Peter Gorley

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
10-07-1952
N/A
07-10-1979
Workington Town
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
09-10-1979 v Rochdale Hornets
Featherstone Rovers
1986- Whitehaven (loan)
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1979-1985
234 (9)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
46
0
0
150

Biography of Peter Gorley



HERITAGE NO : 942
Peter Gorley by Dave Dooley:

Peter Gorley was one of Saints shrewdest buys in the summer of 1979. This strong running, rugged second row forward was also gifted with an excellent armoury of offloads. The formidable 6ft2in, 15 stone forward joined Saints from Workington Town for a 22,000 pound fee. Early signs that Saints had signed a diamond came in his debut against Rochdale Hornets on the 9th of October, 1979 in the first round of a BBC TV Floodlit Trophy match. He stormed onto a pass to scatter the Hornets` defence and plunge over the line. This set up an impressive 45 points to 17 Saints victory. This hardened professional was sorely needed to steel up a playing squad that was a mixture of ageing stars and inexperienced youngsters. His first season try haul of five touchdowns from 31 appearances was accomplished in a difficult transition season for the Saints.

In his second season Peter was even more impressive as he crossed the opponents tryline nine times in 31 appearances. This tally included a brace in the 26 points to 6 home win over Hull. His timing in taking the ball up then squeezing out the ovoid to supporting colleagues neared perfection. Peter`s outstanding performances that season brought him three international caps courtesy of Great Britain. Things got even better for the tough nut from Cockermouth. His 11 tries haul from 30 matches was a career best at the Saints and the total was only one behind joint leading top try scorers Chris Arkwright and Roy Haggerty.

Gorleys performances were in the context of a side being rebuilt by coaches Coslett then Benyon for future glory. Up to the start of the 1983/4 season Peter played exclusively in the second row but in the last 16 matches of that campaign Gorley moved up to the front row. The Cumbrian was very much the hard man of the Saints` pack as fortunes started to look up at the commencement of the 1984/5 season.

The arrival of Mal Meninga at Knowsley Road brought a fresh optimism to the club and revitalised the incumbent squad members. Match after match in that glorious campaign Peter would make full and half breaks to release predators like Pinner, Arkwright and Holding. Saints made a fabulous start to the season and progressed to the Lancashire Cup Final where they met archrivals Wigan at Central Park on October 26th. 1984. Reports of the match rightly highlight the massive contributions of the Wizard of Aus but the whole of the Saints back line greatly benefited from the drives of Gorley who gave the Saints splendid field position in the first half. At the conclusion of the season Saints had won a place in the Premiership Final to face champions Hull KR at the compound that was Elland Road. After just two minutes of the Final, a clever ball from Harry Pinner was gratefully picked up by Peter Gorley who powered up to the Hull KR 25 yards line. As the defence closed in on Peter he released a perfectly timed pass to Chris Arkwright who sent Gary Ainsworth dashing the last twenty yards to the opposition tryline. It was a lead Saints were never to relinquish.

In his last season at the Saints Gorley played 24 matches before moving back to his native Cumberland with Whitehaven. Whilst at Knowsley Road Peter also gained 5 caps for Cumbria. Every great team needs a man of granite in the pack; in the first half of the 1980s, Peter Gorley was our man!



SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1979~80 5 0 0 31
1980~819 0 0 31
1981~8211 0 0 30
1982~83 9 0 0 37
1983~844 0 0 40
1984~858 0 0 42
1985~86 0 0 0 24
TOTALS:46 0 0 235
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1980~811001
1983~840002
1984~85 1102
TOTALS:2105

