Jamie Lyon

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
24-01-1982
N/A
18-08-2004
Parramatta Eels, Aus
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
11-02-2005 v Widnes Vikings
Hull FC
2006- Manly Sea Eagles
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
2005-
63 (1)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
46
213
0
610

BIOGRAPHY

Jamie Lyon by Alex Service

St.Helens Rugby League club took a huge gamble when they signed Australian Test centre Jamie Lyon on a two-year deal for the start of the 2005 season. Jamie stunned the NRL by quitting the Parramatta club in Sydney just one game into the 2004 campaign after spending seven years with the Eels. Apparently unsettled by life in Sydney, the 23 year old returned to his home in Wee Waa and actually helped his local team to Grand Final success in the NSW Group 4 competition.

The man who began his Parramatta career with five tries, together with a brace on his debut for Australia was tagged the new Mal Meninga by Saints’ Coach Ian Millward, Lyon soon proved his worth to the team at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium in the Fourth Round of the Super League competition on 4 March, when he was switched to stand-off half in the absence of Paul Sculthorpe. He engineered a stunning 18-16 victory by creating three tries in the last nine minutes. Apart from his beguiling handling skills, it was his kicking game that took centre stage that evening, with a brilliant 40-20 kick, followed by a spiralling bomb that was seized upon by Keiron Cunningham for the match-winning try with just a couple of seconds to go! Lyon’s range of skills had to be seen to be believed, allied to deceptive strength and pace. His tackling technique was such that he could bring down players much bigger than himself, such as the Bradford Bulls giant winger Lesley Vainikolo. Jamie also developed an almost telepathic understanding with fellow Australian winger Darren Albert, the most explosive partnership in Super League in 2005. Most important of all, he settled down quickly into his new environment and clearly enjoyed his rugby once again!

Indeed, Lyon produced Man of the Match performances with regularity, scoring 24 tries in 31 appearances, as the Saints overtook Leeds to take possession of the League Leader’s Shield in 2005. Despite their ‘Great Entertainers’ tag, Grand Final glory eluded them, as injuries to key players took their toll. Yet Jamie produced a stunning individual performance against Leeds Rhinos in the Elimination semi-final to bring the Saints right back into contention with two brilliant solo tries, together with two magnificent touchline conversions in the last ten minutes. Although the game was lost 19-16 and the team were later eliminated by Bradford Bulls, there was to be some consolation for Lyon when he was named Rugby League’s Man of Steel, the third St.Helens player to receive this coveted award after Sean Long (2000) and Paul Sculthorpe (2001 and 2002). He was also named the Rugby League Writer’s Player of the Year and Rugby Player of the Year in the BBC North West Sports Personality awards – due recognition indeed for a virtually instant Saints’ Great!

2006 was a fantastic year for Jamie and the Saints. It was the Year of the Treble, when the club enjoyed a Challenge Cup victory against Huddersfield at Twickenham, with Jamie scoring a marvellous try and kicked 7 goals. The Saints also won their second League Leaders Shield, losing just four matches during the campaign. Then it was on to Old Trafford and a comprehensive destruction of Hull FC in the Grand Final by 26-4. Jamie kicked 3 goals. Jamie returned to Australia and won a Grand Final with the Manly club, who later became World Club Champions after beating Leeds at Elland Road. He remains a hugely popular figure in the town and supporters hope that he may return to wear the famous red vee for a second spell. What a signing he would be as a flagship player for the opening of our new stadium. We can but dream, however!

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
200524 49 0 31
200622 164 0 32
TOTALS:46 213 0 63
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
20050002
2006 0901
TOTALS:0903

