Frank Gilligan

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Frank Gilligan
Personal information
Full name Frank William Gilligan
Batting style Right-handed batsman (RHB)
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 129
Runs scored 3024
Batting average 23.62
100s/50s 1/8
Top score 110
Balls bowled 2
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 87/33
Source: [1]

Frank William Gilligan OBE (born 20 September 1893 in Denmark Hill, London – 4 May 1960 in Wanganui, New Zealand) was an English cricketer who played for Oxford University and was an integral part of the Essex county side for ten years. He went on to become headmaster of one New Zealand's top independent schools and was awarded an OBE in 1955 for his services to education.


Frank Gilligan was the son of Willie Austin Gilligan and Alice Eliza (née Kimpton). He was the oldest of four children, having two younger brothers and a sister Kathleen. His two younger brothers, Arthur Gilligan and Harold Gilligan both went on to captain England at cricket. All three brothers attended Dulwich College. Frank was in the school 1st XI for three years (from 1911 to 1913) and was also an excellent Rugby Union player, playing for the 1st XV in 1912 and 1913. He also held the school record for the mile in 1911. From Dulwich College he had an Exhibition to Worcester College, Oxford to read English. However, whilst there World War I caused him to join the 12th Battalion Essex Regiment, and he was mentioned in despatches.[1]

First-class cricket[edit]

Whilst at Oxford he won two cricket blues,[1] one as captain, and graduated with honours in English. He went on to play seventy-nine matches for Essex between 1919 and 1929. There he kept wicket taking 87 catches and making 33 stumpings and averaging 23.62 with the bat.

In education[edit]

Gilligan joined Uppingham School in 1920, where he eventually became a housemaster. He taught there until 1935, under the headship of another Old Alleynian Reginald Owen. His background in cricket made him the ideal candidate to become the head of cricket at the school and it is reputed that he was responsible for a Golden Age of Uppingham cricket.[1]

From Uppingham he took the headship of Wanganui Collegiate School in New Zealand. He remained in that post for 18 years, leaving in 1954. The Wanganui Collegian wrote, "He believed in good sportsmanship, modesty, tolerance, and seeing the other man's point of view, and he was himself an exemplar of these qualities. He would go to endless trouble to help anybody. To watch him taking a game was a liberal education in the art of coaching. A devotee of using one's feet to play slow bowling and of forward play."[1]

In 1955 he was appointed OBE for his services to education.


  1. ^ a b c d Eminent Old Alleynians : Sport