Alf Frodsham

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
29-08-1902
N/A
26-12-1922
Pilkingtons RU Doncaster
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
26-12-1922 v Wigan
St. Helens Recs
1937- when he Retired
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1922-1929
215 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
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. In 1939 Alf was living in Hamblett Crescent , St Helens and working as a Steel Erector and Glassworks Labourer. He later moved south to Swindon, Wiltshire where he died in March 1974, aged 71. 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
1925~26 16 0 0 32
1926~2721 0 0 41
1927~28 14 0 0 33
1928~2912 0 0 30
1929~304 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 VIEW
30th Dec 1922 L 3 Leigh L 1922~23 A 3 18 VIEW
1st Jan 1923 W 3 St. Helens Recs L 1922~23 A 13 8 1 VIEW
6th Jan 1923 L 3 Barrow L 1922~23 H 8 15 VIEW
17th Mar 1923 L 4 Widnes L 1922~23 H 9 11 VIEW
24th Mar 1923 L 4 Barrow L 1922~23 A 10 22 VIEW
30th Mar 1923 L 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1922~23 A 5 22 VIEW
2nd Apr 1923 L 4 Hull L 1922~23 H 8 23 2 VIEW
7th Apr 1923 L 4 Wigan L 1922~23 A 10 41 VIEW
14th Apr 1923 W 4 Oldham L 1922~23 H 17 12 VIEW
21st Apr 1923 W 4 Salford L 1922~23 H 56 10 1 VIEW
25th Aug 1923 W 3 Widnes L 1923~24 H 5 3 VIEW
1st Sep 1923 L 3 Warrington L 1923~24 H 5 8 VIEW
15th Sep 1923 W 3 Bradford Northern L 1923~24 A 12 4 VIEW
22nd Sep 1923 L 3 Oldham L 1923~24 H 21 27 VIEW
29th Sep 1923 L 3 Keighley L 1923~24 A 8 14 VIEW
6th Oct 1923 W 3 Bradford Northern L 1923~24 H 27 10 VIEW
23rd Feb 1924 L 4 Warrington L 1923~24 A 11 39 VIEW
1st Mar 1924 L 4 Huddersfield CC2 1923~24 A 13 24 VIEW
8th Mar 1924 W 4 Wigan Highfield L 1923~24 H 10 9 VIEW
15th Mar 1924 W 4 Keighley L 1923~24 H 34 6 2 VIEW
22nd Mar 1924 L 4 Oldham L 1923~24 A 10 48 VIEW
29th Mar 1924 W 4 Bramley L 1923~24 H 13 8 VIEW
5th Apr 1924 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1923~24 H 15 13 1 VIEW
12th Apr 1924 L 4 St. Helens Recs* Fr 1923~24 H 8 10 VIEW
18th Apr 1924 L 4 Wigan L 1923~24 H 3 14 1 VIEW
19th Apr 1924 W 4 Broughton Rangers L 1923~24 H 21 6 2 VIEW
26th Apr 1924 W 4 Salford L 1923~24 H 37 15 VIEW
30th Aug 1924 W 4 Widnes L 1924~25 A 10 9 1 VIEW
6th Sep 1924 L 4 Widnes L 1924~25 H 7 8 VIEW
13th Sep 1924 L 4 Barrow L 1924~25 A 8 19 VIEW
20th Sep 1924 W 4 Keighley L 1924~25 H 16 9 1 VIEW
27th Sep 1924 W 4 Hull L 1924~25 A 9 0 1 VIEW
