Roy Hardgrave

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
28-07-1906
N/A
15-08-1929
New Zealand
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
31-08-1929 v Widnes
London Highfield
1934- York
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1929-1933
212 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
173
0
0
519

BIOGRAPHY

Roy Hardgrave by Alex Service

New Zealander Roy ‘Shaver’ Hardgrave had played in the Final Test at Christchurch against the 1928 tourists, which Great Britain won 6-5. Some months later, he wrote to his former adversary Alf Ellaby, expressing a desire to play in England. The astute Saints’ legend immediately contacted the Committee with regard to bringing him to St.Helens. Shortly afterwards, at an emergency meeting, it was resolved to sign Hardgrave and, several days later, fellow-international forwards Lou Hutt and Trevor Hall, when it became known that they were available.

At five foot seven inches and nearly eleven stones, Hardgrave had great pace and a fantastic skipping sidestep that baffled opposing defenders. At 22 years of age, The ‘Newton Flyer’ soon settled down in St.Helens and became a try-scoring phenomenon, flying in for 33 in 47 appearances in his first season, as the Saints reached top spot in the league table and clinched the Lancashire League title. Mighty Wigan were also defeated in a famous replay in the semi-final of the Challenge Cup at Mather Lane, Leigh. It was to be a disappointing climax to the season for the ‘Three Hs,’ however, as the ‘Team of all the Talents’ were defeated in controversial circumstances in the Top Four clash with Leeds, at Knowsley Road, despite a fine try from Hardgrave, and at Wembley against Widnes, in one of the greatest-ever upsets in the competition’s history!

Despite these set-backs, the Saints’ wingers were on fire in 1930/31, with Ellaby scoring 43 to Hardgraves’ 34. The following season Roy scored 44 tries to Ellaby’s 33 as the Saints clinched second place in the table and lifted the Lancashire League trophy once more. They won the last ten league games in succession and the little Kiwi equalled Ellaby’s feat of 1926/27 of scoring tries in 9 successive club games in March and April 1932. He ended with 44 tries from 42 appearances – an astonishing statistic! The Saints went on to win their first-ever Championship, with a 9-5 success over Huddersfield at Wakefield, on 7 May 1932, ironically without Alf Ellaby, who was already on the boat, having been selected for the Australian Tour.

Roy’s fellow New Zealanders, Hutt and Hall, left St.Helens at the end of the 1930/31 campaign. He remained a Saint, however, and played in the 1932 Lancashire Cup Final defeat by Warrington. Roy continued to score freely, before returning to New Zealand at the end of the 1933/34 campaign. He later came back to play for York for a spell, yet his unbelievable scoring feats of almost a try per match - on a par with the great Tom Van Vollenhoven in that respect - will always hold a special place for him in the history of St.Helens Rugby League Club.