ALL MATCHES

DateMatchPosOpponentsCompVenueFTFTOTGDG
9th Oct 1979 1
W
12 Rochdale Hornets FT1 H 45 17 1 VIEW
14th Oct 1979 2
W
12 Hull Kingston Rovers L H 15 7 VIEW
28th Oct 1979 3
W
12 Wakefield Trinity L H 13 8 VIEW
4th Nov 1979 4
D
12 Hunslet L A 8 8 VIEW
11th Nov 1979 5
W
12 Leigh L H 19 12 VIEW
18th Nov 1979 6
W
12 Blackpool Borough L H 27 2 VIEW
25th Nov 1979 7
D
12 Hull L A 8 8 VIEW
27th Nov 1979 8
L
12 Bradford Northern L A 9 13 VIEW
30th Nov 1979 9
W
12 Salford FT2 H 15 10 VIEW
2nd Dec 1979 10
W
12 Castleford L H 39 21 VIEW
9th Dec 1979 11
L
12 Warrington L A 10 19 VIEW
11th Dec 1979 12
L
12 Hull Kingston Rovers FTSF A 7 10 VIEW
15th Dec 1979 13
W
12 Leigh L A 12 3 1 VIEW
23rd Dec 1979 14
W
12 Workington Town L H 51 0 VIEW
26th Dec 1979 15
W
12 Wigan L A 16 10 VIEW
4th Jan 1980 16
W
12 Castleford L A 23 7 VIEW
12th Jan 1980 17
L
12 Salford L H 17 18 VIEW
3rd Feb 1980 18
W
12 Blackpool Borough L A 23 0 VIEW
10th Feb 1980 19
W
12 Workington Town CC1 H 16 0 VIEW
17th Feb 1980 20
W
12 Hunslet L H 25 11 1 VIEW
23rd Feb 1980 21
L
12 Bradford Northern CC2 H 10 11 VIEW
4th Mar 1980 22
W
12 York L H 25 16 VIEW
9th Mar 1980 23
W
12 York L A 18 5 VIEW
18th Mar 1980 24
L
12 Hull L H 10 18 VIEW
23rd Mar 1980 25
W
12 Wakefield Trinity L A 24 19 VIEW
30th Mar 1980 26
L
12 Leeds L H 15 22 VIEW
4th Apr 1980 27
W
12 Wigan L H 20 17 1 VIEW
6th Apr 1980 28
L
12 Widnes L A 9 16 1 VIEW
9th Apr 1980 29
L
12 Workington Town L A 5 20 VIEW
12th Apr 1980 30
L
12 Widnes L H 0 19 VIEW
20th Apr 1980 31
L
13 Hull Kingston Rovers L A 4 21 VIEW
10th Aug 1980 --
W
12 Oldham* Fr Ward Cup H 30 12 1 VIEW
17th Aug 1980 32
W
12 Workington Town LC1 A 15 5 VIEW
24th Aug 1980 33
L
12 Widnes LC2 A 20 22 1 VIEW
31st Aug 1980 34
W
12 Bradford Northern L H 16 6 VIEW
7th Sep 1980 35
L
12 Castleford L A 21 22 VIEW
14th Sep 1980 36
L
12 Wakefield Trinity L H 14 16 VIEW
19th Sep 1980 37
W
12 Salford L A 25 19 VIEW
28th Sep 1980 38
W
12 Featherstone Rovers L H 19 5 1 VIEW
9th Nov 1980 39
W
12 Leigh L A 21 7 VIEW
16th Nov 1980 40
W
12 Workington Town L H 18 8 VIEW
23rd Nov 1980 41
L
12 Warrington JP1 H 12 14 VIEW
30th Nov 1980 42
L
12 Featherstone Rovers L A 8 12 VIEW
14th Dec 1980 43
L
12 Leeds L H 11 13 VIEW
21st Dec 1980 44
L
12 Bradford Northern L A 0 11 VIEW
26th Dec 1980 45
W
12 Oldham L H 11 10 VIEW
28th Dec 1980 46
L
12 Barrow L A 8 11 VIEW
18th Jan 1981 47
W
15 Barrow L H 11 2 VIEW