4th Oct 1924 W 4 Wigan Highfield L 1924~25 H 15 5 VIEW
11th Oct 1924 D 4 Widnes LC1 1924~25 A 7 7 VIEW
15th Oct 1924 W 4 Widnes LC1(rep) 1924~25 H 19 5 VIEW
18th Oct 1924 L 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1924~25 A 2 3 VIEW
25th Oct 1924 W 4 Warrington LC2 1924~25 H 15 5 1 VIEW
8th Nov 1924 L 4 Oldham LCSF 1924~25 H 9 16 VIEW
13th Nov 1924 L 4 Swinton L 1924~25 H 6 20 VIEW
15th Nov 1924 L 4 Salford L 1924~25 A 3 13 VIEW
22nd Nov 1924 W 4 Broughton Rangers L 1924~25 H 12 2 VIEW
6th Dec 1924 W 4 Dewsbury L 1924~25 H 21 2 1 VIEW
13th Dec 1924 W 4 Leigh L 1924~25 H 21 3 1 VIEW
20th Dec 1924 L 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1924~25 A 0 11 VIEW
25th Dec 1924 W 4 St. Helens Recs L 1924~25 H 7 5 VIEW
26th Dec 1924 L 4 Wigan L 1924~25 H 7 13 VIEW
27th Dec 1924 L 4 Dewsbury L 1924~25 A 0 8 VIEW
1st Jan 1925 D 4 St. Helens Recs L 1924~25 A 5 5 VIEW
3rd Jan 1925 W 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1924~25 H 15 2 1 VIEW
10th Jan 1925 L 4 Wigan Highfield L 1924~25 A 8 12 VIEW
17th Jan 1925 L 4 Oldham L 1924~25 H 5 24 VIEW
31st Jan 1925 W 4 Salford L OBJ 1924~25 H 14 0 1 VIEW
2nd Feb 1925 W 4 Barrow L 1924~25 H 12 8 VIEW
7th Feb 1925 L 4 Oldham L 1924~25 A 5 32 VIEW
14th Feb 1925 L 4 Widnes CC1 1924~25 A 8 10 VIEW
21st Feb 1925 W 4 Warrington L 1924~25 H 9 5 VIEW
7th Mar 1925 D 4 Halifax L 1924~25 A 11 11 VIEW
14th Mar 1925 W 4 Halifax L 1924~25 H 10 2 VIEW
21st Mar 1925 D 4 Broughton Rangers L 1924~25 A 10 10 VIEW
28th Mar 1925 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1924~25 H 34 3 2 VIEW
10th Apr 1925 L 4 Wigan L 1924~25 A 4 51 VIEW
11th Apr 1925 L 4 Leigh L 1924~25 A 10 17 1 VIEW
13th Apr 1925 W 4 Hull L 1924~25 H 10 8 1 VIEW
18th Apr 1925 W 4 Warrington L 1924~25 A 15 8 2 VIEW
28th Aug 1925 L 4 Widnes L 1925~26 H 6 23 VIEW
5th Sep 1925 L 4 Widnes L 1925~26 A 5 11 1 VIEW
12th Sep 1925 W 4 Barrow L 1925~26 H 22 3 1 VIEW
19th Sep 1925 L 4 Broughton Rangers L 1925~26 A 3 7 VIEW
26th Sep 1925 W 4 Batley L 1925~26 H 15 3 1 VIEW
3rd Oct 1925 L 4 Swinton L 1925~26 A 5 12 1 VIEW
10th Oct 1925 L 4 Leigh LC1 1925~26 A 7 10 1 VIEW
17th Oct 1925 L 4 Oldham L 1925~26 H 3 16 1 VIEW
24th Oct 1925 W 4 Hunslet L 1925~26 A 14 5 2 VIEW
31st Oct 1925 L 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1925~26 H 3 9 VIEW
14th Nov 1925 L 4 Dewsbury L 1925~26 A 0 10 VIEW
21st Nov 1925 W 4 Warrington L 1925~26 H 12 9 1 VIEW
28th Nov 1925 W 4 Bradford Northern L 1925~26 A 25 6 3 VIEW
