Ray French

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
23-12-1939
N/A
Date unknown.
St. Helens RU
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
30-08-1961 v Wakefield Trinity
Wakefield Trinity
1967- Widnes
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1961-1967
204 (3)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
10
0
0
30

BIOGRAPHY

Ray French by Dave Dooley:
It must be a great feeling to play rugby league for your hometown club! Ray was signed from St Helens RUFC in the summer of 1961. By then French had already represented England at the fifteen a side code. He was an uncompromising second row forward and a belligerent tackler whose running style was characterised by a high knees gallop. Ray was a cornerstone of a new pack of forwards that was to be rebuilt following the break-up of the six that had steered saints to a Lancashire Cup and Challenge Cup double in the 1960/61 season. Little did Ray realise as he embarked on the steep learning curve of the 13 a man game, that this knowledge and understanding would eventually lead to his inheritance of the mantle of BBC TV match commentator from the late, great Eddie Waring. Ray has remained a life-long native and resident of the glass town - very much a case of "local lad done well."

In the disappointing 1961-62 season Ray collected a winners medal in the 25 points to 9 Lancashire Cup Final victory over Swinton. Ray would never describe himself as a prolific try-scorer, he was more a workhorse characterised by storming runs and crunching tackles. His first try for the club and the only one in his first campaign came in the 31 points to 7 home victory over Liverpool City on March 13th, 1962. Remarkably Ray did not cross the tryline again until the 1963/4 season when he registered a career best haul of four touchdowns for the Saints. In that season Ray won his second Lancashire Cup winners medal as Saints defeated Leigh bi 15 points to 4. At the end of the campaign he was on hand to score a crucial try in the 10 points to 7 victory over Swinton in the Western Divisional Championship Final.

The 1964/5 season saw the introduction of substitutes in matches. Ray French was the first ever Saints substitute to enter the field in a league game in the away fixture at Leigh. As Saints finished the campaign on top of the league and winners of the Lancashire League Championship they boasted a set of forwards that was the best ever assembled at Knowsley Road. Ray`s contemporaries included John Warlow, Bob Dagnall, Bill Sayer, Albert Halsall, Cliff Watson, John Mantle, Mervyn Hicks, Brian Hogan, Doug Laughton and Kel Coslett. French was used only three times as a substitute in his Saints career. A statistic that indicates Ray`s importance to the Saints` starting line-up!

The four trophy season of 1965/66 was a pinnacle for Ray and the Saints. He turned in a barnstorming display in the 1966 Challenge Cup Final against Wigan and completed an equally strong performance in the 35 points to 12 demolition of Halifax in the Championship Final. At the end of that campaign Ray had manage to harvest a full set of winners` medals.

With the club on top of the world, all hell broke out in the summer break of 1966 over the future of Alex Murphy. At the start of the following season Alex had turned down a golden opportunity to play in Australia and was staying away from Knowsley Road. Ray stepped into the breach and became captain of his hometown club. The introduction of the four-tackle rule reduced the effectiveness of the Saints` pack in wearing down the opposition. French led the Saints to a third successive Lancashire League Championship and were runners up in the Championship Final against Wakefield Trinity. At the start of the 1967/8 season Ray played his final match against Wakefield Trinity. Saints won by 13 points to 11 and Ray crossed the line for his tenth and last try for the club. French relates how he was painting the front of his house when he heard that he being part-exchanged for Frank Myler, the Widnes and Great Britain stand-off half.

