Herbert Wearing


Date unknown.
Kirkby Lonsdale RFC
06-12-1902 v Hull K.R.
13 (0)


Waring by SHS

The first reaction is to think that this player is a local lad who came through the ranks, given that his surname is not unusual in the St. Helens area. This is not the case. The evidence is presented in the St. Helens Newspaper and Advertiser on 9th December 1902, after Saints had lost at Hull KR: “Waring of the Kirkby Lonsdale club was introduced as partner to Liversedge”. It must be said that the Saints were struggling on the field at the time and looked relegation certainties. Yet it appears that Waring, playing right centre, received some due praise from the match report: “Of the threequarters who played at Hull KR the new man, Waring, did very well until he met with an accident early in the second half. He is equally strong at catching and kicking but is rather slow”.

Waring had recovered from his mishap by the New Year and Lancastrian, in the St. Helens Reporter [18th January 1903] after the match against Huddersfield wrote: “Foulkes was as good as usual, whilst Liversedge at threequarter played a good game, but was hardly supported, although the new recruits, Wareing [sic] and Newman ought to eventually prove good men”. Waring, who appeared in both centre positions, also played a few games on the right wing too. Fast forward to Friday 10 April and Lancastrian makes further comments about our man after Hull KR beat the Saints once more: “Wareing played fairly well at full-back and it is just as well if one, two or more are tried at full-back, as Foulkes is probably getting worse for wear. Of course, no one can go on for ever”.

The following week he was in the centre again for the visit to Salford, partnering Moses Green on the right and another disappointing defeat. This proved to be War[e]ing’s last game for the club and the trail goes cold. Indeed, research centring on the Kirkby Lonsdale area has indicated that his surname could actually be Wearing and that his first name was Herbert. A represntative of the Kirby Lonsdale RUFC confirmed that Herbert Wearing did play for their club at the time and interested the Barrow RL club. That Herbert Wearing was a joiner and wheelwright and in 1939 was resident at Mitchelgate in South Westmoreland. That person died in Durham in late 1944 at the age of 44. If anyone has any further information about this player, such as a first name or photograph, feel free to contact us.


Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1902~03 0 0 0 13
TOTALS:0 0 0 13
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches


6th Dec 1902 L 3 Hull K.R. L 1902~03 A 0 10 VIEW
10th Jan 1903 L 3 Huddersfield L 1902~03 H 5 13 VIEW
24th Jan 1903 L 3 Brighouse Rangers L 1902~03 H 0 7 VIEW
31st Jan 1903 L 3 Swinton L 1902~03 A 0 15 VIEW
7th Feb 1903 L 3 Runcorn L 1902~03 A 0 19 VIEW
14th Feb 1903 W 2 Warrington CC1 1902~03 H 6 3 VIEW
21st Feb 1903 L 4 Rochdale Hornets CC2 1902~03 H 2 8 VIEW
24th Feb 1903 L 4 Warrington L 1902~03 A 0 6 VIEW
14th Mar 1903 W 2 Hull L 1902~03 H 10 8 VIEW
28th Mar 1903 L 2 Broughton Rangers L 1902~03 H 3 18 VIEW
31st Mar 1903 L 2 Oldham L 1902~03 A 4 13 VIEW
4th Apr 1903 L 1 Hull K.R. L 1902~03 H 2 6 VIEW
13th Apr 1903 L 3 Salford L 1902~03 A 3 11 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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