Frank Lee

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
01-05-1881
N/A
Date unknown.
Local juniors
10-03-1900 v Salford
Runcorn
1911-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1899-1911
201 (0)
15
25
0
95

BIOGRAPHY

Frank Lee by Alex Service

St.Helens-born Frank Lee, from the Pocket Nook district, made his debut on 10 March 1900 against Salford, when rugby league was not substantially different from the code it had left behind. Teams were 15-a-side, with eight forwards. There were still line-outs and, as the marvellous footage shot by Mitchell and Kenyon at the turn of the century shows, there was a scrum after every breakdown in play, with forwards packing down on a ‘first come’ basis. Frank Lee was one of the most effective ‘scrimmaging’ forwards around and a strong runner with the ball in hand.

In 1902/03, the Saints were relegated from the First Division after a miserable season, finishing second from bottom, with 9 wins from 34 matches. Keighley and Leeds replaced them. Twelve months later, however, the Saints had fought hard to gain a quick return to the top flight, yet tied in second place on 49 points with the Holbeck club from Leeds. The only solution was to have a special play-off match to see which club was to be promoted with the Champions, Wakefield Trinity. The ‘Test Match’ took place at Huddersfield on 14 May 1904 and special permission had to be obtained for the game to take place. Frank Lee and the forwards dominated a rather dour encounter, as the Saints clinched promotion in a 7-0 success. Despite showing top form, Frank had once again missed out on county selection.

There was more woe for the Saints in 1904/05, as they finished second-from-bottom, although the League was re-structured into one division for the 1905/06 campaign, sparing the blushes of everyone at Knowsley Road. The team finished in 14th place in the new Northern Rugby League, yet fell to unfancied Runcorn in the Intermediate Round of the Challenge Cup. It was Frank Lee’s best season to date, however, as he was selected for Lancashire, playing in all three of the county’s matches during the season, including a superb 8-0 victory against rivals Yorkshire at the Boulevard. This meant the competition ended in a tie, with Lancashire playing Cumberland in a play-off on 21 February 1906 at Wigan’s Central Park ground - but this match also ended in a 3-3 draw!

Frank also gained international honours with his selection for England against Other Nationalities on New Year’s Day at Central Park, only the second international rugby league match played in this country. His team-mate Tom Barton was also called up into the full-back spot as a late replacement. They became the first international representatives of the St.Helens club a marvellous achievement.

Frank Lee went on to complete over 200 matches for the club, playing on until 1911. He later joined York for a spell, while he was working in the city. Like his contemporaries, William Briers and Jim ‘Butcher’ Prescott, he was a fine forward who gave his all for his home-town team in the early years of the 20th century, in what were hardly the easiest of times at Knowsley Road. Frank initially worked at Pilkingtons and Sapper Frank Lee of the Royal Engineers, West Lancs Division, Regimental Number 426341 served in France during the First World War. He died in 1949 and is buried in Kirkham, Lancashire

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1899~000 0 0 1
1900~01 0 0 0 3
1901~022 9 0 21
1902~031 2 0 24
1903~040 7 0 23
1904~05 0 1 0 20
1905~06 1 2 0 18
1906~07 0 0 0 2
1907~08 1 0 0 26
1908~09 5 4 0 20
1909~10 2 0 0 20
1910~111 0 0 10
1911~12 2 0 0 13
TOTALS:15 25 0 201
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1908~09 0001
1909~10 0001
TOTALS:0002