Ray gained three Lancashire caps in his time at Knowsley Road but had to wait until he was wearing the black and white of the `Chemics` before he gained full international honours. His work off the field has been nothing short of prolific having been a writer for the Rugby Leaguer for decades, a match commentator on both Radio Merseyside and BBC TV and an author of many books on our great game. Ray is still a familiar face around Knowsley Road where he is currently the Chairman of the Past Players Association.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1961~621 0 0 35
1962~630 0 0 25
1963~644 0 0 43
1964~65 2 0 0 39
1965~66 2 0 0 33
1966~67 0 0 0 38
1967~681 0 0 3
TOTALS:10 0 0 216
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1962~630001
1964~650001
1965~66 0001
TOTALS:0003

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
30th Aug 1961
W
11 Wakefield Trinity L 1961~62 H 10 5 VIEW
2nd Sep 1961
W
11 Leigh LC1 1961~62 H 43 8 VIEW
9th Sep 1961
W
11 Salford L 1961~62 A 24 7 VIEW
12th Sep 1961
W
11 Rochdale Hornets L 1961~62 A 14 2 VIEW
16th Sep 1961
W
11 Whitehaven L 1961~62 H 44 0 VIEW
23rd Sep 1961
W
11 Barrow L 1961~62 A 34 2 VIEW
30th Sep 1961
L
11 Hull L 1961~62 H 22 25 VIEW
2nd Oct 1961
W
11 Oldham LC2 1961~62 H 30 7 VIEW
7th Oct 1961
W
11 Whitehaven L 1961~62 A 10 3 VIEW
10th Oct 1961
W
11 Salford LCSF 1961~62 H 21 2 VIEW
14th Oct 1961
W
11 New Zealand Tour 1961~62 H 25 10 VIEW
28th Oct 1961
L
11 Warrington L 1961~62 A 7 11 VIEW
11th Nov 1961
W
11 Swinton LCF 1961~62 N 25 9 VIEW
18th Nov 1961
L
11 Widnes L 1961~62 A 12 13 VIEW
9th Dec 1961
L
11 Wakefield Trinity L 1961~62 A 10 12 VIEW
16th Dec 1961
L
11 Oldham L 1961~62 H 8 9 VIEW
3rd Feb 1962
W
12 Huddersfield L 1961~62 H 36 5 VIEW
10th Feb 1962
W
12 Salford CC1 1961~62 A 15 2 VIEW
17th Feb 1962
W
12 Salford L 1961~62 H 17 12 VIEW
24th Feb 1962
L
12 Leigh L 1961~62 A 6 7 VIEW
3rd Mar 1962
L
12 Huddersfield CC2 1961~62 H 2 13 VIEW
10th Mar 1962
W
12 Rochdale Hornets L 1961~62 H 16 5 VIEW
13th Mar 1962
W
11 Liverpool City L 1961~62 H 31 7 1 VIEW
17th Mar 1962
L
11 Oldham L 1961~62 A 7 10 VIEW
24th Mar 1962
W
11 Widnes L 1961~62 H 13 8 VIEW
31st Mar 1962
W
11 Swinton L 1961~62 H 5 2 VIEW
3rd Apr 1962
W
11 Hull K.R. L 1961~62 H 27 2 VIEW
7th Apr 1962
W
11 Hull L 1961~62 A 12 8 VIEW
9th Apr 1962
W
11 Leigh L 1961~62 H 42 4 VIEW
14th Apr 1962
W
11 Blackpool Borough L 1961~62 A 15 2 VIEW
20th Apr 1962
L
11 Wigan L 1961~62 H 16 18 VIEW
21st Apr 1962
W
11 Liverpool City L 1961~62 A 14 2 VIEW
