John Stephens

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
02-09-1945
N/A
26-12-1970
Wigan
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
16-01-1971 v Leeds
Warrington
1974- Widnes
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1970-1974
127 (22)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
16
0
0
48

BIOGRAPHY

John Stephens by Dave Dooley:

You would not normally expect a chef to moonlight in the front row of a rugby league team - but that was the lot of John Stephens. In four full seasons at the start of the 1970s John helped the Saints to a League Championship, BBC TV Floodlit Trophy and a Challenge Cup victory. John was a strong running forward who was also blessed with an excellent battery of offloads and fine scrimmaging skills.

This Widnes born forward came to Knowsley Road in the new year of 1971, providing experience and stability as Cliff Watson`s career was being disrupted by a series of arm injuries. He scored his first try for the club in the 11 points to 8 away victory over Huddersfield on April 17th, 1971. John`s inaugural campaign with the Saints ended in glory as Billy `the bandit` Benyon grabbed a last minute try to sneak the Championship Final from archrivals Wigan. In those days of four tackles limited rugby John was in his element with penetrating angled runs followed by a cute offload to a supporting Saint. Such runs helped expose Wigan in the last ten minutes of that magnificent Final and pave the way for the Saints` backs to weave their magic and retain the tag of national champions.

Watson`s departure in the close season of 1971 provided John and Graham Rees with greater responsibility for Saints forwards` power plays. He was a non-playing substitute as Saints lifted their first BBC TV Floodlit Trophy by defeating Rochdale Hornets in a gritty, tryless battle at Knowsley Road. In the 1972 Challenge Cup Final John was not found wanting in defence or attack as Saints held on to a lead they had created in the first minute of the match courtesy of Graham Rees. John`s tackling was steadfast as the Loiners failed to produce a match-winning move.

John was a mainstay of the pack for the next two seasons though silverware evaded the Saints` trophy cabinet. Whilst at the Saints John gained a total of four Lancashire caps. He was transferred to his hometown club in 1974/5 as Widnes embarked on their great trophy winning sequence.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1970~71 2 0 0 20
1971~72 7 0 0 43
1971-72 0 0 0 1
1972~73 4 0 0 38
1973~74 3 0 0 28
1974~75 0 0 0 1
TOTALS:16 0 0 131
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1971~72 0001
1972~73 0001
1973~74 0001
1974~75 0001
TOTALS:0004

