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Roy Haggerty (22 March 1960 – 22 April 2018) was a professional rugby league footballer for St. Helens, Barrow and Highfield who began his career playing as a centre before later playing as a second-row.

Roy Haggerty
Personal information
Born(1960-03-22)22 March 1960
Thatto Heath
Died22 April 2018(2018-04-22) (aged 58)
Playing information
PositionCentre, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1979–91 St. Helens 363 115 0 20 443
1991–93 Barrow 28
1993 Highfield (loan)
1993 Huddersfield (loan)
Total 391 115 0 20 443
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1987 Great Britain 2
Lancashire 1
Source: [1][2][3]

Capped twice for Great Britain Haggerty was selected to go on the 1988 Great Britain Lions tour of Australasia but did not play in any Test matches. He also appeared once for Lancashire in a game against Yorkshire.

Two of his sons Gareth Haggerty and Kurt Haggerty are also professional rugby league players.

Playing careerEdit

St HelensEdit

Born in Thatto Heath, Haggerty played for local amateur side Pilkington Recs before he signed for St Helens as a teenager. He made his first team début playing centre in a 31–20 defeat by Widnes in the John Player Trophy on 30 September 1979.

The first of his 115 tries for St Helens came on 9 October against Rochdale Hornets.[4][1]

A constant presence in the St Helens side for 12 seasons, Haggerty made 363 appearances scoring 115 tries and kicking 20 drop goals.[1] Among these appearances were two appearances in the final of the Lancashire Cup; the first a 16–0 defeat by Warrington in the 1982 competition, and the second in the 28–16 victory over Wigan in the 1984 final.[5]

In the same season, 1984–85, Heggarty played in the Premiership final as St Helens beat Hull Kingston Rovers 36–16.

Another final appearance was in the 1987–88 John Player Special Trophy]] final where St Helens beat Leeds 15–14.[5]

He made two appearance in the final of the Challenge Cup, both on the losing side. The first was in the 1987 final at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 2 May 1987, a losing appearance as Halifax won the cup 19–18.[5] The second was in the 27–0 defeat by Wigan at Wembley on 29 April 1989.[5]

In the early part of his career Haggerty played at positions but in 1984 St Helens signed Mal Meninga, considered at the time the best centre in the world. When told of the move Haggerty reportedly said "where are they going to play him?", the answer was in Haggerty's place in the centres and Haggerty was moved into the forwards to play at Second-row where he played for the rest of his career.[4]

After a testimonial season in 1990, Haggerty left St Helens in 1991.[1]

Post St HelensEdit

After leaving St Helens, Haggerty played for two seasons for Barrow before joining Highfield in 1993.[6] After a short spell with Highfield and another with Huddersfield, Haggerty retired at the end of the 1992–93 season.[3]

International careerEdit

In 1987 Haggerty was selected to play for Great Britain in two test matches against France, he did not score in either game but Great Britain won both matches.[5] Haggerty was selected for the 1988 Great Britain tour to Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand and while he played in some of the representative matches he did not play in any of the test matches.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Dooley, Dave (2013). "Roy Haggerty:biography". Saints Heritage Society. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Roy Haggerty: Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Roy Haggerty - St Helens & barrow". Rugby League Journal. No. 63. Summer 2018. p. 32.
  4. ^ a b c Service, Alex (22 April 2018). "Roy Haggerty - A tribute". St Helens. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e Critchley, Mike (23 April 2018). "Farewell Roy Haggerty; an unorthodox Saints terrace legend". St Helens Star. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Rugby League: Highfield higher on hope: Johnson's arrival breathes life into stragglers". The Independent. 22 March 1993. Retrieved 23 April 2018.