23rd Apr 1962
W
11 Blackpool Borough L 1961~62 H 37 5 VIEW
28th Apr 1962
L
11 Wigan L 1961~62 A 3 12 VIEW
2nd May 1962
W
11 Huddersfield L 1961~62 A 16 9 VIEW
10th Aug 1962
W
11 Liverpool City* Fr Charity Cup 1962~63 H 33 2 VIEW
18th Aug 1962
W
11 Salford WDC 1962~63 A 35 24 VIEW
22nd Aug 1962
W
11 Leigh WDC 1962~63 H 21 3 VIEW
25th Aug 1962
W
11 Blackpool Borough WDC 1962~63 H 21 12 VIEW
30th Aug 1962
W
11 Liverpool City WDC 1962~63 A 16 9 VIEW
1st Sep 1962
W
11 Salford WDC 1962~63 H 59 0 VIEW
8th Sep 1962
W
11 Liverpool City LC1 1962~63 H 22 0 VIEW
10th Nov 1962
L
12 Warrington L 1962~63 H 2 4 VIEW
17th Nov 1962
W
12 Castleford L 1962~63 A 8 7 VIEW
24th Nov 1962
W
12 Huddersfield L 1962~63 H 36 3 VIEW
1st Dec 1962
L
12 Workington Town L 1962~63 A 5 8 VIEW
8th Dec 1962
W
12 Leeds L 1962~63 H 13 6 VIEW
15th Dec 1962
L
12 Wakefield Trinity L 1962~63 A 7 10 VIEW
22nd Dec 1962
W
11 Hull L 1962~63 H 27 14 VIEW
23rd Mar 1963
W
11 Bramley L 1962~63 H 38 0 VIEW
26th Mar 1963
W
11 Wigan L 1962~63 H 20 11 VIEW
1st Apr 1963
W
11 Workington Town L 1962~63 H 29 0 VIEW
6th Apr 1963
W
11 Halifax L 1962~63 H 33 3 VIEW
12th Apr 1963
W
11 Wigan L 1962~63 A 24 4 VIEW
13th Apr 1963
L
11 Swinton L 1962~63 A 8 9 VIEW
15th Apr 1963
L
11 Swinton L 1962~63 H 9 24 VIEW
20th Apr 1963
W
11 Featherstone Rovers L 1962~63 H 18 5 VIEW
27th Apr 1963
L
11 Hull L 1962~63 A 7 15 VIEW
29th Apr 1963
L
11 Wakefield Trinity L 1962~63 H 15 16 VIEW
4th May 1963
W
11 Widnes L 1962~63 A 25 2 VIEW
13th May 1963
W
11 Widnes L 1962~63 H 14 6 VIEW
24th Aug 1963
L
12 Huddersfield L 1963~64 H 7 10 VIEW
28th Aug 1963
W
12 Castleford L 1963~64 H 20 11 VIEW
31st Aug 1963
W
12 Keighley L 1963~64 A 18 6 VIEW
2nd Sep 1963
W
12 Hunslet L 1963~64 A 15 7 VIEW
7th Sep 1963
W
11 Swinton LC1 1963~64 A 12 2 VIEW
14th Sep 1963
W
11 Hull K.R. L 1963~64 H 40 5 VIEW
16th Sep 1963
W
11 Workington Town LC2 1963~64 H 28 4 VIEW
21st Sep 1963
L
11 Halifax L 1963~64 A 5 13 VIEW
23rd Sep 1963
W
11 Warrington LCSF 1963~64 A 21 14 VIEW
28th Sep 1963
L
11 Australia Tour 1963~64 H 2 8 VIEW
5th Oct 1963
W
11 Barrow WDC 1963~64 H 19 15 VIEW
12th Oct 1963
W
11 Leeds L 1963~64 A 10 2 VIEW
19th Oct 1963
W
11 Hull L 1963~64 H 11 10 VIEW
26th Oct 1963
W
11 Leigh LCF 1963~64 N 15 4 VIEW
2nd Nov 1963
W
11 Warrington L 1963~64 H 19 8 VIEW
16th Nov 1963
D
11 Featherstone Rovers L 1963~64 H 11 11 1 VIEW
30th Nov 1963
W
11 Liverpool City WDC 1963~64 H 16 0 VIEW
7th Dec 1963
W
11 Wakefield Trinity L 1963~64 A 8 7 VIEW
14th Dec 1963
