Gerry Helme

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Gerry Helme
Gerard Helme - Warrington.jpeg
Personal information
Full name Gerard J. Helme
Born second ¼ 1923
Leigh district, England
Died 19 December 1981 (aged 59)
Playing information
Position Scrum-half

Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1945–57 Warrington 442 101 19 341
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19??–?? Lancashire 11
1954 Combined Nationalities 1
1948–53 England 4 1 0 0 3
1948–54 Great Britain 12 3 0 0 9
Coaching information

Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
Leigh
Oldham
Total 0 0 0 0
Source: [1][2][3][4]

Gerard J. Helme (1923 – 1981), also known by the nickname of "Gerry", was an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1940s and 1950s who also became a coach. He played at representative level for Great Britain, England national, Combined Nationalities, and Lancashire, and at club level for Warrington, as a scrum-half, and coached at club level.[1][2][3] Helme played his entire club career for Warrington, with whom he won one Championship Final and two Challenge Cup Finals and became a Warrington Wolves Hall of Fame inductee.[5]

Background

Helme's birth was registered in Leigh, Lancashire in 1923.[6]

Playing career

Helme made his début for Warrington on Wednesday 29 August 1945. Helme played scrum-half in Warrington's 15-5 victory over Bradford Northern in the 1947-48 Championship Final at Maine Road, Manchester.[7] Helme played scrum-half in Warrington's 8-14 defeat by Wigan in the 1948–49 Lancashire Cup Final at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 13 November 1948,[8] Helme played scrum-half in Warrington's 19-0 victory over Widnes in the 1949–50 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 6 May 1950, in front of a crowd of 94,249. He played scrum-half in Warrington's 5-28 defeat by Wigan in the 1950–51 Lancashire Cup Final at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 4 November 1950.[9]

Helme represented Combined Nationalities in the 15-19 defeat by France at Stade de Gerland, Lyon on Sunday 3 January 1954. Helme played scrum-half in the 4-4 draw with Halifax in the 1953–54 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 24 April 1954, in front of a crowd of 81,841, and played scrum-half in the 8-4 victory over Halifax in the 1953–54 Challenge Cup Final replay at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Wednesday 5 May 1954, in front of a record crowd of 102,575 or more.[10] Helme became the first player to win the Lance Todd Trophy twice, his first coming in the victory over Widnes in the 1949–50 Challenge Cup Final, and his second coming in the victory over Haliax in the 1953–54 Challenge Cup Final replay.

Helme won caps for England while at Warrington in 1948 against Wales, France, in 1949 against Wales, France, in 1953 against France,[2] and won caps for Great Britain while at Warrington in 1948 against Australia (3 matches), in 1954 against Australia (3 matches), New Zealand (2 matches), in the 1954 Rugby League World Cup against France (2 matches), Australia, New Zealand. He also helped Great Britain to victory by scoring the match-winning try in the first ever World Cup Final in 1954.[3]

Helme played his last match for Warringtonn on Saturday 2 February 1957 (Heritage № 457).

Post-playing

After retiring from playing, Gerry Helme had coaching roles with Leigh, and Oldham. In 1981 he died at the age of 59.

References

  1. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "Coach Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  5. ^ "Hall of Fame (archived)". wire2wolves.com. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  6. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "History of Warrington Rugby League Club". britishrugbyleague.blogspot.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "1948-1949 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "1950-1951 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Mud, blood and memories of the day when 102,575 made history at Odsal". independent.co.uk. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 

External links

  • (archived by web.archive.org) Gerry Helme at warringtonwolves.org
  • (archived by archive.is) U.K. League hooker in Doubt
  • Warrington's World Cup heroes - Gerry Helme
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