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
20th Jan 2005 W 3 Widnes Vikings* Fr 2005 A 22 16 VIEW
2nd Feb 2005 W 3 Hull FC* Fr 2005 H 28 18 VIEW
11th Feb 2005 W 3 Widnes Vikings SL 2005 H 40 18 VIEW
18th Feb 2005 L 3 Leeds Rhinos SL 2005 A 18 30 VIEW
25th Feb 2005 W 3 Huddersfield Giants SL 2005 H 34 24 VIEW
4th Mar 2005 W 6 Warrington Wolves SL 2005 A 18 16 VIEW
11th Mar 2005 W 3 Salford City Reds SL 2005 H 46 12 2 VIEW
19th Mar 2005 W 3 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2005 H 64 16 6 VIEW
25th Mar 2005 L 3 Wigan Warriors SL 2005 A 20 22 1 2 VIEW
3rd Apr 2005 W 3 Huddersfield Giants PCC4 2005 A 26 22 5 VIEW
8th Apr 2005 W 6 Leigh Centurions SL 2005 H 60 16 3 3 VIEW
24th Apr 2005 W 3 Huddersfield Giants SL 2005 A 36 22 6 VIEW
29th Apr 2005 W 3 Warrington Wolves SL 2005 H 31 30 2 VIEW
13th May 2005 L 3 Hull FC SL 2005 A 6 44 VIEW
21st May 2005 W 3 Widnes Vikings SL 2005 A 29 22 VIEW
27th May 2005 W 3 Leeds Rhinos SL 2005 H 38 24 VIEW
4th Jun 2005 W 3 Bradford Bulls SL 2005 A 66 4 2 1 VIEW
10th Jun 2005 W 3 Salford City Reds SL 2005 A 33 22 3 VIEW
17th Jun 2005 D 3 London Broncos SL 2005 H 28 28 1 VIEW
26th Jun 2005 W 3 Wigan Warriors PCC6 2005 H 75 0 1 2 VIEW
3rd Jul 2005 W 3 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2005 A 38 26 1 4 VIEW
8th Jul 2005 W 3 Hull FC SL 2005 H 18 10 1 3 VIEW
15th Jul 2005 W 3 Wigan Warriors SL 2005 H 40 18 VIEW
22nd Jul 2005 W 14 Leigh Centurions SL 2005 A 27 20 2 3 VIEW
30th Jul 2005 L 3 Hull FC PCCSF 2005 N 8 34 1 VIEW
5th Aug 2005 W 3 Warrington Wolves SL 2005 A 30 10 VIEW
12th Aug 2005 W 3 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2005 H 60 4 2 VIEW
20th Aug 2005 W 3 London Broncos SL 2005 H 50 4 1 VIEW
4th Sep 2005 W 3 Leigh Centurions SL 2005 A 78 4 2 VIEW
9th Sep 2005 W 3 Wigan Warriors SL 2005 A 38 12 3 VIEW
17th Sep 2005 L 3 Bradford Bulls SL 2005 H 18 32 3 VIEW
30th Sep 2005 L 3 Leeds Rhinos SLQSF 2005 H 16 19 2 2 VIEW
7th Oct 2005 L 3 Bradford Bulls SLEF 2005 H 18 23 3 VIEW
28th Jan 2006 W 3 Widnes Vikings * Fr 2006 A 70 6 9 VIEW
11th Feb 2006 W 3 Harlequins RL SL 2006 A 40 16 1 6 VIEW
17th Feb 2006 W 3 Castleford Tigers SL 2006 H 44 8 6 VIEW
24th Feb 2006 W 3 Leeds Rhinos SL 2006 H 13 4 2 VIEW
3rd Mar 2006 W 3 Warrington Wolves SL 2006 A 18 10 3 VIEW
12th Mar 2006 W 3 Huddersfield Giants SL 2006 A 18 16 1 3 VIEW
17th Mar 2006 W 3 Bradford Bulls SL 2006 H 38 16 5 VIEW
24th Mar 2006 W 3 Hull FC SL 2006 A 46 0 1 5 VIEW
31st Mar 2006 W 3 Doncaster Lakers PCC4 2006 H 56 6 1 5 VIEW
7th Apr 2006 W 3 Harlequins RL SL 2006 H 16 6 2 VIEW
14th Apr 2006 W 3 Wigan Warriors SL 2006 H 48 10 8 VIEW
17th Apr 2006 W 3 Catalans Dragons SL 2006 A 34 20 5 VIEW
21st Apr 2006 W 3 Salford City Reds SL 2006 A 12 10 2 VIEW
12th May 2006 W 4 Warrington Wolves SL 2006 H 34 22 7 VIEW
20th May 2006 W 3 Bradford Bulls PCC5 2006 H 42 18 1 7 VIEW
27th May 2006 W 3 Wigan Warriors SL 2006 A 28 14 1 6 VIEW
3rd Jun 2006 W 3 Catalan Dragons PCC6 2006 H 56 10 1 8 VIEW
8th Jun 2006 L 3 Hull FC SL 2006 H 26 27 1 3 VIEW
16th Jun 2006 L 3 Bradford Bulls SL 2006 A 18 20 3 VIEW
24th Jun 2006 W 3 Salford City Reds SL 2006 H 28 6 2 2 VIEW
2nd Jul 2006 W 3 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2006 A 52 36 1 8 VIEW
7th Jul 2006 W 3 Catalan Dragons SL 2006 H 52 26 2 8 VIEW
14th Jul 2006 W 3 Harlequins RL SL 2006 H 30 24 5 VIEW
22nd Jul 2006 W 3 Leeds Rhinos SL 2006 A 18 14 3 VIEW
29th Jul 2006 W 3 Hull Kingston Rovers PCCSF 2006 N 50 0 1 7 VIEW
4th Aug 2006 W 3 Huddersfield Giants SL 2006 H 56 8 1 6 VIEW
13th Aug 2006 W 3 Castleford Tigers SL 2006 A 72 4 2 12 VIEW
26th Aug 2006 W 3 Huddersfield Giants PCCF 2006 N 42 12 1 7 VIEW
1st Sep 2006 W 3 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2006 H 34 12 1 4 VIEW
9th Sep 2006 W 3 Leeds Rhinos SL 2006 H 54 18 3 6 VIEW
17th Sep 2006 W 3 Warrington Wolves SL 2006 A 38 30 5 VIEW
29th Sep 2006 W 3 Hull FC SLPOQF 2006 H 12 8 2 VIEW
14th Oct 2006 W 3 Hull FC SLGF 2006 N 26 4 3 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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