Frank Carlton

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
21-03-1936
N/A
17-11-1952
Parr Central
06-04-1953 v Huddersfield
Swinton
1960- Wigan
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1952-1960
156 (0)
129
0
0
387

BIOGRAPHY

Frank Carlton by Dave Dooley:
Frank Carlton was a stalwart for the club playing over 150 matches mostly as a winger. Born on the 21st March 1936 in St Helens, he signed for the Club from the famous RL hotbed, Parr Central School, on 17th., November 1952. Frank made his debut away against Huddersfield in the 10 points all draw on the 6th. April 1953. Frank only played two matches in his first two seasons.
His first try was against Widnes in the first match of the 1954/55 season. Frank seemed to enjoy playing against Rochdale Hornets as he bagged two hat-tricks in league matches against them that season. He ended the season as the team`s top try scorer with 33 tries. The 1955/56 was the most prolific in Frank`s career with career best 40 tries including three hat-tricks against Barrow, Liverpool City and Swinton, with a stunning four try performance in the 53 points to 6 demolition of Bradford Northern in the third round of the Challenge Cup. In the 1956/7 season Frank was joint top scorer for Saints with Steve Llewellyn, each winger scoring 33 tries apiece. The haul included hat-tricks against Blackpool Borough and Rochdale Hornets (again!) with another four try feat, this time Huddersfield were the team under the cosh. The next season witnessed Frank score hat-tricks on successive Saturdays against Oldham and Warrington. However, he was limited to 16 games that season but still came back strong enough to persuade the Great Britain selectors to take him to Australia.

The next three seasons were topsy-turvy for any Saints hopefuls wanting to capture the number five jersey at Knowsley Road. With Tom Van Vollenhoven on the right wing scoring tries for fun, the Club chopped and changed the left wing position. Frank faced stiff opposition from Jan Prinsloo and other hopefuls. Frank Carlton only played 23 matches in his last two and a bit seasons at Knowsley Road but still bagged a very respectable 14 tries in those games. The transferring of both Jan Prinsloo to Wakefield Trinity and Frank Carlton to Wigan, eventually paved the way for a `£11 000 world record transfer to bring Mick Sullivan to Knowsley Road.In 156 matches for the Saints Frank scored 129 tries (13th on the all-time list of top try scorers for Saints), kicked no goals for a total points aggregate of 387 points. This represents a strike rate of over 82 tries per 100 matches, (fourth rank).

This speedy, elusive was a member of the 1956 Challenge Cup winning team that defeated Halifax by 13 points to 2. In this match Brian Howard created a sensational try for Frank Carlton cutting through the Halifax defence to put the flying winger away to score near the posts. This sent Saints fans into rapture as caps, scarves, rattles and saucers flew into the air.

Frank finished Saints leading try scorer on three occasions. This consistency enabled Frank to be selected for the 1958 Touring Squad to Australia where he made the Test team on one occasion. Furthermore, Frank won two Lancashire and one England cap in his time with the Saints. Frank also played against the Australian touring side on November 24th. 1956 when the Saints inflicted a record defeat on the tourists by 44 points to 2.

His final match for the Club was against Swinton on the 21st. of September, 1960. Frank was subsequently sold to Wigan where he faced his former team-mates in the 1961 Challenge Cup Final, thankfully Frank was on the losing side that particular day! In a cheery and white jersey Frank continued his try-scoring feats and was again selected to participate on the 1962 Australian Tour.

