Alf Frodsham

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
29-08-1902
N/A
26-12-1922
Pilkingtons RU Doncaster
26-12-1922 v Wigan
St. Helens Recs
1937- when he Retired
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1922-1929
215 (0)
88
4
0
272

BIOGRAPHY

Alf Frodsham by Alex Service

A member of a sporting family from Pigot Street in St.Helens, Alf Frodsham was on Saints’ books as an amateur from an early age but allowed to ‘drift.’ He was playing Rugby Union at Doncaster, for the Pilkington Works team and attracted the attention of Huddersfield and Halifax. On hearing this, Alf was invited by the St.Helens Board to play in the Boxing Day clash at home to Wigan in 1922 and signed on professional forms afterwards. He gradually cemented a regular place in the First Team, essentially as a centre, although he could play anywhere in the back line with equal effectiveness.

Alf wore the number 3 jersey as a member of the famous St.Helens team that brought the Lancashire Cup home to Knowsley Road for the first time in the club’s history, against Recs on 20 November 1926. Fast and direct, Frodsham scored 22 tries during the campaign and came to the notice of the county selectors. Playing on the right wing, (club-mate Alf Ellaby was on the other flank) he scored on his debut for Lancashire in a stunning 28-3 victory over New Zealand at Leigh. Before the end of the season, he was left centre in the England team that defeated Wales 11-8 at the Cliff, Broughton.

Overall, Alf made 5 appearances for Lancashire in the County Championship and won them all, with a further match against Australia, at Warrington in 1929. He gave a stunning performance during the 1928 Tour Trial at Headingley, when he scored three superb tries for the Whites against the Reds, which assured him of a place in the Squad to visit Australia and New Zealand one of four Saints’ players to make the trip. (Alf Ellaby, Les Fairclough and Ben Halfpenny were the others). Alf made 17 appearances on tour, scoring 15 tries. He played in the Second and Third Tests in New Zealand, which Great Britain won to clinch the rubber.

He was on the verge of further glory with the Saints when he was transferred to local rivals Recs for £450, in February 1929 - a result of his dissatisfaction at not being guaranteed a Benefit at the end of his career. The emergence of young centre Bill Mercer and the signing of New Zealand winger Roy Hardgrave also made competition for places very intense. Ironically, Alf went on to pick up his second Lancashire Cup Winner’s medal when the Recs beat Wigan 18-3 at Station Road. Alf returned to Knowsley Road briefly as a player in 1937 and took over as First Team Coach for a spell just after the War. Brother Harry followed him into the Saints team as a scrum-half and another brother, Eric, found fame as a full-back with Warrington. A sporting family indeed!

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1922~234 0 0 11
1923~246 0 0 16
1924~2511 3 0 37
1925~2616 0 0 32
1926~27 21 0 0 41
1927~28 14 0 0 33
1928~2912 0 0 30
1929~30 4 0 0 10
1936~37 0 1 0 5
TOTALS:88 4 0 215
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1923~240001
1926~270001
TOTALS:0002

