On This Day: Cliff Watson was born – 1940!

Each day whilst we are all in Lockdown we will recall a famous Saints moment from the current day thanks to Saints Heritage Society.

26th April 1940

Iron man front-rower Cliff Watson [Heritage Number #774] was born in Stepney, London.

The family moved to Cliff’s father’s birthplace, Dudley, in the West Midlands, during the Blitz, where he later played for Dudley Kingswinford RUFC.

Cliff answered a national newspaper advert to come to Knowsley Road for a trial and the rest is history.

He went on to make 373 appearances for St Helens RFC and played 30 times for Great Britain, a fantastic achievement.

Cliff is seen third from the left on the front row, with his arm round another great Saint, Tom van Vollenhoven, during the Greatest 17 celebrations in 2010.

For more Saints heritage visit www.saints.org.uk

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