25th Jan 1981 48
L
12 Leeds L A 17 20 VIEW
1st Feb 1981 49
L
12 Wakefield Trinity L A 11 20 1 VIEW
8th Feb 1981 50
L
12 Leigh L H 9 10 VIEW
15th Feb 1981 51
W
12 Huddersfield CC1 A 10 8 VIEW
28th Feb 1981 52
W
12 Hull CC2 H 5 3 VIEW
15th Mar 1981 53
W
15 Oldham CC3 A 6 5 VIEW
29th Mar 1981 54
L
12 Halifax L A 7 17 VIEW
4th Apr 1981 55
L
12 Hull Kingston Rovers CCSF N 5 22 VIEW
6th Apr 1981 56
W
12 Warrington L H 29 9 1 VIEW
12th Apr 1981 57
W
12 Halifax L H 31 22 1 VIEW
17th Apr 1981 58
W
12 Oldham L A 21 18 VIEW
19th Apr 1981 59
W
12 Hull L H 26 6 2 VIEW
21st Apr 1981 60
W
12 Widnes L H 24 9 1 VIEW
29th Apr 1981 61
W
12 Bradford Northern PT1 A 14 12 VIEW
10th May 1981 62
L
12 Hull Kingston Rovers PT2 A 17 30 1 VIEW
16th Aug 1981 63
W
12 Blackpool Borough LC1 A 28 0 1 VIEW
23rd Aug 1981 64
W
12 Barrow LC2 H 40 17 1 VIEW
30th Aug 1981 65
W
12 Fulham L H 35 4 1 VIEW
2nd Sep 1981 66
L
12 Leigh LCSF A 6 20 VIEW
6th Sep 1981 67
W
12 Castleford L A 32 17 1 VIEW
13th Sep 1981 68
W
12 Leigh L H 16 13 VIEW
20th Sep 1981 69
L
12 Hull Kingston Rovers L A 12 21 VIEW
27th Sep 1981 70
W
12 Wakefield Trinity L H 33 14 1 VIEW
4th Oct 1981 71
L
12 Warrington L A 11 13 VIEW
11th Oct 1981 72
W
12 Bradford Northern L H 20 8 VIEW
18th Oct 1981 73
D
12 Barrow JP1 H 16 16 1 VIEW
22nd Oct 1981 74
L
12 Barrow JP1 (rep) A 0 17 VIEW
25th Oct 1981 75
D
12 Featherstone Rovers L A 8 8 VIEW
1st Nov 1981 76
L
12 Wakefield Trinity L A 9 16 VIEW
15th Nov 1981 77
W
13 Bradford Northern L A 20 8 VIEW
22nd Nov 1981 78
L
13 Barrow L A 5 7 VIEW
1st Jan 1982 79
W
13 Widnes L H 13 10 1 VIEW
3rd Jan 1982 80
L
11 Leeds L A 4 30 VIEW
20th Jan 1982 81
L
11 Castleford L H 10 40 1 VIEW
24th Jan 1982 82
L
12 Leigh L A 5 27 VIEW
21st Feb 1982 83
W
15 York L A 19 7 VIEW
28th Feb 1982 84
W
12 Whitehaven L H 41 7 VIEW
3rd Mar 1982 85
W
12 Featherstone Rovers L H 14 4 VIEW
14th Mar 1982 86
W
12 Warrington L H 18 10 VIEW
21st Mar 1982 87
W
12 Fulham L A 17 2 VIEW
4th Apr 1982 88
L
12 Hull Kingston Rovers L H 16 28 1 VIEW
9th Apr 1982 89
W
12 Wigan L H 13 11 1 VIEW
12th Apr 1982 90
W
12 Widnes L A 21 16 VIEW
18th Apr 1982 91
W
12 Barrow L H 15 6 VIEW
21st Apr 1982 92
L
12 Hull L H 13 14 1 VIEW
22nd Aug 1982 93
D
12 Leigh L A 19 19 1 VIEW
25th Aug 1982 94
W
12 Bradford Northern L H 12 11 1 VIEW
5th Sep 1982 95
W
12 Widnes LC1 A 14 12 1 VIEW
12th Sep 1982 96
W
12 Oldham L H 20 15 1 VIEW