Back in New Zealand Roy worked in several jobs including operating as a Chamber Hand at one time. He lived in Marlborough Street, Mount Eden, New Zealand. Roy died in Auckland, New Zealand in February 1982, aged 76.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1929~3033 0 0 47
1930~3132 0 0 41
1931~3244 0 0 42
1932~33 34 0 0 46
1933~3430 0 0 36
TOTALS:173 0 0 212
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1930~31 1001
1932~32 0001
TOTALS:1002

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
31st Aug 1929 L 2 Widnes L 1929~30 H 0 3 VIEW
4th Sep 1929 L 2 Leeds L 1929~30 A 5 7 VIEW
7th Sep 1929 W 2 Widnes L 1929~30 A 21 8 1 VIEW
14th Sep 1929 D 2 Hunslet L 1929~30 H 8 8 VIEW
19th Sep 1929 W 2 Leeds L 1929~30 H 22 7 VIEW
22nd Sep 1929 W 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1929~30 A 11 7 1 VIEW
24th Sep 1929 W 2 Oldham L 1929~30 H 20 13 VIEW
2nd Oct 1929 L 2 Hull L 1929~30 A 5 8 1 VIEW
5th Oct 1929 L 2 Halifax L 1929~30 A 13 19 1 VIEW
12th Oct 1929 W 2 Broughton Rangers LC1 1929~30 A 10 9 VIEW
19th Oct 1929 W 2 Salford L 1929~30 H 18 12 VIEW
23rd Oct 1929 D 2 Salford LC2 1929~30 H 8 8 VIEW
26th Oct 1929 L 2 Castleford L 1929~30 H 10 20 VIEW
30th Oct 1929 L 2 Salford LC2(rep) 1929~30 A 3 13 1 VIEW
2nd Nov 1929 W 2 Broughton Rangers L 1929~30 A 8 3 1 VIEW
9th Nov 1929 W 2 Hull K.R. L 1929~30 H 24 5 3 VIEW
16th Nov 1929 D 2 Australia Tour 1929~30 H 18 18 2 VIEW
23rd Nov 1929 L 2 Leigh L 1929~30 A 3 5 VIEW
30th Nov 1929 W 2 York L 1929~30 A 18 5 3 VIEW
7th Dec 1929 W 2 Wigan Highfield L 1929~30 H 8 0 VIEW
14th Dec 1929 W 2 Barrow L 1929~30 A 12 2 2 VIEW
21st Dec 1929 W 2 Barrow L 1929~30 H 19 6 VIEW
25th Dec 1929 W 2 St. Helens Recs L 1929~30 H 8 3 1 VIEW
26th Dec 1929 W 2 Wigan L 1929~30 H 14 5 VIEW
28th Dec 1929 L 2 Castleford L 1929~30 A 0 5 VIEW
1st Jan 1930 L 2 St. Helens Recs L 1929~30 A 0 3 VIEW
4th Jan 1930 L 2 Oldham L 1929~30 A 4 20 VIEW
11th Jan 1930 W 2 Halifax L 1929~30 H 23 2 2 VIEW
18th Jan 1930 L 2 Warrington L 1929~30 A 5 22 1 VIEW
25th Jan 1930 W 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1929~30 H 32 5 2 VIEW
1st Feb 1930 W 2 Wigan Highfield L 1929~30 A 22 0 1 VIEW
8th Feb 1930 W 2 St. Helens Recs CC1 1929~30 H 9 7 VIEW
15th Feb 1930 W 2 Hull K.R. L 1929~30 A 16 5 1 VIEW
22nd Feb 1930 W 2 Leeds CC2 1929~30 A 18 5 VIEW
15th Mar 1930 L 2 Salford L 1929~30 A 2 11 VIEW
22nd Mar 1930 W 2 Hull L 1929~30 H 23 4 1 VIEW
