Viv Harrison

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
13-11-1921
N/A
Date unknown.
London Welsh RU
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
18-03-1950 v Belle Vue Rangers
Barrow
1952- when he Retired
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1949-1952
57 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
20
82
0
224

BIOGRAPHY

Vivian Harrison by Alex Service

A former player with Chingford Rugby Union Club in Essex. Denis Whittle recalls yet another Welshman in the Saints’ post-war squad: “A schoolmaster. He was round about the same time as Don Gullick and was a quite brilliant player on his day. Vivian was a centre with a good sidestep, very much in the mould of Lewis Jones. He was a good kicker of a ball and was classical in many ways. He was not a ‘rough’ type of player at all.”
Vivian’s stay in the thirteen-a-side code was not particularly long, but he certainly made his mark. He made his debut against Belle Vue Rangers on 18th April 1950 (another team with a strong Welsh connection) and kicked two goals in a 7-7 draw. The presence of Doug Greenall and another local legend, Jimmy Stott in the centres made it difficult for Vivian to put together a series of matches consecutively, but he was able to take part in 25 matches during the 1951-52 season, scoring 4 tries and kicking 29 goals. Probably his best individual performance came on 26th August 1950, when he scored two tries and kicked 6 goals in Saints’ 36-2 success. He also put his winger Stan McCormick in for a three-pointer.
Vivian tended to play less with the arrival of famous Coach Jim Sullivan at Knowsley Road and played his last First Team game at home to Barrow on 13th December 1952 in a 26-9 success. He scored a try and his winger that afternoon was fellow Welshman Steve Llewellyn. Vivian was also good enough to represent his country at Rugby League, in what was a time of relative strength for the international XIII of Wales. He made his debut in the left centre position against France in Marseilles on 15th April 1951, when the other centre berth as occupied by his Saints’ team-mate Don Gullick. George Parsons and Ray Cale were also in the team that day. Although the visitors lost 13-28, Vivian’s next match for the Principality was against England on 15th September 1951 at Knowsley Road. Wales were beaten 11-35. Vivian’s final representative game was against Other Nationalities at Abertillery on 1st December 1951. Unfortunately, Wales lost once again 11-22.
Before his Rugby League days Viv was living in Penybont, Glamorgan. Vivian moved to Essex and carried on with his teaching career after leaving St.Helens. He died in Redbridge, Essex in August,1989, aged 67.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1949~500 2 0 1
1950~5114 51 0 27
1951~52 4 29 0 25
1952~53 2 0 0 4
TOTALS:20 82 0 57
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1949~50 0301
1950~5171004
1951~520001
1952~53 0001
TOTALS:71307

