Frank Lee

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
04-10-1880
N/A
Date unknown.
Local juniors
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
10-03-1900 v Salford
Runcorn
1911-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1899-1911
201 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
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. Frank lived in Orders Lane, Kirkham according to the 1939 Census. 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
1901~02 2 9 0 21
1902~031 2 0 24
1903~040 7 0 23
1904~050 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 VIEW
15th Sep 1900
D
11 Warrington L 1900~01 A 0 0 VIEW
22nd Sep 1900
L
11 Runcorn L 1900~01 H 0 11 VIEW
29th Sep 1900
W
11 Wigan L 1900~01 H 16 9 VIEW
7th Sep 1901
L
12 Wigan L & SWLL 1901~02 H 2 8 VIEW
14th Sep 1901
W
12 Lancaster L 1901~02 H 4 0 2 VIEW
21st Sep 1901
L
12 Widnes L & SWLL 1901~02 H 2 5 1 VIEW
28th Sep 1901
W
12 Rochdale Hornets L 1901~02 A 9 2 VIEW
5th Oct 1901
W
12 Barrow L 1901~02 H 7 3 1 VIEW
12th Oct 1901
L
12 Stockport L 1901~02 A 0 3 VIEW
19th Oct 1901
L
12 Runcorn SWLL 1901~02 H 0 2 VIEW
26th Oct 1901
L
12 Lancaster L 1901~02 A 4 17 1 VIEW
2nd Nov 1901
W
12 Radcliffe L 1901~02 A 19 0 1 1 VIEW
9th Nov 1901
L
12 Warrington SWLL 1901~02 H 9 17 1 VIEW
16th Nov 1901
W
12 Birkenhead Wanderers L AB 1901~02 A 5 0 VIEW
23rd Nov 1901
W
12 Millom L 1901~02 A 8 6 1 VIEW
30th Nov 1901
L
12 Warrington SWLL 1901~02 A 5 11 VIEW
1st Jan 1902
W
12 Rochdale Hornets L 1901~02 H 7 5 VIEW
4th Jan 1902
W
9 Altrincham L 1901~02 A 11 0 VIEW
11th Jan 1902
L
12 Hull K.R. L 1901~02 A 7 15 1 VIEW
8th Feb 1902
D
8 Millom L 1901~02 H 3 3 VIEW
1st Mar 1902
W
12 Morecambe L 1901~02 H 3 2 1 VIEW
8th Mar 1902
W
12 Widnes L & SWLL 1901~02 A 3 2 VIEW
15th Mar 1902
L
12 Hull K.R. CC1 1901~02 A 0 7 VIEW
31st Mar 1902
L
12 Runcorn SWLL 1901~02 A 3 11 VIEW
6th Sep 1902
L
9 Bradford L 1902~03 H 11 21 1 VIEW
13th Sep 1902
L
9 Huddersfield L 1902~03 A 3 8 VIEW
20th Sep 1902
L
9 Warrington L 1902~03 H 5 18 VIEW
25th Oct 1902
W
9 Salford L 1902~03 H 9 5 1 VIEW
1st Nov 1902
L
9 Halifax L 1902~03 A 0 8 VIEW
27th Dec 1902
L
9 Widnes L 1902~03 A 0 8 VIEW
1st Jan 1903
W
9 Batley L 1902~03 H 7 5 VIEW
3rd Jan 1903
L
9 Bradford L 1902~03 A 2 14 VIEW
10th Jan 1903
L
9 Huddersfield L 1902~03 H 5 13 VIEW
24th Jan 1903
L
9 Brighouse Rangers L 1902~03 H 0 7 VIEW
31st Jan 1903
L
9 Swinton L 1902~03 A 0 15 VIEW
7th Feb 1903
L
9 Runcorn L 1902~03 A 0 19 VIEW
21st Feb 1903
L
9 Rochdale Hornets CC2 1902~03 H 2 8 VIEW
24th Feb 1903
L
9 Warrington L 1902~03 A 0 6 VIEW
28th Feb 1903
W
9 Halifax L 1902~03 H 7 3 1 VIEW
7th Mar 1903
W
9 Leigh L 1902~03 A 8 5 VIEW
14th Mar 1903
W
9 Hull L 1902~03 H 10 8 VIEW
28th Mar 1903
L