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
10th Mar 1900 L 13 Salford L 1899~00 A 0 8 V
15th Sep 1900 D 11 Warrington L 1900~01 A 0 0 V
22nd Sep 1900 L 11 Runcorn L 1900~01 H 0 11 V
29th Sep 1900 W 11 Wigan L 1900~01 H 16 9 V
7th Sep 1901 L 12 Wigan L & SWLL 1901~02 H 2 8 V
14th Sep 1901 W 12 Lancaster L 1901~02 H 4 0 2 V
21st Sep 1901 L 12 Widnes L & SWLL 1901~02 H 2 5 1 V
28th Sep 1901 W 12 Rochdale Hornets L 1901~02 A 9 2 V
5th Oct 1901 W 12 Barrow L 1901~02 H 7 3 1 V
12th Oct 1901 L 12 Stockport L 1901~02 A 0 3 V
19th Oct 1901 L 12 Runcorn SWLL 1901~02 H 0 2 V
26th Oct 1901 L 12 Lancaster L 1901~02 A 4 17 1 V
2nd Nov 1901 W 12 Radcliffe L 1901~02 A 19 0 1 1 V
9th Nov 1901 L 12 Warrington SWLL 1901~02 H 9 17 1 V
16th Nov 1901 W 12 Birkenhead Wanderers L AB 1901~02 A 5 0 V
23rd Nov 1901 W 12 Millom L 1901~02 A 8 6 1 V
30th Nov 1901 L 12 Warrington SWLL 1901~02 A 5 11 V
1st Jan 1902 W 12 Rochdale Hornets L 1901~02 H 7 5 V
4th Jan 1902 W 9 Altrincham L 1901~02 A 11 0 V
11th Jan 1902 L 12 Hull K.R. L 1901~02 A 7 15 1 V
8th Feb 1902 D 8 Millom L 1901~02 H 3 3 V
1st Mar 1902 W 12 Morecambe L 1901~02 H 3 2 1 V
8th Mar 1902 W 12 Widnes L & SWLL 1901~02 A 3 2 V
15th Mar 1902 L 12 Hull K.R. CC1 1901~02 A 0 7 V
31st Mar 1902 L 12 Runcorn SWLL 1901~02 A 3 11 V
6th Sep 1902 L 9 Bradford L 1902~03 H 11 21 1 V
13th Sep 1902 L 9 Huddersfield L 1902~03 A 3 8 V
20th Sep 1902 L 9 Warrington L 1902~03 H 5 18 V
25th Oct 1902 W 9 Salford L 1902~03 H 9 5 1 V
1st Nov 1902 L 9 Halifax L 1902~03 A 0 8 V
27th Dec 1902 L 9 Widnes L 1902~03 A 0 8 V
1st Jan 1903 W 9 Batley L 1902~03 H 7 5 V
3rd Jan 1903 L 9 Bradford L 1902~03 A 2 14 V
10th Jan 1903 L 9 Huddersfield L 1902~03 H 5 13 V
24th Jan 1903 L 9 Brighouse Rovers L 1902~03 H 0 7 V
31st Jan 1903 L 9 Swinton L 1902~03 A 0 15 V
7th Feb 1903 L 9 Runcorn L 1902~03 A 0 19 V
21st Feb 1903 L 9 Rochdale Hornets CC2 1902~03 H 2 8 V
24th Feb 1903 L 9 Warrington L 1902~03 A 0 6 V
28th Feb 1903 W 9 Halifax L 1902~03 H 7 3 1 V
7th Mar 1903 W 9 Leigh L 1902~03 A 8 5 V
14th Mar 1903 W 9 Hull L 1902~03 H 10 8 V
28th Mar 1903 L 9 Broughton Rangers L 1902~03 H 3 18 V
31st Mar 1903 L 9 Oldham L 1902~03 A 4 13 V
4th Apr 1903 L 9 Hull K.R. L 1902~03 H 2 6 V
11th Apr 1903 D 9 Hunslet L 1902~03 H 5 5 V
13th Apr 1903 L 9 Salford L 1902~03 A 3 11 V
18th Apr 1903 W 9 Wigan L 1902~03 A 5 3 V
25th Apr 1903 W 9 Widnes L 1902~03 H 8 3 V
1st Sep 1903 W 9 Leigh SWLL 1903~04 A 5 2 1 V
5th Sep 1903 W 9 Dewsbury L 1903~04 H 29 5 3 V
