Jonathan Goodman


Date unknown.
Walkden RFC
16-11-1895 v Wigan
Broughton Rangers
1896- Swinton
22 (0)


Jonathan Goodman by Alex service with additional help from Mike Latham

Jonathan, otherwise known as ‘Jonty’ was another of those players who came down from Cumberland and Westmorland to play for the Saints. In his case, it was Kendal, where he was born in 1871 and he played for the famous Kendal Hornets club. Jonty was a threequarter, who could also fill in at full-back when necessary, as he had a good boot on him! In the History of Rugby in Kendal, he is described as a: “Smart threequarter, good in the attack, and played some fine games”.

In the early 1890s, he joined Walkden and played rugby at county level for Westmorland. Four years later, he joined Radcliffe and re-joined Walkden in March 1895. But this was short-lived. Jonty became a Saint in November 1895 and made his debut in a somewhat dour match against Wigan at Knowsley Road, which finished in a no-scoring draw, although the new boy won praise overall for his kicking game. Goodman played left centre on his debut. The other centre was Billy Ewan, also from Kendal and the Hornets.

Jonty had a good game against Huddersfield a few weeks later, when the saints won 11-3 at home. The St. Helens newspaper describes the latter part of the game, during which Jonty scored his first try: “It was evident Huddersfield were tiring and the excitement became intense. From a scrummage Cross received the ball and dashed over the line. Ewan failing at the place. This gave St. Helens the lead and the applause was enthusiastic. After the drop-out the Saints made another good rush, Ewan being tackled on the line but secured and got over in a good position. Sudlow now made one of his perfect kicks and the whistle sounded”.

Jonty played his last game for Saints against Broughton Rangers, in a 26-0 victory at Knowsley Road on 30th April 1896. In the summer months he joined Swinton, for their first season in the Northern Union. He was an ever-present in his first season for the Lions and made 99 appearances up to and including the 1900-01 season. He was eventually displaced by Alf Chorley as Swinton custodian, another ex-Kendal Hornet, who had joined Swinton from Halifax. During his time at Swinton he represented Westmorland against Lancashire at Broughton on 2 March 1898 and his team-mates included Doherty, Thompson, Simpson and Whiteley, who all had connections with the Saints! The Coal Hewer returned to Kendal when his playing days were over. Jonathan died in Kendal in September 1928 at the age of 58.


Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1895~962 0 3 22
TOTALS:2 0 3 22
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1895~96 2011


16th Nov 1895 D 4 Wigan L 1895~96 H 0 0 VIEW
23rd Nov 1895 W 4 Leeds L 1895~96 H 9 0 VIEW
30th Nov 1895 W 4 Huddersfield L 1895~96 H 11 3 1 VIEW
7th Dec 1895 D 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1895~96 A 0 0 VIEW
14th Dec 1895 D 4 Oldham L 1895~96 A 0 0 VIEW
21st Dec 1895 W 4 Broughton Rangers * Fr 1895~96 H 13 10 2 1 VIEW
25th Dec 1895 W 4 Widnes L 1895~96 H 6 0 VIEW
28th Dec 1895 L 4 Halifax L 1895~96 A 0 3 VIEW
1st Jan 1896 L 4 Manningham L 1895~96 H 3 8 VIEW
25th Jan 1896 W 3 Batley L 1895~96 H 11 5 VIEW
1st Feb 1896 L 3 Hull L 1895~96 A 0 9 VIEW
8th Feb 1896 L 3 Hunslet L 1895~96 H 0 5 VIEW
15th Feb 1896 L 3 Manningham L 1895~96 A 5 9 VIEW
3rd Apr 1896 L 3 Widnes L 1895~96 A 4 16 1 VIEW
4th Apr 1896 W 3 Wakefield Trinity L 1895~96 H 7 5 VIEW
6th Apr 1896 D 3 Brighouse Rangers L 1895~96 H 0 0 VIEW
7th Apr 1896 L 3 Leeds L 1895~96 A 3 15 VIEW
11th Apr 1896 L 3 Huddersfield L 1895~96 A 4 7 1 VIEW
16th Apr 1896 W 3 Liversedge L 1895~96 H 14 7 1 1 VIEW
18th Apr 1896 L 3 Oldham L 1895~96 H 3 5 VIEW
20th Apr 1896 W 3 Rochdale Hornets L 1895~96 A 4 0 VIEW
25th Apr 1896 L 5 Liversedge L 1895~96 A 3 13 VIEW
30th Apr 1896 W 5 Broughton Rangers L 1895~96 H 26 0 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.