Andy Platt

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
9-10-1963
N/A
02-06-1982
Wigan St. Patricks ARL
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
22-08-1982 v Leigh
Bradford Northern
1988- Wigan
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1982-1987
185 (15)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
68
1
1
269

BIOGRAPHY

Andy Platt by Dave Dooley:

Andy Platt in his time at the Saints was a fast, elusive player renowned for his excellent line breaks, super offloads, reliable support player and solid tackler. In other words he seemed a perfect player for the Saints` style of play and he was! Andy was signed from the St Partick`s ARL club in June 1982 and made his debut as a substitute in the 19 all draw at Hilton Park on the 22nd of August 1982. Within a month he had scored his first try for the club away at Barrow in a 19 points to 12 defeat. When Andy joined the club, Saints were very much in a transitional period with a host of young junior talent and some experienced stalwarts in the twilight of their careers. In his first full season (1982/83) Andy crossed the line on 6 occasions. This haul included a brace of touchdowns in the 40 points to 16 defeat of Carlisle. By the end of the campaign his potential to be one of the all-time greats was evident and his future in the first team was secure.

Andy operated in the second row in his first two seasons. In the 1983/4 campaign his versatility was shown in the tight home match against Bradford Northern when a cheeky drop goal by Andy helped secure a 29 points to 14 victory. His 10 tries that season included a brace in the away fixture at Whitehaven. However, it was the Meninga season of 1984/5 that would really establish Andy as a `class act` and one of the future starts of the British game.

The signing of Mal Meninga and Phil Veivers sent a tsunami of optimism through the town and filled the team with confidence for the 1984/5 campaign. Under the astute direction of coach Billy Benyon, Andy and the Saints mounted their assault on the game`s prizes. Meninga`s presence inspired great confidence in the team and Andy enjoyed his best ever season with the Saints. His first honour with the first team came in the momentous Lancashire Cup Final when a sparkling team performance defeated the old foe in their own backyard. In a season which saw Saints score 1267 points in all matches, Andy netted 19 tries with some sizzling finishes characteristic of his exemplary back up play which included a fantastic four try haul against the Wire and a hat trick against Hunslet. The final game of that famous campaign was the Premiership Final against Hull KR. In this game Andy`s smart play helped Saints gain the upper hand in a wonderful game of open attacking play which Saints eventually won by a record 36 points to 16. Andy`s sensational form paved the way for his international debut for Great Britain in 1985. In all Andy made seven appearances for Great Britain in his time at the Saints and won a further singleton cap for Lancashire.

The following season was very much an "after the Lord Meninga`s Show" affair. Some inconsistent form eventually triggered the departure of the popular Billy Benyon as coach and heralded the arrival of Alex Murphy as the new coach. Maters did not improve greatly as Saints suffered a six match losing streak in the New Year of 1986 before finishing the campaign with 13 straight league victories. Andy`s return in this turbulent campaign was 10 tries with a brace against Salford. Indeed Andy yet again demonstrated his prowess by turning out as prop in nine of the last ten matches of this campaign.

Although the club continued its winning streak in the league up to Boxing Day and played some lovely football the trophy cabinet remained empty as the old foe seemed to buy up every big name going and kick-start their dominance of the British game for the next decade. The agony of the 1987 Challenge Cup Final against Halifax was deeply felt as the chance of a Wembley success slipped away from the grasp of Andy and the rest of his contemporaries. An eleven try seasonal haul including a brace against Featherstone Rovers was evidence of Andy`s importance to the team.

Andy`s final season with the Saints in the 1987/8 was one of his finest as he made the move to loose forward and made the number 13 jersey his own. He was inspirational in the 15 points to 14 victory over Leeds in the 1988 John Player Cup Final at Central Park with incisive runs, superb backing up and a tremendous defensive display. The campaign brought him 12 tries and braces against Leeds, Hull and Swinton. Andy also kicked his solitary goal for the club in the narrow 14 points to 12 loss to Halifax at Thrum Hall.

