Albert Fildes

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
09-02-1901
N/A
24-10-1930
St. Helens Recs
04-10-1930 v Dewsbury
Widnes
1934- when he Retired
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1930-1934
129 (0)
19
0
0
57

BIOGRAPHY

Albert E. Fildes by Dave Dooley:
Albert Fildes was a giant second row forward who represented Lancashire and went on the 1928 Great Britain tour of Australia and New Zealand as a St Helens Recs player. Albert played 129 times for the Saints scoring 19 tries for a total of 57 points.

He made his debut for the club on the 4th of October, 1930 in the 12 points to 10 home win over Dewsbury. His first try for the club came against Halifax during a 20 points to 6 victory that same season on January 3rd. 1931. In his first season Albert played 27 matches and scored two tries.

In the 1930/31 season Albert secured a second row berth which was to become his most popular position for the club eventually forming devastating second row partnerships with Ben Halfpenny and Jack Arkwright. The 1931/32 season saw Albert at the top of his game running in nine tries during the campaign and running hard to set up a score of other touchdowns for his colleagues. As the team were engaged in battle in the Championship Final against Huddersfield, Albert and Alf Ellaby were on the ship heading for Australia on their second tour down under. As Saints were crowned champions for the first time other players remembered the debt of gratitude owed to these two stalwarts who had got the team to the Final. Albert received a winners medal for the Saints winning the Lancashire League at a canter that season.

The next two seasons saw Fildes play another 70 matches for the club running in ten more tries in the process. Albert retired after only one game of the 1934/35 season. This final game was against Widnes on September 1st. 1934. Albert won England and Lancashire caps whilst at the Saints. As financial pressures caused Saints to sell their top players in the mid-thirties and the departure of stars like Albert resulted in Saints free-falling down the league table. Outside rugby Albert was a Fitter and at the time of the 1928 Tour to Australia he was living in Brynn Street, St Helens. He stayed in St. Helens until his death in September, 1976, aged 75.

Albert Fildes a further appreciation by SHS

Runcorn-born Albert Fildes was already a major star with local rivals St. Helens Recreation with a formidable reputation in club and international football when the Saints signed him early in the 1930-31 season. Albert formed a legendary ‘back three’ at the Recs, with Tommy Smith and loose forward Bill Mulvanney – a combination feared throughout the league! He played in three Lancashire Cup Finals and a Championship Final for the Recs and was one of seven players from the two St. Helens clubs to be selected for the Australian tour in 1928.

Tremendously strong with supreme tackling ability, Fildes led a formidable Saints’ pack that also included his fellow tourist Ben Halfpenny and a tall, aggressive second rower by the name of Jack Arkwright. Aided and abetted by a pacy threequarter line, with wingers Roy Hardgrave and Alf Ellaby sharing 77 tries between them, Albert enjoyed a particularly successful campaign in 1931/32 as the Saints clinched second place in the table and lifted the Lancashire League trophy. They won the last ten games of the campaign, with Fildes a tower of strength with his fantastic work-rate and cover-tackling. He also showed his ability in the loose with 9 tries during the season.

Albert and flying winger Alf Ellaby missed the Championship semi-final against Leeds and the final itself against Huddersfield at Belle Vue, Wakefield – Saints’ first-ever Championship success! They were on the boat to Australia, with Fildes joining Ellaby in the side for the crucial Third Test at Sydney on 16th July. Britain roared back from a 9-0 deficit to win 18-15 and retain the Ashes. Albert played 19 matches overall, scoring 6 tries and it was a whitewash in New Zealand, with Fildes playing in the first and last Tests, both in Auckland. In the third, he scored a try as Great Britain won 20-18 on what was the final match of the tour. On their return to St. Helens, both players were awarded a Championship-winner’s medal by the Knowsley Road club.

Albert scored a try in the Saints’ 9-10 loss to a strong Warrington outfit in the Lancashire Cup Final at Central Park in November 1932 and he was once again on the losing side in the Challenge Cup semi-final at the hands of the same opponents later in the campaign. The great team of the early thirties started to break up shortly after, largely a result of financial constraints and Albert retired early in the 1934/35 season after a marvellous career. He was a popular figure in St. Helens town centre as Mine Host of the White Hart Hotel in Church Street for many years. Saints’ supporters wished Fildes had been signed a few years earlier, yet he was still highly regarded by all at the Knowsley Road club – a true ‘great’ of the game between the Wars!