29th Mar 1930 D 2 Wigan CCSF 1929~30 N 5 5 VIEW
2nd Apr 1930 W 2 Wigan CCSF(rep) 1929~30 N 22 10 VIEW
5th Apr 1930 L 2 Hunslet L 1929~30 A 11 14 1 VIEW
9th Apr 1930 W 2 Swinton L 1929~30 A 8 3 2 VIEW
14th Apr 1930 W 2 Warrington L 1929~30 H 23 15 1 VIEW
18th Apr 1930 W 2 Wigan L 1929~30 A 8 3 VIEW
19th Apr 1930 W 2 Broughton Rangers L 1929~30 H 31 17 2 VIEW
21st Apr 1930 W 2 York L 1929~30 H 29 0 1 VIEW
22nd Apr 1930 W 2 Swinton L 1929~30 H 8 4 VIEW
26th Apr 1930 L 2 Leeds ChSF 1929~30 H 6 10 1 VIEW
3rd May 1930 L 2 Widnes CCF 1929~30 N 3 10 VIEW
30th Aug 1930 W 2 Widnes L 1930~31 A 21 7 3 VIEW
6th Sep 1930 L 2 Widnes L 1930~31 H 5 9 VIEW
10th Sep 1930 L 2 Salford L 1930~31 A 5 11 VIEW
13th Sep 1930 L 2 Swinton L 1930~31 A 3 12 VIEW
20th Sep 1930 W 2 Warrington L 1930~31 H 18 12 1 VIEW
27th Sep 1930 W 2 Hull K.R. L 1930~31 A 21 5 VIEW
4th Oct 1930 W 2 Dewsbury L 1930~31 H 12 10 1 VIEW
11th Oct 1930 L 2 Wigan LC1 1930~31 A 7 24 1 VIEW
18th Oct 1930 L 2 Leeds L 1930~31 H 8 20 VIEW
25th Oct 1930 W 2 York L 1930~31 A 10 4 1 VIEW
1st Nov 1930 W 2 Bramley L 1930~31 H 34 14 3 VIEW
8th Nov 1930 W 2 Huddersfield L 1930~31 A 10 5 1 VIEW
15th Nov 1930 W 2 Salford L 1930~31 H 7 0 VIEW
22nd Nov 1930 W 2 Barrow L 1930~31 A 7 4 VIEW
29th Nov 1930 W 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1930~31 H 33 15 3 VIEW
6th Dec 1930 W 2 Wigan Highfield L 1930~31 A 10 7 VIEW
13th Dec 1930 W 2 Oldham L 1930~31 H 7 2 VIEW
20th Dec 1930 W 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1930~31 A 9 2 1 VIEW
25th Dec 1930 W 2 St. Helens Recs L 1930~31 H 7 6 VIEW
26th Dec 1930 L 2 Wigan L 1930~31 H 2 23 VIEW
27th Dec 1930 L 2 Leeds L 1930~31 A 0 23 VIEW
1st Jan 1931 L 2 St. Helens Recs L 1930~31 A 3 5 VIEW
3rd Jan 1931 W 2 Halifax L 1930~31 H 20 6 1 VIEW
10th Jan 1931 L 2 Warrington L 1930~31 A 3 14 VIEW
17th Jan 1931 W 2 Swinton L 1930~31 H 8 3 VIEW
24th Jan 1931 D 2 Broughton Rangers L 1930~31 A 0 0 VIEW
31st Jan 1931 L 2 Huddersfield L 1930~31 H 0 10 VIEW
7th Feb 1931 W 2 Keighley CC1 1930~31 H 46 4 3 VIEW
14th Feb 1931 W 2 Bramley L 1930~31 A 19 8 1 VIEW
21st Feb 1931 W 2 Castleford CC2 1930~31 A 8 2 VIEW
28th Feb 1931 W 2 Barrow L 1930~31 H 30 0 2 VIEW
7th Mar 1931 W 2 Broughton Rangers CC3 1930~31 A 8 7 VIEW
21st Mar 1931 W 2 Leigh L 1930~31 H 23 3 1 VIEW
28th Mar 1931 L 2 Halifax CCSF 1930~31 N 2 11 VIEW
3rd Apr 1931 L 2 Wigan L 1930~31 A 2 5 VIEW
