Frank Stanmore (rugby league)

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Frank Stanmore
Personal information
Full nameFrancis Stanley Stanmore
Born(1929-10-18)18 October 1929
Cessnock, New South Wales
Died29 June 2005(2005-06-29) (aged 75)
Wangi Wangi, New South Wales
Playing information
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1948–53 Wests (Sydney) 87 23 0 0 69
1954–55 Maitland
Total 87 23 0 0 69
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1948–51 City NSW 4 1 0 0 3
1948–?? New South Wales 8
1949–53 Australia 10 0 0 0 0
1954–55 Country NSW 2 0 0 0 0
Source: [1]

Frank Stanmore (1929–2005) was an Australian rugby league footballer who played in the 1940s and 1950s. An Australian international and New South Wales interstate representative five-eighth, he played club football in Sydney's NSWRFL for Western Suburbs, winning the 1948 Premiership with them. Stanmore also played in the Newcastle Rugby League and was inducted into the Hunter Region Sporting Hall of Fame.[2]

Stanmore, who played representative rugby league as a 17-year-old five-eighth for Coalfields against Newcastle in 1947,[3] moved from Cessnock to Sydney's Western Suburbs club. During his first season of NSWRFL Premiership first grade in 1948,[4] he earned selection for Sydney and New South Wales. Also that year he played in Wests' grand final victory over Balmain. At the start of the following season he was at the centre of a dispute between the Cessnock and Western Suburbs clubs.[5] Remaining with Wests, that year he was selected to go on the Australian national team's tour of New Zealand but did not play in a test match.[6] He is listed on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No. 270.[7]

Stanmore was selected to play in 1950's Ashes series victory over Great Britain alongside his club halves partner, Keith Holman. At the end of the 1950 NSWRFL season Stanmore played in Wests' grand final loss to South Sydney. He was selected to represent Sydney against France during their 1951 tour of Australasia in a match that ended in a 19-all draw. He also represented Australia against France. He was selected to go on the 1952-53 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France, thus missing Western Suburbs' victory in 1952 NSWRFL Premiership Final. On tour he played in four tests and captained the Kangaroos to victory in seven out of seven minor matches. Returning to the Newcastle Rugby League, Stanmore captain-coached Maitland's club in 1954,[8] taking them to the grand final, but the match was lost to Cessnock. He also continued playing representative football for Country NSW.

Stanmore died in 2005 at the age of 75 from a heart attack related to a breathing disorder.[9] In 2011 Stanmore was named at five-eighth in Cessnock's team of the century.[10]


  1. ^ Rugby League Project
  2. ^ Watson, Chris (25 June 2009). "Valley of good sports". The Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 28 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Cessnock Youth Star of Match". The Sydney Morning Herald. 7 May 1947. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Frank Stanmore". Sports Data. Archived from the original on 8 April 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Cessnock Bid for R.L. Man - Legal Action threatened". The Sydney Morning Herald. 7 April 1949. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Frank Stanmore". SmartPack International Pty Ltd. Retrieved 28 November 2011.
  7. ^ ARL Annual Report 2005, page 53
  8. ^ "Famous deeds, names mark NRL golden age". The Newcastle Herald. 6 February 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2011.
  9. ^ Roy Masters (30 June 2005). "Combination broken as Stanmore makes last pass". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 November 2011.
  10. ^ Leeson, John (30 May 2011). "Ton of talent from Cessnock club honoured". The Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 30 November 2011.