Andy was an automatic choice for the 1988 British Lions Tour down under. It was on this tour that Andy was lured to Wigan. This move was instrumental in maintaining Wigan`s dominance in the game and a savage blow to the Knowsley Road diehards. Platty was somewhat transformed from a nippy back row forward to a hard grafting, direct front rower and gained multiple honours with Wigan before trying his hand with the Auckland Warriors in the twilight of his career. Notwithstanding, Saints` fans will always remember Andy as a truly great footballing forward.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1982~83 6 0 0 26
1983~84 10 0 1 32
1984~85 19 0 0 36
1985~86 10 0 0 29
1986~8711 0 0 36
1987~88 12 1 0 29
TOTALS:68 1 1 188
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1982~832002
1983~843002
1984~852005
1986~870001
1987~880002
TOTALS:70012

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
6th Aug 1982 W 15 Pilkington Recs* Fr Testimonial 1982~83 H 51 7 VIEW
15th Aug 1982 D 17 Oldham* Fr Ward Cup 1982~83 H 15 15 2 VIEW
22nd Aug 1982 D 15 Leigh L 1982~83 A 19 19 VIEW
25th Aug 1982 W 15 Bradford Northern L 1982~83 H 12 11 VIEW
29th Aug 1982 L 15 Hull K.R. L 1982~83 A 10 31 Y VIEW
12th Sep 1982 W 15 Oldham L 1982~83 H 20 15 VIEW
15th Sep 1982 W 15 Barrow LC2 1982~83 A 9 6 VIEW
19th Sep 1982 L 12 Barrow L 1982~83 A 12 19 1 VIEW
10th Oct 1982 L 14 Leigh L 1982~83 H 10 19 VIEW
17th Oct 1982 L 13 Australia Tour 1982~83 H 0 32 VIEW
31st Oct 1982 W 15 Warrington L 1982~83 H 16 11 Y VIEW
2nd Jan 1983 W 14 Widnes L 1982~83 A 18 11 VIEW
9th Jan 1983 W 14 Hull L 1982~83 H 19 18 VIEW
23rd Jan 1983 W 13 Barrow L 1982~83 H 20 5 1 VIEW
30th Jan 1983 W 13 Hull K.R. L 1982~83 H 13 7 VIEW
6th Feb 1983 W 11 Oldham L 1982~83 A 10 0 VIEW
15th Feb 1983 W 15 Carlisle CC1 1982~83 H 52 0 VIEW
27th Feb 1983 W 12 Leeds CC2 1982~83 A 23 13 VIEW
6th Mar 1983 W 15 Leeds L 1982~83 H 19 7 1 VIEW
12th Mar 1983 L 15 Featherstone Rovers CC3 1982~83 H 10 11 Y VIEW
16th Mar 1983 W 13 Warrington L 1982~83 A 17 13 VIEW
20th Mar 1983 L 13 Hull L 1982~83 A 13 24 VIEW
27th Mar 1983 W 12 Carlisle L 1982~83 A 40 16 2 VIEW
1st Apr 1983 L 12 Wigan L 1982~83 A 6 13 VIEW
4th Apr 1983 L 13 Widnes L 1982~83 H 9 11 VIEW
10th Apr 1983 W 13 Halifax L 1982~83 A 23 5 VIEW
12th Apr 1983 L 13 Bradford Northern L 1982~83 A 6 13 VIEW
