Frank Collier

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Frank Collier
Personal information
Full name Frank Collier
Born 26 April 1933
Wigan, Lancashire, England
Died 1 September 1989 (aged 56)
Playing information
Position Fullback, Prop, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1951–64 Wigan 323 26 27 132
1964–66 Widnes 69 5 0 15
1966–68 Salford 37
Total 429 31 27 0 147
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1963–64 Great Britain 2 0 0 0 0
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk

Frank Collier (26 April 1933[1] — 1 September 1989 (aged 56)) born in Wigan, was an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1950s and 1960s, playing at representative level for Great Britain, and at club level for Wigan, Widnes and Salford,[2] as a Fullback, Prop, Second-row, i.e. number 1, 8 or 10, or, 11 or 12, during the era of contested scrums.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Frank Collier won caps for Great Britain while at Wigan in 1963 against Australia, and while at Widnes in 1964 against France.[3]

Championship final appearances[edit]

Frank Collier played Right-Prop, i.e. number 10 in Wigan's 27-3 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the Championship final during the 1959–60 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 21 May 1960.[4]

County League appearances[edit]

Frank Collier played in Wigan's victories in the Lancashire League during the 1958–59 season, and 1961–62 season.[5]

Challenge Cup final appearances[edit]

Frank Collier played Right-Second-row, i.e. number 12 in Wigan's 13-9 victory over Workington Town in the 1958 Challenge Cup final during the 1957–58 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 10 May 1958,[6] the 10-25 defeat by Wakefield Trinity in the 1963 Challenge Cup final during the 1962–63 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 11 May 1963, and played in, and won the Lance Todd Trophy, in Widnes' 13-5 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1964 Challenge Cup final during the 1963–64 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 9 May 1964.

Couty Cup final appearances[edit]

Frank Collier played Loose forward/Lock, i.e. number 11, in Wigan's 8-16 defeat by St. Helens in the 1953 Lancashire Cup final during the 1953–54 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 24 October 1953.

Genealogical information[edit]

Frank Collier is the younger brother of the rugby league Fullback, and Second-row of the 1950s for Wigan, William "Bill" E. Collier (birth registered January→March 1929 in Wigan), and older brother of Evelyn M. Collier (birth registered January→March 1937 in Wigan).

Frank Collier's marriage to Eileen Walford (birth registered April→June 1934 (age 81–82)) was registered during January→March 1953 in Wigan district.[7] They had children; Stephen F. Collier (birth registered October→December 1953 in Ince district — death registered January→March 1955 (aged 1) in Wigan district), Trevor S. Collier (birth registered October→December 1956 (age 59–60) in Wigan district, Andrew Collier (birth registered January→March 1960 (age 55–56) in Ince district, and Alison Collier.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Morris, Graham (2005). Wigan Rugby League Football Club: 100 Greats. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. p. 36. ISBN 978-0-7524-3470-4. 
  3. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "1959-1960 Championship Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Statistics at wigan.rlfans.com". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "1957-1958 Challenge Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Marriage details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 

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