Albert enjoyed a particularly successful campaign in 1931/32 as the Saints clinched second place in the table and lifted the Lancashire League trophy. They won the last ten games of the campaign, with Fildes a tower of strength with his fantastic work-rate and cover-tackling. He also showed his ability in the loose with 9 tries during the season.

Albert and flying winger Alf Ellaby missed the Championship semi-final against Leeds and the final itself against Huddersfield at Belle Vue, Wakefield – Saints’ first-ever Championship success! They were on the boat to Australia, with Fildes joining Ellaby in the side for the crucial Third Test at Sydney on 16th July. Britain roared back from a 9-0 deficit to win 18-15 and retain the Ashes. Albert played 19 matches overall, scoring 6 tries and it was a whitewash in New Zealand, with Fildes playing in the first and last Tests, both in Auckland. In the third, he scored a try as Great Britain won 20-18 on what was the final match of the tour. On their return to St. Helens, both players were awarded a Championship-winner’s medal by the Knowsley Road club.

Albert scored a try in the Saints’ 9-10 loss to a strong Warrington outfit in the Lancashire Cup Final at Central Park in November 1932 and he was once again on the losing side in the Challenge Cup semi-final at the hands of the same opponents later in the campaign. The great team of the early thirties started to break up shortly after, largely a result of financial constraints and Albert retired early in the 1934/35 season after a marvellous career. He was a popular figure in St. Helens town centre as Mine Host of the White Hart Hotel in Church Street for many years. Saints’ supporters wished Fildes had been signed a few years earlier, yet he was still highly regarded by all at the Knowsley Road club – a true ‘great’ of the game between the Wars!

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1930~312 0 0 27
1931~327 0 0 33
1932~336 0 0 34
1933~344 0 0 34
1934~35 0 0 0 1
TOTALS:19 0 0 129
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1930~31 0001
1932~32 1001
TOTALS:1002

