Frank Balmer

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
04-11-1920
N/A
31-01-1938
Wigan RUFC
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
21-01-1939 v Salford
11 - 09 - 1948 v Liverpool Stanley
1948-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1938-1948
68 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
13
0
0
39

BIOGRAPHY


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Frank Balmer by SHS with additional information from Keith Bowen

Frank was a very talented player with strength and skill who could play anywhere for the Saints and he did. He played in all seven back positions and even donned the loose forward jersey. Like so many, he had a rugby career which was blighted by the Second World War. Starting in the centres he went on to score 13 tries for the club including two braces against Barrow and Workington Town. His career straddled the pre and early post war years, mirrored by another Saint Jimmy Stott. Frank once scored a hat trick against Barrow in the early season Ward Cup charity fixture. Keith Bowen advises us that he also played one match for Wigan in January 1943 against Huddersfield. His observations about Frank make interesting reading:

I attended Wigan Grammar School from 1953 - 59 and a certain PE teacher there was Frank Balmer who played for Saints and managed one game for Wigan on January 2nd 1943 in an away match against Huddersfield which was lost 20 -7. He faced my father a number of time when he played for Saints and dad played for Wigan. As a teacher Frank had a touch of the Robert Mitcham tough guy style I thought, but underneath was a heart of gold. Only after I left school did I realise he had played against my father who had played for Wigan RL. I also remember him on the annual sports day which gave him the opportunity to wear his Loughborough College blazer - it always impressed me. Sometime in the late 1950s he moved to the John Rigby RC Grammar in Orrell, which was closer to where Frank was born in Billinge.

On the 1939 Census he is recorded as an electrician living in Birchley Road, Billinge, who later went on to attend Loughborough College and joined the teaching profession. He died in January 1985, aged 64 and his death was registered in Wigan.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1938~39 1 0 0 10
1939~40 1 0 0 13
1942~43 3 0 0 13
1943~44 0 0 0 9
1944~45 4 0 0 12
1945~46 2 0 0 3
1946~471 0 0 5
1948~491 0 0 3
TOTALS:13 0 0 68
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1942~43 0001
1948~493001
TOTALS:3002

