Stan McCormick

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
05-07-1923
N/A
19-01-1949
Belle Vue Rangers
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
22-01-1949 v Hunslet
Warrington
1954- Warrington
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1948-1953
161 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
99
2
0
301

BIOGRAPHY

Stanley McCormick by Dave Dooley:
Stan McCormick was born in Oldham on the 5th. of July 1923. He was signed from Belle Vue Rangers for a then record figure of £4,000 on the 19th of January 1949. The Club was determined to sign him and raised the cash by selling Len Constance and Harry Street to Dewsbury for £3000 on the same day of the signing. Stan was an accomplished professional sprinter, who gained a reputation as an `Interception King`. McCormick would swoop from the wing as if to crash tackle the man with the ball. Then as his opponent shaped to pass, `Mac` would turn inside him, pluck the ball out of the air and was gone. He once scored 16 interception tries in one season!

On his debut against Hunslet he scored two tries in an 11 points to 5 victory. During the match Joe Ball picked up and threw a loose pass to Alan Prescott, who transferred the ball to Stan the Man. `Mac` slipped his opposite winger Bowman, sped down the wing and completed an incredible "in and out" move on the Hunslet full back Griffiths to dive over in the corner after an 80 yards run. The supporters and Directors were on their feet in state of ecstasy. An instant return on their investments and a star attraction to boot! Stan finished the season by scoring 8 tries from 12 games.

His first full season for the Saints witnessed a sharp rise in the fortunes of the Saints as the team finished seventh in the league just two points out of a `top four play-off position. His 25 try haul that campaign included a hat trick against Workington Town and four tries against Hull. Stan was instrumental in making the Saints an exciting team to watch and as a consequence the financial position of the club began to improve consequentially. Stan`s appearances were limited the following season as injuries took their toll. The 1951/52 campaign brought only 5 tries from 23 tries and it seemed a little of Stan`s magic was disappearing. However, the introduction of Jim Sullivan as coach rejuvenated Stan and the team to one of their greatest ever seasons - the 1952/53 campaign. In that season Saints remained undefeated in away matches as Stan topped the Saints try scoring charts for the only time, with 38 tries from 47 matches. This total included four try hauls against Liverpool City, Leigh and Bramley alongside hat tricks against Warrington and Widnes. As well as finishing top of the league by dropping only 6 points from 36 matches, the Club lifted the Championship by defeating Halifax by 24 points to 14 at Maine Road. Saints won the Lancashire League Championship by 10 points but lost the Lancashire Cup Final to Leigh and the Challenge Cup Final to Huddersfield.

In Stan`s last season he had scored 16 tries in 24 matches prior to being transferred to Warrington. He also landed single goals against Bradford Northern and Warrington. The glory run had continued as Saints went on to lift the Lancashire Cup against arch-enemy Wigan. When Stan played his last match for Saints against Warrington on the 2nd of January, 1954 the Saints had only lost one league match away to eventual table-toppers Halifax. The decision to sell `Mac` to their main rivals in Lancashire appeared `quirky` as he had already netted two hat tricks against Liverpool City and Castleford by the mid-point of the season.

Stan`s departure left him tantalisingly on a total of 99 tries for the Saints (currently 25th on the all time list). Whilst at Knowsley Road Stan McCormick gained one Great Britain cap, six caps for England and played for Lancashire on eight occasions. Ironically in the same season as his departure from the Saints, Stan played for Warrington in the famous re-played Challenge Cup Final at Odsal watched by over 104,000 fans! This completed Stan`s set of winner?s medals (all collected in a twelve month period). He later coached the Saints from 1962-64 leading them to a couple of Lancashire Cup triumphs as the side was rebuilt towards the glory years of the mid-sixties.