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
4th Oct 1930 W 12 Dewsbury L 1930~31 H 12 10 V
11th Oct 1930 L 11 Wigan LC1 1930~31 A 7 24 V
25th Oct 1930 W 11 York L 1930~31 A 10 4 V
1st Nov 1930 W 11 Bramley L 1930~31 H 34 14 V
29th Nov 1930 W 12 Rochdale Hornets L 1930~31 H 33 15 V
6th Dec 1930 W 12 Wigan Highfield L 1930~31 A 10 7 V
20th Dec 1930 W 12 Rochdale Hornets L 1930~31 A 9 2 V
25th Dec 1930 W 12 St. Helens Recs L 1930~31 H 7 6 V
26th Dec 1930 L 12 Wigan L 1930~31 H 2 23 V
27th Dec 1930 L 12 Leeds L 1930~31 A 0 23 V
1st Jan 1931 L 12 St. Helens Recs L 1930~31 A 3 5 V
3rd Jan 1931 W 12 Halifax L 1930~31 H 20 6 1 V
10th Jan 1931 L 12 Warrington L 1930~31 A 3 14 V
21st Feb 1931 W 10 Castleford CC2 1930~31 A 8 2 V
28th Feb 1931 W 12 Barrow L 1930~31 H 30 0 1 V
7th Mar 1931 W 12 Broughton Rangers CC3 1930~31 A 8 7 V
14th Mar 1931 W 12 Leigh L 1930~31 A 20 19 V
17th Mar 1931 W 12 Dewsbury L 1930~31 A 10 7 V
21st Mar 1931 W 12 Leigh L 1930~31 H 23 3 V
28th Mar 1931 L 12 Halifax CCSF 1930~31 N 2 11 V
3rd Apr 1931 L 12 Wigan L 1930~31 A 2 5 V
4th Apr 1931 L 12 Oldham L 1930~31 A 7 28 V
6th Apr 1931 W 12 York L 1930~31 H 13 3 V
7th Apr 1931 L 12 Halifax L 1930~31 A 13 15 V
11th Apr 1931 W 12 Broughton Rangers L 1930~31 H 37 5 V
22nd Apr 1931 W 12 Wigan Highfield L 1930~31 H 40 17 V
25th Apr 1931 W 12 Hull K.R. L 1930~31 H 25 5 V
9th May 1931 W 12 Barrow * Fr Carnival Cup 1930~31 L 33 7 V
29th Aug 1931 W 11 Widnes L 1931~32 H 39 2 V
5th Sep 1931 D 11 Widnes L 1931~32 A 7 7 V
9th Sep 1931 W 11 Barrow L 1931~32 A 12 0 V
12th Sep 1931 W 11 Wigan Highfield L 1931~32 H 14 10 V
19th Sep 1931 L 11 Huddersfield L 1931~32 A 2 5 V
26th Sep 1931 W 11 Dewsbury L 1931~32 H 49 0 1 V
10th Oct 1931 L 10 Salford LC1 1931~32 A 5 16 V
24th Oct 1931 L 11 Broughton Rangers L 1931~32 A 12 24 V
31st Oct 1931 W 11 Bradford Northern L 1931~32 H 35 5 1 V
7th Nov 1931 W 11 Wigan Highfield L 1931~32 A 19 4 V
14th Nov 1931 W 11 Salford L 1931~32 H 10 2 V
21st Nov 1931 W 11 Warrington L 1931~32 A 23 8 V
28th Nov 1931 W 11 Warrington L 1931~32 H 38 8 1 V
5th Dec 1931 W 11 Bradford Northern L 1931~32 A 31 5 V
12th Dec 1931 W 11 Leigh L 1931~32 A 16 8 1 V
19th Dec 1931 W 11 Rochdale Hornets L 1931~32 H 33 12 1 V
25th Dec 1931 L 11 St. Helens Recs L 1931~32 A 2 13 V
26th Dec 1931 W 11 Wigan L 1931~32 H 10 4 V
1st Jan 1932 D 11 St. Helens Recs L 1931~32 H 7 7 V
2nd Jan 1932 W 11 Hull K.R. L 1931~32 A 5 3 V
9th Jan 1932 W 11 Wakefield Trinity L 1931~32 H 11 2 V
13th Jan 1932 L 11 Salford L 1931~32 A 3 9 V
23rd Jan 1932 W 11 Halifax L 1931~32 H 24 10 V
30th Jan 1932 W 11 Swinton L 1931~32 A 8 7 V
6th Feb 1932 L 11 Keighley CC1 1931~32 A 6 12 V
27th Feb 1932 L 11 Castleford L 1931~32 A 0 5 V
5th Mar 1932 W 11 Barrow L 1931~32 H 36 15 V
12th Mar 1932 W 11 Huddersfield L 1931~32 H 21 8 V
19th Mar 1932 W 11 Dewsbury L 1931~32 A 24 15 V
25th Mar 1932 W 11 Wigan L 1931~32 A 12 3 V
26th Mar 1932 W 11 Castleford L 1931~32 H 24 6 1 V
29th Mar 1932 W 11 Halifax L 1931~32 A 13 3 1 V
2nd Apr 1932 W 11 Rochdale Hornets L 1931~32 A 16 3 V
1st Oct 1932 L 10 Swinton L 1932~33 H 11 37 V
8th Oct 1932 W 11 Widnes LC1 1932~33 A 10 5 V
15th Oct 1932 W 11 Barrow L 1932~33 H 18 11 V
22nd Oct 1932 D 11 Wigan Highfield L 1932~33 A 11 11 V
24th Oct 1932 W 11 Broughton Rangers LC2 1932~33 H 22 4 1 V
29th Oct 1932 W 11 Batley L 1932~33 H 14 7 V