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
21st Jan 1939
L
3 Salford L 1938~39 H 5 32 VIEW
4th Mar 1939
W
3 Bramley L 1938~39 H 13 7 VIEW
18th Mar 1939
W
4 Leigh L 1938~39 H 22 12 VIEW
25th Mar 1939
L
4 Oldham L 1938~39 A 0 2 VIEW
3rd Apr 1939
L
4 Halifax L 1938~39 A 5 20 VIEW
7th Apr 1939
L
4 Wigan L 1938~39 A 2 6 VIEW
8th Apr 1939
L
4 Bramley L 1938~39 A 8 10 VIEW
10th Apr 1939
W
4 Rochdale Hornets L 1938~39 H 36 8 1 VIEW
15th Apr 1939
L
4 Oldham L 1938~39 H 10 15 VIEW
24th Apr 1939
W
4 Warrington L 1938~39 A 8 7 VIEW
26th Aug 1939
W
4 Leigh L 1939~40 A 23 3 VIEW
29th Aug 1939
W
4 Swinton L 1939~40 H 13 0 VIEW
2nd Sep 1939
L
4 New Zealand Tour 1939~40 H 3 19 1 VIEW
29th Sep 1939
W
4 Rochdale Hornets WEL 1939~40 H 28 9 VIEW
7th Oct 1939
W
4 Liverpool Stanley WEL 1939~40 A 20 0 VIEW
14th Oct 1939
W
4 Warrington WEL 1939~40 H 13 9 VIEW
21st Oct 1939
L
4 Swinton WEL 1939~40 A 2 41 VIEW
2nd Dec 1939
L
4 Salford WEL 1939~40 A 5 10 VIEW
9th Dec 1939
W
4 Broughton Rangers WEL 1939~40 H 27 9 VIEW
16th Dec 1939
L
4 Warrington WEL 1939~40 A 6 8 VIEW
16th Mar 1940
L
6 Wigan LC2 (1) 1939~40 A 0 5 VIEW
22nd Mar 1940
L
6 Wigan WEL 1939~40 A 0 6 VIEW
25th Mar 1940
L
12 Rochdale Hornets WEL 1939~40 A 10 12 VIEW
24th Oct 1942
W
3 Wigan YC2(1) 1942~43 H 21 8 VIEW
31st Oct 1942
L
4 Keighley WEL 1942~43 H 7 12 1 VIEW
7th Nov 1942
L
4 Wigan YC2(2) 1942~43 A 11 32 VIEW
28th Nov 1942
L
4 Wakefield Trinity WEL 1942~43 A 3 36 VIEW
5th Dec 1942
L
3 Halifax WEL 1942~43 A 12 36 VIEW
25th Dec 1942
L
1 Wigan WEL 1942~43 A 3 10 VIEW
26th Dec 1942
L
1 Wigan WEL 1942~43 H 8 20 VIEW
6th Feb 1943
L
3 Wigan * Fr 1942~43 H 3 24 VIEW
27th Feb 1943
L
3 Oldham WEL 1942~43 A 6 12 VIEW
6th Mar 1943
W
13 Oldham WEL 1942~43 H 12 11 VIEW
13th Mar 1943
W
6 Barrow CC1(1) 1942~43 H 13 2 2 VIEW
20th Mar 1943
L
6 Barrow CC1(2) 1942~43 A 0 4 VIEW
27th Mar 1943
L
6 Oldham CC2(1) 1942~43 A 12 17 VIEW
3rd Apr 1943
L
6 Oldham CC2(2) 1942~43 H 5 20 VIEW
11th Sep 1943
L
6 Leeds WEL 1943~44 H 5 28 VIEW
25th Sep 1943
L
1 Barrow WEL 1943~44 H 5 24 VIEW
16th Oct 1943
L
1 Wigan YC1(1) 1943~44 H 9 14 VIEW
23rd Oct 1943
L
1 Wigan YC1(2) 1943~44 A 10 20 VIEW
30th Oct 1943
L
3 Oldham WEL 1943~44 A 8 10 VIEW
6th Nov 1943
L
4 Batley WEL 1943~44 A 8 16 VIEW
18th Dec 1943
L
3 Wakefield Trinity WEL 1943~44 H 0 10 VIEW
27th Dec 1943
L
3 Wigan WEL 1943~44 H 2 7 VIEW
1st Jan 1944
L
3 Featherstone Rovers WEL 1943~44 H 0 30 VIEW
2nd Sep 1944
D
1 Huddersfield WEL 1944~45 H 5 5 VIEW
30th Sep 1944
L
1 Halifax WEL 1944~45 H 7 21 1 VIEW
14th Oct 1944
W
1 Featherstone Rovers WEL 1944~45 H 18 3 VIEW
21st Oct 1944
L
1 Barrow YC1(1) 1944~45 H 8 22 VIEW
25th Nov 1944
L
1 Wakefield Trinity WEL 1944~45 H 6 14 VIEW
25th Dec 1944
L
7 Wigan WEL 1944~45 A 5 20 1 VIEW
26th Dec 1944
L
3 Wigan WEL AB 1944~45 H 3 12 VIEW
30th Dec 1944
W
3 Keighley WEL 1944~45 H 10 0 VIEW
17th Feb 1945
L
4 Barrow WEL 1944~45 H 8 24 VIEW
24th Feb 1945
L
4 Leeds WEL 1944~45 A 14 20 1 VIEW
10th Mar 1945
L
3 Oldham WEL 1944~45 H 10 21 1 VIEW
17th Mar 1945
L
3 Bradford Northern CC1(1) 1944~45 H 8 15 VIEW
22nd Sep 1945
L
1 Workington Town LC1(1) 1945~46 A 8 9 VIEW
29th Sep 1945
W
2 Workington Town LC1(2) 1945~46 H 21 11 2 VIEW
2nd Mar 1946
L
5 Workington Town CC2 1945~46 H 6 13 VIEW
31st Aug 1946
L
2 Widnes L 1946~47 H 2 10 VIEW
7th Sep 1946
L
2 Leigh LC1(1) 1946~47 H 5 14 1 VIEW
14th Sep 1946
L
2 Leigh LC1(2) 1946~47 A 4 17 VIEW
21st Sep 1946
L
2 Widnes L 1946~47 A 10 17 VIEW
28th Dec 1946
L
3 Huddersfield L 1946~47 A 12 19 VIEW
14th Aug 1948
W
2 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1948~49 A 38 2 3 VIEW
21st Aug 1948
W
2 Widnes L 1948~49 H 6 2 VIEW
8th Sep 1948
L
5 Wigan LC1(2) 1948~49 A 7 8 VIEW
11th Sep 1948
W
5 Liverpool Stanley L 1948~49 A 17 0 1 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 19 | LOSSES : 50 | DRAWS : 1

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