4th Apr 1931 L 2 Oldham L 1930~31 A 7 28 VIEW
6th Apr 1931 W 2 York L 1930~31 H 13 3 VIEW
7th Apr 1931 L 2 Halifax L 1930~31 A 13 15 1 VIEW
11th Apr 1931 W 2 Broughton Rangers L 1930~31 H 37 5 4 VIEW
22nd Apr 1931 W 2 Wigan Highfield L 1930~31 H 40 17 3 VIEW
25th Apr 1931 W 2 Hull K.R. L 1930~31 H 25 5 1 VIEW
9th May 1931 W 2 Barrow * Fr Carnival Cup 1930~31 L 33 7 1 VIEW
29th Aug 1931 W 2 Widnes L 1931~32 H 39 2 3 VIEW
5th Sep 1931 D 2 Widnes L 1931~32 A 7 7 VIEW
9th Sep 1931 W 2 Barrow L 1931~32 A 12 0 2 VIEW
12th Sep 1931 W 2 Wigan Highfield L 1931~32 H 14 10 VIEW
19th Sep 1931 L 2 Huddersfield L 1931~32 A 2 5 VIEW
26th Sep 1931 W 2 Dewsbury L 1931~32 H 49 0 4 VIEW
3rd Oct 1931 L 2 Oldham L 1931~32 A 13 16 VIEW
10th Oct 1931 L 2 Salford LC1 1931~32 A 5 16 1 VIEW
17th Oct 1931 W 2 Oldham L 1931~32 H 31 17 VIEW
24th Oct 1931 L 2 Broughton Rangers L 1931~32 A 12 24 VIEW
31st Oct 1931 W 2 Bradford Northern L 1931~32 H 35 5 3 VIEW
7th Nov 1931 W 2 Wigan Highfield L 1931~32 A 19 4 1 VIEW
14th Nov 1931 W 2 Salford L 1931~32 H 10 2 VIEW
21st Nov 1931 W 2 Warrington L 1931~32 A 23 8 3 VIEW
28th Nov 1931 W 2 Warrington L 1931~32 H 38 8 3 VIEW
5th Dec 1931 W 2 Bradford Northern L 1931~32 A 31 5 2 VIEW
12th Dec 1931 W 2 Leigh L 1931~32 A 16 8 1 VIEW
19th Dec 1931 W 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1931~32 H 33 12 1 VIEW
25th Dec 1931 L 2 St. Helens Recs L 1931~32 A 2 13 VIEW
26th Dec 1931 W 2 Wigan L 1931~32 H 10 4 VIEW
1st Jan 1932 D 2 St. Helens Recs L 1931~32 H 7 7 1 VIEW
2nd Jan 1932 W 2 Hull K.R. L 1931~32 A 5 3 VIEW
9th Jan 1932 W 2 Wakefield Trinity L 1931~32 H 11 2 2 VIEW
13th Jan 1932 L 2 Salford L 1931~32 A 3 9 VIEW
23rd Jan 1932 W 2 Halifax L 1931~32 H 24 10 VIEW
30th Jan 1932 W 2 Swinton L 1931~32 A 8 7 VIEW
6th Feb 1932 L 2 Keighley CC1 1931~32 A 6 12 VIEW
13th Feb 1932 L 2 Hull K.R. L 1931~32 H 5 8 1 VIEW
27th Feb 1932 L 2 Castleford L 1931~32 A 0 5 VIEW
5th Mar 1932 W 2 Barrow L 1931~32 H 36 15 1 VIEW
12th Mar 1932 W 2 Huddersfield L 1931~32 H 21 8 2 VIEW
19th Mar 1932 W 2 Dewsbury L 1931~32 A 24 15 2 VIEW
25th Mar 1932 W 2 Wigan L 1931~32 A 12 3 1 VIEW
26th Mar 1932 W 2 Castleford L 1931~32 H 24 6 1 VIEW
28th Mar 1932 W 2 Leigh L 1931~32 H 31 2 1 VIEW
29th Mar 1932 W 2 Halifax L 1931~32 A 13 3 2 VIEW
2nd Apr 1932 W 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1931~32 A 16 3 1 VIEW
