|Richard Walmesley by Alex Service |
This is quite an unusual story, of Saints’ Assistant Secretary, who could play a little bit, being co-opted for a senior game at short notice. In this particular case, there was a larger than usual crowd at Knowsley Road assembled for the game against Normanton. The reason was the first appearance of the former Wigan winger Dai Harris, whose transfer had been successfully concluded during the week. Rugbyite in the St. Helens Newspaper takes up the story: “The St. Helens team looked rather peculiar when they skipped on to the field and after Harris, numerous were the enquiries as to who the other new threequarter was who was playing in Creevey’s place. A second glance, however, showed the aspiring international to be Dick Walmesley, the Assistant Secretary of the club, who created a bit of a sensation some weeks ago by scoring a wonderful try for the Second Team. The popular Richard is nothing if not keen”.
Looking through the match report, it appears that Dick had some chances, but for various reasons, they were not taken and not all of his doing. But one did stick. A brilliant pass from David Traynor and Dick dashed over in the corner. So, although in the end it was an easy 28-3 victory against the lads from Yorkshire, Dick had played his part. Dick then moved to live in Southport where he had taken up the scissors to become a barber. He was in that town in 1939 living in Hope Street. His death is registered in Ormskirk in June 1968 at the grand old age of 88.