12th Sep 1903 W 9 Birkenhead Wanderers L 1903~04 A 3 0 V
26th Sep 1903 L 9 Holbeck L 1903~04 A 3 19 V
3rd Oct 1903 W 9 Normanton L 1903~04 H 27 0 2 V
17th Oct 1903 W 9 York L 1903~04 H 2 0 V
14th Nov 1903 W 9 Millom L 1903~04 H 17 4 V
21st Nov 1903 D 9 Bramley L 1903~04 A 0 0 V
28th Nov 1903 W 9 Wakefield Trinity L 1903~04 H 11 8 V
5th Dec 1903 W 9 Pontefract L 1903~04 A 10 3 V
12th Dec 1903 L 9 Castleford L 1903~04 A 0 7 V
19th Dec 1903 W 9 Rochdale Hornets L OBJ 1903~04 H 14 2 V
25th Dec 1903 L 9 Wigan SWLL 1903~04 A 6 12 V
26th Dec 1903 L 9 Lancaster L OBJ 1903~04 A 3 10 V
16th Jan 1904 W 9 Barrow L 1903~04 A 8 0 V
23rd Jan 1904 W 9 Holbeck L 1903~04 H 10 0 V
30th Jan 1904 W 9 Normanton L 1903~04 A 8 6 1 V
13th Feb 1904 L 9 York L 1903~04 A 0 5 V
16th Feb 1904 D 9 Dewsbury L 1903~04 A 3 3 V
20th Feb 1904 W 9 Morecambe L 1903~04 H 8 0 V
22nd Feb 1904 W 9 Rochdale Hornets L 1903~04 H 6 0 V
26th Mar 1904 L 13 Wakefield Trinity L 1903~04 A 0 20 V
14th May 1904 W 11 Holbeck LPO 1903~04 N 7 0 V
3rd Sep 1904 L 13 Oldham L 1904~05 H 4 10 V
24th Sep 1904 L 1 Broughton Rangers L 1904~05 A 5 24 V
1st Oct 1904 W 13 Hull K.R. L 1904~05 H 10 6 V
19th Nov 1904 L 13 Leigh L 1904~05 A 5 14 V
3rd Dec 1904 L 13 Hull L 1904~05 A 0 14 V
24th Dec 1904 W 13 Runcorn L 1904~05 H 9 5 V
26th Dec 1904 D 13 Warrington L 1904~05 H 0 0 V
31st Dec 1904 L 13 Oldham L 1904~05 A 3 13 V
7th Jan 1905 L 13 Wigan L 1904~05 A 3 15 V
11th Jan 1905 W 13 Halifax L 1904~05 H 14 5 1 V
14th Jan 1905 W 13 Swinton L 1904~05 H 5 3 V
21st Jan 1905 L 13 Broughton Rangers L 1904~05 H 6 8 V
28th Jan 1905 L 13 Hull K.R. L 1904~05 A 3 6 V
4th Feb 1905 W 13 Batley L 1904~05 H 4 0 V
11th Feb 1905 L 13 Hunslet L 1904~05 A 5 16 V
18th Feb 1905 L 13 Widnes L 1904~05 H 5 7 V
25th Feb 1905 L 13 Salford L 1904~05 A 2 19 V
4th Mar 1905 W 13 Rochdale Rangers CC1 1904~05 H 9 2 V
11th Mar 1905 L 13 Wakefield Trinity L 1904~05 A 0 21 V
18th Mar 1905 L 13 Broughton Rangers CC2 1904~05 A 0 18 V
2nd Sep 1905 W 11 Millom L 1905~06 H 34 3 V
9th Sep 1905 W 11 Morecambe L 1905~06 H 26 6 1 1 V
16th Sep 1905 L 11 Widnes L 1905~06 A 2 3 V
23rd Sep 1905 W 11 Hull L 1905~06 H 8 5 V
14th Oct 1905 L 9 Wigan LC1 1905~06 A 0 18 V
21st Oct 1905 L 8 Runcorn L 1905~06 A 3 12 V
18th Nov 1905 W 11 Rochdale Hornets L 1905~06 A 11 0 V
9th Dec 1905 W 11 Barrow L 1905~06 H 25 0 V
16th Dec 1905 W 9 Millom L 1905~06 A 2 0 V
30th Dec 1905 W 11 Morecambe L 1905~06 A 10 3 V
6th Jan 1906 L 11 Leigh L 1905~06 A 2 3 V