16th Apr 1932 W 2 Swinton L 1931~32 H 17 5 3 VIEW
18th Apr 1932 W 2 Broughton Rangers L 1931~32 H 21 10 VIEW
23rd Apr 1932 W 2 Wakefield Trinity L 1931~32 A 25 8 2 VIEW
30th Apr 1932 W 2 Leeds ChSF 1931~32 H 9 0 VIEW
7th May 1932 W 2 Huddersfield ChF 1931~32 N 9 5 VIEW
27th Aug 1932 L 2 Widnes L 1932~33 A 10 12 1 VIEW
3rd Sep 1932 W 2 Widnes L 1932~33 H 16 9 VIEW
10th Sep 1932 W 2 Swinton L 1932~33 A 12 7 1 VIEW
17th Sep 1932 W 2 Leigh L 1932~33 H 33 10 3 VIEW
24th Sep 1932 L 2 Hunslet L 1932~33 A 8 15 1 VIEW
26th Sep 1932 W 2 Hunslet L 1932~33 H 21 3 2 VIEW
1st Oct 1932 L 2 Swinton L 1932~33 H 11 37 VIEW
8th Oct 1932 W 2 Widnes LC1 1932~33 A 10 5 2 VIEW
15th Oct 1932 W 2 Barrow L 1932~33 H 18 11 VIEW
22nd Oct 1932 D 2 Wigan Highfield L 1932~33 A 11 11 1 VIEW
24th Oct 1932 W 2 Broughton Rangers LC2 1932~33 H 22 4 1 VIEW
29th Oct 1932 W 2 Batley L 1932~33 H 14 7 VIEW
2nd Nov 1932 D 2 Salford LCSF 1932~33 A 2 2 VIEW
5th Nov 1932 W 2 Leigh L 1932~33 A 13 3 VIEW
7th Nov 1932 W 2 Salford LCSF(rep) 1932~33 H 17 10 1 VIEW
12th Nov 1932 W 2 Wigan Highfield L 1932~33 H 34 7 4 VIEW
19th Nov 1932 L 2 Warrington LCF 1932~33 N 9 10 VIEW
26th Nov 1932 W 2 Leeds L 1932~33 H 21 5 1 VIEW
29th Nov 1932 L 2 Batley L 1932~33 A 12 17 1 VIEW
3rd Dec 1932 W 2 Castleford L 1932~33 A 10 7 VIEW
10th Dec 1932 L 2 Warrington L 1932~33 H 16 18 1 VIEW
17th Dec 1932 L 2 Salford L 1932~33 A 5 13 VIEW
24th Dec 1932 L 2 Oldham L 1932~33 A 8 12 VIEW
25th Dec 1932 W 2 St. Helens Recs L 1932~33 H 8 3 VIEW
27th Dec 1932 W 2 Wigan L 1932~33 H 13 10 VIEW
31st Dec 1932 L 2 Leeds L 1932~33 A 0 27 VIEW
7th Jan 1933 W 2 Salford L 1932~33 H 12 5 VIEW
14th Jan 1933 L 2 York L 1932~33 A 5 11 VIEW
28th Jan 1933 L 2 Barrow L 1932~33 A 17 18 1 VIEW
4th Feb 1933 W 2 Halifax L 1932~33 H 5 3 VIEW
11th Feb 1933 W 2 Bradford Northern CC1 1932~33 A 24 3 VIEW
18th Feb 1933 W 2 Oldham L 1932~33 H 23 0 VIEW
2nd Mar 1933 W 2 Hunslet CC2 1932~33 H 14 3 1 VIEW
4th Mar 1933 D 2 Broughton Rangers L 1932~33 A 8 8 1 VIEW
11th Mar 1933 W 2 Halifax CC3 1932~33 H 18 6 VIEW
13th Mar 1933 W 2 York L 1932~33 H 9 8 1 VIEW
18th Mar 1933 L 2 Huddersfield L 1932~33 A 4 27 VIEW
25th Mar 1933 L 2 Warrington CCSF 1932~33 N 5 11 VIEW
1st Apr 1933 L 2 Huddersfield L 1932~33 H 8 31 VIEW
4th Apr 1933 L 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1932~33 A 0 38 VIEW
8th Apr 1933 L 2 Halifax L 1932~33 A 18 25 VIEW
14th Apr 1933 L 2 Wigan L 1932~33 A 12 23 2 VIEW
