|Len was signed from Spring Valve ARLFC Wigan, in November 1953. He developed into a great hooker with very good pass distribution and sound defence.Len could also be relied upon to step up and take goal kicks. Indeed he netted 12 goals in just 2 matches for the Saints, including a highly creditable 8 goals in the home demolition of Rochdale Hornets in the 1956/57 season. |
Len spent the first two years at Knowsley Road mostly turning out for a very strong Saints A team. However, Len reached the top of his game in the 1955 to 1956 season. In this season he scored his first try for the club in the home victory over Rochdale Hornets. He also notched up two braces of tries against Salford and Widnes in the following stanza.
Doubtless his greatest ever moment in a Saints shirt came in the 1956 Challenge Cup Final against Halifax. Len along with great front row partners Alan Prescott and Abe Terry secured plenty of possession on that great afternoon when Saints won their first ever Challenge Cup.
Len also missed out in the Lancashire Cup Final in October of the same year as the great Oldham team defeated the Saints by 10 points to 3.
After 28 matches for the Saints first team Len was sold to Barrow in August,1957 for £750. Len then moved to Oldham where he played 212 games for the Roughyeds and represented Great Britain against Australia in a test match in 1963.
Len continued his career with his hometown club playing ten matches for Wigan between 1966 and 1968.
Len died in Wigan in January 2012, aged 78. He left them in 1968 and joined Warrington making his debut on the 24th of September, 1968. Len played 78 times for the Wire before finally retiring in December 1970. However he remained at Wilderspool going on to coach Warrington Colts.
Thanks to the daughter of Len, Christine, for helping to update his biography.
|Season (Official Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|Season (Other Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|19th Apr 1954||L||9||Huddersfield||L||1953~54||A||13||29||VIEW|
|15th Oct 1955||W||9||Liverpool City||L||1955~56||H||32||4||VIEW|
|31st Mar 1956||L||9||Warrington||L||1955~56||H||7||13||VIEW|
|2nd Apr 1956||W||9||Rochdale Hornets||L||1955~56||A||14||6||1||VIEW|
|7th Apr 1956||D||9||Barrow||CCSF||1955~56||N||5||5||VIEW|
|11th Apr 1956||W||9||Barrow||CCSF(rep)||1955~56||N||10||5||VIEW|
|12th Apr 1956||W||9||Workington Town||L||1955~56||A||12||9||VIEW|
|14th Apr 1956||L||9||Oldham||L||1955~56||A||8||40||VIEW|
|21st Apr 1956||L||9||Halifax||ChSF||1955~56||A||8||23||VIEW|
|28th Apr 1956||W||9||Halifax||CCF||1955~56||N||13||2||VIEW|
|20th May 1956||L||9||Hull*||Fr||1955~56||A||20||23||VIEW|
|11th Aug 1956||L||9||Barrow*||Fr Ward Cup||1956~57||H||22||24||VIEW|
|18th Aug 1956||W||9||Widnes||L||1956~57||H||29||0||2||VIEW|
|20th Aug 1956||W||9||Liverpool City||L||1956~57||A||56||5||VIEW|
|25th Aug 1956||W||9||Bradford Northern||L||1956~57||A||34||7||1||VIEW|
|29th Aug 1956||W||9||Salford||L||1956~57||H||40||0||2||VIEW|
|1st Sep 1956||W||9||Swinton||LC1||1956~57||H||27||7||VIEW|
|8th Sep 1956||L||9||Oldham||L||1956~57||H||16||25||VIEW|
|11th Sep 1956||W||9||Liverpool City||LC2||1956~57||H||34||3||VIEW|
|15th Sep 1956||L||9||Hull||L||1956~57||A||6||17||VIEW|
|20th Sep 1956||W||9||Warrington||LCSF||1956~57||A||17||9||4||VIEW|
|22nd Sep 1956||W||9||Rochdale Hornets||L||1956~57||H||49||11||8||VIEW|
|29th Sep 1956||W||9||Blackpool Borough||L||1956~57||A||58||5||VIEW|
|13th Oct 1956||W||9||Salford||L||1956~57||A||27||11||VIEW|
|20th Oct 1956||L||9||Oldham||LCF||1956~57||N||3||10||VIEW|
|27th Oct 1956||L||9||Workington Town||L||1956~57||H||9||11||VIEW|
|16th Feb 1957||D||9||Hull||L||1956~57||H||9||9||VIEW|
|2nd Mar 1957||W||9||Halifax||L||1956~57||H||31||7||1||VIEW|
|9th Mar 1957||L||9||Wigan||L||1956~57||H||11||20||VIEW|
|16th Mar 1957||W||9||Bradford Northern||L||1956~57||H||23||6||1||VIEW|
|10th Aug 1957||W||9||Barrow*||Fr Ward Cup||1957~58||H||79||13||VIEW|
|*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.|