17th Apr 1983 W 13 Carlisle L 1982~83 H 39 7 1 VIEW
7th Aug 1983 W 13 Huyton* Fr Charity 1983~84 H 48 14 3 VIEW
14th Aug 1983 W 11 Oldham* Fr Ward Cup 1983~84 A 32 10 VIEW
21st Aug 1983 W 15 Hull K.R. L 1983~84 H 30 11 1 VIEW
28th Aug 1983 W 3 Warrington L 1983~84 A 12 8 2 VIEW
3rd Sep 1983 W 3 Rochdale Hornets LC1 1983~84 A 28 4 VIEW
11th Sep 1983 L 11 Castleford L 1983~84 H 10 22 VIEW
14th Sep 1983 L 3 Warrington LC2 1983~84 H 26 30 1 VIEW
2nd Oct 1983 L 3 Oldham L 1983~84 A 6 32 VIEW
9th Oct 1983 W 11 Fulham L 1983~84 H 18 14 VIEW
23rd Oct 1983 W 11 Bradford Northern L 1983~84 H 29 14 1 VIEW
30th Oct 1983 W 11 Featherstone Rovers L 1983~84 H 19 13 VIEW
6th Nov 1983 W 11 Kent Invicta JP1 1983~84 A 40 7 1 VIEW
19th Nov 1983 W 11 Warrington JP2 1983~84 A 18 10 VIEW
27th Nov 1983 W 13 Featherstone Rovers JP3 1983~84 H 16 12 VIEW
4th Dec 1983 L 13 Hull K.R. L 1983~84 A 7 32 VIEW
17th Dec 1983 L 11 Widnes JPSF 1983~84 N 4 18 VIEW
20th Dec 1983 W 13 Salford L 1983~84 A 18 16 VIEW
26th Dec 1983 L 11 Wigan L 1983~84 A 8 12 VIEW
1st Jan 1984 L 13 Widnes L 1983~84 H 12 20 1 VIEW
8th Jan 1984 L 11 Wakefield Trinity L 1983~84 A 22 31 1 VIEW
11th Jan 1984 L 11 Hull L 1983~84 A 24 30 VIEW
15th Jan 1984 W 11 Whitehaven L 1983~84 H 40 10 VIEW
12th Feb 1984 W 11 Leigh CC1 1983~84 H 16 10 1 VIEW
19th Feb 1984 L 13 Leeds L 1983~84 A 7 18 VIEW
25th Feb 1984 W 11 Hull CC2 1983~84 H 24 14 VIEW
4th Mar 1984 W 11 Featherstone Rovers L 1983~84 A 21 13 VIEW
11th Mar 1984 L 11 Wigan CC3 1983~84 H 7 16 VIEW
16th Mar 1984 W 11 Hull L 1983~84 H 22 10 VIEW
25th Mar 1984 L 11 Castleford L 1983~84 A 22 26 VIEW
1st Apr 1984 W 11 Oldham L 1983~84 H 31 20 VIEW
6th Apr 1984 W 11 Leigh L 1983~84 H 37 12 VIEW
10th Apr 1984 W 11 Leeds L 1983~84 H 20 10 VIEW
15th Apr 1984 W 11 Whitehaven L 1983~84 A 27 21 2 VIEW
7th May 1984 L 11 Hull K.R. PTSF 1983~84 A 16 21 VIEW
26th Aug 1984 W 11 Oldham* Fr Ward Cup 1984~85 H 38 4 VIEW
2nd Sep 1984 W 9 Featherstone Rovers L 1984~85 H 25 10 VIEW
9th Sep 1984 W 11 Leeds L 1984~85 A 21 2 1 VIEW
14th Sep 1984 W 11 Runcorn Highfield LC1 1984~85 H 58 14 VIEW
23rd Sep 1984 L 11 Hull K.R. L 1984~85 A 6 32 VIEW
26th Sep 1984 W 11 Barrow LC2 1984~85 A 26 10 VIEW
30th Sep 1984 L 11 Bradford Northern L 1984~85 A 10 30 VIEW
7th Oct 1984 W 11 Castleford L 1984~85 H 30 16 VIEW