L
11 Halifax L 1963~64 H 12 13 VIEW
28th Dec 1963
W
11 Workington Town L 1963~64 A 5 0 VIEW
1st Jan 1964
L
11 Swinton L 1963~64 H 6 8 VIEW
4th Jan 1964
W
11 Salford WDC 1963~64 A 15 5 VIEW
11th Jan 1964
L
11 Hunslet L 1963~64 H 10 12 VIEW
25th Jan 1964
W
11 Keighley L 1963~64 H 28 3 VIEW
1st Feb 1964
W
10 Hull K.R. L 1963~64 A 9 5 VIEW
8th Feb 1964
L
10 Castleford CC1 1963~64 H 6 13 VIEW
15th Feb 1964
W
11 Barrow WDC 1963~64 A 14 10 VIEW
22nd Feb 1964
L
11 Leeds L 1963~64 H 6 14 VIEW
7th Mar 1964
W
11 Huddersfield L 1963~64 A 16 11 VIEW
14th Mar 1964
W
11 Workington Town L 1963~64 H 14 8 VIEW
21st Mar 1964
W
11 Whitehaven WDC 1963~64 H 50 7 VIEW
27th Mar 1964
W
11 Wigan L 1963~64 H 11 5 VIEW
28th Mar 1964
W
11 Salford WDC 1963~64 H 24 13 VIEW
30th Mar 1964
W
11 Swinton L 1963~64 A 10 7 VIEW
4th Apr 1964
L
11 Widnes L 1963~64 H 6 10 VIEW
8th Apr 1964
L
11 Featherstone Rovers L 1963~64 A 12 19 1 VIEW
11th Apr 1964
W
11 Wakefield Trinity L 1963~64 H 24 10 1 VIEW
18th Apr 1964
W
11 Liverpool City WDC 1963~64 A 32 7 VIEW
22nd Apr 1964
W
11 Wigan L 1963~64 A 22 13 VIEW
25th Apr 1964
W
11 Widnes L 1963~64 A 19 8 VIEW
1st May 1964
W
11 Oldham WDCSF 1963~64 H 22 11 VIEW
6th May 1964
W
11 Hull L 1963~64 A 17 9 VIEW
16th May 1964
W
11 Swinton WDCF 1963~64 N 10 7 1 VIEW
22nd Aug 1964
W
15 Leigh L 1964~65 A 19 6 VIEW
24th Aug 1964
W
12 Rochdale Hornets L 1964~65 H 28 4 VIEW
29th Aug 1964
W
11 Widnes L 1964~65 H 29 6 VIEW
31st Aug 1964
W
11 Whitehaven L 1964~65 A 15 5 VIEW
5th Sep 1964
W
11 Liverpool City LC1 1964~65 A 41 11 VIEW
12th Sep 1964
W
11 Blackpool Borough L 1964~65 H 37 5 VIEW
14th Sep 1964
W
11 Barrow LC2 1964~65 A 22 11 VIEW
29th Sep 1964
W
12 Warrington LCSF 1964~65 A 10 8 VIEW
3rd Oct 1964
W
11 Workington Town L 1964~65 H 32 6 VIEW
17th Oct 1964
W
11 Featherstone Rovers L 1964~65 H 25 12 VIEW
24th Oct 1964
W
11 Swinton LCF 1964~65 N 12 4 VIEW
31st Oct 1964
W
11 Oldham L 1964~65 H 22 6 VIEW
7th Nov 1964
W
15 Warrington L 1964~65 H 26 10 Y VIEW
14th Nov 1964
W
12 Hull K.R. L 1964~65 A 25 12 VIEW
21st Nov 1964
W
11 Barrow L 1964~65 H 37 3 VIEW
19th Dec 1964
W
11 Leigh L 1964~65 H 10 7 1 VIEW
1st Jan 1965
W
11 Swinton L 1964~65 A 11 5 VIEW
16th Jan 1965
L
11 Warrington L 1964~65 A 4 6 VIEW
23rd Jan 1965
W
11 Whitehaven L 1964~65 H 16 3 VIEW
27th Jan 1965
W
15 Other Nationalities* Fr Opening of Floodl 1964~65 H 19 2 VIEW
6th Feb 1965
W
15 Castleford CC1 1964~65 H 22 9 Y VIEW
13th Feb 1965
L
12 Workington Town L 1964~65 A 3 4 VIEW
16th Feb 1965
W
