Denis Litherland

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
02-11-1958
N/A
27-09-1979
Pilkington Recs ARL
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
07-10-1979 v Leeds
Auckland
1987- Springfield Borough
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1979-1987
142 (20)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
38
0
0
132

BIOGRAPHY

Denis Litherland by Alex Service

Denis is one of the town’s most popular rugby league personalities, as a player, coach and talisman for his beloved Pilkington Recs in particular. Indeed, that is where the story began, after he impressed the Saints officials during a John Player match at Knowsley Road on 16th September 1979, when Denis tore into the Riversiders’ defence with terrific pace and guile. Although the local amateurs eventually succumbed to their arguably more famous namesakes [9-18], Denis had the proverbial blinder and was promptly signed on professional forms by Chairman Harry Cook.

Born in the town centre and a former pupil of Central Modern secondary school, his face shows the scars of a thousand battles on the field and he played for the Saints for almost ten years. For quite a bit of that time, things were not exactly easy for the club and the team. The Saints were rebuilding after their glory days in the 1970s and the early 1980s were testing times indeed. It speaks volumes for the ability of Denis Litherland that he was a real mainstay, who would normally play either on the left wing or at left centre. He could, in fact, play anywhere in the threequarters with equal effectiveness.

Denis was at his best when the going got tough. In the 1980-81 and 1981-82 seasons he played in over 50 matches, always prepared to give everything for the cause, quite often in difficult circumstances. He made his debut at Headingley, on 7th October 1979 and he will tell you, with great pride that he managed to get on the scoresheet that day, despite a 21-12 victory for the home side. The Saints’ team was: Parkes; Meadows, Noonan, Glynn, Litherland; Holding, Smith; Nicholls, Liptrot, Chisnall, Mathias, Seldon and Pinner. Haggerty and Knighton were the substitutes.

Denis played with and against some fantastic footballers during his career, something that he is very proud of. He took part in semi-finals in all the major competitions as a Saint and one major final, the Lancashire Cup final against Warrington, on 23rd October 1982. St. Helens lost 16-0 and played against the Australian tourists the week before with a slightly weakened team and were duly dispatched 32-0 at Knowsley Road. The Australian side that day contained all the ‘big guns’ who triumphed in the Ashes series that season and Denis was to play his last game at Knowsley Road against another touring side on 1st November 1987, when Saints beat a powerful Auckland team 52-26. It was a fitting end for a whole-hearted player who would always give his all for the cause. The Saints’ team was: Veivers; Ledger, McCormack, Tanner, Quirk; Arkwright, Bailey; Burke, Liptrot, Evans, Forber, Haggerty, Platt. Substitutes: Litherland and Neill.

Denis left Knowsley Road for Springfield Borough, but, in true homing fashion, it was not long before he was resuming his amateur career where it had begun, with the mighty Pilks Recs at City Road. He has been part of the furniture there ever since and is a fund of stories from his playing career – a genuine rugby league legend.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1979~80 4 0 0 19
1980~81 7 0 0 28
1981~826 0 0 27
1982~83 3 0 0 23
1983~847 0 0 20
1984~851 0 0 7
1985~864 0 0 13
1986~87 5 0 0 6
1987~881 0 0 4
TOTALS:38 0 0 147
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1981~820002
1982~831003
1983~842002
1984~85 0002
TOTALS:3009

