Stan Lewis

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
24-05-1899
N/A
23-03-1922
Pontypool RU- Wales
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
25-03-1922 v Featherstone Rovers
Wigan Highfield
1924- when he Retired
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1921-1923
47 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
6
5
0
28

BIOGRAPHY

Stan Lewis by Alex Service

Part of a triple transfer sensation from Wales in the early 1920s, with his brother George and centre Gus Hayes, Stan Lewis was a scrum-half and played there after he turned professional at Knowsley Road. The scout who was sent to look at Welsh talent for the club, Tom Parker, was initially told to look for a centre threequarter. Yet he watched Gus Hayes guesting in the centre for Pontypool and was also taken with the half-back play of the brothers Lewis.
The brothers initially wanted £500 each for signing, but the Committee turned this down. “After some bargaining,” it records in the Boardroom Minutes of the time, “they agreed to accept £800 cash down, but refused to look at a cheque.” The Lewis brothers were a fine combination, after all, they knew each other’s play inside out. Unfortunately, the club’s ventures into the Welsh market led to a serious financial problem in the early 1920s that took careful handling. The club was eventually saved from extinction by Councillor Frank McCormick, a Saints Committeeman, setting up an SOS fund which fortunately did the trick.
As for Stan, he was a nippy footballer, certainly pacier than his brother and looked the part for a couple of seasons. 1922-23 was his best campaign, however, when he made 25 appearances, sharing the scrum-half berth with a local lad, Walter Groves. In 1923-24 he found competition increasing not just from Groves, but also Les Fairclough and another Welsh signing, Tommy Flynn.
As brother George remembered, his brother’s career had an unfortunate ending: “We were playing Warrington at Wilderspool. Mick Hanley was outside half for the Wires and came away with the ball. Stan and I both tackled went for him at the same time. I landed across Stan’s knee and that was that!He had no option but to give up the game and return to Wales where he worked down the pit.”
The Lewis brothers lived in Pentrepiod, just outside Pontypool, at a house called Oak View. It was known locally as the house with the monkey tree and probably still is. George outlived Stan and spent the rest of his life at Pentrepiod. While they were in St.Helens, the brothers lived at 33, Oxford Street in a house presumably belonging to the St.Helens Club. All new signings from far afield seemed to live there in the 1920s

In 1939 Stan was living in Mpuntain View, Pontypool and he was still toiling as a Collier Underground. He died in that town in December 1976 aged 77.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1921~220 3 0 4
1922~231 2 0 25
1923~245 0 0 18
TOTALS:6 5 0 47
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
TOTALS:

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
25th Mar 1922 W 7 Featherstone Rovers L 1921~22 H 24 13 1 VIEW
8th Apr 1922 D 7 Warrington L 1921~22 H 5 5 1 VIEW
14th Apr 1922 L 7 Wigan L 1921~22 A 5 8 1 VIEW
16th Apr 1922 L 7 York L 1921~22 A 3 6 VIEW
26th Aug 1922 L 7 Widnes L 1922~23 A 3 11 VIEW
2nd Sep 1922 L 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1922~23 H 14 17 VIEW
9th Sep 1922 L 7 Bradford Northern L 1922~23 A 2 3 VIEW
16th Sep 1922 W 7 Wigan Highfield L 1922~23 H 21 5 VIEW
23rd Sep 1922 L 7 Hull L 1922~23 A 15 18 VIEW
30th Sep 1922 W 7 Bramley L 1922~23 H 19 5 VIEW
7th Oct 1922 L 7 Warrington L 1922~23 A 14 21 VIEW
4th Nov 1922 L 7 Leigh L 1922~23 H 8 11 VIEW
11th Nov 1922 L 7 Oldham L 1922~23 A 12 26 VIEW
18th Nov 1922 L 7 Featherstone Rovers L 1922~23 A 5 24 VIEW
22nd Nov 1922 W 7 Warrington L 1922~23 H 9 3 VIEW
25th Nov 1922 W 7 Swinton L 1922~23 H 6 5 VIEW
9th Dec 1922 L 7 Wigan Highfield L 1922~23 A 3 15 1 VIEW
16th Dec 1922 W 7 Keighley L OBJ 1922~23 H 23 5 VIEW
23rd Dec 1922 L 7 Broughton Rangers L 1922~23 A 8 14 VIEW
13th Jan 1923 W 7 Bramley L 1922~23 A 6 3 VIEW
20th Jan 1923 L 7 Swinton L 1922~23 A 0 3 VIEW
25th Jan 1923 W 7 Keighley L 1922~23 H 14 7 1 VIEW
27th Jan 1923 W 7 Salford L 1922~23 H 17 5 VIEW
3rd Feb 1923 W 7 Featherstone Rovers L 1922~23 H 9 2 1 VIEW
10th Feb 1923 W 7 Keighley L 1922~23 A 8 3 VIEW
17th Feb 1923 W 7 Norwood CC1 1922~23 A 29 3 VIEW
24th Feb 1923 L 7 Salford L 1922~23 A 3 11 VIEW
3rd Mar 1923 L 7 Oldham CC2 1922~23 H 3 11 VIEW
17th Mar 1923 L 7 Widnes L 1922~23 H 9 11 VIEW
25th Aug 1923 W 7 Widnes L 1923~24 H 5 3 VIEW
1st Sep 1923 L 7 Warrington L 1923~24 H 5 8 VIEW
5th Dec 1923 W 7 Swinton L 1923~24 H 4 0 VIEW
8th Dec 1923 L 7 Widnes L 1923~24 A 0 18 VIEW
15th Dec 1923 W 7 Hull L 1923~24 H 5 3 VIEW
25th Dec 1923 L 7 St. Helens Recs L 1923~24 A 2 21 VIEW
29th Dec 1923 L 7 Barrow L 1923~24 A 5 41 1 VIEW
1st Jan 1924 W 7 St. Helens Recs L 1923~24 H 4 0 VIEW
5th Jan 1924 L 7 Rochdale Hornets L 1923~24 A 5 23 VIEW
19th Jan 1924 L 7 Leigh L 1923~24 A 0 25 VIEW
26th Jan 1924 L 7 Hull L 1923~24 A 6 11 VIEW
31st Jan 1924 W 7 Barrow L 1923~24 H 12 11 VIEW
2nd Feb 1924 L 7 Bramley L 1923~24 A 7 18 VIEW
9th Feb 1924 L 7 Dewsbury L 1923~24 A 10 16 VIEW
16th Feb 1924 W 7 Wardley CC1 1923~24 A 73 0 2 VIEW
23rd Feb 1924 L 7 Warrington L 1923~24 A 11 39 VIEW
1st Mar 1924 L 7 Huddersfield CC2 1923~24 A 13 24 1 VIEW
8th Mar 1924 W 7 Wigan Highfield L 1923~24 H 10 9 1 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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