Alf Robinson

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
18-06-1894
N/A
04-09-1919
Unknown.
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
03-05-1919 v St. Helens Recs
Keighley
1923-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1918-1923
75 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
9
0
0
27

BIOGRAPHY

Alf Robinson by Alex Service

Born in St. Helens in 1894, the 1901 Census returns tell us that Alf lived in Raglan Street and that his father John was a glass bottle worker, born in Newcastle. Fast forward to 1911 and Alf is listed as a glass polisher, aged 16 and living in Wilson Street with his mother Anne. He was at the same residence when he made his debut for the Saints against local rivals Recs on 3 May 1919 at City Road, when the visitors lost 2-8. However Alf became a valued member of the St Helens team during the first full season of rugby league after the First World War, making 30 appearances. He was mostly a back rower, but could operate with equal effectiveness in the front row too. Alf scored 9 tries during his career as a Saint and was certainly no slouch in the loose.

Things were not easy at Knowsley Road when Alf played. Finances were always a problem and the Directors struggled to assemble a team that would compete for major honours. Alf played his last game for the seniors on 29 september 1923 at Keighley. The back row that day was Hilton, Robinson and Ernie Shaw, the former Wigan loose forward. One of his greatest matches was undoubtedly the game against Salford at Knowsley Road on 10 August 1921 when Alf scored three tries from the front row position, an unusual feat indeed in those days. The Saints won 16-6 and he formed a fearsome front row with Benny Briers and Bill Clarey.

Alf is yet another notable rugby product of the famous Bruk area of the St. Helens town centre and the family link continued when his son Roy was signed by the Saints and went on to play at Wembley in 1956. Apparently Alf worked as a glass polisher and on the railways as a plate layer. Alf finished his working life as a Park Ranger. He passed away in December1961, aged 68.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1918~19 0 0 0 1
1919~201 0 0 30
1920~21 1 0 0 16
1921~22 4 0 0 12
1922~233 0 0 12
1923~240 0 0 4
TOTALS:9 0 0 75
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1918~19 0001
TOTALS:0001