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
7th Oct 1979 L 5 Leeds L 1979~80 A 12 21 1 VIEW
9th Oct 1979 W 2 Rochdale Hornets FT1 1979~80 H 45 17 VIEW
14th Oct 1979 W 2 Hull K.R. L 1979~80 H 15 7 1 VIEW
28th Oct 1979 W 2 Wakefield Trinity L 1979~80 H 13 8 1 VIEW
4th Nov 1979 D 2 Hunslet L 1979~80 A 8 8 VIEW
11th Nov 1979 W 2 Leigh L 1979~80 H 19 12 VIEW
27th Nov 1979 L 5 Bradford Northern L 1979~80 A 9 13 VIEW
2nd Dec 1979 W 14 Castleford L 1979~80 H 39 21 VIEW
12th Jan 1980 L 14 Salford L 1979~80 H 17 18 VIEW
9th Mar 1980 W 2 York L 1979~80 A 18 5 VIEW
18th Mar 1980 L 2 Hull L 1979~80 H 10 18 VIEW
23rd Mar 1980 W 2 Wakefield Trinity L 1979~80 A 24 19 VIEW
30th Mar 1980 L 2 Leeds L 1979~80 H 15 22 1 VIEW
4th Apr 1980 W 5 Wigan L 1979~80 H 20 17 VIEW
6th Apr 1980 L 5 Widnes L 1979~80 A 9 16 VIEW
9th Apr 1980 L 5 Workington Town L 1979~80 A 5 20 VIEW
12th Apr 1980 L 5 Widnes L 1979~80 H 0 19 VIEW
20th Apr 1980 L 5 Hull K.R. L 1979~80 A 4 21 VIEW
26th Apr 1980 L 5 Bradford Northern PT1 1979~80 A 0 30 VIEW
7th Sep 1980 L 14 Castleford L 1980~81 A 21 22 Y VIEW
14th Sep 1980 L 14 Wakefield Trinity L 1980~81 H 14 16 VIEW
19th Sep 1980 W 4 Salford L 1980~81 A 25 19 VIEW
28th Sep 1980 W 5 Featherstone Rovers L 1980~81 H 19 5 1 VIEW
5th Oct 1980 D 3 Workington Town L 1980~81 A 16 16 VIEW
12th Oct 1980 W 3 New Zealand Tour 1980~81 H 11 6 VIEW
19th Oct 1980 L 3 Warrington L 1980~81 A 11 15 VIEW
26th Oct 1980 L 4 Castleford L 1980~81 H 5 8 VIEW
9th Nov 1980 W 4 Leigh L 1980~81 A 21 7 1 VIEW
16th Nov 1980 W 5 Workington Town L 1980~81 H 18 8 VIEW
23rd Nov 1980 L 4 Warrington JP1 1980~81 H 12 14 VIEW
30th Nov 1980 L 4 Featherstone Rovers L 1980~81 A 8 12 VIEW
14th Dec 1980 L 4 Leeds L 1980~81 H 11 13 VIEW
26th Dec 1980 W 4 Oldham L 1980~81 H 11 10 VIEW
28th Dec 1980 L 4 Barrow L 1980~81 A 8 11 1 VIEW
1st Jan 1981 L 4 Widnes L 1980~81 A 8 11 VIEW
8th Mar 1981 W 14 Hull K.R. L 1980~81 H 11 5 Y VIEW
15th Mar 1981 W 14 Oldham CC3 1980~81 A 6 5 Y VIEW
24th Mar 1981 L 5 Hull L 1980~81 A 15 18 1 VIEW
29th Mar 1981 L 5 Halifax L 1980~81 A 7 17 VIEW
4th Apr 1981 L 14 Hull K.R. CCSF 1980~81 N 5 22 VIEW
6th Apr 1981 W 4 Warrington L 1980~81 H 29 9 1 VIEW
12th Apr 1981 W 4 Halifax L 1980~81 H 31 22 VIEW
17th Apr 1981 W 5 Oldham L 1980~81 A 21 18 VIEW
19th Apr 1981 W 1 Hull L 1980~81 H 26 6 1 VIEW
21st Apr 1981 W 1 Widnes L 1980~81 H 24 9 VIEW
29th Apr 1981 W 1 Bradford Northern PT1 1980~81 A 14 12 VIEW
10th May 1981 L 5 Hull K.R. PT2 1980~81 A 17 30 1 VIEW
9th Aug 1981 L 1 Oldham* Fr Ward Cup 1981~82 A 8 12 VIEW
23rd Aug 1981 W 2 Barrow LC2 1981~82 H 40 17 VIEW
20th Sep 1981 L 14 Hull K.R. L 1981~82 A 12 21 VIEW
27th Sep 1981 W 3 Wakefield Trinity L 1981~82 H 33 14 1 VIEW
4th Oct 1981 L 14 Warrington L 1981~82 A 11 13 VIEW