15th Apr 1933 L 2 Warrington L 1932~33 A 17 24 VIEW
17th Apr 1933 W 2 Broughton Rangers L 1932~33 H 26 0 1 VIEW
22nd Apr 1933 W 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1932~33 H 47 19 2 VIEW
29th Apr 1933 W 2 Castleford L 1932~33 H 39 5 5 VIEW
18th May 1933 W 2 Halifax * Fr Carnival Cup 1932~32 L 35 13 VIEW
26th Aug 1933 W 5 Widnes L 1933~34 H 29 14 1 VIEW
2nd Sep 1933 L 5 Widnes L 1933~34 A 4 12 VIEW
4th Sep 1933 W 5 Hull K.R. L 1933~34 H 21 11 3 VIEW
9th Sep 1933 W 5 Warrington L 1933~34 A 11 7 VIEW
30th Sep 1933 W 5 Salford LC1 1933~34 H 12 8 VIEW
7th Oct 1933 L 5 Keighley L 1933~34 A 8 16 1 VIEW
14th Oct 1933 W 5 Leigh L 1933~34 H 20 13 2 VIEW
16th Oct 1933 W 5 Rochdale Hornets LC2 1933~34 H 52 14 3 VIEW
21st Oct 1933 W 5 Dewsbury L 1933~34 A 11 0 1 VIEW
28th Oct 1933 L 5 Salford L 1933~34 H 2 17 VIEW
2nd Nov 1933 L 5 St. Helens Recs LCSF 1933~34 A 2 9 VIEW
4th Nov 1933 L 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1933~34 A 17 20 VIEW
11th Nov 1933 W 5 Dewsbury L 1933~34 H 30 13 VIEW
25th Nov 1933 W 5 Bradford Northern L 1933~34 H 28 0 VIEW
2nd Dec 1933 L 5 Australia Tour 1933~34 H 11 20 VIEW
9th Dec 1933 W 5 Broughton Rangers L 1933~34 A 11 9 VIEW
16th Dec 1933 W 5 Broughton Rangers L 1933~34 H 36 5 3 VIEW
23rd Dec 1933 L 5 Salford L 1933~34 A 10 17 VIEW
1st Jan 1934 W 5 St. Helens Recs L 1933~34 H 10 2 VIEW
8th Jan 1934 L 5 Leigh L 1933~34 A 6 11 VIEW
13th Jan 1934 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1933~34 H 29 13 VIEW
20th Jan 1934 W 5 Leeds L 1933~34 H 21 19 1 VIEW
27th Jan 1934 L 5 Hull K.R. L 1933~34 A 8 23 2 VIEW
3rd Feb 1934 L 5 Huddersfield L 1933~34 H 7 20 1 VIEW
10th Feb 1934 W 5 Bradford Northern CC1 1933~34 A 34 6 3 VIEW
17th Feb 1934 L 5 Halifax L 1933~34 A 8 16 1 VIEW
24th Feb 1934 L 5 Bramley CC2 1933~34 A 12 17 VIEW
28th Feb 1934 W 5 Swinton L 1933~34 A 8 5 VIEW
3rd Mar 1934 W 5 Bradford Northern L 1933~34 A 15 11 VIEW
14th Mar 1934 L 5 London Highfield L 1933~34 A 8 16 VIEW
19th Mar 1934 W 5 Warrington L 1933~34 H 7 3 VIEW
24th Mar 1934 W 5 Swinton L 1933~34 H 25 5 2 VIEW
30th Mar 1934 L 5 Wigan L 1933~34 A 3 27 VIEW
7th Apr 1934 W 5 Barrow L 1933~34 H 31 23 1 VIEW
9th Apr 1934 L 3 Halifax L 1933~34 H 9 19 2 VIEW
14th Apr 1934 W 5 London Highfield L 1933~34 H 34 12 3 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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