12th Dec 1925 L 4 Salford L 1925~26 A 3 17 VIEW
16th Dec 1925 W 4 Dewsbury L 1925~26 H 7 0 VIEW
19th Dec 1925 L 4 Swinton L 1925~26 H 9 10 VIEW
25th Dec 1925 D 4 St. Helens Recs L 1925~26 A 3 3 VIEW
26th Dec 1925 L 4 Wigan L 1925~26 H 5 10 VIEW
1st Jan 1926 W 4 St. Helens Recs L 1925~26 H 4 2 VIEW
2nd Jan 1926 L 4 Oldham L 1925~26 A 6 24 VIEW
9th Jan 1926 W 4 Wigan Highfield L 1925~26 H 16 6 VIEW
16th Jan 1926 L 4 Warrington L 1925~26 A 7 9 VIEW
23rd Jan 1926 W 4 Salford L OBJ 1925~26 H 13 10 VIEW
30th Jan 1926 W 4 Batley L 1925~26 A 7 0 VIEW
6th Feb 1926 W 4 Broughton Rangers L 1925~26 H 24 8 VIEW
13th Feb 1926 W 4 Widnes CC1 1925~26 A 10 7 1 VIEW
20th Feb 1926 W 4 Leigh L 1925~26 A 6 0 VIEW
27th Feb 1926 L 4 Hull CC2 1925~26 H 7 10 VIEW
6th Mar 1926 W 4 Wigan Highfield L 1925~26 A 15 10 1 VIEW
15th Mar 1926 W 4 Hunslet L 1925~26 H 16 8 2 VIEW
20th Mar 1926 L 4 Barrow L 1925~26 A 2 9 VIEW
2nd Apr 1926 L 3 Wigan L 1925~26 A 18 30 VIEW
28th Aug 1926 W 3 Widnes L 1926~27 A 8 5 VIEW
4th Sep 1926 L 3 Widnes L 1926~27 H 7 10 VIEW
11th Sep 1926 W 2 Featherstone Rovers L 1926~27 A 15 0 VIEW
18th Sep 1926 W 3 Barrow L 1926~27 H 38 3 1 VIEW
25th Sep 1926 W 3 Wigan Highfield L 1926~27 A 15 7 2 VIEW
2nd Oct 1926 W 3 Pontypridd L 1926~27 H 35 13 1 VIEW
7th Oct 1926 W 3 Pemberton LC1 1926~27 H 51 8 1 VIEW
16th Oct 1926 L 3 Warrington L 1926~27 A 5 16 VIEW
21st Oct 1926 W 3 Swinton LC2 1926~27 H 29 18 1 VIEW
23rd Oct 1926 W 3 Rochdale Hornets L 1926~27 H 48 3 1 VIEW
30th Oct 1926 W 3 Barrow L 1926~27 A 11 10 VIEW
4th Nov 1926 D 3 Widnes LCSF 1926~27 A 3 3 VIEW
6th Nov 1926 W 3 Wigan Highfield L 1926~27 H 13 7 1 VIEW
8th Nov 1926 W 3 Widnes LCSF(rep) 1926~27 H 17 0 VIEW
13th Nov 1926 L 3 Salford L 1926~27 A 5 8 VIEW
20th Nov 1926 W 3 St. Helens Recs LCF 1926~27 N 10 2 VIEW
27th Nov 1926 W 3 York L 1926~27 H 54 3 2 VIEW
4th Dec 1926 L 3 Oldham L 1926~27 A 5 26 1 VIEW
8th Dec 1926 W 2 New Zealand Tour 1926~27 H 22 12 VIEW
11th Dec 1926 W 2 Warrington L 1926~27 H 31 11 1 VIEW
18th Dec 1926 L 2 Leigh L 1926~27 A 3 6 VIEW
25th Dec 1926 D 2 St. Helens Recs L 1926~27 H 6 6 VIEW
1st Jan 1927 L 2 St. Helens Recs L 1926~27 A 8 17 2 VIEW
8th Jan 1927 W 2 Broughton Rangers L 1926~27 A 15 7 VIEW
15th Jan 1927 W 2 Featherstone Rovers L 1926~27 H 17 8 VIEW
22nd Jan 1927 W 2 Batley L 1926~27 A 15 5 VIEW
29th Jan 1927 W 2 Leeds L 1926~27 H 18 6 VIEW
5th Feb 1927 L 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1926~27 A 0 4 VIEW