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
3rd May 1919
W
12 St. Helens Recs L 1918~19 A 8 2 VIEW
24th May 1919
L
12 Wigan * Fr 1918~19 N 3 16 VIEW
23rd Aug 1919
W
8 Broughton Rangers L 1919~20 H 28 2 VIEW
30th Aug 1919
W
8 Leigh L 1919~20 A 10 8 VIEW
6th Sep 1919
L
8 Oldham L 1919~20 H 3 12 VIEW
13th Sep 1919
L
11 Swinton L 1919~20 A 5 7 VIEW
4th Oct 1919
L
11 Widnes L 1919~20 A 0 13 VIEW
11th Oct 1919
W
8 Barrow L 1919~20 H 27 13 VIEW
18th Oct 1919
L
8 Widnes LC1 1919~20 A 8 16 VIEW
25th Oct 1919
L
8 Oldham L 1919~20 A 3 26 VIEW
8th Nov 1919
W
11 Hull K.R. L 1919~20 H 11 0 VIEW
11th Nov 1919
L
11 Rochdale Hornets L 1919~20 A 5 6 VIEW
22nd Nov 1919
L
11 Halifax L 1919~20 A 8 17 VIEW
30th Nov 1919
L
13 Leigh L 1919~20 H 3 12 VIEW
13th Dec 1919
W
11 Swinton L 1919~20 H 12 7 VIEW
20th Dec 1919
W
11 Halifax L 1919~20 H 5 0 1 VIEW
25th Dec 1919
L
11 St. Helens Recs L 1919~20 A 6 21 VIEW
3rd Jan 1920
D
10 Wakefield Trinity L 1919~20 A 9 9 VIEW
10th Jan 1920
L
11 Salford L 1919~20 H 6 13 VIEW
17th Jan 1920
W
11 Hull K.R. L 1919~20 A 17 5 VIEW
24th Jan 1920
W
11 Widnes L 1919~20 H 12 2 VIEW
7th Feb 1920
L
11 Barrow L 1919~20 A 5 25 VIEW
14th Feb 1920
L
9 Batley L 1919~20 A 3 6 VIEW
21st Feb 1920
D
11 Wakefield Trinity CC1 1919~20 H 2 2 VIEW
24th Feb 1920
D
11 Wakefield Trinity CC1(rep) 1919~20 A 2 2 VIEW
26th Feb 1920
L
11 Wakefield Trinity CC1(2nd rep) 1919~20 N 3 12 VIEW
6th Mar 1920
W
10 Warrington L 1919~20 A 11 2 VIEW
13th Mar 1920
L
10 Batley L 1919~20 H 0 6 VIEW
20th Mar 1920
L
10 Rochdale Hornets L 1919~20 H 0 8 VIEW
2nd Apr 1920
L
10 Wigan L 1919~20 A 5 20 VIEW
5th Apr 1920
D
10 Warrington L 1919~20 H 8 8 VIEW
10th Apr 1920
L
10 Salford L 1919~20 A 5 7 VIEW
28th Aug 1920
L
11 Broughton Rangers L 1920~21 A 11 13 VIEW
4th Sep 1920
W
11 Widnes L 1920~21 H 18 8 VIEW
11th Sep 1920
L
11 Leigh L 1920~21 A 0 5 VIEW
18th Sep 1920
W
11 Warrington L 1920~21 H 26 6 VIEW
25th Sep 1920
W
11 Swinton L 1920~21 A 17 8 VIEW
2nd Oct 1920
W
11 Bradford Northern L 1920~21 H 38 3 VIEW
9th Oct 1920
W
11 Widnes L 1920~21 A 10 2 VIEW
22nd Jan 1921
W
12 Hunslet L 1920~21 H 8 7 1 VIEW
29th Jan 1921
L
11 Warrington L 1920~21 A 2 15 VIEW
5th Feb 1921
L
11 Rochdale Hornets L 1920~21 H 0 10 VIEW
12th Feb 1921
L
11 Keighley L 1920~21 A 0 9 VIEW
19th Feb 1921
L
11 Barrow L 1920~21 A 5 25 VIEW
26th Feb 1921
L
11 Bramley CC1 1920~21 H 0 7 VIEW
5th Mar 1921
W
12 Oldham L 1920~21 H 11 3 VIEW
19th Mar 1921
L
12 Hunslet L 1920~21 A 5 7 VIEW
25th Mar 1921
L
12 Wigan L 1920~21 A 3 24 VIEW
10th Sep 1921
W
10 Salford L 1921~22 H 16 6 3 VIEW
17th Sep 1921
L
10 Rochdale Hornets L 1921~22 A 5 13 VIEW
24th Sep 1921
W
10 Bramley L 1921~22 H 21 13 VIEW
1st Oct 1921
W
10 Broughton Rangers L 1921~22 A 5 2 VIEW
15th Oct 1921
L
10 Barrow L 1921~22 A 0 18 VIEW
25th Feb 1922
L
13 Broughton Rangers CC1 1921~22 A 0 13 VIEW
4th Mar 1922
W
11 Broughton Rangers L 1921~22 H 14 9 VIEW
11th Mar 1922
L
11 Wakefield Trinity L 1921~22 A 5 17 VIEW
18th Mar 1922
W
11 York L 1921~22 H 17 8 1 VIEW
25th Mar 1922
W
11 Featherstone Rovers L 1921~22 H 24 13 VIEW
14th Apr 1922
L
11 Wigan L 1921~22 A 5 8 VIEW
16th Apr 1922
L
11 York L 1921~22 A 3 6 VIEW
26th Aug 1922
L
11 Widnes L 1922~23 A 3 11 VIEW
16th Sep 1922
W
11 Wigan Highfield L 1922~23 H 21 5 VIEW
23rd Sep 1922
L
11 Hull L 1922~23 A 15 18 1 VIEW
30th Sep 1922
W
11 Bramley L 1922~23 H 19 5 VIEW
7th Oct 1922
L
11 Warrington L 1922~23 A 14 21 2 VIEW
14th Oct 1922
W
11 Salford LC1 1922~23 H 25 8 VIEW
21st Oct 1922
W
11 Broughton Rangers L 1922~23 H 24 10 VIEW
28th Oct 1922
L
11 Warrington LC2 1922~23 H 4 17 VIEW
30th Dec 1922
L
12 Leigh L 1922~23 A 3 18 VIEW
13th Jan 1923
W
13 Bramley L 1922~23 A 6 3 VIEW
14th Apr 1923
W
9 Oldham L 1922~23 H 17 12 VIEW
21st Apr 1923
W
9 Salford L 1922~23 H 56 10 VIEW
1st Sep 1923
L
10 Warrington L 1923~24 H 5 8 VIEW
15th Sep 1923
W
12 Bradford Northern L 1923~24 A 12 4 VIEW
22nd Sep 1923
L
12 Oldham L 1923~24 H 21 27 VIEW
29th Sep 1923
L
12 Keighley L 1923~24 A 8 14 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 31 | LOSSES : 41 | DRAWS : 4

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