Stan died in St Helens in July 1999, aged 77.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1948~498 0 0 12
1949~50 24 0 0 38
1950~518 0 0 17
1951~525 0 0 23
1952~5338 0 0 47
1953~5416 2 0 24
TOTALS:99 2 0 161
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1948~491004
1949~507003
1950~517203
1952~53 2002
1953~543001
TOTALS:202013

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
22nd Jan 1949 W 5 Hunslet L 1948~49 A 11 5 2 VIEW
12th Feb 1949 W 5 Bradford Northern CC1(1) 1948~49 A 4 3 VIEW
19th Feb 1949 L 5 Bradford Northern CC1(2) 1948~49 H 0 5 VIEW
26th Feb 1949 L 5 Swinton L 1948~49 H 8 11 1 VIEW
19th Mar 1949 L 5 Salford L 1948~49 A 6 7 VIEW
26th Mar 1949 L 5 Batley* Fr 1948~49 H 10 12 1 VIEW
31st Mar 1949 L 5 Wigan L 1948~49 H 8 13 2 VIEW
9th Apr 1949 W 5 Halifax L 1948~49 A 8 3 1 VIEW
15th Apr 1949 L 5 Wigan L 1948~49 A 5 19 VIEW
16th Apr 1949 L 5 Huddersfield L 1948~49 A 0 34 VIEW
18th Apr 1949 L 5 Keighley L 1948~49 H 2 4 VIEW
23rd Apr 1949 L 5 Swinton L 1948~49 A 3 16 1 VIEW
25th Apr 1949 W 5 Barrow L 1948~49 H 16 5 1 VIEW
16th May 1949 L 5 Huddersfield* Fr Tour 1948~49 P 11 46 VIEW
18th May 1949 W 5 Huddersfield* Fr Tour 1948~49 B 33 17 VIEW
21st May 1949 L 5 Huddersfield* Fr Tour 1948~49 A 16 25 VIEW
13th Aug 1949 W 5 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1949~50 H 34 22 3 VIEW
20th Aug 1949 L 5 Widnes L 1949~50 A 2 15 VIEW
25th Aug 1949 W 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1949~50 H 22 12 1 VIEW
27th Aug 1949 L 5 Workington Town LC1(1) 1949~50 H 0 7 VIEW
31st Aug 1949 L 5 Workington Town LC1(2) 1949~50 A 4 7 VIEW
3rd Sep 1949 L 5 Dewsbury L 1949~50 A 12 18 VIEW
24th Sep 1949 W 5 Workington Town L 1949~50 H 43 10 3 VIEW
1st Oct 1949 W 5 Bramley L 1949~50 H 39 2 1 VIEW
15th Oct 1949 W 5 Belle Vue Rangers L 1949~50 H 28 5 VIEW
22nd Oct 1949 W 5 Oldham L 1949~50 A 12 2 1 VIEW
29th Oct 1949 W 5 Leeds* Fr 1949~50 H 18 12 VIEW
5th Nov 1949 D 5 Hull L 1949~50 A 5 5 VIEW
12th Nov 1949 W 5 Warrington L 1949~50 A 7 3 VIEW
19th Nov 1949 W 5 Hull K.R. L 1949~50 H 14 3 VIEW
26th Nov 1949 W 5 Liverpool Stanley L 1949~50 A 11 3 2 VIEW
3rd Dec 1949 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1949~50 H 23 0 1 VIEW
10th Dec 1949 L 5 Salford L 1949~50 A 4 8 VIEW
17th Dec 1949 W 5 Widnes L 1949~50 H 7 0 VIEW
24th Dec 1949 W 5 Whitehaven L 1949~50 A 14 7 1 VIEW
26th Dec 1949 W 5 Wigan L 1949~50 H 15 8 1 VIEW
27th Dec 1949 W 5 Swinton L 1949~50 H 10 5 1 VIEW
31st Dec 1949 L 5 Leigh L 1949~50 A 10 15 1 VIEW