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
16th Jan 1971 L 8 Leeds L 1970~71 A 5 12 VIEW
23rd Jan 1971 W 8 Workington Town CC1 1970~71 A 8 6 VIEW
30th Jan 1971 W 8 Whitehaven L 1970~71 H 27 5 VIEW
6th Feb 1971 W 8 Salford L 1970~71 H 26 4 VIEW
13th Feb 1971 L 8 Castleford L 1970~71 A 6 12 VIEW
20th Feb 1971 L 8 Leeds CC2 1970~71 A 0 4 VIEW
6th Mar 1971 W 8 Featherstone Rovers L 1970~71 H 23 16 VIEW
13th Mar 1971 W 8 Hull K.R. L 1970~71 A 26 9 VIEW
20th Mar 1971 W 8 Swinton L 1970~71 H 40 0 VIEW
22nd Mar 1971 W 8 Leeds L 1970~71 H 30 9 VIEW
2nd Apr 1971 W 8 Widnes L 1970~71 A 8 5 VIEW
9th Apr 1971 W 8 Wigan L 1970~71 A 9 6 VIEW
10th Apr 1971 W 8 Batley L 1970~71 A 27 4 VIEW
12th Apr 1971 W 8 Widnes L 1970~71 H 14 5 VIEW
17th Apr 1971 W 8 Huddersfield L 1970~71 A 11 8 1 VIEW
24th Apr 1971 W 8 Huddersfield Ch1 1970~71 H 28 5 VIEW
30th Apr 1971 W 8 Hull Ch2 1970~71 H 30 5 VIEW
7th May 1971 W 8 Leeds ChSF 1970~71 H 22 7 VIEW
22nd May 1971 W 8 Wigan ChF 1970~71 N 16 12 VIEW
5th Jun 1971 W 8 St. Gaudens ECF(2) 1970~71 H 62 0 1 VIEW
30th Jul 1971 L 8 Salford * Fr Gallie Cup 1971~72 A 13 28 VIEW
6th Aug 1971 W 8 Leigh LC1 1971~72 H 11 10 VIEW
12th Aug 1971 W 8 Warrington LC2 1971~72 H 23 6 VIEW
14th Aug 1971 W 8 Leigh CS 1971~72 H 11 4 VIEW
17th Aug 1971 L 8 Widnes LCSF 1971~72 H 10 12 VIEW
24th Aug 1971 L 8 Leeds L 1971~72 A 13 20 VIEW
27th Aug 1971 W 8 Leigh L 1971~72 A 8 3 VIEW
30th Aug 1971 W 8 Workington Town L 1971~72 H 21 14 VIEW
6th Sep 1971 W 8 New Zealand Tour 1971~72 H 18 8 VIEW
8th Sep 1971 L 15 Castleford L 1971~72 A 13 22 VIEW
11th Sep 1971 W 8 Wakefield Trinity L 1971~72 A 23 12 VIEW
2nd Oct 1971 W 8 Salford L 1971~72 H 23 12 1 VIEW
9th Oct 1971 L 8 Bramley L 1971~72 A 10 15 VIEW
18th Oct 1971 W 8 Oldham L 1971~72 H 50 2 VIEW
23rd Oct 1971 L 8 Huddersfield L 1971~72 A 15 17 VIEW
25th Oct 1971 W 8 Batley L 1971~72 H 35 5 1 VIEW
30th Oct 1971 W 8 Bramley L 1971-72 H 37 4 VIEW
6th Nov 1971 W 8 Dewsbury L 1971~72 A 4 2 VIEW
13th Nov 1971 W 8 Featherstone Rovers JP1 1971~72 H 37 7 VIEW
20th Nov 1971 W 15 Castleford L 1971~72 H 14 2 Y VIEW
27th Nov 1971 W 15 Whitehaven JP2 1971~72 A 12 0 VIEW
30th Nov 1971 W 15 Leeds FTSF 1971~72 A 17 0 Y VIEW
4th Dec 1971 W 8 Oldham L 1971~72 A 28 0 VIEW
11th Dec 1971 W 15 Hull JP3 1971~72 H 33 5 VIEW
14th Dec 1971 W 15 Rochdale Hornets FTF 1971~72 H 8 2 Y VIEW
18th Dec 1971 L 15 Wakefield Trinity JPSF 1971~72 A 9 14 VIEW
27th Dec 1971 L 8 Wigan L 1971~72 A 3 8 VIEW
12th Feb 1972 W 15 Leigh L 1971~72 H 20 7 VIEW
4th Mar 1972 W 15 York CC3 1971~72 A 32 5 VIEW
11th Mar 1972 W 8 Huddersfield L 1971~72 H 27 0 1 VIEW
14th Mar 1972 W 8 Hull K.R. L 1971~72 H 29 2 1 VIEW
18th Mar 1972 W 8 Dewsbury L 1971~72 H 16 14 VIEW
24th Mar 1972 W 10 Salford L 1971~72 A 7 0 VIEW
27th Mar 1972 W 8 Halifax L 1971~72 A 19 5 1 VIEW
31st Mar 1972 W 10 Wigan L 1971~72 H 21 4 VIEW
3rd Apr 1972 L 12 Widnes L 1971~72 A 9 19 VIEW
6th Apr 1972 W 10 Workington Town L 1971~72 A 19 10 VIEW
8th Apr 1972 W 8 Hull L 1971~72 A 17 7 VIEW
15th Apr 1972 D 15 Warrington CCSF 1971~72 N 10 10 VIEW
19th Apr 1972 W 8 Warrington CCSF(rep) 1971~72 N 10 6 1 VIEW
22nd Apr 1972 W 8 Hull K.R. Ch1 1971~72 H 25 5 1 VIEW
28th Apr 1972 W 8 Rochdale Hornets Ch2 1971~72 H 17 5 VIEW
4th May 1972 W 15 Bradford Northern ChSF 1971~72 A 14 10 VIEW
13th May 1972 W 10 Leeds CCF 1971~72 N 16 13 VIEW
20th May 1972 L 10 Leeds ChF 1971~72 N 5 9 VIEW
11th Aug 1972 D 8 Salford * Fr Gallie Cup 1972~73 A 12 12 VIEW
20th Aug 1972 W 8 Rochdale Hornets L 1972~73 A 21 3 VIEW
22nd Aug 1972 W 8 Warrington L 1972~73 H 15 11 VIEW
25th Aug 1972 W 8 Huyton L 1972~73 H 41 2 1 VIEW