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
26th Dec 1922 L 3 Wigan L 1922~23 H 3 9 V
30th Dec 1922 L 3 Leigh L 1922~23 A 3 18 V
1st Jan 1923 W 3 St. Helens Recs L 1922~23 A 13 8 1 V
6th Jan 1923 L 3 Barrow L 1922~23 H 8 15 V
17th Mar 1923 L 4 Widnes L 1922~23 H 9 11 V
24th Mar 1923 L 4 Barrow L 1922~23 A 10 22 V
30th Mar 1923 L 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1922~23 A 5 22 V
2nd Apr 1923 L 4 Hull L 1922~23 H 8 23 2 V
7th Apr 1923 L 4 Wigan L 1922~23 A 10 41 V
14th Apr 1923 W 4 Oldham L 1922~23 H 17 12 V
21st Apr 1923 W 4 Salford L 1922~23 H 56 10 1 V
25th Aug 1923 W 3 Widnes L 1923~24 H 5 3 V
1st Sep 1923 L 3 Warrington L 1923~24 H 5 8 V
15th Sep 1923 W 3 Bradford Northern L 1923~24 A 12 4 V
22nd Sep 1923 L 3 Oldham L 1923~24 H 21 27 V
29th Sep 1923 L 3 Keighley L 1923~24 A 8 14 V
6th Oct 1923 W 3 Bradford Northern L 1923~24 H 27 10 V
23rd Feb 1924 L 4 Warrington L 1923~24 A 11 39 V
1st Mar 1924 L 4 Huddersfield CC2 1923~24 A 13 24 V
8th Mar 1924 W 4 Wigan Highfield L 1923~24 H 10 9 V
15th Mar 1924 W 4 Keighley L 1923~24 H 34 6 2 V
22nd Mar 1924 L 4 Oldham L 1923~24 A 10 48 V
29th Mar 1924 W 4 Bramley L 1923~24 H 13 8 V
5th Apr 1924 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1923~24 H 15 13 1 V
12th Apr 1924 L 4 St. Helens Recs* Fr 1923~24 H 8 10 V
18th Apr 1924 L 4 Wigan L 1923~24 H 3 14 1 V
19th Apr 1924 W 4 Broughton Rangers L 1923~24 H 21 6 2 V
26th Apr 1924 W 4 Salford L 1923~24 H 37 15 V
30th Aug 1924 W 4 Widnes L 1924~25 A 10 9 1 V
6th Sep 1924 L 4 Widnes L 1924~25 H 7 8 V
13th Sep 1924 L 4 Barrow L 1924~25 A 8 19 V
20th Sep 1924 W 4 Keighley L 1924~25 H 16 9 1 V
27th Sep 1924 W 4 Hull L 1924~25 A 9 0 1 V
4th Oct 1924 W 4 Wigan Highfield L 1924~25 H 15 5 V
11th Oct 1924 D 4 Widnes LC1 1924~25 A 7 7 V
15th Oct 1924 W 4 Widnes LC1(rep) 1924~25 H 19 5 V
18th Oct 1924 L 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1924~25 A 2 3 V
25th Oct 1924 W 4 Warrington LC2 1924~25 H 15 5 1 V
8th Nov 1924 L 4 Oldham LCSF 1924~25 H 9 16 V
13th Nov 1924 L 4 Swinton L 1924~25 H 6 20 V
15th Nov 1924 L 4 Salford L 1924~25 A 3 13 V
22nd Nov 1924 W 4 Broughton Rangers L 1924~25 H 12 2 V
6th Dec 1924 W 4 Dewsbury L 1924~25 H 21 2 1 V
13th Dec 1924 W 4 Leigh L 1924~25 H 21 3 1 V
20th Dec 1924 L 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1924~25 A 0 11 V
25th Dec 1924 W 4 St. Helens Recs L 1924~25 H 7 5 V
26th Dec 1924 L 4 Wigan L 1924~25 H 7 13 V
27th Dec 1924 L 4 Dewsbury L 1924~25 A 0 8 V
1st Jan 1925 D 4 St. Helens Recs L 1924~25 A 5 5 V
3rd Jan 1925 W 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1924~25 H 15 2 1 V
10th Jan 1925 L 4 Wigan Highfield L 1924~25 A 8 12 V
17th Jan 1925 L 4 Oldham L 1924~25 H 5 24 V
31st Jan 1925 W 4 Salford L OBJ 1924~25 H 14 0 1 V