2nd Jan 1950 W 5 Hull L 1949~50 H 30 0 4 VIEW
7th Jan 1950 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1949~50 A 23 2 2 VIEW
21st Jan 1950 L 5 Dewsbury L 1949~50 H 2 15 VIEW
4th Feb 1950 W 5 Halifax CC1(1) 1949~50 H 10 6 VIEW
11th Feb 1950 L 5 Halifax CC1(2) 1949~50 A 0 2 VIEW
18th Feb 1950 L 5 Swinton L 1949~50 A 8 11 VIEW
25th Feb 1950 W 5 Salford CC2 1949~50 A 9 2 VIEW
4th Mar 1950 W 5 Warrington L 1949~50 H 12 3 1 VIEW
11th Mar 1950 D 5 Bradford Northern CC3 1949~50 H 0 0 VIEW
15th Mar 1950 L 5 Bradford Northern CC3(rep) 1949~50 A 0 11 VIEW
18th Mar 1950 D 5 Belle Vue Rangers L 1949~50 A 7 7 VIEW
1st Apr 1950 W 5 Liverpool Stanley L 1949~50 H 27 2 VIEW
7th Apr 1950 L 5 Wigan L 1949~50 A 12 17 VIEW
8th Apr 1950 W 5 Barrow L 1949~50 H 16 0 VIEW
10th Apr 1950 W 5 Whitehaven L 1949~50 H 30 17 2 VIEW
15th Apr 1950 L 5 Leigh L 1949~50 H 5 12 1 VIEW
19th Apr 1950 W 5 Salford L 1949~50 H 38 3 VIEW
22nd Apr 1950 W 5 Neath * Fr 1949~50 H 48 10 4 VIEW
26th Apr 1950 W 5 Bramley L 1949~50 A 12 2 1 VIEW
12th Aug 1950 W 5 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1950~51 A 15 2 VIEW
19th Aug 1950 W 5 Widnes L 1950~51 H 17 2 1 VIEW
23rd Aug 1950 W 5 Barrow L 1950~51 A 14 4 VIEW
26th Aug 1950 W 5 Liverpool Stanley L 1950~51 A 36 2 1 VIEW
30th Aug 1950 W 5 Italy* Fr 1950~51 H 74 38 4 2 VIEW
2nd Sep 1950 W 5 Swinton LC1(1) 1950~51 A 19 10 VIEW
30th Sep 1950 L 5 Huddersfield L 1950~51 A 9 19 VIEW
3rd Mar 1951 W 5 Hull L 1950~51 H 39 13 2 VIEW
17th Mar 1951 W 5 Belle Vue Rangers L 1950~51 H 13 4 VIEW
23rd Mar 1951 L 5 Wigan L 1950~51 A 13 22 VIEW
24th Mar 1951 W 5 Warrington L 1950~51 H 5 3 VIEW
26th Mar 1951 L 5 Oldham L AB 1950~51 A 0 3 VIEW
4th Apr 1951 W 5 Leeds L 1950~51 H 22 14 1 VIEW
7th Apr 1951 L 5 Oldham L 1950~51 A 4 17 VIEW
12th Apr 1951 W 5 Widnes L 1950~51 A 5 2 VIEW
14th Apr 1951 W 5 Leeds L 1950~51 A 9 3 1 VIEW
18th Apr 1951 L 5 Huddersfield L 1950~51 H 9 14 1 VIEW
21st Apr 1951 W 5 York L 1950~51 H 31 3 1 VIEW
25th Apr 1951 L 5 Leigh L 1950~51 A 7 10 VIEW
30th Apr 1951 W 5 Players Union * Fr 1950~51 H 45 38 3 VIEW
29th Aug 1951 D 5 Swinton L 1951~52 H 12 12 VIEW
1st Sep 1951 L 5 Belle Vue Rangers LC1(1) 1951~52 H 4 8 VIEW
6th Sep 1951 D 5 Belle Vue Rangers LC1(2) 1951~52 A 2 2 VIEW
22nd Sep 1951 W 5 Barrow L 1951~52 H 16 3 1 VIEW
29th Sep 1951 W 5 Warrington L 1951~52 A 19 13 1 VIEW
6th Oct 1951 L 5 Hull L 1951~52 H 10 15 VIEW
13th Oct 1951 W 5 Halifax L 1951~52 A 20 9 VIEW
20th Oct 1951 L 6 New Zealand Tour 1951~52 H 10 33 VIEW
