|Joe Wilson by Alex Service |
We are indebted to Denis Whittle for providing us with valuable information about this local born player.
He tells us that Joe was a former pupil of West Park Grammar School, where he played rugby union on the wing for the school team. “He was in the RAF during the War,” remembers Denis. “After his demob he started to play for Saints in the A Team and he got signed on. He was my teacher at Lowe House when I was there and we went to Belle Vue to watch him make his debut. It was one of the first games Stan McCormick played for Belle Vue as well. For whatever reason, Joe didn’t think that rugby league was for him and he left Saints after playing a small number of matches. I believe he went to Sheffield University to do a degree course. I think he married a girl from the Sheffield area and had six children. His sisters lived in Harris Street.”
Joe was a speed merchant and a prize winner at the St Helens Police and Pilkington Recs athletics metings which were regularly held at Ruskin Drive.
Thanks to Ian Greatorex for his enquiry which prompted further research and verification of his correct date of birth. Joe died in Sheffield in January 2004, aged 82. If anyone has any further information about Joe, we would like to hear from you.
|Season (Official Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|Season (Other Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|16th Nov 1946||
|2||Belle Vue Rangers||L||1946~47||A||10||10||VIEW|
|26th Apr 1947||
|6th May 1947||
|3rd Feb 1951||
|*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.|
|WINS : 2 | LOSSES : 1 | DRAWS : 1|
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