2nd Feb 1925 W 4 Barrow L 1924~25 H 12 8 V
7th Feb 1925 L 4 Oldham L 1924~25 A 5 32 V
14th Feb 1925 L 4 Widnes CC1 1924~25 A 8 10 V
21st Feb 1925 W 4 Warrington L 1924~25 H 9 5 V
7th Mar 1925 D 4 Halifax L 1924~25 A 11 11 V
14th Mar 1925 W 4 Halifax L 1924~25 H 10 2 V
21st Mar 1925 D 4 Broughton Rangers L 1924~25 A 10 10 V
28th Mar 1925 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1924~25 H 34 3 2 V
10th Apr 1925 L 4 Wigan L 1924~25 A 4 51 V
11th Apr 1925 L 4 Leigh L 1924~25 A 10 17 1 V
13th Apr 1925 W 4 Hull L 1924~25 H 10 8 1 V
18th Apr 1925 W 4 Warrington L 1924~25 A 15 8 2 V
28th Aug 1925 L 4 Widnes L 1925~26 H 6 23 V
5th Sep 1925 L 4 Widnes L 1925~26 A 5 11 1 V
12th Sep 1925 W 4 Barrow L 1925~26 H 22 3 1 V
19th Sep 1925 L 4 Broughton Rangers L 1925~26 A 3 7 V
26th Sep 1925 W 4 Batley L 1925~26 H 15 3 1 V
3rd Oct 1925 L 4 Swinton L 1925~26 A 5 12 1 V
10th Oct 1925 L 4 Leigh LC1 1925~26 A 7 10 1 V
17th Oct 1925 L 4 Oldham L 1925~26 H 3 16 1 V
24th Oct 1925 W 4 Hunslet L 1925~26 A 14 5 2 V
31st Oct 1925 L 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1925~26 H 3 9 V
14th Nov 1925 L 4 Dewsbury L 1925~26 A 0 10 V
21st Nov 1925 W 4 Warrington L 1925~26 H 12 9 1 V
28th Nov 1925 W 4 Bradford Northern L 1925~26 A 25 6 3 V
12th Dec 1925 L 4 Salford L 1925~26 A 3 17 V
16th Dec 1925 W 4 Dewsbury L 1925~26 H 7 0 V
19th Dec 1925 L 4 Swinton L 1925~26 H 9 10 V
25th Dec 1925 D 4 St. Helens Recs L 1925~26 A 3 3 V
26th Dec 1925 L 4 Wigan L 1925~26 H 5 10 V
1st Jan 1926 W 4 St. Helens Recs L 1925~26 H 4 2 V
2nd Jan 1926 L 4 Oldham L 1925~26 A 6 24 V
9th Jan 1926 W 4 Wigan Highfield L 1925~26 H 16 6 V
16th Jan 1926 L 4 Warrington L 1925~26 A 7 9 V
23rd Jan 1926 W 4 Salford L OBJ 1925~26 H 13 10 V
30th Jan 1926 W 4 Batley L 1925~26 A 7 0 V
6th Feb 1926 W 4 Broughton Rangers L 1925~26 H 24 8 V
13th Feb 1926 W 4 Widnes CC1 1925~26 A 10 7 1 V
20th Feb 1926 W 4 Leigh L 1925~26 A 6 0 V
27th Feb 1926 L 4 Hull CC2 1925~26 H 7 10 V
6th Mar 1926 W 4 Wigan Highfield L 1925~26 A 15 10 1 V
15th Mar 1926 W 4 Hunslet L 1925~26 H 16 8 2 V
20th Mar 1926 L 4 Barrow L 1925~26 A 2 9 V
2nd Apr 1926 L 3 Wigan L 1925~26 A 18 30 V
28th Aug 1926 W 3 Widnes L 1926~27 A 8 5 V
4th Sep 1926 L 3 Widnes L 1926~27 H 7 10 V
11th Sep 1926 W 2 Featherstone Rovers L 1926~27 A 15 0 V
18th Sep 1926 W 3 Barrow L 1926~27 H 38 3 1 V
25th Sep 1926 W 3 Wigan Highfield L 1926~27 A 15 7 2 V
2nd Oct 1926 W 3 Pontypridd L 1926~27 H 35 13 1 V
7th Oct 1926 W 3 Pemberton LC1 1926~27 H 51 8 1 V
16th Oct 1926 L 3 Warrington L 1926~27 A 5 16 V
21st Oct 1926 W 3 Swinton LC2 1926~27 H 29 18 1 V
23rd Oct 1926 W 3 Rochdale Hornets L 1926~27 H 48 3 1 V
30th Oct 1926 W 3 Barrow L 1926~27 A 11 10 V
4th Nov 1926 D 3 Widnes LCSF 1926~27 A 3 3 V