15th Sep 1982 97
W
12 Barrow LC2 A 9 6 VIEW
29th Sep 1982 98
D
12 Carlisle LCSF H 7 7 VIEW
3rd Oct 1982 99
W
12 Featherstone Rovers L A 29 12 VIEW
6th Oct 1982 100
W
12 Carlisle LCSF (rep) A 9 5 VIEW
10th Oct 1982 101
L
12 Leigh L H 10 19 VIEW
23rd Oct 1982 102
L
12 Warrington LCF N 0 16 VIEW
31st Oct 1982 103
W
12 Warrington L H 16 11 VIEW
6th Nov 1982 104
L
12 Leeds L A 10 13 VIEW
14th Nov 1982 105
W
12 Workington Town L A 20 15 VIEW
21st Nov 1982 106
L
12 Castleford L H 23 24 1 VIEW
27th Nov 1982 107
W
12 Fulham JP1 H 17 5 VIEW
12th Dec 1982 108
L
12 Wigan JP2 A 5 9 VIEW
19th Dec 1982 109
W
12 Featherstone Rovers L H 13 10 VIEW
26th Dec 1982 110
W
12 Wigan L H 11 8 1 VIEW
2nd Jan 1983 111
W
12 Widnes L A 18 11 VIEW
9th Jan 1983 112
W
12 Hull L H 19 18 VIEW
16th Jan 1983 113
L
12 Castleford L A 10 31 VIEW
23rd Jan 1983 114
W
12 Barrow L H 20 5 1 VIEW
30th Jan 1983 115
W
12 Hull Kingston Rovers L H 13 7 VIEW
6th Feb 1983 116
W
12 Oldham L A 10 0 VIEW
15th Feb 1983 117
W
12 Carlisle CC1 H 52 0 1 VIEW
6th Mar 1983 118
W
12 Leeds L H 19 7 1 VIEW
12th Mar 1983 119
L
12 Featherstone Rovers CC3 H 10 11 VIEW
16th Mar 1983 120
W
12 Warrington L A 17 13 VIEW
20th Mar 1983 121
L
12 Hull L A 13 24 VIEW
27th Mar 1983 122
W
15 Carlisle L A 40 16 VIEW
29th Mar 1983 123
W
12 Halifax L H 22 0 VIEW
1st Apr 1983 124
L
15 Wigan L A 6 13 VIEW
4th Apr 1983 125
L
12 Widnes L H 9 11 VIEW
10th Apr 1983 126
W
12 Halifax L A 23 5 VIEW
12th Apr 1983 127
L
12 Bradford Northern L A 6 13 VIEW
17th Apr 1983 128
W
12 Carlisle L H 39 7 VIEW
24th Apr 1983 129
L
13 Widnes PT1 H 7 11 VIEW
10th Aug 1983 --
W
18 Widnes * Fr Testimonial H 44 20 VIEW
14th Aug 1983 --
W
12 Oldham* Fr Ward Cup A 32 10 VIEW
21st Aug 1983 130
W
12 Hull Kingston Rovers L H 30 11 VIEW
28th Aug 1983 131
W
12 Warrington L A 12 8 VIEW
3rd Sep 1983 132
W
12 Rochdale Hornets LC1 A 28 4 VIEW
11th Sep 1983 133
L
12 Castleford L H 10 22 VIEW
14th Sep 1983 134
L
12 Warrington LC2 H 26 30 VIEW
18th Sep 1983 135
L
12 Bradford Northern L A 10 14 VIEW
25th Sep 1983 136
W
12 Wakefield Trinity L H 50 12 VIEW
2nd Oct 1983 137
L
12 Oldham L A 6 32 1 VIEW
9th Oct 1983 138
W
12 Fulham L H 18 14 VIEW
30th Oct 1983 139
W
15 Featherstone Rovers L H 19 13 1 VIEW
6th Nov 1983 140
W
15 Kent Invicta JP1 A 40 7 VIEW
13th Nov 1983 141
L
11 Leigh L A 12 20 VIEW
19th Nov 1983 142
W
15 Warrington JP2 A 18 10 VIEW
27th Nov 1983 143
W
