Freddie Little

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
28-11-1871
N/A
Date unknown.
Unknown.
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
05-10-1895 v Broughton Rangers
Stockport
1899-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1895-1898
48 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
2
0
0
6

BIOGRAPHY

Freddie was a no nonsense scrum half who played for the Saints in the early years of the Northern Union. The man from Belfast played for the Saints some 48 times including the first Challenge Cup Final in 1897 when the Saints lost to Batley by 10 points to 3. Freddie scored two tries for the Saints in matches against Salford and Swinton. He played his last official match for the club against Stockport in April 1899.

The subsequently story of Freddie Little and his family demonstrates how hard yet fragile life was in St Helens in the early part of the twentieth century. Freddie married Sintelliner Mary Ellen Birchall in 1896 when his rugby career was at its zenith. By 1898 they had a daughter Minnie and the 1901 Census finds them living at 42 Lascelles Street, St Helens. Freddie`s job was reported to be a Labourer in a Glassworks. By that time his rugby playing days in the Saints first team were over.

In 1911, the Little family were resident at 1 Park Road, St Helens. Freddie was still working in a Glassworks but his job title was Sheet Glass Counter. The Census that year indicated an addition to the household, namely Frederick Charles Junior (Born in 1903). Sometime later the family moved to 165 Charles Street, St Helens.

In March 1925, Minnie Little died aged just 27. Six years later, on April the 5th. 1933, Freddie died aged 61.The probate reference cited an amount of just over 315 to be left to his Mary Ellen. A tidy amount in those days but of course no consolation to his widow. The passing of Frederick Junior in June 1936 at the tender age of 33 left a solitary Mary Ellen Little. Mrs Little passed away in 1951 aged 79. The whole family are buried together in St Helens Cemetery. <

Dave Dooley

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1895~96 0 0 0 12
1896~972 0 0 20
1897~980 0 0 2
1898~990 0 0 9
1900~010 0 0 5
TOTALS:2 0 0 48
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1895~96 0001
1896~970001
1898~991001
1900~010001
TOTALS:1004

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
5th Oct 1895 W 7 Broughton Rangers L 1895~96 A 5 3 VIEW
7th Oct 1895 L 7 Bradford L 1895~96 A 4 15 VIEW
12th Oct 1895 W 6 Warrington L 1895~96 H 3 0 VIEW
19th Oct 1895 W 6 Hull L 1895~96 H 3 0 VIEW
26th Oct 1895 D 6 Tyldesley L 1895~96 H 3 3 VIEW
2nd Nov 1895 D 7 Leigh L 1895~96 H 6 6 VIEW
16th Nov 1895 D 7 Wigan L 1895~96 H 0 0 VIEW
21st Dec 1895 W 7 Broughton Rangers * Fr 1895~96 H 13 10 VIEW
11th Jan 1896 W 7 Halifax L 1895~96 H 6 3 VIEW
1st Feb 1896 L 7 Hull L 1895~96 A 0 9 VIEW
29th Feb 1896 D 7 Warrington L 1895~96 A 5 5 VIEW
7th Mar 1896 W 7 Bradford L 1895~96 H 11 5 VIEW
14th Mar 1896 L 7 Leigh L 1895~96 A 3 11 VIEW
19th Sep 1896 D 6 Salford L 1896~97 A 0 0 VIEW
25th Dec 1896 L 7 Halifax* Fr 1896~97 A 0 4 VIEW
26th Dec 1896 D 7 Widnes L 1896~97 A 0 0 VIEW
1st Jan 1897 L 7 Oldham L 1896~97 H 5 17 VIEW
2nd Jan 1897 L 7 Runcorn L 1896~97 A 0 20 VIEW
9th Jan 1897 W 7 Morecambe L 1896~97 H 3 0 VIEW
30th Jan 1897 W 7 Salford L 1896~97 H 9 3 1 VIEW
6th Feb 1897 L 7 Wigan L 1896~97 A 0 4 VIEW
13th Feb 1897 L 7 Broughton Rangers L 1896~97 H 10 20 VIEW
20th Feb 1897 L 7 Tyldesley L 1896~97 A 9 12 VIEW
22nd Feb 1897 L 7 Warrington L 1896~97 A 3 7 VIEW
27th Feb 1897 L 7 Swinton L 1896~97 A 0 10 VIEW
6th Mar 1897 D 7 Leigh L 1896~97 A 6 6 VIEW
11th Mar 1897 W 7 Wigan L 1896~97 H 3 0 VIEW
13th Mar 1897 W 7 Stockport L 1896~97 H 9 0 VIEW
20th Mar 1897 W 7 Lees CC1 1896~97 H 58 0 VIEW
27th Mar 1897 W 7 Castleford CC2 1896~97 H 17 3 VIEW
3rd Apr 1897 W 7 Wigan CC3 1896~97 H 11 0 VIEW
10th Apr 1897 W 7 Tyldesley CC4 1896~97 H 12 0 VIEW
19th Apr 1897 W 7 Swinton CCSF 1896~97 N 7 0 1 VIEW
24th Apr 1897 L 7 Batley CCF 1896~97 N 3 10 VIEW
16th Oct 1897 L 6 Widnes L 1897~98 H 3 13 VIEW
13th Nov 1897 L 7 Swinton L 1897~98 A 0 13 VIEW
19th Nov 1898 L 6 Leigh L 1898~99 A 2 5 VIEW
24th Dec 1898 L 6 Salford L 1898~99 A 2 13 VIEW
26th Dec 1898 W 6 Tyldesley L 1898~99 H 9 5 VIEW
7th Jan 1899 D 6 Salford L 1898~99 H 8 8 VIEW
14th Jan 1899 W 6 Swinton L 1898~99 H 6 5 VIEW
21st Jan 1899 W 7 Birkenhead* Fr 1898~99 A 9 0 1 VIEW
11th Feb 1899 W 6 Tyldesley L 1898~99 A 6 3 VIEW
18th Mar 1899 W 6 Whitworth CC1 1898~99 H 12 3 VIEW
25th Mar 1899 D 7 Morecambe CC2 1898~99 H 0 0 VIEW
20th Apr 1899 W 6 Stockport L 1898~99 H 13 10 VIEW
8th Dec 1900 L 7 Batley* Fr 1900~01 A 0 5 VIEW
15th Dec 1900 L 7 Oldham L 1900~01 H 5 15 VIEW
22nd Dec 1900 L 7 Broughton Rangers L 1900~01 A 0 29 VIEW
24th Dec 1900 L 7 Warrington BTCSF 1900~01 A 5 6 VIEW
26th Dec 1900 L 7 Leigh L 1900~01 H 0 12 VIEW
29th Dec 1900 L 7 Widnes L 1900~01 A 0 8 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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