6th Nov 1926 W 3 Wigan Highfield L 1926~27 H 13 7 1 V
8th Nov 1926 W 3 Widnes LCSF(rep) 1926~27 H 17 0 V
13th Nov 1926 L 3 Salford L 1926~27 A 5 8 V
20th Nov 1926 W 3 St. Helens Recs LCF 1926~27 N 10 2 V
27th Nov 1926 W 3 York L 1926~27 H 54 3 2 V
4th Dec 1926 L 3 Oldham L 1926~27 A 5 26 1 V
8th Dec 1926 W 2 New Zealand Tour 1926~27 H 22 12 V
11th Dec 1926 W 2 Warrington L 1926~27 H 31 11 1 V
18th Dec 1926 L 2 Leigh L 1926~27 A 3 6 V
25th Dec 1926 D 2 St. Helens Recs L 1926~27 H 6 6 V
1st Jan 1927 L 2 St. Helens Recs L 1926~27 A 8 17 2 V
8th Jan 1927 W 2 Broughton Rangers L 1926~27 A 15 7 V
15th Jan 1927 W 2 Featherstone Rovers L 1926~27 H 17 8 V
22nd Jan 1927 W 2 Batley L 1926~27 A 15 5 V
29th Jan 1927 W 2 Leeds L 1926~27 H 18 6 V
5th Feb 1927 L 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1926~27 A 0 4 V
12th Feb 1927 L 2 York CC1 1926~27 A 3 9 V
19th Feb 1927 W 3 Batley L 1926~27 H 13 8 1 V
5th Mar 1927 L 2 Swinton L 1926~27 A 3 24 V
8th Mar 1927 W 2 Oldham L 1926~27 H 21 10 V
19th Mar 1927 L 2 York L 1926~27 A 6 15 V
26th Mar 1927 W 2 Pontypridd L 1926~27 A 10 5 V
2nd Apr 1927 W 2 Salford L 1926~27 H 8 3 1 V
9th Apr 1927 W 2 Broughton Rangers L 1926~27 H 16 0 V
15th Apr 1927 W 3 Wigan L 1926~27 A 10 8 V
16th Apr 1927 W 2 Swinton L 1926~27 H 27 0 2 V
18th Apr 1927 W 2 Leigh L 1926~27 H 18 5 2 V
20th Apr 1927 W 2 Leeds L 1926~27 A 21 10 1 V
23rd Apr 1927 L 2 St. Helens Recs ChSF 1926~27 A 0 33 V
12th May 1927 L 2 Barrow* Fr Lonsdale Hospital 1926~27 L 8 16 V
27th Aug 1927 W 2 Widnes L 1927~28 H 28 2 1 V
29th Aug 1927 L 2 Leeds L 1927~28 A 7 18 V
3rd Sep 1927 W 2 Widnes L 1927~28 A 28 15 V
10th Sep 1927 L 2 Swinton L 1927~28 H 20 26 V
14th Sep 1927 W 3 Dewsbury L 1927~28 H 8 2 1 V
17th Sep 1927 L 2 Hunslet L 1927~28 A 10 12 1 V
1st Oct 1927 W 2 Broughton Rangers L 1927~28 A 6 2 V
8th Oct 1927 L 2 Swinton LC1 1927~28 H 7 13 V
15th Oct 1927 W 3 Salford L 1927~28 H 44 10 1 V
22nd Oct 1927 D 3 Hull L 1927~28 A 5 5 V
5th Nov 1927 W 3 Warrington L 1927~28 A 8 4 V
19th Nov 1927 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1927~28 H 10 2 V
26th Nov 1927 L 2 Oldham L 1927~28 A 2 11 V
3rd Dec 1927 W 3 Hull K.R. L 1927~28 H 25 7 2 V
10th Dec 1927 L 3 Featherstone Rovers L 1927~28 A 3 15 V
17th Dec 1927 W 2 Leigh L 1927~28 H 37 11 2 V
24th Dec 1927 L 2 St. Helens Recs L 1927~28 A 2 5 V
26th Dec 1927 L 2 Wigan L 1927~28 H 13 20 V
29th Dec 1927 L 2 St. Helens Recs L 1927~28 H 5 22 V
7th Jan 1928 W 2 Leeds L 1927~28 H 8 0 V
18th Jan 1928 W 2 Dewsbury L 1927~28 A 6 0 V
21st Jan 1928 W 2 Hull L 1927~28 H 14 5 1 V
4th Feb 1928 L 2 Leigh L 1927~28 A 5 10 V
11th Feb 1928 L 4 Oldham CC1 1927~28 A 5 15 V
18th Feb 1928 L 4 Oldham L 1927~28 H 13 14 1 V
25th Feb 1928 L 4 Salford L 1927~28 A 5 14 V
17th Mar 1928 W 2 Broughton Rangers L 1927~28 H 24 0 2 V