12th Feb 1927 L 2 York CC1 1926~27 A 3 9 VIEW
19th Feb 1927 W 3 Batley L 1926~27 H 13 8 1 VIEW
5th Mar 1927 L 2 Swinton L 1926~27 A 3 24 VIEW
8th Mar 1927 W 2 Oldham L 1926~27 H 21 10 VIEW
19th Mar 1927 L 2 York L 1926~27 A 6 15 VIEW
26th Mar 1927 W 2 Pontypridd L 1926~27 A 10 5 VIEW
2nd Apr 1927 W 2 Salford L 1926~27 H 8 3 1 VIEW
9th Apr 1927 W 2 Broughton Rangers L 1926~27 H 16 0 VIEW
15th Apr 1927 W 3 Wigan L 1926~27 A 10 8 VIEW
16th Apr 1927 W 2 Swinton L 1926~27 H 27 0 2 VIEW
18th Apr 1927 W 2 Leigh L 1926~27 H 18 5 2 VIEW
20th Apr 1927 W 2 Leeds L 1926~27 A 21 10 1 VIEW
23rd Apr 1927 L 2 St. Helens Recs ChSF 1926~27 A 0 33 VIEW
12th May 1927 L 2 Barrow* Fr Lonsdale Hospital 1926~27 L 8 16 VIEW
27th Aug 1927 W 2 Widnes L 1927~28 H 28 2 1 VIEW
29th Aug 1927 L 2 Leeds L 1927~28 A 7 18 VIEW
3rd Sep 1927 W 2 Widnes L 1927~28 A 28 15 VIEW
10th Sep 1927 L 2 Swinton L 1927~28 H 20 26 VIEW
14th Sep 1927 W 3 Dewsbury L 1927~28 H 8 2 1 VIEW
17th Sep 1927 L 2 Hunslet L 1927~28 A 10 12 1 VIEW
1st Oct 1927 W 2 Broughton Rangers L 1927~28 A 6 2 VIEW
8th Oct 1927 L 2 Swinton LC1 1927~28 H 7 13 VIEW
15th Oct 1927 W 3 Salford L 1927~28 H 44 10 1 VIEW
22nd Oct 1927 D 3 Hull L 1927~28 A 5 5 VIEW
5th Nov 1927 W 3 Warrington L 1927~28 A 8 4 VIEW
19th Nov 1927 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1927~28 H 10 2 VIEW
26th Nov 1927 L 2 Oldham L 1927~28 A 2 11 VIEW
3rd Dec 1927 W 3 Hull K.R. L 1927~28 H 25 7 2 VIEW
10th Dec 1927 L 3 Featherstone Rovers L 1927~28 A 3 15 VIEW
17th Dec 1927 W 2 Leigh L 1927~28 H 37 11 2 VIEW
24th Dec 1927 L 2 St. Helens Recs L 1927~28 A 2 5 VIEW
26th Dec 1927 L 2 Wigan L 1927~28 H 13 20 VIEW
29th Dec 1927 L 2 St. Helens Recs L 1927~28 H 5 22 VIEW
7th Jan 1928 W 2 Leeds L 1927~28 H 8 0 VIEW
18th Jan 1928 W 2 Dewsbury L 1927~28 A 6 0 VIEW
21st Jan 1928 W 2 Hull L 1927~28 H 14 5 1 VIEW
4th Feb 1928 L 2 Leigh L 1927~28 A 5 10 VIEW
11th Feb 1928 L 4 Oldham CC1 1927~28 A 5 15 VIEW
18th Feb 1928 L 4 Oldham L 1927~28 H 13 14 1 VIEW
25th Feb 1928 L 4 Salford L 1927~28 A 5 14 VIEW
17th Mar 1928 W 2 Broughton Rangers L 1927~28 H 24 0 2 VIEW
24th Mar 1928 L 2 Swinton L 1927~28 A 3 5 VIEW
31st Mar 1928 L 2 Barrow L 1927~28 A 10 14 VIEW
6th Apr 1928 L 2 Wigan L 1927~28 A 11 21 VIEW
7th Apr 1928 L 2 Wigan Highfield L 1927~28 A 15 20 VIEW
9th Apr 1928 W 2 Hunslet L 1927~28 H 30 10 1 VIEW
10th Apr 1928 L 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1927~28 A 5 15 1 VIEW
