Jim Cunliffe

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
16-05-1918
N/A
30-11-1936
Unknown.
18-02-1937 v Hull K.R.
Liverpool Stanley
1938-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1936-1937
42 (0)
3
0
0
9

BIOGRAPHY

Jim Cunliffe was a hard working and very tough prop forward. He was virtually an ever-present force in the side between February 1937 and October 1938. He scored four tries for the Saints against Broughton Rangers, Bramley and Featherstone Rovers on two separate occasions. His career was foreshortened when he joined the Police Force in Warrington.

Jim lived in Elephant Lane, in Thatto Heath. He was captain of rugby at Cowley School, originally, before signing for the Saints, in the mid 1930s. Jim was a mobile front-rower, who made his debut on 18th February 1937 in the number 10 jersey, at home to Hull Kingston Rovers. His fellow team-mates up-front that afternoon were Stan Hill and hooker James Farrar. His last peacetime game was also at Knowsley Road, on 16th April 1938, when the Saints lost 4-14 to a deceptively powerful Liverpool Stanley outfit. Another Thatto Heathen, big Les Garner was his fellow front-rower, with Pat Dullard in the number 9 jersey. Jim could also lay claim to have played in the same team as the great Alf Ellaby, who had returned to Knowsley Road from Wigan for a last hurrah.

Yet that was not the end of his Saintsí story. Soon after he joined the Police at Warrington and did his military service. He did manage to fit in a few matches in the War Emergency League, playing his last match on 18th November 1944, against Keighley, at Lawkholme Lane. Saints lost 8-15 and that was that as far as rugby league was concerned.

Jim worked for Fibreglass as a sales rep and this brought him over to live in Melton Mowbray, in 1960. He was an active member of the Swimming Baths Association, which helped to raise funds towards the building of Melton Swimming Pool. In 1972, he and his wife moved to Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset, where he was a founder member of the Burnham-on-Sea Lions Club. A final move back to Leicestershire came about in 1988, to Stathern, where Jim joined the Vale of Belvoir Lions club, served on the Stathern Village Hall committee and worked as a welfare volunteer for Pilkingtons, visiting retired Pilkingtons employees in the locality. Unfortunately, he suffered a stroke in 1976 and passed away on 1st November 1999. He was 81.

We are grateful for the extra details of Jimís life from his obituary in the Melton Times, 18th November 1999.

Thanks to Hilary the daughter of Jim for the splendid photograph and accurate date of birth.

Alex Service and Dave Dooley

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1936~372 0 0 14
1937~381 0 0 28
1944~45 1 0 0 4
TOTALS:4 0 0 46
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
TOTALS:

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
18th Feb 1937 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1936~37 H 9 2 V
20th Feb 1937 W 10 Featherstone Rovers L 1936~37 H 32 2 V
27th Feb 1937 L 10 Bramley L 1936~37 A 7 10 V
6th Mar 1937 L 8 Swinton L 1936~37 H 2 6 V
13th Mar 1937 W 8 Halifax L 1936~37 H 19 0 V
20th Mar 1937 L 8 Barrow L 1936~37 A 5 34 V
26th Mar 1937 L 8 Wigan L 1936~37 A 3 16 V
27th Mar 1937 L 8 Warrington L 1936~37 A 11 19 V
29th Mar 1937 W 8 Broughton Rangers L 1936~37 H 15 5 1 V
3rd Apr 1937 L 8 Swinton L 1936~37 A 5 15 V
10th Apr 1937 W 10 Bramley L 1936~37 H 20 0 1 V
17th Apr 1937 W 10 Dewsbury L 1936~37 A 2 0 V
19th Apr 1937 L 10 Liverpool Stanley L 1936~37 H 3 5 V
24th Apr 1937 W 10 Newcastle L 1936~37 H 41 10 V
28th Aug 1937 W 10 Widnes L 1937~38 H 11 7 V
2nd Sep 1937 W 10 Broughton Rangers L 1937~38 H 7 6 V
4th Sep 1937 L 10 Widnes L 1937~38 A 2 14 V
11th Sep 1937 L 10 Broughton Rangers LC1 1937~38 H 0 11 V
25th Sep 1937 W 10 Bramley L 1937~38 H 18 9 V
2nd Oct 1937 W 10 Dewsbury L 1937~38 A 18 7 V
9th Oct 1937 W 10 Oldham L 1937~38 H 4 3 V
23rd Oct 1937 D 10 Featherstone Rovers L 1937~38 H 16 16 1 V
30th Oct 1937 L 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1937~38 A 11 17 V
27th Nov 1937 L 10 Salford L 1937~38 H 0 31 V
4th Dec 1937 L 10 Oldham L 1937~38 A 5 18 V
11th Dec 1937 L 10 Barrow L 1937~38 H 7 8 V
25th Dec 1937 W 10 St. Helens Recs L 1937~38 A 10 2 V
27th Dec 1937 L 10 Wigan L 1937~38 H 6 15 V
1st Jan 1938 W 10 St. Helens Recs L 1937~38 H 8 3 V
3rd Jan 1938 L 10 Salford L 1937~38 A 5 12 V
8th Jan 1938 W 10 Bramley L 1937~38 A 24 14 V
15th Jan 1938 W 10 Dewsbury L 1937~38 H 11 5 V
22nd Jan 1938 D 10 Leigh L 1937~38 A 10 10 V
29th Jan 1938 W 10 Swinton L 1937~38 H 10 2 V
5th Mar 1938 L 10 Halifax L 1937~38 A 8 19 V
19th Mar 1938 L 8 Warrington L 1937~38 A 8 28 V
26th Mar 1938 L 8 Broughton Rangers L 1937~38 A 12 19 V
2nd Apr 1938 W 8 Batley L 1937~38 H 15 9 V
4th Apr 1938 L 10 Swinton L 1937~38 A 0 19 V
9th Apr 1938 L 8 Featherstone Rovers L 1937~38 A 5 12 V
15th Apr 1938 L 10 Wigan L 1937~38 A 12 27 V
16th Apr 1938 L 8 Liverpool Stanley L 1937~38 H 4 17 V
14th Oct 1944 W 10 Featherstone Rovers WEL 1944~45 H 18 3 1 V
21st Oct 1944 L 10 Barrow YC1(1) 1944~45 H 8 22 V
11th Nov 1944 L 10 Leeds WEL 1944~45 H 3 23 V
18th Nov 1944 L 10 Keighley WEL 1944~45 A 8 15 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 46 OTHER 0 = 46
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 42
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