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
18th Mar 1950 D 4 Belle Vue Rangers L 1949~50 A 7 7 2 VIEW
22nd Apr 1950 W 4 Neath * Fr 1949~50 H 48 10 3 VIEW
12th Aug 1950 W 4 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1950~51 A 15 2 1 3 VIEW
26th Aug 1950 W 4 Liverpool Stanley L 1950~51 A 36 2 2 6 VIEW
30th Aug 1950 W 4 Italy* Fr 1950~51 H 74 38 2 2 VIEW
9th Sep 1950 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1950~51 H 31 12 2 VIEW
13th Sep 1950 W 5 Swinton LC1(2) 1950~51 H 11 3 VIEW
23rd Sep 1950 W 4 Swinton L 1950~51 H 21 2 1 3 VIEW
30th Sep 1950 L 4 Huddersfield L 1950~51 A 9 19 3 VIEW
5th Oct 1950 W 4 Carcassonne * Fr 1950~51 H 24 22 1 5 VIEW
7th Oct 1950 W 4 Hunslet L 1950~51 H 20 14 1 4 VIEW
11th Oct 1950 L 4 Wigan LCSF 1950~51 H 7 9 2 VIEW
14th Oct 1950 L 4 Salford L 1950~51 A 3 25 VIEW
21st Oct 1950 W 4 Liverpool Stanley L 1950~51 H 26 4 1 4 VIEW
28th Oct 1950 L 5 Warrington L 1950~51 A 2 19 1 VIEW
4th Nov 1950 W 3 Workington Town L 1950~51 H 13 11 2 1 VIEW
11th Nov 1950 L 3 Oldham L 1950~51 H 7 13 2 VIEW
18th Nov 1950 D 4 York L 1950~51 A 6 6 1 VIEW
2nd Dec 1950 W 4 Whitehaven L 1950~51 H 47 10 1 7 VIEW
25th Dec 1950 L 4 Leigh L 1950~51 H 2 12 VIEW
26th Dec 1950 L 4 Wigan L 1950~51 H 5 39 VIEW
20th Jan 1951 W 6 Barrow L 1950~51 H 10 6 2 VIEW
27th Jan 1951 W 4 Whitehaven L 1950~51 A 3 2 VIEW
3rd Feb 1951 W 4 Salford L 1950~51 H 10 0 2 VIEW
10th Feb 1951 L 4 Bradford Northern CC1(1) 1950~51 A 6 11 3 VIEW
17th Feb 1951 W 6 Bradford Northern CC1(2) 1950~51 H 4 0 2 VIEW
24th Feb 1951 L 6 Hunslet L 1950~51 A 4 8 VIEW
17th Mar 1951 W 4 Belle Vue Rangers L 1950~51 H 13 4 1 2 VIEW
23rd Mar 1951 L 4 Wigan L 1950~51 A 13 22 2 VIEW
24th Mar 1951 W 4 Warrington L 1950~51 H 5 3 1 VIEW
21st Apr 1951 W 4 York L 1950~51 H 31 3 2 2 VIEW
25th Apr 1951 L 4 Leigh L 1950~51 A 7 10 2 VIEW
30th Apr 1951 W 4 Players Union * Fr 1950~51 H 45 38 3 VIEW
11th Aug 1951 W 4 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1951~52 H 16 7 VIEW
18th Aug 1951 W 4 Widnes L 1951~52 A 20 11 VIEW
21st Aug 1951 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1951~52 A 20 2 1 4 VIEW
25th Aug 1951 W 4 Liverpool City L 1951~52 H 23 3 4 VIEW
29th Aug 1951 D 4 Swinton L 1951~52 H 12 12 2 VIEW
1st Sep 1951 L 4 Belle Vue Rangers LC1(1) 1951~52 H 4 8 2 VIEW
6th Sep 1951 D 4 Belle Vue Rangers LC1(2) 1951~52 A 2 2 1 VIEW
8th Sep 1951 W 4 Dewsbury L 1951~52 H 14 8 1 4 VIEW
15th Sep 1951 L 4 Oldham L 1951~52 A 7 13 1 VIEW
20th Oct 1951 L 4 New Zealand Tour 1951~52 H 10 33 2 VIEW
25th Dec 1951 L 4 Leigh L 1951~52 A 3 13 VIEW
26th Dec 1951 D 4 Wigan L 1951~52 H 2 2 1 VIEW
29th Dec 1951 L 4 Swinton L 1951~52 A 2 27 1 VIEW
1st Jan 1952 W 4 Leigh L 1951~52 H 9 0 3 VIEW
5th Jan 1952 L 4 Belle Vue Rangers L 1951~52 H 5 6 1 VIEW
12th Jan 1952 W 4 Batley L 1951~52 H 22 2 2 VIEW
19th Jan 1952 L 4 Whitehaven L 1951~52 A 5 7 1 VIEW
2nd Feb 1952 L 4 Whitehaven L 1951~52 H 6 7 VIEW
9th Feb 1952 W 4 Belle Vue Rangers CC1(1) 1951~52 H 6 5 VIEW
1st Mar 1952 W 3 Liverpool City L 1951~52 A 31 6 2 VIEW
15th Mar 1952 W 4 Belle Vue Rangers L 1951~52 A 16 8 VIEW
2nd Apr 1952 W 4 Warrington L 1951~52 H 13 5 VIEW
5th Apr 1952 L 4 Hull L 1951~52 A 7 14 VIEW
12th Apr 1952 W 3 Halifax L 1951~52 H 16 11 VIEW
14th Apr 1952 L 4 Huddersfield L 1951~52 A 15 34 VIEW
26th Apr 1952 L 4 Barrow L 1951~52 A 8 12 VIEW
18th Aug 1952 L 1 Barrow * Fr Ward Cup 1952~53 A 18 32 VIEW
10th Sep 1952 W 4 Oldham L 1952~53 H 6 2 VIEW
18th Oct 1952 W 3 Salford L 1952~53 H 14 6 1 VIEW
8th Nov 1952 W 3 Barrow L 1952~53 A 14 7 VIEW
13th Dec 1952 W 3 Barrow L 1952~53 H 26 9 1 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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