29th Sep 1928 D 2 Hunslet L 1928~29 H 13 13 1 VIEW
6th Oct 1928 W 2 Wigan Highfield L 1928~29 A 27 5 2 VIEW
13th Oct 1928 W 2 Broughton Rangers LC1 1928~29 A 15 10 1 VIEW
20th Oct 1928 W 2 Dewsbury L 1928~29 H 22 9 VIEW
24th Oct 1928 L 2 Warrington LC2 1928~29 A 11 14 VIEW
27th Oct 1928 W 2 Hull L 1928~29 A 10 4 1 VIEW
10th Nov 1928 D 2 Leeds L 1928~29 A 8 8 VIEW
24th Nov 1928 L 2 Swinton L 1928~29 A 2 16 VIEW
1st Dec 1928 W 2 Oldham L 1928~29 H 21 3 VIEW
22nd Dec 1928 W 2 Warrington L 1928~29 A 13 4 VIEW
25th Dec 1928 L 2 St. Helens Recs L 1928~29 H 0 5 VIEW
26th Dec 1928 L 2 Wigan L 1928~29 H 2 10 VIEW
29th Dec 1928 W 4 Leigh L 1928~29 A 3 0 VIEW
1st Jan 1929 L 4 St. Helens Recs L 1928~29 A 2 8 VIEW
5th Jan 1929 W 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1928~29 H 23 3 VIEW
12th Jan 1929 L 2 Salford L 1928~29 A 7 10 VIEW
19th Jan 1929 L 2 Swinton L 1928~29 H 2 3 VIEW
23rd Feb 1929 W 2 Keighley CC2 1928~29 H 26 5 VIEW
2nd Mar 1929 W 2 Leigh L 1928~29 H 23 2 VIEW
9th Mar 1929 D 2 Wigan CC3 1928~29 H 2 2 VIEW
29th Mar 1929 L 2 Wigan L 1928~29 A 8 28 VIEW
30th Mar 1929 W 2 Bradford Northern L 1928~29 H 47 5 2 VIEW
1st Apr 1929 W 2 Barrow L 1928~29 H 9 5 1 VIEW
3rd Apr 1929 L 2 Hunslet L 1928~29 A 3 53 VIEW
6th Apr 1929 L 2 Hull K.R. L 1928~29 A 0 12 VIEW
13th Apr 1929 W 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1928~29 A 12 5 VIEW
20th Apr 1929 W 2 Warrington L 1928~29 H 29 8 1 VIEW
22nd Apr 1929 W 2 Bradford Northern L 1928~29 A 28 19 2 VIEW
27th Apr 1929 W 2 Hull L 1928~29 H 24 7 1 VIEW
30th Apr 1929 L 2 Broughton Rangers L 1928~29 A 7 14 VIEW
4th Sep 1929 L 4 Leeds L 1929~30 A 5 7 VIEW
7th Sep 1929 W 4 Widnes L 1929~30 A 21 8 VIEW
14th Sep 1929 D 4 Hunslet L 1929~30 H 8 8 VIEW
19th Sep 1929 W 4 Leeds L 1929~30 H 22 7 1 VIEW
22nd Sep 1929 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1929~30 A 11 7 VIEW
24th Sep 1929 W 4 Oldham L 1929~30 H 20 13 VIEW
12th Oct 1929 W 4 Broughton Rangers LC1 1929~30 A 10 9 1 VIEW
19th Oct 1929 W 4 Salford L 1929~30 H 18 12 2 VIEW
23rd Oct 1929 D 4 Salford LC2 1929~30 H 8 8 VIEW
26th Oct 1929 L 3 Castleford L 1929~30 H 10 20 VIEW
29th Aug 1936 L 7 Widnes L 1936~37 A 0 28 VIEW
19th Dec 1936 W 3 Newcastle L 1936~37 A 15 8 VIEW
25th Dec 1936 W 3 St. Helens Recs L 1936~37 H 4 0 VIEW
26th Dec 1936 L 1 Wigan L 1936~37 H 2 21 1 VIEW
1st Jan 1937 L 3 St. Helens Recs L 1936~37 A 3 10 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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