11 Salford L 1964~65 H 12 6 VIEW
20th Feb 1965
W
12 Huddersfield L 1964~65 H 28 6 VIEW
27th Feb 1965
L
11 Wigan CC2 1964~65 A 2 7 VIEW
13th Mar 1965
W
11 Oldham L 1964~65 A 15 9 VIEW
16th Mar 1965
L
11 Wakefield Trinity L 1964~65 H 2 9 VIEW
20th Mar 1965
L
11 Wakefield Trinity L 1964~65 A 4 5 VIEW
23rd Mar 1965
L
15 Wigan L 1964~65 H 6 10 Y VIEW
27th Mar 1965
L
15 Salford L 1964~65 A 8 11 VIEW
30th Mar 1965
W
10 Hull K.R. L 1964~65 H 8 2 VIEW
5th Apr 1965
W
12 Barrow L 1964~65 A 21 14 VIEW
16th Apr 1965
W
14 Wigan L 1964~65 A 16 8 Y VIEW
17th Apr 1965
W
11 Widnes L 1964~65 A 14 2 VIEW
19th Apr 1965
W
15 Swinton L 1964~65 H 16 5 Y VIEW
21st Apr 1965
W
10 Huddersfield L 1964~65 A 20 6 VIEW
24th Apr 1965
W
15 Barrow Ch1 1964~65 H 23 7 Y VIEW
30th Apr 1965
W
11 Hull K.R. Ch2 1964~65 H 24 6 1 VIEW
15th May 1965
W
11 Wakefield Trinity ChSF 1964~65 H 10 5 VIEW
22nd May 1965
L
11 Halifax ChF 1964~65 N 7 15 VIEW
14th Aug 1965
L
10 Swinton * Fr Gallie Cup 1965~66 A 9 11 VIEW
16th Oct 1965
W
15 Salford L 1965~66 A 15 11 Y VIEW
23rd Oct 1965
W
15 Workington Town L 1965~66 H 43 4 Y VIEW
30th Oct 1965
W
10 Barrow L 1965~66 A 15 10 VIEW
9th Nov 1965
W
15 Huddersfield L 1965~66 H 11 4 Y VIEW
13th Nov 1965
W
15 Workington Town L 1965~66 A 7 3 VIEW
16th Nov 1965
W
8 Leeds FT2 1965~66 H 21 9 VIEW
19th Nov 1965
W
8 Rochdale Hornets L 1965~66 H 19 7 VIEW
27th Nov 1965
D
11 Wakefield Trinity L 1965~66 H 9 9 VIEW
4th Dec 1965
W
11 Whitehaven L 1965~66 A 4 2 VIEW
7th Dec 1965
W
8 Swinton FTSF 1965~66 H 9 5 VIEW
14th Dec 1965
L
8 Castleford FTF 1965~66 H 0 4 VIEW
17th Dec 1965
W
11 Blackpool Borough L 1965~66 H 21 9 VIEW
1st Jan 1966
W
11 Salford L 1965~66 H 16 3 1 VIEW
8th Jan 1966
L
10 Oldham L 1965~66 A 9 13 VIEW
29th Jan 1966
W
11 Halifax L 1965~66 A 5 2 VIEW
1st Feb 1966
W
11 Widnes L 1965~66 H 9 4 VIEW
5th Feb 1966
W
12 Blackpool Borough L 1965~66 A 25 11 VIEW
26th Feb 1966
W
11 Wakefield Trinity CC1 1965~66 A 10 0 VIEW
1st Mar 1966
W
11 Warrington L 1965~66 H 22 6 VIEW
8th Mar 1966
W
11 Liverpool City L 1965~66 H 16 2 VIEW
12th Mar 1966
W
11 Huddersfield L 1965~66 A 8 7 VIEW
19th Mar 1966
W
11 Swinton CC2 1965~66 H 16 4 VIEW
23rd Mar 1966
W
11 Leigh L 1965~66 A 6 5 VIEW
26th Mar 1966
L
12 Wigan L 1965~66 A 8 17 VIEW
2nd Apr 1966
W
11 Hull K.R. CC3 1965~66 H 12 10 VIEW
8th Apr 1966
W
11 Wigan L 1965~66 H 17 10 VIEW
11th Apr 1966
L
11 Swinton L 1965~66 A 6 20 VIEW
16th Apr 1966
W
11 Dewsbury CCSF 1965~66 N 12 5 VIEW
22nd Apr 1966
L
11 Swinton L 1965~66 H 10 15 VIEW
7th May 1966
W