FOND FAREWELL FOR SAINT CARLO

A tribute by Denis Whittle

MISTY-EYED memories of Saints first-ever Challenge Cup triumph in 1956 will be stirred by the death of a legend whose brilliant try laid the foundation for the Knowsley Road side’s ultimate success.
Flying winger Frank Carlton, of Eccleston Park, died in Whiston Hospital at the age of 72. His wife Joan passed away in 1999, and he leaves children Greg and Linda, four grandchildren, sisters Mary and Annie, and partner Enid Williams. Ranked among the town’s favourite sporting sons Carlo, as he was popularly known, was a rare talent who also excelled on the athletics track, he was on the books of Everton FC and went on to earn his niche in Rugby League folklore.
Born in Blackbrook, Frank was a pupil at St, Marys and Parr Central schools, and it was here that he first revealed blistering pace, bewildering sidestep and Cumberland Throw tackling technique that stood him in good stead later when stopping burly opponents such as Billy Boston. And, by way of diversion from rugby, Carlton often appeared in Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas at school, with his starring role being that of Captain Cochran in HMS Pinafore.
He was contemporary with likes of Alec Davies, Bobby Chisnall and Eric Ledger before signing for Saints in 1953, for whom he went on to make 156 appearances during which he notched a remarkable 130 tries and was elevated to the Hall of Fame. An honour richly deserved in the opinion of Alex Murphy, who said Frank was the best locally-born winger he had seen.
Frank’s touchdown at Wembley was vital, coming as it did after a scoreless first forty minutes, when he raced over from halfway following a shrewd pass from centre Brian Howard, leaving Fax players Arthur Daniels, Ken Dean and Johnny Freeman trailing in his wake. “Good job my lad didn’t knock on!” said his proud mother.
Tall, dark, handsome and a modest gentleman to boot, Frank toured Australia and New Zealand with the Rugby League Lions in 1958-62 and also represented England and Lancashire. He joined Wigan in 1960 and, ironically, marked Tom van Vollenhoven when Saints beat the Central Park team at Wembley twelve months later. A gas fitter by trade, Carlton appeared in Service’s Rugby Union while in the RAF. Such was the regard for the man who enriched the lives of all who knew him that Blackbrook St.Marys Church was packed to the rafters for his funeral on Monday, March 2 2009.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1952~530 0 0 1
1953~54 0 0 0 1
1954~5533 0 0 36
1955~56 40 0 0 38
1956~5733 0 0 40
1957~5810 0 0 16
1958~598 0 0 13
1959~603 0 0 8
1960~612 0 0 3
TOTALS:129 0 0 156
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1954~551001
1955~560001
1956~571001
1958~591003
1960~611001
TOTALS:4007