13th Jan 1906 W 11 Barrow L 1905~06 A 3 2 V
17th Feb 1906 L 11 Runcorn CCInt. 1905~06 H 0 3 V
24th Feb 1906 W 11 Dewsbury L 1905~06 H 7 0 V
10th Mar 1906 W 11 Rochdale Hornets L 1905~06 H 15 0 V
17th Mar 1906 D 11 Swinton L 1905~06 H 0 0 V
24th Mar 1906 L 11 Leigh L 1905~06 H 8 15 1 V
31st Mar 1906 W 11 Normanton L 1905~06 A 9 5 V
10th Nov 1906 L 12 Salford L 1906~07 A 13 26 V
20th Nov 1906 L 12 Keighley L 1906~07 A 5 15 V
3rd Sep 1907 L 11 Keighley L 1907~08 A 3 12 V
7th Sep 1907 L 11 Swinton L 1907~08 A 0 22 V
19th Oct 1907 W 11 Runcorn L 1907~08 H 17 11 V
26th Oct 1907 L 11 Rochdale Hornets L 1907~08 H 8 12 V
2nd Nov 1907 L 11 Broughton Rangers L 1907~08 A 13 25 V
9th Nov 1907 L 11 Oldham L 1907~08 A 2 39 V
14th Dec 1907 L 11 Leigh L 1907~08 A 2 20 V
21st Dec 1907 L 11 Wigan L 1907~08 H 2 18 V
25th Dec 1907 L 10 Runcorn L 1907~08 A 0 19 V
26th Dec 1907 L 11 Barrow L 1907~08 A 8 9 V
28th Dec 1907 W 11 Bramley L 1907~08 H 16 3 V
1st Jan 1908 L 11 Hunslet L 1907~08 H 8 24 V
4th Jan 1908 L 11 Wigan L 1907~08 A 5 35 V
25th Jan 1908 W 11 Keighley L 1907~08 H 11 3 V
1st Feb 1908 D 11 Widnes L 1907~08 H 5 5 V
15th Feb 1908 W 11 Ebbw Vale L 1907~08 A 5 3 V
22nd Feb 1908 L 11 New Zealand Tour 1907~08 H 10 21 1 V
29th Feb 1908 L 11 Whitehaven Recs CC1 1907~08 A 8 13 V
7th Mar 1908 L 11 Hunslet L 1907~08 A 6 21 V
14th Mar 1908 L 11 Bradford L 1907~08 A 10 17 V
21st Mar 1908 L 11 Oldham L 1907~08 H 5 14 V
4th Apr 1908 L 11 Warrington L 1907~08 A 5 20 V
12th Apr 1908 L 10 Rochdale Hornets * Fr 1908~09 A 0 15 V
13th Apr 1908 L 11 Broughton Rangers L 1907~08 H 11 28 V
18th Apr 1908 W 11 Barrow L 1907~08 H 15 5 V
20th Apr 1908 D 11 Leigh L 1907~08 H 5 5 V
21st Apr 1908 L 11 Bramley L 1907~08 A 13 16 V
26th Sep 1908 L 10 Bradford Northern L 1908~09 A 12 31 V
10th Oct 1908 L 11 Broughton Rangers L 1908~09 A 9 19 V
17th Oct 1908 W 11 Widnes L 1908~09 H 11 0 V
24th Oct 1908 L 11 Swinton L 1908~09 A 0 2 V
31st Oct 1908 L 11 Salford L 1908~09 H 8 13 1 V
14th Nov 1908 W 11 Leigh L 1908~09 H 10 8 1 2 V
21st Nov 1908 W 11 Widnes L 1908~09 A 8 5 1 V
12th Dec 1908 D 11 Rochdale Hornets L 1908~09 H 13 13 1 V
19th Dec 1908 L 11 Salford L 1908~09 A 14 15 V
25th Dec 1908 W 11 Runcorn L 1908~09 H 6 0 V
26th Dec 1908 L 11 Wigan L 1908~09 H 7 22 V
23rd Jan 1909 L 11 Warrington L 1908~09 H 9 15 1 V
30th Jan 1909 D 11 Barrow L 1908~09 A 3 3 V
6th Feb 1909 W 11 Swinton L 1908~09 H 16 10 V
27th Feb 1909 L 11 Halifax CC1 1908~09 A 8 15 V