12 Oldham Ch2 1965~66 H 15 10 1 VIEW
14th May 1966
W
12 Hull K.R. ChSF 1965~66 H 14 6 VIEW
21st May 1966
W
11 Wigan CCF 1965~66 N 21 2 VIEW
28th May 1966
W
11 Halifax ChF 1965~66 N 35 12 VIEW
19th Aug 1966
D
11 Widnes L 1966~67 A 10 10 VIEW
23rd Aug 1966
L
11 Warrington L 1966~67 H 6 10 VIEW
27th Aug 1966
W
11 Salford L 1966~67 H 42 7 VIEW
10th Sep 1966
W
11 Liverpool City L 1966~67 A 35 12 VIEW
12th Sep 1966
W
11 Barrow L 1966~67 A 15 9 VIEW
14th Sep 1966
L
11 Wigan LC2 1966~67 A 9 11 VIEW
17th Sep 1966
W
11 Blackpool Borough L 1966~67 A 23 14 VIEW
24th Sep 1966
D
11 Rochdale Hornets L 1966~67 A 17 17 VIEW
26th Sep 1966
W
11 Salford FTP(2) 1966~67 H 40 5 VIEW
30th Sep 1966
W
11 Whitehaven L 1966~67 H 35 12 VIEW
7th Oct 1966
W
11 Blackpool Borough L 1966~67 H 25 6 VIEW
14th Oct 1966
W
11 Wakefield Trinity L 1966~67 H 18 15 VIEW
18th Oct 1966
W
11 Swinton FT1 1966~67 H 11 9 VIEW
22nd Oct 1966
W
11 Salford L 1966~67 A 30 3 VIEW
28th Oct 1966
W
11 Leeds L 1966~67 H 16 3 VIEW
1st Nov 1966
D
11 Barrow FT2 1966~67 A 11 11 VIEW
2nd Nov 1966
L
11 Leigh L 1966~67 A 5 29 VIEW
11th Nov 1966
W
11 Castleford L 1966~67 H 13 2 VIEW
18th Nov 1966
W
11 Barrow L 1966~67 H 16 11 VIEW
26th Nov 1966
W
11 Huddersfield L 1966~67 A 15 10 VIEW
2nd Dec 1966
L
15 Castleford L 1966~67 A 7 25 Y VIEW
9th Dec 1966
W
11 Leigh L 1966~67 H 4 0 VIEW
17th Dec 1966
W
11 Workington Town L 1966~67 A 16 9 VIEW
26th Dec 1966
W
11 Wigan L 1966~67 H 8 3 VIEW
27th Dec 1966
W
12 Warrington L 1966~67 A 9 8 VIEW
21st Jan 1967
L
11 Workington Town L 1966~67 H 5 6 VIEW
27th Jan 1967
W
11 Oldham L 1966~67 H 25 7 VIEW
3rd Feb 1967
D
11 Salford CC1 1966~67 A 5 5 VIEW
7th Feb 1967
L
11 Salford CC1(rep) 1966~67 H 3 8 VIEW
11th Feb 1967
W
15 Liverpool City L 1966~67 H 23 6 Y VIEW
18th Mar 1967
W
12 Huddersfield L 1966~67 H 11 4 VIEW
24th Mar 1967
W
11 Wigan L 1966~67 A 21 7 VIEW
25th Mar 1967
L
10 Whitehaven L 1966~67 A 3 4 VIEW
14th Apr 1967
W
11 Leigh Ch1 1966~67 H 37 12 VIEW
22nd Apr 1967
W
11 Bradford Northern Ch2 1966~67 H 15 8 VIEW
29th Apr 1967
W
11 Castleford ChSF 1966~67 H 14 3 VIEW
6th May 1967
D
11 Wakefield Trinity ChF 1966~67 N 7 7 VIEW
10th May 1967
L
11 Wakefield Trinity ChF(rep) 1966~67 N 9 21 VIEW
23rd Aug 1967
W
11 Leeds L 1967~68 A 13 12 VIEW
26th Aug 1967
W
15 Hull K.R. L 1967~68 H 13 8 Y VIEW
28th Aug 1967
W
11 Wakefield Trinity L 1967~68 H 13 11 1 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 163 | LOSSES : 49 | DRAWS : 7

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