Jack Garvey

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
18-03-1913
N/A
31-01-1930
Local RL
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
17-10-1931 v Oldham
London Highfield
1934- Broughton Rangers
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1931-1933
119 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
52
1
0
158

BIOGRAPHY

Jack Garvey by Alex Service

At one stage it appeared that the loss of stand-off Les Fairclough in the early 1930s as a result of a chronic knee injury would be a bitter blow for the St.Helens club. Fairclough had found international recognition as a result of some superb performances on the 1928 tour to Australia and a quality replacement looked unlikely. That is, until the arrival of another local lad, Jack Garvey, who made great strides early on in his career at Knowsley Road. He made his debut against Oldham on 17th October 1931, when he was to establish a partnership with scrum-half Harry Frodsham which was a natural progression from the Groves-Fairclough pairing of the previous decade. Garvey was only just out of his teens and a prodigious talent. By the end of his first season, the Saints had won their inaugural Championship final and Garvey had a hand in the winning try against Huddersfield at Wakefield. He made 119 appearances for the club during his career at St.Helens and scored 52 tries. He had great pace and a fantastic eye for the gap.
In July 1934, when rumours of a transfer from Knowsley Road were rife, the St.Helens Newspaper wrote in glowing terms of his progress: “He only recently became 21. For a man so young he has an amazing record. He first came into the limelight in the game against Wigan Highfield at Tunstall Lane a little more than three years ago when he scored a wonderful try. He has improved with every match he has since played. He has smashed the record of Leslie Fairclough in becoming a county man and international before reaching 21. Moreover he has 60 tries to his credit.”
Unfortunately, the Saints were a cash-strapped club by the mid 1930s and were forced to sell their biggest assets, like Arkright, Ellaby and young Garvey in particular. It came to pass that he became a target for Broughton Rangers and went to the Manchester club in a cash plus player deal, with forward Stan Hill (The ex-St.Helens Recs player) coming to Knowsley Road as part of the arrangement.
From 1936-39 Garvey played for Wigan, making 84 appearances for the Riversiders, scoring 30 tries. He could play with equal effectiveness at centre as well as stand-off. His great pace and sidestep saw to that. He remains a brilliant player who should have been the cornerstone on which the next great Saints side should have been built during the mid 1930s. Unfortunately it was not to be. Saints legend Alf Ellaby was a big admirer of his skills and, of course, they were team-mates at both St.Helens and Wigan. Ironically they could have both played for Broughton, who also offered Ellaby a huge amount of money to sign for them, but he declined and went to Wigan.

Keith Bowen, whose father Jack Bowen played loose forward for Wigan at the same time as Jack Garvey, has provided some details of Wigans Lancashire Cup final victory over Salford, at Station Road, Swinton in 1938. It is from a match report in the Manchester Guardian, by George Duckworth. Clearly, Jack Garvey had played a magnificent game in front of over 27,940 spectators: "Another factor in Salfords eclipse was the inability of their halves, Risman and Watkins, to command the run of the game against Garvey and Gee at their best. Never has Garvey been more forceful and even Risman could not match his guile."

Outside rugby Jack was a General Labourer and in 1939 he was living in Royal Grove, St Helens. He died in St Helens in November 1984, aged 71.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1931~329 0 0 32
1932~33 21 1 0 45
1933~3422 0 0 42
TOTALS:52 1 0 119
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1932~32 1001
TOTALS:1001

ALL MATCHES

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

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