27th Oct 1951 L 5 Workington Town L 1951~52 A 8 11 VIEW
3rd Nov 1951 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1951~52 H 5 2 VIEW
17th Nov 1951 L 5 Workington Town L 1951~52 H 11 20 VIEW
24th Nov 1951 L 4 Dewsbury L 1951~52 A 2 6 VIEW
1st Dec 1951 W 5 Widnes L 1951~52 H 14 3 1 VIEW
5th Jan 1952 L 5 Belle Vue Rangers L 1951~52 H 5 6 VIEW
9th Feb 1952 W 5 Belle Vue Rangers CC1(1) 1951~52 H 6 5 VIEW
16th Feb 1952 W 5 Belle Vue Rangers CC1(2) 1951~52 A 9 4 VIEW
23rd Feb 1952 W 5 Huddersfield L 1951~52 H 37 13 2 VIEW
8th Mar 1952 L 2 Workington Town CC2 1951~52 A 4 15 VIEW
15th Mar 1952 W 5 Belle Vue Rangers L 1951~52 A 16 8 VIEW
22nd Mar 1952 L 5 Batley L 1951~52 A 5 16 VIEW
2nd Apr 1952 W 5 Warrington L 1951~52 H 13 5 VIEW
5th Apr 1952 L 5 Hull L 1951~52 A 7 14 VIEW
11th Apr 1952 L 5 Wigan L 1951~52 A 11 15 VIEW
18th Aug 1952 L 5 Barrow * Fr Ward Cup 1952~53 A 18 32 1 VIEW
23rd Aug 1952 W 5 Widnes L 1952~53 H 41 2 3 VIEW
27th Aug 1952 W 5 Salford L 1952~53 A 15 9 1 VIEW
30th Aug 1952 W 5 Barrow LC1(1) 1952~53 A 24 21 VIEW
3rd Sep 1952 W 5 Barrow LC1(2) 1952~53 H 23 5 2 VIEW
6th Sep 1952 W 5 Liverpool City L 1952~53 A 42 2 4 VIEW
10th Sep 1952 W 5 Oldham L 1952~53 H 6 2 VIEW
13th Sep 1952 L 5 Workington Town L 1952~53 H 9 15 1 VIEW
20th Sep 1952 W 5 Keighley L 1952~53 A 27 7 VIEW
23rd Sep 1952 W 5 Rochdale Hornets LC2 1952~53 H 31 7 2 VIEW
27th Sep 1952 W 5 Australia Tour 1952~53 H 26 8 2 VIEW
4th Oct 1952 W 5 Castleford L 1952~53 H 18 17 VIEW
11th Oct 1952 W 5 Bramley L 1952~53 A 21 0 VIEW
14th Oct 1952 W 5 Warrington LCSF 1952~53 A 17 10 VIEW
18th Oct 1952 W 5 Salford L 1952~53 H 14 6 VIEW
25th Oct 1952 L 5 Huddersfield L 1952~53 H 14 17 VIEW
1st Nov 1952 W 5 Swinton L 1952~53 A 14 7 VIEW
8th Nov 1952 W 5 Barrow L 1952~53 A 14 7 VIEW
15th Nov 1952 W 5 Swinton L 1952~53 H 23 10 VIEW
22nd Nov 1952 W 5 Warrington L 1952~53 A 19 8 3 VIEW
29th Nov 1952 L 5 Leigh LCF 1952~53 N 5 22 VIEW
6th Dec 1952 W 5 Workington Town L 1952~53 A 22 5 VIEW
13th Dec 1952 W 5 Barrow L 1952~53 H 26 9 VIEW
20th Dec 1952 W 5 Widnes L 1952~53 A 7 2 1 VIEW
25th Dec 1952 W 5 Leigh L 1952~53 A 22 2 4 VIEW
26th Dec 1952 W 5 Wigan L 1952~53 H 5 0 VIEW
27th Dec 1952 W 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1952~53 A 20 11 2 VIEW
1st Jan 1953 D 5 Leigh L 1952~53 H 9 9 1 VIEW
3rd Jan 1953 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1952~53 H 37 5 1 VIEW
17th Jan 1953 W 5 Bramley L 1952~53 H 52 14 4 VIEW
24th Jan 1953 W 5 Warrington L 1952~53 H 17 5 VIEW
