Frank McCabe

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
20-08-1932
N/A
17-06-1953
St. Helens B
22-10-1955 v Blackpool Borough
Leeds
1957- when he Retired
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1955-1956
37 (0)
10
0
0
30

BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1932, Frank signed for the Saints from the local B team and gradually worked his way up into First Team contention. He made his debut in the number nine jersey in a 36 points to 4 success against Blackpool Borough on October 22 1955. In his second outing for the seniors, he played against the visiting New Zealanders at Knowsley Road, which the Saints won by 16 points to 8.

Yet, it was in the 1955 to 1956 season that the young McCabe showed he had the attributes to be the regular hooker. Primarily, of course, he could win the ball from the scrums, a vital part of the game in those days when possession was so important. He was also extremely quick and agile around the rucks, like present acting half backs. Frank was an opportunist who could score tries too. Indeed, Frank took over the reins from Welshman Reg Blakemore, who could also get around the field and cause untold damage in the loose.

The Saints embarked on the Wembley trail in 1956 with three home ties against Warrington winning by 15 points to 6, trouncing Castleford by 48 points to 5 and crushing Bradford Northern emphatically by 53 points to six. Frank played in every match and scored twice against the men from Bradford, who had previously been a bit of a bogey team for St Helens in the Challenge Cup. Finally, the spell was broken, but there was also tragedy for Frank when he picked up a serious knee injury in the game that effectively ended his season. Unluckily for Frank, the Saints went on to Wembley and won the cup for the first time, with Len McIntyre in the hooking role.

Frank did make a comeback, but he soon had to call it a day. His last match was at Headingley, when Saints lost to Leeds by 22 points to 11 on January 19 1957. Mind you, before that, Frank and his team mates achieved legendary status when they defeated the visiting Australians by a record 44 points to -2 on November 24 1956 at a jubilant Knowsley Road. All the forwards scored a try, including hooker Frank, an unusual occurrence at the best of times. Just for the record, the pack was: Prescott, McCabe, Terry, Silcock, Gaskell and Karalius.

Frank made 37 appearances overall and scored 10 tries, obviously a measure of his mobility. But for his debilitating injury, he would surely have been a fixture in the number nine jersey for years to come, he was that good.

Sadly Frank passed away in June 2014.

Alex Service

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1955~56 7 0 0 24
1956~573 0 0 13
TOTALS:10 0 0 37
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
TOTALS:

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
22nd Oct 1955 W 9 Blackpool Borough L 1955~56 A 36 4 V
26th Oct 1955 W 9 New Zealand Tour 1955~56 H 16 8 V
29th Oct 1955 W 9 Rochdale Hornets L 1955~56 H 8 7 V
5th Nov 1955 W 9 Swinton L 1955~56 A 4 0 V
12th Nov 1955 W 9 Halifax L 1955~56 H 13 8 V
19th Nov 1955 W 9 Liverpool City L 1955~56 A 29 9 V
26th Nov 1955 W 9 Workington Town L 1955~56 H 36 3 1 V
3rd Dec 1955 W 9 Whitehaven L 1955~56 A 20 12 V
17th Dec 1955 W 9 Barrow L 1955~56 A 18 6 V
24th Dec 1955 W 9 Oldham L 1955~56 H 18 7 1 V
26th Dec 1955 L 9 Leigh L 1955~56 H 9 18 V
27th Dec 1955 L 9 Wigan L 1955~56 A 0 8 V
31st Dec 1955 W 9 Dewsbury L 1955~56 A 19 10 V
2nd Jan 1956 W 9 Leigh L 1955~56 A 20 6 V
7th Jan 1956 W 9 Salford L 1955~56 H 48 2 1 V
28th Jan 1956 W 9 Widnes L 1955~56 H 21 10 V
11th Feb 1956 W 9 Warrington CC1 1955~56 H 15 6 V
18th Feb 1956 W 9 Dewsbury L 1955~56 H 36 0 1 V
25th Feb 1956 W 9 Swinton L 1955~56 H 27 10 V
3rd Mar 1956 W 9 Castleford CC2 1955~56 H 48 5 1 V
10th Mar 1956 L 9 Warrington L 1955~56 A 4 17 V
14th Mar 1956 L 9 Halifax L 1955~56 A 0 12 V
17th Mar 1956 W 9 York L 1955~56 A 13 6 V
24th Mar 1956 W 9 Bradford Northern CC3 1955~56 H 53 6 2 V
10th Nov 1956 W 9 Featherstone Rovers L 1956~57 H 21 16 1 V
14th Nov 1956 L 9 Featherstone Rovers L 1956~57 A 6 15 V
24th Nov 1956 W 9 Australia Tour 1956~57 H 44 2 1 V
1st Dec 1956 W 9 Huddersfield L 1956~57 H 51 4 V
8th Dec 1956 L 9 Oldham L 1956~57 A 8 9 V
15th Dec 1956 W 9 Widnes L 1956~57 A 10 2 V
22nd Dec 1956 W 9 Whitehaven L 1956~57 H 37 6 V
25th Dec 1956 D 9 Leigh L 1956~57 A 7 7 V
29th Dec 1956 D 9 Warrington L 1956~57 A 8 8 V
1st Jan 1957 W 9 Leigh L 1956~57 H 18 14 1 V
6th Jan 1957 W 9 Warrington L 1956~57 H 33 7 V
12th Jan 1957 W 9 Swinton L 1956~57 A 14 9 V
19th Jan 1957 L 9 Leeds L 1956~57 A 11 22 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 37 OTHER 0 = 37
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 37

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