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
6th Apr 1953 D 2 Huddersfield L 1952~53 A 10 10 V
19th Apr 1954 L 5 Huddersfield L 1953~54 A 13 29 V
14th Aug 1954 W 2 Widnes L 1954~55 H 31 3 1 V
18th Aug 1954 W 2 Belle Vue Rangers L 1954~55 A 20 11 V
25th Aug 1954 W 2 Swinton L 1954~55 H 28 9 1 V
28th Aug 1954 L 2 Oldham L 1954~55 H 16 23 2 V
4th Sep 1954 L 2 Halifax L 1954~55 A 2 22 V
20th Sep 1954 L 5 Oldham LC2 1954~55 A 9 20 1 V
9th Oct 1954 W 5 Leeds L 1954~55 H 13 6 V
16th Oct 1954 W 5 Salford L 1954~55 A 19 2 1 V
23rd Oct 1954 W 5 Whitehaven L 1954~55 H 30 3 1 V
30th Oct 1954 W 5 Widnes L 1954~55 A 8 2 1 V
6th Nov 1954 L 5 Workington Town L 1954~55 A 11 15 V
13th Nov 1954 W 5 Barrow L 1954~55 H 11 4 V
20th Nov 1954 W 5 Leeds L 1954~55 A 21 10 V
27th Nov 1954 D 5 Warrington L 1954~55 H 8 8 V
11th Dec 1954 W 5 Workington Town L 1954~55 H 16 2 1 V
18th Dec 1954 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1954~55 A 20 9 3 V
25th Dec 1954 L 5 Leigh L 1954~55 A 13 14 V
27th Dec 1954 W 5 Wigan L 1954~55 H 19 7 V
1st Jan 1955 W 5 Leigh L 1954~55 H 27 3 3 V
8th Jan 1955 L 5 Warrington L 1954~55 A 14 18 V
22nd Jan 1955 W 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1954~55 H 39 7 2 V
29th Jan 1955 W 5 Blackpool Borough L 1954~55 H 13 2 V
5th Feb 1955 W 5 Whitehaven L 1954~55 A 8 0 2 V
12th Feb 1955 W 5 Batley CC1 1954~55 A 15 2 2 V
19th Feb 1955 L 5 Oldham L 1954~55 A 2 9 V
5th Mar 1955 W 5 Keighley CC2 1954~55 A 3 2 1 V
12th Mar 1955 L 5 Swinton L 1954~55 A 4 7 V
19th Mar 1955 L 5 Workington Town CC3 1954~55 A 4 14 V
21st Mar 1955 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1954~55 H 23 3 3 V
26th Mar 1955 W 5 Salford L 1954~55 H 16 8 2 V
28th Mar 1955 W 5 Liverpool City L 1954~55 H 12 4 V
2nd Apr 1955 W 5 Belle Vue Rangers L 1954~55 H 31 0 2 V
8th Apr 1955 L 2 Wigan L 1954~55 A 12 16 V
9th Apr 1955 W 5 Halifax L 1954~55 H 14 8 2 V
11th Apr 1955 L 5 Huddersfield L 1954~55 A 11 35 1 V
18th Apr 1955 L 5 Barrow L 1954~55 A 3 26 1 V
7th May 1955 W 5 Leigh* Fr 1954~55 H 40 16 1 V
13th Aug 1955 L 5 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1955~56 H 17 31 V
20th Aug 1955 W 5 Widnes L 1955~56 A 35 18 1 V
27th Aug 1955 L 5 Barrow LC1 1955~56 A 12 18 1 V
31st Aug 1955 L 5 Salford L 1955~56 A 10 11 V
3rd Sep 1955 W 5 York L 1955~56 H 26 18 3 V
10th Sep 1955 W 5 Keighley L 1955~56 H 52 23 V
24th Sep 1955 W 5 Barrow L 1955~56 H 66 15 3 V
1st Oct 1955 W 5 Blackpool Borough L 1955~56 H 53 19 2 V
8th Oct 1955 W 5 Keighley L 1955~56 A 21 6 1 V
15th Oct 1955 W 5 Liverpool City L 1955~56 H 32 4 1 V
26th Oct 1955 W 5 New Zealand Tour 1955~56 H 16 8 V
29th Oct 1955 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1955~56 H 8 7 V
5th Nov 1955 W 5 Swinton L 1955~56 A 4 0 V
12th Nov 1955 W 5 Halifax L 1955~56 H 13 8 V
19th Nov 1955 W 5 Liverpool City L 1955~56 A 29 9 3 V