11 Featherstone Rovers JP3 H 16 12 VIEW
4th Dec 1983 144
L
11 Hull Kingston Rovers L A 7 32 VIEW
17th Dec 1983 145
L
12 Widnes JPSF N 4 18 VIEW
20th Dec 1983 146
W
12 Salford L A 18 16 VIEW
26th Dec 1983 147
L
12 Wigan L A 8 12 1 VIEW
1st Jan 1984 148
L
12 Widnes L H 12 20 VIEW
8th Jan 1984 149
L
12 Wakefield Trinity L A 22 31 VIEW
11th Jan 1984 150
L
12 Hull L A 24 30 VIEW
15th Jan 1984 151
W
12 Whitehaven L H 40 10 VIEW
22nd Jan 1984 152
W
12 Fulham L A 30 0 VIEW
5th Feb 1984 153
W
12 Salford L H 20 0 VIEW
12th Feb 1984 154
W
10 Leigh CC1 H 16 10 VIEW
19th Feb 1984 155
L
10 Leeds L A 7 18 VIEW
25th Feb 1984 156
W
10 Hull CC2 H 24 14 VIEW
4th Mar 1984 157
W
10 Featherstone Rovers L A 21 13 VIEW
11th Mar 1984 158
L
10 Wigan CC3 H 7 16 VIEW
16th Mar 1984 159
W
10 Hull L H 22 10 VIEW
20th Mar 1984 160
W
10 Warrington L H 37 25 VIEW
25th Mar 1984 161
L
10 Castleford L A 22 26 VIEW
1st Apr 1984 162
W
10 Oldham L H 31 20 VIEW
6th Apr 1984 163
W
10 Leigh L H 37 12 1 VIEW
10th Apr 1984 164
W
10 Leeds L H 20 10 VIEW
15th Apr 1984 165
W
10 Whitehaven L A 27 21 VIEW
20th Apr 1984 166
W
10 Wigan L H 20 13 VIEW
23rd Apr 1984 167
D
10 Widnes L A 28 28 VIEW
29th Apr 1984 168
W
10 Warrington PT1 A 19 13 VIEW
7th May 1984 169
L
10 Hull Kingston Rovers PTSF A 16 21 VIEW
2nd Sep 1984 170
W
11 Featherstone Rovers L H 25 10 VIEW
9th Sep 1984 171
W
10 Leeds L A 21 2 VIEW
14th Sep 1984 172
W
10 Runcorn Highfield LC1 H 58 14 1 VIEW
23rd Sep 1984 173
L
10 Hull Kingston Rovers L A 6 32 VIEW
26th Sep 1984 174
W
12 Barrow LC2 A 26 10 1 VIEW
30th Sep 1984 175
L
10 Bradford Northern L A 10 30 VIEW
30th Sep 1984 176
L
12 Bradford Northern L A 10 30 1 VIEW
7th Oct 1984 177
W
10 Castleford L H 30 16 VIEW
10th Oct 1984 178
W
10 Leigh LCSF H 31 10 VIEW
14th Oct 1984 179
W
10 Hunslet L A 32 14 VIEW
17th Oct 1984 180
W
10 Halifax L H 42 14 1 VIEW
21st Oct 1984 181
W
10 Oldham L H 32 5 VIEW
28th Oct 1984 182
W
10 Wigan LCF A 26 18 VIEW
4th Nov 1984 183
W
10 Warrington L A 20 14 VIEW
11th Nov 1984 184
W
10 Barrow L H 59 2 VIEW
18th Nov 1984 185
W
10 Keighley JP1 H 60 8 1 VIEW
25th Nov 1984 186
W
10 Bradford Northern L H 28 6 VIEW
2nd Dec 1984 187
D
10 Bradford Northern JP2 A 12 12 1 VIEW
5th Dec 1984 188
W
10 Bradford Northern JP2 (rep) H 24 10 VIEW
9th Dec 1984 189
W
10 Leeds L H 48 16 VIEW
22nd Dec 1984 190
L
10 Halifax JP3 H 8 14 VIEW
26th Dec 1984 191
L
10 Wigan L H 22 30 1 VIEW