31st Jan 1953 W 5 Castleford L 1952~53 A 8 0 VIEW
7th Feb 1953 W 5 Oldham CC1(1) 1952~53 H 20 4 1 VIEW
14th Feb 1953 D 5 Oldham CC1(2) 1952~53 A 5 5 VIEW
21st Feb 1953 W 5 Belle Vue Rangers L 1952~53 A 20 7 2 VIEW
28th Feb 1953 W 5 Belle Vue Rangers CC2 1952~53 H 28 0 1 VIEW
7th Mar 1953 W 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1952~53 H 69 17 1 VIEW
14th Mar 1953 W 5 Leigh CC3 1952~53 A 12 3 VIEW
18th Mar 1953 W 5 Whitehaven L 1952~53 A 17 15 VIEW
21st Mar 1953 W 5 Whitehaven L 1952~53 H 26 10 VIEW
28th Mar 1953 W 5 Warrington CCSF 1952~53 N 9 3 VIEW
31st Mar 1953 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1952~53 A 8 0 VIEW
3rd Apr 1953 W 5 Wigan L 1952~53 A 16 5 VIEW
4th Apr 1953 W 5 Liverpool City L 1952~53 H 20 4 1 VIEW
13th Apr 1953 W 5 Keighley L 1952~53 H 29 12 VIEW
25th Apr 1953 L 5 Huddersfield CCF 1952~53 N 10 15 VIEW
2nd May 1953 W 5 Huddersfield ChSF 1952~53 H 46 0 1 VIEW
7th May 1953 W 5 Halifax ChF 1952~53 N 24 14 VIEW
16th May 1953 W 5 Workington / Whitehaven* Fr Benefit 1952~53 A 53 26 1 VIEW
8th Aug 1953 W 5 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1953~54 H 29 20 3 VIEW
15th Aug 1953 W 5 Liverpool City L 1953~54 A 46 0 3 VIEW
22nd Aug 1953 D 5 Widnes L 1953~54 A 11 11 VIEW
26th Aug 1953 W 5 Barrow L 1953~54 H 23 10 2 VIEW
29th Aug 1953 W 5 Huddersfield L 1953~54 H 12 9 VIEW
5th Sep 1953 L 5 Barrow LC1(1) 1953~54 A 13 14 1 VIEW
9th Sep 1953 W 5 Barrow LC1(2) 1953~54 H 21 17 VIEW
12th Sep 1953 W 5 Bradford Northern L 1953~54 A 19 14 1 VIEW
19th Sep 1953 W 5 Bramley L 1953~54 H 49 16 2 VIEW
23rd Sep 1953 W 5 Swinton LC2 1953~54 H 38 9 2 VIEW
26th Sep 1953 L 5 Halifax L 1953~54 A 3 14 VIEW
30th Sep 1953 W 5 Warrington LCSF 1953~54 A 17 10 1 VIEW
3rd Oct 1953 W 5 Bradford Northern L 1953~54 H 22 12 1 VIEW
10th Oct 1953 W 5 Belle Vue Rangers L 1953~54 A 27 5 VIEW
17th Oct 1953 W 5 Castleford L 1953~54 H 35 9 3 VIEW
24th Oct 1953 W 5 Wigan LCF 1953~54 N 16 8 VIEW
11th Nov 1953 W 5 Castleford L 1953~54 A 31 14 VIEW
14th Nov 1953 W 5 Swinton L 1953~54 H 2 0 VIEW
28th Nov 1953 W 5 Whitehaven L 1953~54 A 12 4 VIEW
5th Dec 1953 W 5 Belle Vue Rangers L 1953~54 H 38 7 VIEW
12th Dec 1953 W 5 Oldham L 1953~54 H 21 9 1 VIEW
19th Dec 1953 W 5 Salford L 1953~54 A 11 7 VIEW
25th Dec 1953 W 5 Leigh L 1953~54 H 11 9 VIEW
26th Dec 1953 W 5 Wigan L 1953~54 H 14 4 1 VIEW
2nd Jan 1954 L 5 Warrington L 1953~54 H 2 7 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

GALLERY


THIS PAGE LINK : http://saints.org.uk/saints/player.php?num=15941