11th Oct 1981 W 3 Bradford Northern L 1981~82 H 20 8 VIEW
18th Oct 1981 D 5 Barrow JP1 1981~82 H 16 16 VIEW
22nd Oct 1981 L 5 Barrow JP1 (rep) 1981~82 A 0 17 VIEW
25th Oct 1981 D 5 Featherstone Rovers L 1981~82 A 8 8 VIEW
1st Nov 1981 L 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1981~82 A 9 16 VIEW
15th Nov 1981 W 5 Bradford Northern L 1981~82 A 20 8 VIEW
22nd Nov 1981 L 5 Barrow L 1981~82 A 5 7 VIEW
6th Dec 1981 W 14 Whitehaven L 1981~82 A 9 7 VIEW
1st Jan 1982 W 5 Widnes L 1981~82 H 13 10 VIEW
3rd Jan 1982 L 5 Leeds L 1981~82 A 4 30 VIEW
20th Jan 1982 L 5 Castleford L 1981~82 H 10 40 VIEW
24th Jan 1982 L 5 Leigh L 1981~82 A 5 27 VIEW
27th Jan 1982 W 5 York L 1981~82 H 17 3 VIEW
31st Jan 1982 L 5 Hull L 1981~82 A 8 26 VIEW
7th Feb 1982 L 5 Leeds L 1981~82 H 6 15 VIEW
13th Feb 1982 L 5 Wigan CC1 1981~82 H 12 20 1 VIEW
21st Feb 1982 W 5 York L 1981~82 A 19 7 1 VIEW
28th Feb 1982 W 5 Whitehaven L 1981~82 H 41 7 2 VIEW
4th Apr 1982 L 1 Hull K.R. L 1981~82 H 16 28 VIEW
18th Apr 1982 W 5 Barrow L 1981~82 H 15 6 VIEW
21st Apr 1982 L 5 Hull L 1981~82 H 13 14 VIEW
25th Apr 1982 L 14 Wigan L 1981~82 A 5 23 VIEW
5th May 1982 L 5 Hull PT1 1981~82 A 8 23 1 VIEW
5th Jun 1982 D 5 Welsh XIII* Fr Testimonial 1981~82 L 18 18 VIEW
6th Aug 1982 W 5 Pilkington Recs* Fr Testimonial 1982~83 H 51 7 1 VIEW
15th Aug 1982 D 14 Oldham* Fr Ward Cup 1982~83 H 15 15 VIEW
22nd Aug 1982 D 2 Leigh L 1982~83 A 19 19 VIEW
25th Aug 1982 W 5 Bradford Northern L 1982~83 H 12 11 VIEW
29th Aug 1982 L 5 Hull K.R. L 1982~83 A 10 31 VIEW
5th Sep 1982 W 5 Widnes LC1 1982~83 A 14 12 VIEW
12th Sep 1982 W 5 Oldham L 1982~83 H 20 15 VIEW
15th Sep 1982 W 14 Barrow LC2 1982~83 A 9 6 VIEW
19th Sep 1982 L 5 Barrow L 1982~83 A 12 19 VIEW
26th Sep 1982 W 5 Workington Town L 1982~83 H 27 7 1 VIEW
29th Sep 1982 D 5 Carlisle LCSF 1982~83 H 7 7 VIEW
3rd Oct 1982 W 5 Featherstone Rovers L 1982~83 A 29 12 VIEW
6th Oct 1982 W 5 Carlisle LCSF (rep) 1982~83 A 9 5 1 VIEW
10th Oct 1982 L 5 Leigh L 1982~83 H 10 19 VIEW
17th Oct 1982 L 5 Australia Tour 1982~83 H 0 32 VIEW
23rd Oct 1982 L 5 Warrington LCF 1982~83 N 0 16 VIEW
6th Nov 1982 L 5 Leeds L 1982~83 A 10 13 VIEW
14th Nov 1982 W 5 Workington Town L 1982~83 A 20 15 VIEW
21st Nov 1982 L 5 Castleford L 1982~83 H 23 24 VIEW
27th Nov 1982 W 5 Fulham JP1 1982~83 H 17 5 VIEW
12th Dec 1982 L 5 Wigan JP2 1982~83 A 5 9 VIEW
19th Dec 1982 W 1 Featherstone Rovers L 1982~83 H 13 10 VIEW
26th Dec 1982 W 1 Wigan L 1982~83 H 11 8 VIEW
16th Jan 1983 L 4 Castleford L 1982~83 A 10 31 1 VIEW
10th Apr 1983 W 2 Halifax L 1982~83 A 23 5 VIEW
22nd May 1983 D 4 Warrington* Fr Testimonial 1982~83 A 16 16 VIEW
7th Aug 1983 W 17 Huyton* Fr Charity 1983~84 H 48 14 1 VIEW
10th Aug 1983 W 2 Widnes * Fr Testimonial 1983~84 H 44 20 1 VIEW
3rd Sep 1983 W 15 Rochdale Hornets LC1 1983~84 A 28 4 VIEW