2nd Nov 1932 D 11 Salford LCSF 1932~33 A 2 2 V
5th Nov 1932 W 11 Leigh L 1932~33 A 13 3 2 V
7th Nov 1932 W 11 Salford LCSF(rep) 1932~33 H 17 10 V
12th Nov 1932 W 11 Wigan Highfield L 1932~33 H 34 7 V
19th Nov 1932 L 11 Warrington LCF 1932~33 N 9 10 1 V
26th Nov 1932 W 11 Leeds L 1932~33 H 21 5 V
29th Nov 1932 L 11 Batley L 1932~33 A 12 17 V
10th Dec 1932 L 11 Warrington L 1932~33 H 16 18 V
17th Dec 1932 L 11 Salford L 1932~33 A 5 13 V
24th Dec 1932 L 11 Oldham L 1932~33 A 8 12 V
25th Dec 1932 W 11 St. Helens Recs L 1932~33 H 8 3 V
27th Dec 1932 W 11 Wigan L 1932~33 H 13 10 V
31st Dec 1932 L 11 Leeds L 1932~33 A 0 27 V
2nd Jan 1933 W 11 St. Helens Recs L 1932~33 A 10 5 V
7th Jan 1933 W 11 Salford L 1932~33 H 12 5 V
14th Jan 1933 L 11 York L 1932~33 A 5 11 V
11th Feb 1933 W 11 Bradford Northern CC1 1932~33 A 24 3 V
18th Feb 1933 W 11 Oldham L 1932~33 H 23 0 V
2nd Mar 1933 W 11 Hunslet CC2 1932~33 H 14 3 V
11th Mar 1933 W 11 Halifax CC3 1932~33 H 18 6 1 V
13th Mar 1933 W 11 York L 1932~33 H 9 8 V
18th Mar 1933 L 11 Huddersfield L 1932~33 A 4 27 V
25th Mar 1933 L 11 Warrington CCSF 1932~33 N 5 11 V
14th Apr 1933 L 11 Wigan L 1932~33 A 12 23 V
15th Apr 1933 L 11 Warrington L 1932~33 A 17 24 V
17th Apr 1933 W 11 Broughton Rangers L 1932~33 H 26 0 V
22nd Apr 1933 W 11 Rochdale Hornets L 1932~33 H 47 19 1 V
29th Apr 1933 W 11 Castleford L 1932~33 H 39 5 V
18th May 1933 W 12 Halifax * Fr Carnival Cup 1932~32 L 35 13 1 V
16th Sep 1933 W 12 Oldham L 1933~34 H 25 8 V
18th Sep 1933 L 12 Oldham L 1933~34 A 3 16 V
23rd Sep 1933 L 10 Huddersfield L 1933~34 A 0 10 V
30th Sep 1933 W 12 Salford LC1 1933~34 H 12 8 V
7th Oct 1933 L 12 Keighley L 1933~34 A 8 16 V
14th Oct 1933 W 12 Leigh L 1933~34 H 20 13 V
16th Oct 1933 W 12 Rochdale Hornets LC2 1933~34 H 52 14 1 V
21st Oct 1933 W 12 Dewsbury L 1933~34 A 11 0 V
2nd Nov 1933 L 12 St. Helens Recs LCSF 1933~34 A 2 9 V
9th Dec 1933 W 12 Broughton Rangers L 1933~34 A 11 9 V
16th Dec 1933 W 12 Broughton Rangers L 1933~34 H 36 5 V
23rd Dec 1933 L 12 Salford L 1933~34 A 10 17 V
25th Dec 1933 L 12 St. Helens Recs L 1933~34 A 9 11 V
26th Dec 1933 L 11 Wigan L 1933~34 H 8 21 V
30th Dec 1933 L 11 Leeds L 1933~34 A 5 20 V
1st Jan 1934 W 11 St. Helens Recs L 1933~34 H 10 2 V
13th Jan 1934 W 12 Rochdale Hornets L 1933~34 H 29 13 V
20th Jan 1934 W 12 Leeds L 1933~34 H 21 19 V
27th Jan 1934 L 12 Hull K.R. L 1933~34 A 8 23 V
3rd Feb 1934 L 12 Huddersfield L 1933~34 H 7 20 V
10th Feb 1934 W 12 Bradford Northern CC1 1933~34 A 34 6 V
17th Feb 1934 L 12 Halifax L 1933~34 A 8 16 V
24th Feb 1934 L 12 Bramley CC2 1933~34 A 12 17 V
28th Feb 1934 W 12 Swinton L 1933~34 A 8 5 V
3rd Mar 1934 W 12 Bradford Northern L 1933~34 A 15 11 V
14th Mar 1934 L 12 London Highfield L 1933~34 A 8 16 V
19th Mar 1934 W 12 Warrington L 1933~34 H 7 3 V
24th Mar 1934 W 12 Swinton L 1933~34 H 25 5 1 V
30th Mar 1934 L 12 Wigan L 1933~34 A 3 27 1 V
1st Apr 1934 L 12 Barrow L 1933~34 A 10 21 V
3rd Apr 1934 W 12 Keighley L 1933~34 H 23 14 V
7th Apr 1934 W 12 Barrow L 1933~34 H 31 23 1 V
9th Apr 1934 L 12 Halifax L 1933~34 H 9 19 V
14th Apr 1934 W 12 London Highfield L 1933~34 H 34 12 V
1st Sep 1934 L 11 Widnes L 1934~35 H 5 10 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 127 OTHER 2 = 129
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 129

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