9 Broughton Rangers L 1902~03 H 3 18 VIEW
31st Mar 1903
L
9 Oldham L 1902~03 A 4 13 VIEW
4th Apr 1903
L
9 Hull K.R. L 1902~03 H 2 6 VIEW
11th Apr 1903
D
9 Hunslet L 1902~03 H 5 5 VIEW
13th Apr 1903
L
9 Salford L 1902~03 A 3 11 VIEW
18th Apr 1903
W
9 Wigan L 1902~03 A 5 3 VIEW
25th Apr 1903
W
9 Widnes L 1902~03 H 8 3 VIEW
1st Sep 1903
W
9 Leigh SWLL 1903~04 A 5 2 1 VIEW
5th Sep 1903
W
9 Dewsbury L 1903~04 H 29 5 3 VIEW
12th Sep 1903
W
9 Birkenhead Wanderers L 1903~04 A 3 0 VIEW
26th Sep 1903
L
9 Holbeck L 1903~04 A 3 19 VIEW
3rd Oct 1903
W
9 Normanton L 1903~04 H 27 0 2 VIEW
17th Oct 1903
W
9 York L 1903~04 H 2 0 VIEW
14th Nov 1903
W
9 Millom L 1903~04 H 17 4 VIEW
21st Nov 1903
D
9 Bramley L 1903~04 A 0 0 VIEW
28th Nov 1903
W
9 Wakefield Trinity L 1903~04 H 11 8 VIEW
5th Dec 1903
W
9 Pontefract L 1903~04 A 10 3 VIEW
12th Dec 1903
L
9 Castleford L 1903~04 A 0 7 VIEW
19th Dec 1903
W
9 Rochdale Hornets L OBJ 1903~04 H 14 2 VIEW
25th Dec 1903
L
9 Wigan SWLL 1903~04 A 6 12 VIEW
26th Dec 1903
L
9 Lancaster L OBJ 1903~04 A 3 10 VIEW
16th Jan 1904
W
9 Barrow L 1903~04 A 8 0 VIEW
23rd Jan 1904
W
9 Holbeck L 1903~04 H 10 0 VIEW
30th Jan 1904
W
9 Normanton L 1903~04 A 8 6 1 VIEW
13th Feb 1904
L
9 York L 1903~04 A 0 5 VIEW
16th Feb 1904
D
9 Dewsbury L 1903~04 A 3 3 VIEW
20th Feb 1904
W
9 Morecambe L 1903~04 H 8 0 VIEW
22nd Feb 1904
W
9 Rochdale Hornets L 1903~04 H 6 0 VIEW
26th Mar 1904
L
13 Wakefield Trinity L 1903~04 A 0 20 VIEW
14th May 1904
W
11 Holbeck LPO 1903~04 N 7 0 VIEW
3rd Sep 1904
L
13 Oldham L 1904~05 H 4 10 VIEW
24th Sep 1904
L
1 Broughton Rangers L 1904~05 A 5 24 VIEW
1st Oct 1904
W
13 Hull K.R. L 1904~05 H 10 6 VIEW
19th Nov 1904
L
13 Leigh L 1904~05 A 5 14 VIEW
3rd Dec 1904
L
13 Hull L 1904~05 A 0 14 VIEW
24th Dec 1904
W
13 Runcorn L 1904~05 H 9 5 VIEW
26th Dec 1904
D
13 Warrington L 1904~05 H 0 0 VIEW
31st Dec 1904
L
13 Oldham L 1904~05 A 3 13 VIEW
7th Jan 1905
L
13 Wigan L 1904~05 A 3 15 VIEW
11th Jan 1905
W
13 Halifax L 1904~05 H 14 5 1 VIEW
14th Jan 1905
W
13 Swinton L 1904~05 H 5 3 VIEW
21st Jan 1905
L
13 Broughton Rangers L 1904~05 H 6 8 VIEW
28th Jan 1905
L
13 Hull K.R. L 1904~05 A 3 6 VIEW
4th Feb 1905
W
13 Batley L 1904~05 H 4 0 VIEW
11th Feb 1905
L
13 Hunslet L 1904~05 A 5 16 VIEW
18th Feb 1905
L
13 Widnes L 1904~05 H 5 7 VIEW
25th Feb 1905
L
13 Salford L 1904~05 A 2 19 VIEW
4th Mar 1905
W
13 Rochdale Rangers CC1 1904~05 H 9 2 VIEW
11th Mar 1905
L
13 Wakefield Trinity L 1904~05 A 0 21 VIEW
18th Mar 1905
L
13 Broughton Rangers CC2 1904~05 A 0 18 VIEW
2nd Sep 1905
W
11 Millom L 1905~06 H 34 3 VIEW
9th Sep 1905
W
11 Morecambe L 1905~06 H 26 6 1 1 VIEW
16th Sep 1905
L
11 Widnes L 1905~06 A 2 3 VIEW
23rd Sep 1905
W
11 Hull L 1905~06 H 8 5 VIEW
14th Oct 1905
L
9 Wigan LC1 1905~06 A 0 18 VIEW
