Eric Frodsham

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Eric Frodsham
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Personal information
Born 14 February 1923
St. Helens, England
Died 19 January 2003(2003-01-19) (aged 79)
Playing information
Position Fullback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1947–48 St. Helens 33 1 3
1948–56 Warrington 226 19 34 125
Total 259 20 34 0 128

Eric Frodsham (14 February 1923 – 19 January 2003), was an English rugby league footballer, who played as a fullback for St. Helens and Warrington (captain).

Club career[edit]

Following Royal Navy service during World War II, Frodsham signed for St. Helens in 1947. After a short spell for the club, he was transferred to Warrington in 1948.[1] It was there that he spent the remainder of his career.

In 1950, Frodsham made his first-team breakthrough when he replaced Les "Cowboy" Jones as fullback. He went on to make a total of 48 appearances for Warrington during the 1950–51 season, a club record which he repeated in 1953-54, and still holds to this day.[2]

The highlight of Frodsham's career came in the 1953–54 season in which Warrington secured both the League and Challenge Cup titles.

Frodsham's career came to an end in 1955 when he broke his wrist during a 25-7 win against Liverpool City.[3] In total he made 226 appearances for Warrington, scoring 125 points.[4]

Championship Final appearances[edit]

Eric Frodsham played, and was captain in Warrington's 8-7 victory over Halifax the Championship Final during the 1953–54 season at Maine Road, Manchester on Saturday 8 May 1954, in front of a crowd of 36,519.

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Eric Frodsham played fullback, and was captain in Warrington's 8-4 victory over Halifax in the 1954 Challenge Cup Final replay during the 1953–54 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Wednesday 5 May 1954, in front of a record crowd of 102,575 or more.[5] At the time, this was a world record attendance for a rugby match of either code.[6]

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

Eric Frodsham played fullback in Warrington's 5-28 defeat by Wigan in the 1950 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1950–51 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 4 November 1950.[7]

Genealogical information[edit]

Eric Frodsham was the younger brother of the rugby league footballers Alf Frodsham, and W. Harry Frodsham for St. Helens.

Death[edit]

Frodsham died in his home in Rainford in January 2003. He was survived by his widow Doris, and his daughters Linda, Susan and Julie.[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Whittle, Denis (2003-02-21). "Bring on the Roosters". St Helens Reporter. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  2. ^ Warrington Wolves Records
  3. ^ Give it to Bev - Warrington Wolves Archived 2008-08-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Warrington RLFC Rugby League Players Archive
  5. ^ "Mud, blood and memories of the day when 102,575 made history at Odsal". independent.co.uk. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  6. ^ Baker, Andrew (1995-08-20). "100 years of rugby league: From the great divide to the Super era". Independent, The. independent.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  7. ^ "1950-1951 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Whittle, Denis (2003-02-21). "Bring on the Roosters". St Helens Reporter. Retrieved 2009-12-17.