10th Oct 1984 W 11 Leigh LCSF 1984~85 H 31 10 VIEW
14th Oct 1984 W 11 Hunslet L 1984~85 A 32 14 VIEW
17th Oct 1984 W 11 Halifax L 1984~85 H 42 14 VIEW
21st Oct 1984 W 11 Oldham L 1984~85 H 32 5 1 VIEW
28th Oct 1984 W 11 Wigan LCF 1984~85 A 26 18 VIEW
11th Nov 1984 W 11 Barrow L 1984~85 H 59 2 1 VIEW
18th Nov 1984 W 11 Keighley JP1 1984~85 H 60 8 VIEW
25th Nov 1984 W 11 Bradford Northern L 1984~85 H 28 6 VIEW
2nd Dec 1984 D 11 Bradford Northern JP2 1984~85 A 12 12 VIEW
5th Dec 1984 W 11 Bradford Northern JP2 (rep) 1984~85 H 24 10 VIEW
9th Dec 1984 W 11 Leeds L 1984~85 H 48 16 2 VIEW
22nd Dec 1984 L 11 Halifax JP3 1984~85 H 8 14 VIEW
26th Dec 1984 L 11 Wigan L 1984~85 H 22 30 VIEW
1st Jan 1985 W 11 Widnes L 1984~85 A 8 6 VIEW
30th Jan 1985 L 11 Castleford L 1984~85 A 12 30 1 VIEW
21st Feb 1985 L 11 Hull K.R. CC1 1984~85 H 3 8 VIEW
24th Feb 1985 W 11 Barrow L 1984~85 A 31 16 VIEW
3rd Mar 1985 W 11 Featherstone Rovers L 1984~85 A 14 13 VIEW
22nd Mar 1985 W 11 Hull L 1984~85 H 47 18 VIEW
31st Mar 1985 W 11 Warrington L 1984~85 H 30 28 4 VIEW
5th Apr 1985 W 11 Wigan L 1984~85 A 30 19 2 VIEW
8th Apr 1985 W 11 Widnes L 1984~85 H 28 22 1 VIEW
14th Apr 1985 W 11 Hull K.R. L 1984~85 H 30 14 1 VIEW
17th Apr 1985 W 11 Hunslet L 1984~85 H 68 7 3 VIEW
19th Apr 1985 W 11 Workington Town L 1984~85 A 42 13 1 VIEW
21st Apr 1985 L 11 Leigh L 1984~85 A 26 30 VIEW
27th Apr 1985 W 11 Widnes PT1 1984~85 H 26 2 1 VIEW
7th May 1985 W 11 Wigan PTSF 1984~85 H 37 14 VIEW
11th May 1985 W 11 Hull K.R. PTF 1984~85 N 36 16 VIEW
26th May 1985 L 11 Canterbury* Fr Tour 1984~85 C 24 30 1 VIEW
29th May 1985 L 11 Waikato* Fr Tour 1984~85 H 24 34 VIEW
2nd Jun 1985 L 11 Manukau * Fr Tour 1984~85 A 10 26 VIEW
3rd Jun 1985 W 11 Northland * Fr Tour 1984~85 W 42 12 1 VIEW
22nd Sep 1985 L 15 Leeds L 1985~86 A 8 21 VIEW
25th Sep 1985 W 12 Whitehaven LC2 1985~86 H 26 8 VIEW
29th Sep 1985 L 11 Hull L 1985~86 H 22 35 1 VIEW
2nd Oct 1985 L 13 Wigan LCSF 1985~86 A 2 30 VIEW
13th Oct 1985 L 11 Castleford L 1985~86 A 18 32 VIEW
20th Oct 1985 W 13 Hull K.R. L 1985~86 H 39 22 1 VIEW
27th Oct 1985 L 11 New Zealand Tour 1985~86 H 8 46 VIEW
17th Nov 1985 W 11 Bradford Northern L 1985~86 A 18 9 1 VIEW
24th Nov 1985 W 11 Dewsbury JP1 1985~86 H 42 6 VIEW
1st Dec 1985 W 11 Doncaster JP2 1985~86 H 36 20 1 VIEW
8th Dec 1985 D 11 Leeds L 1985~86 H 12 12 VIEW
