Russell Dobbs by Alex Service
Russell Dobbs was signed from Pontypool in July 1950. A right winger, he was 23 years of age and eleven stones and five feet eleven in height. Dobbs was a product of Pontypool Grammar School and up to the age of 18 had played in the company of many of the Welsh internationals of the day. He had played in the centres and even at fly-half in his younger days. Dobbs had formerly served in the Royal Navy and was a costing clerk. The St.Helens Newspaper went on: “He has a nice running style. He played winger to Gullick for three seasons and he has scored more than 25 tries in a season. He played 5 times for Monmouth County. Gullick tells me that Dobbs is a good finisher who can score tries in a narrow space and one who keeps to the touchline as much as possible. Dobbs makes no claim to extreme speed, but the other Welshmen say that he is fast on the field and a winger of real class. With Llewellyn at college this season Dobbs will make a very necessary third winger of the right class to draw on when other wingers are injured or absent.”
In his first match for Saints, against Liverpool City A Team, he scored two tries, one a real beauty, displaying great pace and a terrific sidestep. He made his full debut against the touring New Zealand side at Knowsley Road, which Saints lost 10-33. Russ went on to make two further appearances in the First Team, at home to Workington, where he scored his only try and the defeat at Dewsbury on 24th November, which St.Helens lost 2-6. He fell away from the senior scene at that point, for whatever reason. If you have any further information about this player, we would be most grateful to receive it.