26th Nov 1955 W 5 Workington Town L 1955~56 H 36 3 1 V
3rd Dec 1955 W 5 Whitehaven L 1955~56 A 20 12 1 V
17th Dec 1955 W 5 Barrow L 1955~56 A 18 6 2 V
24th Dec 1955 W 5 Oldham L 1955~56 H 18 7 V
26th Dec 1955 L 5 Leigh L 1955~56 H 9 18 V
27th Dec 1955 L 5 Wigan L 1955~56 A 0 8 V
31st Dec 1955 W 5 Dewsbury L 1955~56 A 19 10 1 V
2nd Jan 1956 W 5 Leigh L 1955~56 A 20 6 2 V
7th Jan 1956 W 5 Salford L 1955~56 H 48 2 V
28th Jan 1956 W 5 Widnes L 1955~56 H 21 10 1 V
11th Feb 1956 W 5 Warrington CC1 1955~56 H 15 6 1 V
18th Feb 1956 W 5 Dewsbury L 1955~56 H 36 0 2 V
25th Feb 1956 W 5 Swinton L 1955~56 H 27 10 3 V
3rd Mar 1956 W 5 Castleford CC2 1955~56 H 48 5 2 V
10th Mar 1956 L 5 Warrington L 1955~56 A 4 17 V
14th Mar 1956 L 5 Halifax L 1955~56 A 0 12 V
17th Mar 1956 W 5 York L 1955~56 A 13 6 1 V
24th Mar 1956 W 5 Bradford Northern CC3 1955~56 H 53 6 4 V
30th Mar 1956 W 5 Wigan L 1955~56 H 29 7 1 V
7th Apr 1956 D 5 Barrow CCSF 1955~56 N 5 5 1 V
11th Apr 1956 W 5 Barrow CCSF(rep) 1955~56 N 10 5 V
14th Apr 1956 L 5 Oldham L 1955~56 A 8 40 V
21st Apr 1956 L 5 Halifax ChSF 1955~56 A 8 23 1 V
28th Apr 1956 W 5 Halifax CCF 1955~56 N 13 2 1 V
11th Aug 1956 L 5 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1956~57 H 22 24 1 V
18th Aug 1956 W 5 Widnes L 1956~57 H 29 0 1 V
20th Aug 1956 W 5 Liverpool City L 1956~57 A 56 5 V
25th Aug 1956 W 5 Bradford Northern L 1956~57 A 34 7 1 V
29th Aug 1956 W 5 Salford L 1956~57 H 40 0 2 V
1st Sep 1956 W 5 Swinton LC1 1956~57 H 27 7 V
8th Sep 1956 L 5 Oldham L 1956~57 H 16 25 2 V
11th Sep 1956 W 5 Liverpool City LC2 1956~57 H 34 3 1 V
15th Sep 1956 L 5 Hull L 1956~57 A 6 17 V
20th Sep 1956 W 5 Warrington LCSF 1956~57 A 17 9 V
22nd Sep 1956 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1956~57 H 49 11 2 V
29th Sep 1956 W 5 Blackpool Borough L 1956~57 A 58 5 3 V
6th Oct 1956 W 5 Liverpool City L 1956~57 H 25 5 2 V
13th Oct 1956 W 5 Salford L 1956~57 A 27 11 1 V
20th Oct 1956 L 5 Oldham LCF 1956~57 N 3 10 1 V
27th Oct 1956 L 5 Workington Town L 1956~57 H 9 11 1 V
10th Nov 1956 W 5 Featherstone Rovers L 1956~57 H 21 16 1 V
14th Nov 1956 L 5 Featherstone Rovers L 1956~57 A 6 15 V
24th Nov 1956 W 5 Australia Tour 1956~57 H 44 2 V
1st Dec 1956 W 5 Huddersfield L 1956~57 H 51 4 4 V
8th Dec 1956 L 5 Oldham L 1956~57 A 8 9 V
15th Dec 1956 W 5 Widnes L 1956~57 A 10 2 V
22nd Dec 1956 W 5 Whitehaven L 1956~57 H 37 6 1 V
25th Dec 1956 D 5 Leigh L 1956~57 A 7 7 V
29th Dec 1956 D 5 Warrington L 1956~57 A 8 8 V
1st Jan 1957 W 5 Leigh L 1956~57 H 18 14 1 V
12th Jan 1957 W 5 Swinton L 1956~57 A 14 9 V
19th Jan 1957 L 5 Leeds L 1956~57 A 11 22 1 V
26th Jan 1957 W 5 Barrow L 1956~57 H 59 5 2 V
2nd Feb 1957 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1956~57 A 23 8 3 V
9th Feb 1957 L 5 Whitehaven CC1 1956~57 A 8 9 V
16th Feb 1957 D 5 Hull L 1956~57 H 9 9 V