11th Dec 1985 W 11 Hull JP3 1985~86 H 57 14 VIEW
15th Dec 1985 D 11 Hull L 1985~86 A 20 20 VIEW
21st Dec 1985 L 13 Hull K.R. JPSF 1985~86 N 4 22 VIEW
24th Feb 1986 W 14 Dewsbury CC1 1985~86 A 22 19 VIEW
2nd Mar 1986 W 11 Halifax L 1985~86 H 22 10 VIEW
8th Mar 1986 L 11 Wigan CC2 1985~86 A 14 24 VIEW
16th Mar 1986 W 11 York L 1985~86 A 18 11 VIEW
19th Mar 1986 W 11 Salford L 1985~86 H 28 10 2 VIEW
23rd Mar 1986 W 10 Dewsbury L 1985~86 A 18 12 VIEW
28th Mar 1986 W 10 Wigan L 1985~86 H 18 13 VIEW
31st Mar 1986 W 10 Widnes L 1985~86 A 16 6 VIEW
2nd Apr 1986 W 10 Oldham L 1985~86 A 38 12 1 VIEW
6th Apr 1986 W 10 Swinton L 1985~86 H 24 14 VIEW
9th Apr 1986 W 10 Hull K.R. L 1985~86 A 22 13 VIEW
13th Apr 1986 W 15 Salford L 1985~86 A 30 28 VIEW
16th Apr 1986 W 10 Castleford L 1985~86 H 62 12 1 VIEW
20th Apr 1986 W 10 Oldham L 1985~86 H 44 12 2 VIEW
27th Apr 1986 L 10 Leeds PT1 1985~86 H 22 38 VIEW
24th Aug 1986 W 11 Great Britain XIII* Fr Testimonial 1986~87 H 34 30 VIEW
7th Sep 1986 W 10 Leeds L 1986~87 A 40 20 VIEW
14th Sep 1986 W 10 Carlisle LC1 1986~87 H 112 0 VIEW
21st Sep 1986 W 10 Halifax L 1986~87 H 38 16 1 VIEW
24th Sep 1986 W 10 Warrington LC2 1986~87 H 19 15 VIEW
28th Sep 1986 W 11 Hull K.R. L 1986~87 A 36 4 VIEW
1st Oct 1986 L 11 Wigan LCSF 1986~87 A 16 22 VIEW
5th Oct 1986 W 11 Wakefield Trinity L 1986~87 H 32 11 VIEW
12th Oct 1986 W 11 Barrow L 1986~87 A 34 12 1 VIEW
17th Oct 1986 W 11 Salford L 1986~87 H 32 14 1 VIEW
2nd Nov 1986 L 11 Australia Tour 1986~87 H 8 32 VIEW
9th Nov 1986 W 11 Featherstone Rovers L 1986~87 A 44 8 2 VIEW
16th Nov 1986 W 11 Oldham L 1986~87 A 18 17 1 VIEW
23rd Nov 1986 W 11 Hull L 1986~87 H 50 10 VIEW
6th Dec 1986 W 11 Castleford JP2 1986~87 A 26 22 1 VIEW
14th Dec 1986 L 11 Warrington JP3 1986~87 H 20 22 VIEW
21st Dec 1986 W 13 Oldham L 1986~87 H 28 6 VIEW
26th Dec 1986 L 11 Wigan L 1986~87 H 4 12 VIEW
1st Jan 1987 L 13 Widnes L 1986~87 A 10 16 VIEW
4th Jan 1987 L 11 Halifax L 1986~87 A 19 20 1 VIEW
21st Jan 1987 W 11 Swinton CCP 1986~87 H 18 16 1 VIEW
25th Jan 1987 W 11 Featherstone Rovers L 1986~87 H 43 14 VIEW
5th Feb 1987 W 11 Dewsbury CC1 1986~87 A 48 12 VIEW
14th Feb 1987 W 11 Oldham CC2 1986~87 A 24 14 VIEW
18th Feb 1987 W 11 Warrington L 1986~87 H 42 22 VIEW
22nd Feb 1987 W 11 Bradford Northern L 1986~87 H 40 14 VIEW