1st Jan 1985 192
W
10 Widnes L A 8 6 VIEW
30th Jan 1985 193
L
10 Castleford L A 12 30 VIEW
3rd Feb 1985 194
W
10 Leigh L H 56 16 VIEW
21st Feb 1985 195
L
10 Hull Kingston Rovers CC1 H 3 8 VIEW
24th Feb 1985 196
W
10 Barrow L A 31 16 VIEW
27th Feb 1985 197
L
10 Hull L A 24 46 VIEW
3rd Mar 1985 198
W
10 Featherstone Rovers L A 14 13 VIEW
10th Mar 1985 199
W
10 Workington Town L H 62 0 1 VIEW
17th Mar 1985 200
D
10 Halifax L A 19 19 VIEW
22nd Mar 1985 201
W
10 Hull L H 47 18 VIEW
31st Mar 1985 202
W
10 Warrington L H 30 28 VIEW
5th Apr 1985 203
W
10 Wigan L A 30 19 VIEW
8th Apr 1985 204
W
10 Widnes L H 28 22 VIEW
14th Apr 1985 205
W
10 Hull Kingston Rovers L H 30 14 VIEW
17th Apr 1985 206
W
10 Hunslet L H 68 7 VIEW
19th Apr 1985 207
W
10 Workington Town L A 42 13 VIEW
21st Apr 1985 208
L
10 Leigh L A 26 30 VIEW
27th Apr 1985 209
W
10 Widnes PT1 H 26 2 VIEW
7th May 1985 210
W
10 Wigan PTSF H 37 14 VIEW
11th May 1985 211
W
10 Hull Kingston Rovers PTF N 36 16 VIEW
2nd Jun 1985 --
L
10 Manukau * Fr Tour A 10 26 VIEW
3rd Jun 1985 --
W
8 Northland * Fr Tour W 42 12 1 1 VIEW
30th Aug 1985 212
W
10 Swinton L A 32 14 VIEW
4th Sep 1985 213
W
10 Warrington L H 12 6 VIEW
8th Sep 1985 214
W
10 York L H 30 8 VIEW
15th Sep 1985 215
W
10 Carlisle LC1 H 72 8 VIEW
22nd Sep 1985 216
L
10 Leeds L A 8 21 VIEW
25th Sep 1985 217
W
10 Whitehaven LC2 H 26 8 VIEW
29th Sep 1985 218
L
10 Hull L H 22 35 VIEW
2nd Oct 1985 219
L
10 Wigan LCSF A 2 30 VIEW
13th Oct 1985 220
L
10 Castleford L A 18 32 VIEW
20th Oct 1985 221
W
10 Hull Kingston Rovers L H 39 22 VIEW
3rd Nov 1985 222
W
10 Featherstone Rovers L A 38 12 VIEW
10th Nov 1985 223
W
10 Dewsbury L H 24 6 VIEW
17th Nov 1985 224
W
10 Bradford Northern L A 18 9 VIEW
24th Nov 1985 225
W
10 Dewsbury JP1 H 42 6 VIEW
1st Dec 1985 226
W
10 Doncaster JP2 H 36 20 VIEW
11th Dec 1985 227
W
10 Hull JP3 H 57 14 VIEW
15th Dec 1985 228
D
10 Hull L A 20 20 VIEW
21st Dec 1985 229
L
10 Hull Kingston Rovers JPSF N 4 22 VIEW
26th Dec 1985 230
L
10 Wigan L A 14 38 VIEW
1st Jan 1986 231
L
10 Widnes L H 16 30 VIEW
5th Jan 1986 232
L
10 Halifax L A 18 27 VIEW
12th Jan 1986 233
L
10 Warrington L A 16 26 VIEW
19th Jan 1986 234
L
8 Bradford Northern L H 8 18 VIEW
2nd Feb 1986 235
W
15 Featherstone Rovers L H 44 14 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 147 | LOSSES : 83 | DRAWS : 10

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