25th Sep 1983 W 3 Wakefield Trinity L 1983~84 H 50 12 VIEW
2nd Oct 1983 L 4 Oldham L 1983~84 A 6 32 VIEW
9th Oct 1983 W 4 Fulham L 1983~84 H 18 14 VIEW
23rd Oct 1983 W 4 Bradford Northern L 1983~84 H 29 14 2 VIEW
4th Dec 1983 L 2 Hull K.R. L 1983~84 A 7 32 VIEW
17th Dec 1983 L 3 Widnes JPSF 1983~84 N 4 18 VIEW
20th Dec 1983 W 4 Salford L 1983~84 A 18 16 1 VIEW
26th Dec 1983 L 5 Wigan L 1983~84 A 8 12 VIEW
1st Jan 1984 L 5 Widnes L 1983~84 H 12 20 VIEW
8th Jan 1984 L 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1983~84 A 22 31 VIEW
11th Jan 1984 L 5 Hull L 1983~84 A 24 30 1 VIEW
15th Jan 1984 W 5 Whitehaven L 1983~84 H 40 10 1 VIEW
22nd Jan 1984 W 5 Fulham L 1983~84 A 30 0 1 VIEW
12th Feb 1984 W 14 Leigh CC1 1983~84 H 16 10 VIEW
19th Feb 1984 L 3 Leeds L 1983~84 A 7 18 VIEW
20th Mar 1984 W 5 Warrington L 1983~84 H 37 25 VIEW
23rd Apr 1984 D 1 Widnes L 1983~84 A 28 28 1 VIEW
29th Apr 1984 W 14 Warrington PT1 1983~84 A 19 13 VIEW
7th May 1984 L 14 Hull K.R. PTSF 1983~84 A 16 21 VIEW
29th Jul 1984 L 2 Barrow * Fr Benefit 1984~85 A 10 19 VIEW
26th Aug 1984 W 18 Oldham* Fr Ward Cup 1984~85 H 38 4 VIEW
4th Nov 1984 W 1 Warrington L 1984~85 A 20 14 VIEW
11th Nov 1984 W 2 Barrow L 1984~85 H 59 2 VIEW
18th Nov 1984 W 14 Keighley JP1 1984~85 H 60 8 1 VIEW
25th Nov 1984 W 3 Bradford Northern L 1984~85 H 28 6 VIEW
1st Jan 1985 W 5 Widnes L 1984~85 A 8 6 VIEW
27th Feb 1985 L 14 Hull L 1984~85 A 24 46 VIEW
17th Mar 1985 D 2 Halifax L 1984~85 A 19 19 VIEW
30th Aug 1985 W 14 Swinton L 1985~86 A 32 14 VIEW
8th Sep 1985 W 14 York L 1985~86 H 30 8 VIEW
15th Sep 1985 W 3 Carlisle LC1 1985~86 H 72 8 1 VIEW
22nd Sep 1985 L 4 Leeds L 1985~86 A 8 21 VIEW
25th Sep 1985 W 4 Whitehaven LC2 1985~86 H 26 8 2 VIEW
29th Sep 1985 L 4 Hull L 1985~86 H 22 35 1 VIEW
2nd Oct 1985 L 14 Wigan LCSF 1985~86 A 2 30 VIEW
12th Jan 1986 L 15 Warrington L 1985~86 A 16 26 Y VIEW
19th Mar 1986 W 5 Salford L 1985~86 H 28 10 VIEW
23rd Mar 1986 W 5 Dewsbury L 1985~86 A 18 12 VIEW
9th Apr 1986 W 5 Hull K.R. L 1985~86 A 22 13 VIEW
13th Apr 1986 W 5 Salford L 1985~86 A 30 28 VIEW
16th Apr 1986 W 5 Castleford L 1985~86 H 62 12 VIEW
22nd Mar 1987 D 2 Warrington L 1986~87 A 17 17 VIEW
25th Mar 1987 W 5 Leigh L 1986~87 A 16 8 2 VIEW
29th Mar 1987 W 5 Hull K.R. L 1986~87 H 44 22 1 VIEW
5th Apr 1987 W 5 Leeds L 1986~87 H 24 22 1 VIEW
8th Apr 1987 W 5 Barrow L 1986~87 H 26 4 1 VIEW
12th Apr 1987 L 5 Bradford Northern L 1986~87 A 4 18 VIEW
20th Sep 1987 L 14 Warrington L 1987~88 A 20 24 VIEW
27th Sep 1987 W 5 Bradford Northern L 1987~88 H 38 10 1 VIEW
4th Oct 1987 L 15 Halifax L 1987~88 A 12 14 Y VIEW
1st Nov 1987 W 14 Auckland Tour 1987~88 H 52 26 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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