1st Mar 1987 W 11 Whitehaven CC3 1986~87 H 41 10 VIEW
4th Mar 1987 L 15 Castleford L 1986~87 A 10 12 VIEW
14th Mar 1987 W 11 Leigh CCSF 1986~87 N 14 8 1 VIEW
17th Mar 1987 L 15 Hull L 1986~87 A 22 36 VIEW
22nd Mar 1987 D 11 Warrington L 1986~87 A 17 17 VIEW
5th Apr 1987 W 11 Leeds L 1986~87 H 24 22 1 VIEW
8th Apr 1987 W 11 Barrow L 1986~87 H 26 4 VIEW
12th Apr 1987 L 11 Bradford Northern L 1986~87 A 4 18 VIEW
26th Apr 1987 W 13 Bradford Northern PT1 1986~87 H 46 14 VIEW
2nd May 1987 L 11 Halifax CCF 1986~87 N 18 19 VIEW
10th May 1987 L 13 Warrington PTSF 1986~87 H 8 18 VIEW
14th Aug 1987 W 13 Sheffield Eagles* Fr 1987~88 H 40 2 VIEW
23rd Aug 1987 L 11 Widnes * Fr Charity 1987~88 A 14 26 VIEW
30th Aug 1987 L 11 Castleford L 1987~88 A 10 20 VIEW
20th Sep 1987 L 13 Warrington L 1987~88 A 20 24 VIEW
27th Sep 1987 W 13 Bradford Northern L 1987~88 H 38 10 1 VIEW
4th Oct 1987 L 13 Halifax L 1987~88 A 12 14 1 VIEW
25th Oct 1987 W 13 Salford L 1987~88 A 18 8 VIEW
1st Nov 1987 W 13 Auckland Tour 1987~88 H 52 26 2 VIEW
8th Nov 1987 L 13 Leeds L 1987~88 A 21 24 VIEW
14th Nov 1987 W 13 Widnes JP1 1987~88 H 12 10 VIEW
22nd Nov 1987 W 13 Mansfield Marksmen JP2 1987~88 H 40 0 VIEW
29th Nov 1987 W 13 Hull JP3 1987~88 H 20 16 VIEW
6th Dec 1987 L 13 Hull K.R. L 1987~88 A 16 25 VIEW
13th Dec 1987 W 13 Warrington L 1987~88 H 17 14 1 VIEW
19th Dec 1987 W 13 Oldham JPSF 1987~88 N 18 8 1 VIEW
27th Dec 1987 W 13 Wigan L 1987~88 A 32 22 VIEW
3rd Jan 1988 W 13 Widnes L 1987~88 H 25 0 VIEW
9th Jan 1988 W 13 Leeds JPF 1987~88 N 15 14 VIEW
17th Jan 1988 W 13 Bradford Northern L 1987~88 A 13 12 VIEW
31st Jan 1988 W 13 Leigh CC1 1987~88 A 22 12 VIEW
7th Feb 1988 W 13 Halifax L 1987~88 H 16 4 VIEW
1st Mar 1988 W 13 Hunslet L 1987~88 H 70 6 VIEW
13th Mar 1988 W 13 Castleford L 1987~88 H 14 6 VIEW
16th Mar 1988 W 13 Salford L 1987~88 H 24 10 VIEW
20th Mar 1988 W 13 Swinton L 1987~88 A 34 18 1 VIEW
4th Apr 1988 L 13 Widnes L 1987~88 A 6 16 1 VIEW
10th Apr 1988 L 13 Leeds L 1987~88 H 23 28 VIEW
13th Apr 1988 W 13 Hull L 1987~88 A 20 8 2 VIEW
17th Apr 1988 W 13 Swinton L 1987~88 H 52 4 2 VIEW
24th Apr 1988 W 13 Castleford PT1 1987~88 H 40 8 VIEW
8th May 1988 W 13 Bradford Northern PTSF 1987~88 H 24 10 1 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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