2nd Mar 1957 W 5 Halifax L 1956~57 H 31 7 V
9th Mar 1957 L 5 Wigan L 1956~57 H 11 20 V
16th Mar 1957 W 5 Bradford Northern L 1956~57 H 23 6 1 V
20th Mar 1957 W 5 Halifax L 1956~57 A 10 4 V
23rd Mar 1957 W 5 Huddersfield L 1956~57 A 10 9 V
3rd Apr 1957 W 5 Whitehaven L 1956~57 A 5 2 V
6th Apr 1957 W 5 Leeds L 1956~57 H 44 3 V
13th Apr 1957 W 5 Swinton L 1956~57 H 34 0 1 V
15th Apr 1957 L 5 Barrow L 1956~57 A 8 11 1 V
17th Aug 1957 W 5 Widnes L 1957~58 A 22 13 V
21st Aug 1957 W 5 Huddersfield L 1957~58 H 28 8 V
24th Aug 1957 W 5 Hunslet L 1957~58 H 30 9 2 V
26th Aug 1957 W 5 Oldham L 1957~58 A 21 7 3 V
31st Aug 1957 W 5 Workington Town LC1 1957~58 A 16 12 3 V
7th Dec 1957 W 5 Barrow L 1957~58 H 25 7 V
14th Dec 1957 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1957~58 A 10 5 V
21st Dec 1957 W 5 Wakefield Trinity L 1957~58 H 52 5 V
28th Dec 1957 L 5 Salford L 1957~58 A 7 12 V
1st Jan 1958 L 5 Leigh L 1957~58 A 5 15 V
29th Mar 1958 W 5 Blackpool Borough L 1957~58 H 25 11 V
4th Apr 1958 W 5 Wigan L 1957~58 H 32 7 1 V
5th Apr 1958 W 5 Hunslet L 1957~58 A 33 2 V
7th Apr 1958 W 5 Halifax L 1957~58 A 18 2 V
14th Apr 1958 W 5 Salford L 1957~58 H 42 8 1 V
3rd May 1958 L 5 Workington Town ChSF 1957~58 H 13 14 V
8th Sep 1958 W 5 Leigh LC2 1958~59 A 12 2 V
13th Sep 1958 W 5 Halifax L 1958~59 H 45 20 3 V
17th Sep 1958 W 5 Barrow LCSF 1958~59 H 18 6 1 V
27th Sep 1958 W 5 Hunslet L 1958~59 H 31 15 1 V
4th Oct 1958 W 5 Blackpool Borough L 1958~59 A 26 19 1 V
18th Oct 1958 D 5 Workington Town L 1958~59 A 10 10 V
25th Oct 1958 L 5 Oldham LCF 1958~59 N 2 12 V
1st Nov 1958 W 5 Salford L 1958~59 A 28 12 1 V
15th Nov 1958 W 5 Featherstone Rovers L 1958~59 A 36 9 V
28th Mar 1959 W 3 Liverpool City L 1958~59 A 40 20 1 V
4th Apr 1959 W 3 Halifax L 1958~59 A 25 19 V
18th Apr 1959 L 3 Swinton L 1958~59 A 11 19 V
21st Apr 1959 W 3 Workington Town L 1958~59 H 36 14 V
18th May 1959 W 2 Welsh XIII* Fr Tour 1958~59 P 44 28 1 V
20th May 1959 W 5 Welsh XIII* Fr Tour 1958~59 L 35 19 V
23rd May 1959 W 2 Welsh XIII* Fr Tour 1958~59 C 47 31 V
21st Nov 1959 W 5 Halifax L 1959~60 H 25 10 V
28th Nov 1959 L 5 Leeds L 1959~60 A 11 24 V
12th Dec 1959 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1959~60 A 40 4 1 V
19th Dec 1959 W 5 Rochdale Hornets L 1959~60 H 26 2 V
26th Dec 1959 W 4 Wigan L 1959~60 A 19 7 1 V
1st Jan 1960 W 4 Leigh L 1959~60 A 12 4 V
23rd Jan 1960 W 5 Oldham L 1959~60 H 27 6 1 V
19th Mar 1960 L 5 Halifax L 1959~60 A 15 20 V
6th Aug 1960 W 5 Liverpool City* Fr Charity Cup 1960~61 H 34 10 1 V
15th Aug 1960 W 5 Liverpool City L 1960~61 H 17 9 V
20th Aug 1960 W 2 Hunslet L 1960~61 H 22 10 1 V
21st Sep 1960 W 5 Swinton L 1960~61 A 15 7 1 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 149 OTHER 7 = 156
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 156

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