|Full name||Francis Boylen (or Boylan)|
|Died||3 February 1938 (aged 59)
Kingston upon Hull
|Height||5 ft 8.5 in (174 cm)|
|Weight||13 st 5 lb (85 kg)|
|Position||Second-row, Loose forward|
|Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk|
Francis "Frank" 'Patsy' Boylen (or Boylan) (birth registered October→December 1878 – 3 February 1938 (aged 59)) birth registered in Hartlepool district, was an English rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1900s, and 1910s, playing representative level rugby union (RU) for England, and Durham, and at club level for Hartlepool Excelsior, Hartlepool Old Boys, Hartlepool Rovers, and West Hartlepool R.F.C., and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain, England, and Yorkshire, and at club level for Hull F.C. (twice), York, and Hull Kingston Rovers as a Second-row, or Loose forward/Lock, i.e. number 11 or 12, or 13, during the era of contested scrums, he died in Kingston upon Hull.
Frank Boylen won caps for England (RU) while at Hartlepool Rovers, and/or West Hartlepool R.F.C., in 1908 against France, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland, and won caps for England (RL) while at Hull in 1909 against Australia, and Wales, in 1910 against Wales, and won a cap for Great Britain (RL) while at Hull in 1909 against Australia.
Frank Boylen won caps for Durham (RU) while at Hartlepool Rovers, and/or West Hartlepool R.F.C., winning the rugby union County Championship title in 1905, and 1907 (title shared with Devon Rugby Football Union), and played for Durham (RU) in the 3–16 defeat by New Zealand (The Original All Blacks) at Durham Ground on 7 October 1905, and the 4–22 defeat by South Africa (1906–07 South Africa rugby union tour) at Hartlepool on 6 October 1906.
Challenge Cup Final appearances
Frank Boylen played Right-Prop, i.e. number 10, in Hull's 0-17 defeat by Wakefield Trinity in the 1909 Challenge Cup Final during the 1908–09 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 24 April 1909, in front of a crowd of 23,587.
Outside of rugby
Frank Boylen's parents John and Mary (Morgan) were Irish. Frank Boylen married Florence Maud Mary King at Holy Trinity Church, Hartlepool, on the 28th December 1902.He had two sisters, Nellie born 1885 and Mary born in 1879 and a brother, James, born in 1887. The 1881 census shows the family living at 8 Fox Street in Hartlepool. 1891 Census showed the brothers as being in Hartlepool workhouse. The couple had five children: Frank (1903), Florence (1905), Doris, Vera and Eric (died age 3). They also brought up Florence's sisters children: Jane, George and Florence Barningham.
According to FreeBMD, Frank's surname at birth was registered as Boylan, i.e. with an 'a', at marriage it was registered as Boylan, i.e. with an 'a', and at death was it registered as Boylen, i.e. with an 'e'.
- "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
- "Death details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
- Evening Post (21 May 1910). "Northern Union Team". PastPapers. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
- "Statistics at espn.co.uk". espn.co.uk. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
- "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
- "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
- "Papers Past – Evening Post – 14 May 1910 – Football". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
- Tom Mather (2010). "Best in the Northern Union". Pages 128–142. ISBN 978-1-903659-51-9
- Hoole, Les (2004). Wakefield Trinity RLFC - FIFTY GREAT GAMES. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-429-9
- Maule, Raymond (1992). The Complete Who's Who of England Rugby Union Internationals (page 24). Breedon Books, Derby. ISBN 1-873626-10-X
- England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
- Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
- Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org
- Stats → PastPlayers → B at hullfc.com
- Statistics at hullfc.com
- Rugby-mad collector's 114-year challenge
- Frank Boylen at ovalballs.com
- Photograph "FRANK BOYLEN (Forward) – Member of the 1910 Tour Team to Australia" at ovalballs.com
- Photograph of Frank Boylen with caps at ovalballs.com