salford * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 27 8 VIEW
16th Oct 1915 W 6 Oldham * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 13 0 VIEW
23rd Oct 1915 W 6 St. Helens Recs * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 12 5 VIEW
30th Oct 1915 D 6 Broughton Rangers * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 11 11 VIEW
7th Nov 1915 D 6 Runcorn * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 0 0 VIEW
14th Nov 1915 L 6 Salford * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 5 18 VIEW
11th Dec 1915 W 6 Runcorn * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 6 2 VIEW
18th Dec 1915 L 6 Wigan * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 8 11 VIEW
25th Dec 1915 D 6 St. Helens Recs * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 0 0 VIEW
26th Dec 1915 W 6 Wigan * Fr WEL 1915~16 H 8 2 VIEW
1st Jan 1916 W 6 St. Helens Recs * Fr WEL *AB 1915~16 A 2 0 1 VIEW
8th Jan 1916 L 6 St. Helens Recs * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 3 8 VIEW
12th Feb 1916 L 6 Hull * Fr WEL 1915~16 A 3 22 VIEW
25th Dec 1918 L 6 St. Helens Recs * Fr 1918~19 A 0 20 VIEW
14th Jan 1919 L 6 Barrow * Fr 1918~19 A 3 27 VIEW
18th Jan 1919 L 6 St. Helens Recs L 1918~19 H 3 24 VIEW
1st Feb 1919 W 6 Warrington L 1918~19 H 8 3 1 VIEW
1st Mar 1919 L 6 Leigh L 1918~19 H 0 10 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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