24th Mar 1928 L 2 Swinton L 1927~28 A 3 5 V
31st Mar 1928 L 2 Barrow L 1927~28 A 10 14 V
6th Apr 1928 L 2 Wigan L 1927~28 A 11 21 V
7th Apr 1928 L 2 Wigan Highfield L 1927~28 A 15 20 V
9th Apr 1928 W 2 Hunslet L 1927~28 H 30 10 1 V
10th Apr 1928 L 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1927~28 A 5 15 1 V
29th Sep 1928 D 2 Hunslet L 1928~29 H 13 13 1 V
6th Oct 1928 W 2 Wigan Highfield L 1928~29 A 27 5 2 V
13th Oct 1928 W 2 Broughton Rangers LC1 1928~29 A 15 10 1 V
20th Oct 1928 W 2 Dewsbury L 1928~29 H 22 9 V
24th Oct 1928 L 2 Warrington LC2 1928~29 A 11 14 V
27th Oct 1928 W 2 Hull L 1928~29 A 10 4 1 V
10th Nov 1928 D 2 Leeds L 1928~29 A 8 8 V
24th Nov 1928 L 2 Swinton L 1928~29 A 2 16 V
1st Dec 1928 W 2 Oldham L 1928~29 H 21 3 V
22nd Dec 1928 W 2 Warrington L 1928~29 A 13 4 V
25th Dec 1928 L 2 St. Helens Recs L 1928~29 H 0 5 V
26th Dec 1928 L 2 Wigan L 1928~29 H 2 10 V
29th Dec 1928 W 4 Leigh L 1928~29 A 3 0 V
1st Jan 1929 L 4 St. Helens Recs L 1928~29 A 2 8 V
5th Jan 1929 W 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1928~29 H 23 3 V
12th Jan 1929 L 2 Salford L 1928~29 A 7 10 V
19th Jan 1929 L 2 Swinton L 1928~29 H 2 3 V
23rd Feb 1929 W 2 Keighley CC2 1928~29 H 26 5 V
2nd Mar 1929 W 2 Leigh L 1928~29 H 23 2 V
9th Mar 1929 D 2 Wigan CC3 1928~29 H 2 2 V
29th Mar 1929 L 2 Wigan L 1928~29 A 8 28 V
30th Mar 1929 W 2 Bradford Northern L 1928~29 H 47 5 2 V
1st Apr 1929 W 2 Barrow L 1928~29 H 9 5 1 V
3rd Apr 1929 L 2 Hunslet L 1928~29 A 3 53 V
6th Apr 1929 L 2 Hull K.R. L 1928~29 A 0 12 V
13th Apr 1929 W 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1928~29 A 12 5 V
20th Apr 1929 W 2 Warrington L 1928~29 H 29 8 1 V
22nd Apr 1929 W 2 Bradford Northern L 1928~29 A 28 19 2 V
27th Apr 1929 W 2 Hull L 1928~29 H 24 7 1 V
30th Apr 1929 L 2 Broughton Rangers L 1928~29 A 7 14 V
4th Sep 1929 L 4 Leeds L 1929~30 A 5 7 V
7th Sep 1929 W 4 Widnes L 1929~30 A 21 8 V
14th Sep 1929 D 4 Hunslet L 1929~30 H 8 8 V
19th Sep 1929 W 4 Leeds L 1929~30 H 22 7 1 V
22nd Sep 1929 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1929~30 A 11 7 V
24th Sep 1929 W 4 Oldham L 1929~30 H 20 13 V
12th Oct 1929 W 4 Broughton Rangers LC1 1929~30 A 10 9 1 V
19th Oct 1929 W 4 Salford L 1929~30 H 18 12 2 V
23rd Oct 1929 D 4 Salford LC2 1929~30 H 8 8 V
26th Oct 1929 L 3 Castleford L 1929~30 H 10 20 V
29th Aug 1936 L 7 Widnes L 1936~37 A 0 28 V
19th Dec 1936 W 3 Newcastle L 1936~37 A 15 8 V
25th Dec 1936 W 3 St. Helens Recs L 1936~37 H 4 0 V
26th Dec 1936 L 1 Wigan L 1936~37 H 2 21 1 V
1st Jan 1937 L 3 St. Helens Recs L 1936~37 A 3 10 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 213 OTHER 2 = 215
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 215
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