3rd Sep 1972 W 8 Warrington LC1 1972~73 A 18 16 VIEW
23rd Sep 1972 W 11 Halifax JP1 1972~73 A 22 20 VIEW
29th Sep 1972 W 10 Swinton L 1972~73 H 33 12 1 VIEW
7th Oct 1972 D 10 Oldham L 1972~73 A 12 12 VIEW
10th Oct 1972 L 10 Leeds FT1 1972~73 H 6 14 VIEW
13th Oct 1972 W 11 Bradford Northern L 1972~73 H 22 8 1 VIEW
22nd Oct 1972 W 10 Dewsbury L 1972~73 A 17 12 VIEW
27th Oct 1972 W 10 Featherstone Rovers L 1972~73 H 33 8 VIEW
3rd Nov 1972 W 10 Dewsbury L 1972~73 H 12 7 VIEW
15th Nov 1972 L 15 Australia Tour 1972~73 H 9 24 VIEW
19th Nov 1972 L 10 Workington Town L 1972~73 A 4 12 VIEW
24th Nov 1972 W 15 Featherstone Rovers JP2 1972~73 H 24 8 VIEW
1st Dec 1972 W 8 Oldham L 1972~73 H 24 10 VIEW
9th Dec 1972 W 8 Widnes JP3 1972~73 H 10 3 VIEW
15th Dec 1972 L 8 Workington Town L 1972~73 H 12 14 VIEW
20th Jan 1973 W 15 Leeds L 1972~73 A 5 2 VIEW
26th Jan 1973 W 15 Doncaster CC1 1972~73 H 41 0 VIEW
30th Jan 1973 W 15 Rochdale Hornets L 1972~73 H 22 7 VIEW
2nd Feb 1973 W 15 Barrow L 1972~73 H 33 2 VIEW
11th Feb 1973 L 15 Warrington L 1972~73 A 11 13 VIEW
18th Feb 1973 L 15 Wigan CC2 1972~73 A 2 15 VIEW
2nd Mar 1973 W 8 Blackpool Borough L 1972~73 H 29 0 VIEW
7th Mar 1973 L 8 Swinton L 1972~73 A 7 11 VIEW
11th Mar 1973 L 8 Whitehaven L 1972~73 A 7 9 VIEW
16th Mar 1973 W 8 Salford L 1972~73 H 21 4 VIEW
25th Mar 1973 W 8 Leigh L 1972~73 A 11 7 VIEW
27th Mar 1973 W 8 Leeds L 1972~73 H 19 12 VIEW
30th Mar 1973 W 8 Whitehaven L 1972~73 H 15 9 VIEW
6th Apr 1973 W 15 Barrow L 1972~73 A 6 5 VIEW
17th Apr 1973 W 8 Bradford Northern L 1972~73 A 24 8 VIEW
20th Apr 1973 L 8 Wigan L 1972~73 A 2 12 VIEW
23rd Apr 1973 W 8 Widnes L 1972~73 H 15 5 VIEW
27th Apr 1973 W 8 Leigh Ch1 1972~73 H 29 14 1 VIEW
2nd May 1973 W 8 Wakefield Trinity Ch2 1972~73 H 28 0 VIEW
6th May 1973 L 8 Leeds ChSF 1972~73 A 2 7 VIEW
10th Aug 1973 L 15 Salford * Fr Gallie Cup 1973~74 H 15 18 VIEW
27th Aug 1973 W 15 Barrow FTP(2) 1973~74 H 20 8 VIEW
7th Sep 1973 W 15 Wakefield Trinity L 1973~74 H 30 9 VIEW
15th Sep 1973 W 15 Featherstone Rovers JP1 1973~74 H 34 16 Y VIEW
13th Oct 1973 L 15 Leeds L 1973~74 A 15 20 VIEW
16th Oct 1973 W 12 Whitehaven FT1 1973~74 H 35 5 VIEW
19th Oct 1973 W 8 Warrington L 1973~74 H 24 6 VIEW
28th Oct 1973 W 8 Castleford L 1973~74 A 17 7 VIEW
6th Nov 1973 W 8 Rochdale Hornets FT2 1973~74 H 15 7 VIEW
11th Nov 1973 W 11 Warrington L 1973~74 A 11 5 VIEW
13th Nov 1973 W 12 Australia Tour 1973~74 H 11 7 VIEW
18th Nov 1973 W 11 Dewsbury L 1973~74 H 35 3 VIEW
25th Nov 1973 W 12 Hull K.R. L 1973~74 A 14 9 VIEW
22nd Dec 1973 L 10 Featherstone Rovers L 1973~74 A 8 13 VIEW
29th Dec 1973 D 12 Wakefield Trinity JP3 1973~74 A 18 18 1 VIEW
6th Jan 1974 W 8 Wakefield Trinity JP3 (rep) 1973~74 H 16 10 VIEW
12th Jan 1974 L 8 Warrington JPSF 1973~74 A 9 20 VIEW
17th Feb 1974 W 10 Rochdale Hornets L 1973~74 H 38 5 VIEW
24th Mar 1974 W 15 Leigh L 1973~74 H 44 5 1 VIEW
26th Mar 1974 L 12 Widnes L 1973~74 H 0 5 VIEW
31st Mar 1974 W 8 Oldham L 1973~74 H 33 12 VIEW
5th Apr 1974 W 8 Leeds L 1973~74 H 17 5 1 VIEW
10th Apr 1974 W 15 Wakefield Trinity L 1973~74 A 15 2 VIEW
12th Apr 1974 D 8 Wigan L 1973~74 H 9 9 VIEW
15th Apr 1974 L 8 Widnes L 1973~74 A 9 12 VIEW
17th Apr 1974 W 12 Bramley L 1973~74 H 19 13 VIEW
20th Apr 1974 W 8 Workington Town MCC1 1973~74 H 24 7 VIEW
28th Apr 1974 W 8 Castleford MCC2 1973~74 H 25 9 VIEW
3rd May 1974 W 8 Leeds MCCSF 1973~74 A 23 10 VIEW
16th Aug 1974 W 10 Blackpool Borough * Fr Charity 1974~75 H 30 8 VIEW
23rd Aug 1974 W 8 Warrington L 1974~75 A 16 10 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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