6th Mar 1909 L 11 Oldham L 1908~09 A 0 13 V
13th Mar 1909 W 11 Aberdare L 1908~09 A 45 18 1 V
9th Apr 1909 W 11 Wigan L 1908~09 A 8 5 V
10th Apr 1909 W 11 York L 1908~09 H 33 20 V
12th Apr 1909 L 11 Warrington L 1908~09 A 6 78 1 V
2nd Sep 1909 L 12 Hull K.R. L 1909~10 A 7 30 V
4th Sep 1909 W 12 Broughton Rangers L 1909~10 A 10 7 V
11th Sep 1909 D 12 Runcorn L 1909~10 H 5 5 1 V
18th Sep 1909 L 12 Warrington L 1909~10 A 15 19 1 V
25th Sep 1909 W 12 Bramley L 1909~10 H 27 5 V
2nd Oct 1909 W 12 Barrow L 1909~10 A 21 9 V
16th Oct 1909 W 12 Widnes LC1 1909~10 A 10 4 V
30th Oct 1909 L 12 Swinton LC2 1909~10 A 0 2 V
4th Dec 1909 W 12 Hunslet L 1909~10 A 24 8 V
11th Dec 1909 W 12 Salford L 1909~10 H 7 3 V
13th Dec 1909 W 12 Swinton L 1909~10 A 20 9 V
18th Dec 1909 L 12 Oldham L 1909~10 A 6 36 V
25th Dec 1909 W 12 Runcorn L 1909~10 A 13 0 V
27th Dec 1909 L 12 Wigan L 1909~10 H 6 7 V
15th Jan 1910 W 12 Leigh L 1909~10 H 11 3 V
22nd Jan 1910 L 10 Coventry * Fr 1909~10 A 11 19 V
5th Feb 1910 L 12 Dewsbury L 1909~10 A 3 11 V
19th Mar 1910 L 12 Widnes L 1909~10 A 3 10 V
29th Mar 1910 W 12 Hunslet L 1909~10 H 28 15 V
2nd Apr 1910 W 12 Bramley L 1909~10 A 33 18 V
16th Apr 1910 W 12 Hull K.R. L 1909~10 H 23 8 V
3rd Sep 1910 W 9 Oldham L 1910~11 H 16 5 V
10th Sep 1910 L 9 Runcorn L 1910~11 A 4 8 V
17th Sep 1910 W 13 Salford L 1910~11 H 19 14 V
24th Sep 1910 W 8 Merthyr Tydfil L 1910~11 A 17 6 V
1st Oct 1910 L 12 Widnes L 1910~11 A 12 28 V
4th Feb 1911 W 11 Coventry L 1910~11 H 26 15 1 V
11th Feb 1911 D 11 Barrow L 1910~11 H 8 8 V
18th Feb 1911 W 11 Bramley CC1 1910~11 H 26 7 V
4th Mar 1911 L 11 Leeds CC2 1910~11 H 6 11 V
11th Mar 1911 L 11 Hull K.R. L 1910~11 A 10 42 V
2nd Sep 1911 W 10 Barrow L 1911~12 A 15 6 V
9th Sep 1911 W 10 Warrington L 1911~12 H 10 2 1 V
16th Sep 1911 W 10 Swinton L 1911~12 A 13 5 V
23rd Sep 1911 W 10 Runcorn L 1911~12 H 25 0 V
7th Oct 1911 L 10 Widnes L 1911~12 A 11 14 V
14th Oct 1911 L 10 Australia Tour 1911~12 H 5 16 V
21st Oct 1911 W 10 Salford LC1 1911~12 H 18 7 V
28th Oct 1911 L 10 Coventry L 1911~12 A 8 10 V
4th Nov 1911 L 12 Wigan LC2 1911~12 A 8 22 V
11th Nov 1911 L 12 Ebbw Vale L 1911~12 A 0 2 V
18th Nov 1911 W 12 Salford L 1911~12 A 15 13 1 V
25th Nov 1911 W 12 Rochdale Hornets L 1911~12 H 27 12 V
23rd Dec 1911 W 9 Runcorn L 1911~12 A 9 0 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 199 OTHER 2 = 201
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 201

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