21st Oct 1905
L
8 Runcorn L 1905~06 A 3 12 VIEW
18th Nov 1905
W
11 Rochdale Hornets L 1905~06 A 11 0 VIEW
9th Dec 1905
W
11 Barrow L 1905~06 H 25 0 VIEW
16th Dec 1905
W
9 Millom L 1905~06 A 2 0 VIEW
30th Dec 1905
W
11 Morecambe L 1905~06 A 10 3 VIEW
6th Jan 1906
L
11 Leigh L 1905~06 A 2 3 VIEW
13th Jan 1906
W
11 Barrow L 1905~06 A 3 2 VIEW
17th Feb 1906
L
11 Runcorn CCInt. 1905~06 H 0 3 VIEW
24th Feb 1906
W
11 Dewsbury L 1905~06 H 7 0 VIEW
10th Mar 1906
W
11 Rochdale Hornets L 1905~06 H 15 0 VIEW
17th Mar 1906
D
11 Swinton L 1905~06 H 0 0 VIEW
24th Mar 1906
L
11 Leigh L 1905~06 H 8 15 1 VIEW
31st Mar 1906
W
11 Normanton L 1905~06 A 9 5 VIEW
10th Nov 1906
L
12 Salford L 1906~07 A 13 26 VIEW
20th Nov 1906
L
12 Keighley L 1906~07 A 5 15 VIEW
3rd Sep 1907
L
11 Keighley L 1907~08 A 3 12 VIEW
7th Sep 1907
L
11 Swinton L 1907~08 A 0 22 VIEW
19th Oct 1907
W
11 Runcorn L 1907~08 H 17 11 VIEW
26th Oct 1907
L
11 Rochdale Hornets L 1907~08 H 8 12 VIEW
2nd Nov 1907
L
11 Broughton Rangers L 1907~08 A 13 25 VIEW
9th Nov 1907
L
11 Oldham L 1907~08 A 2 39 VIEW
14th Dec 1907
L
11 Leigh L 1907~08 A 2 20 VIEW
21st Dec 1907
L
11 Wigan L 1907~08 H 2 18 VIEW
25th Dec 1907
L
10 Runcorn L 1907~08 A 0 19 VIEW
26th Dec 1907
L
11 Barrow L 1907~08 A 8 9 VIEW
28th Dec 1907
W
11 Bramley L 1907~08 H 16 3 VIEW
1st Jan 1908
L
11 Hunslet L 1907~08 H 8 24 VIEW
4th Jan 1908
L
11 Wigan L 1907~08 A 5 35 VIEW
25th Jan 1908
W
11 Keighley L 1907~08 H 11 3 VIEW
1st Feb 1908
D
11 Widnes L 1907~08 H 5 5 VIEW
15th Feb 1908
W
11 Ebbw Vale L 1907~08 A 5 3 VIEW
22nd Feb 1908
L
11 New Zealand Tour 1907~08 H 10 21 1 VIEW
29th Feb 1908
L
11 Whitehaven Recs CC1 1907~08 A 8 13 VIEW
7th Mar 1908
L
11 Hunslet L 1907~08 A 6 21 VIEW
14th Mar 1908
L
11 Bradford L 1907~08 A 10 17 VIEW
21st Mar 1908
L
11 Oldham L 1907~08 H 5 14 VIEW
4th Apr 1908
L
11 Warrington L 1907~08 A 5 20 VIEW
12th Apr 1908
L
10 Rochdale Hornets * Fr 1908~09 A 0 15 VIEW
13th Apr 1908
L
11 Broughton Rangers L 1907~08 H 11 28 VIEW
18th Apr 1908
W
11 Barrow L 1907~08 H 15 5 VIEW
20th Apr 1908
D
11 Leigh L 1907~08 H 5 5 VIEW
21st Apr 1908
L
11 Bramley L 1907~08 A 13 16 VIEW
26th Sep 1908
L
10 Bradford Northern L 1908~09 A 12 31 VIEW
10th Oct 1908
L
11 Broughton Rangers L 1908~09 A 9 19 VIEW
17th Oct 1908
W
11 Widnes L 1908~09 H 11 0 VIEW
24th Oct 1908
L
11 Swinton L 1908~09 A 0 2 VIEW
31st Oct 1908
L
11 Salford L 1908~09 H 8 13 1 VIEW
14th Nov 1908
W
11 Leigh L 1908~09 H 10 8 1 2 VIEW
21st Nov 1908
W
11 Widnes L 1908~09 A 8 5 1 VIEW
12th Dec 1908
D
11 Rochdale Hornets L 1908~09 H 13 13 1 VIEW
19th Dec 1908
L
11 Salford L 1908~09 A 14 15 VIEW
25th Dec 1908
W
11 Runcorn L 1908~09 H 6 0 VIEW
26th Dec 1908
L
11 Wigan L 1908~09 H 7 22 VIEW
23rd Jan 1909
L
11 Warrington L 1908~09 H 9 15 1 VIEW
30th Jan 1909
D
11 Barrow L 1908~09 A 3 3 VIEW
6th Feb 1909
W
11 Swinton L 1908~09 H 16 10 VIEW
27th Feb 1909
L
11 Halifax CC1 1908~09 A 8 15 VIEW
6th Mar 1909
L
11 Oldham L 1908~09 A 0 13 VIEW
13th Mar 1909
W
11 Aberdare L 1908~09 A 45 18 1 VIEW
9th Apr 1909
W
11 Wigan L 1908~09 A 8 5 VIEW
10th Apr 1909
W
11 York L 1908~09 H 33 20 VIEW
12th Apr 1909
L
11 Warrington L 1908~09 A 6 78 1 VIEW
2nd Sep 1909
L
12 Hull K.R. L 1909~10 A 7 30 VIEW
4th Sep 1909
W
12 Broughton Rangers L 1909~10 A 10 7 VIEW
11th Sep 1909
D
12 Runcorn L 1909~10 H 5 5 1 VIEW
18th Sep 1909
L
12 Warrington L 1909~10 A 15 19 1 VIEW
25th Sep 1909
W
12 Bramley L 1909~10 H 27 5 VIEW
2nd Oct 1909
W
12 Barrow L 1909~10 A 21 9 VIEW
16th Oct 1909
W
12 Widnes LC1 1909~10 A 10 4 VIEW
30th Oct 1909
L
12 Swinton LC2 1909~10 A 0 2 VIEW
4th Dec 1909
W
12 Hunslet L 1909~10 A 24 8 VIEW
11th Dec 1909
W
12 Salford L 1909~10 H 7 3 VIEW
13th Dec 1909
W
12 Swinton L 1909~10 A 20 9 VIEW
18th Dec 1909
L
12 Oldham L 1909~10 A 6 36 VIEW
25th Dec 1909
W
12 Runcorn L 1909~10 A 13 0 VIEW
27th Dec 1909
L
12 Wigan L 1909~10 H 6 7 VIEW
15th Jan 1910
W
12 Leigh L 1909~10 H 11 3 VIEW
22nd Jan 1910
L
10 Coventry * Fr 1909~10 A 11 19 VIEW
5th Feb 1910
L
12 Dewsbury L 1909~10 A 3 11 VIEW
19th Mar 1910
L
12 Widnes L 1909~10 A 3 10 VIEW
29th Mar 1910
W
12 Hunslet L 1909~10 H 28 15 VIEW
2nd Apr 1910
W
12 Bramley L 1909~10 A 33 18 VIEW
16th Apr 1910
W
12 Hull K.R. L 1909~10 H 23 8 VIEW
3rd Sep 1910
W
9 Oldham L 1910~11 H 16 5 VIEW
10th Sep 1910
L
9 Runcorn L 1910~11 A 4 8 VIEW
17th Sep 1910
W
13 Salford L 1910~11 H 19 14 VIEW
24th Sep 1910
W
8 Merthyr Tydfil L 1910~11 A 17 6 VIEW
1st Oct 1910
L
12 Widnes L 1910~11 A 12 28 VIEW
4th Feb 1911
W
11 Coventry L 1910~11 H 26 15 1 VIEW
11th Feb 1911
D
11 Barrow L 1910~11 H 8 8 VIEW
18th Feb 1911
W
11 Bramley CC1 1910~11 H 26 7 VIEW
4th Mar 1911
L
11 Leeds CC2 1910~11 H 6 11 VIEW
11th Mar 1911
L
11 Hull K.R. L 1910~11 A 10 42 VIEW
2nd Sep 1911
W
10 Barrow L 1911~12 A 15 6 VIEW
9th Sep 1911
W
10 Warrington L 1911~12 H 10 2 1 VIEW
16th Sep 1911
W
10 Swinton L 1911~12 A 13 5 VIEW
23rd Sep 1911
W
10 Runcorn L 1911~12 H 25 0 VIEW
7th Oct 1911
L
10 Widnes L 1911~12 A 11 14 VIEW
14th Oct 1911
L
10 Australia Tour 1911~12 H 5 16 VIEW
21st Oct 1911
W
10 Salford LC1 1911~12 H 18 7 VIEW
28th Oct 1911
L
10 Coventry L 1911~12 A 8 10 VIEW
4th Nov 1911
L
12 Wigan LC2 1911~12 A 8 22 VIEW
11th Nov 1911
L
12 Ebbw Vale L 1911~12 A 0 2 VIEW
18th Nov 1911
W
12 Salford L 1911~12 A 15 13 1 VIEW
25th Nov 1911
W
12 Rochdale Hornets L 1911~12 H 27 12 VIEW
23rd Dec 1911
W
9 Runcorn L 1911~12 A 9 0 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 88 | LOSSES : 102 | DRAWS : 13

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