Frank Castle (rugby league)

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Frank Castle (second ¼ 1924 – 15 August 1999) was an English Olympic Games sprint trialist, rugby union, and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. He played representative level rugby union (RU) for Warwickshire, and at club level for Coventry R.F.C., and representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain and England, and at club level for Leigh (Heritage № 581)[3][4] and Barrow, as a wing, i.e. number 2 or 5.[2]

Frank Castle
Personal information
Bornsecond ¼ 1924
Died15 August 1999 (aged 75)[1]
Playing information
Rugby union
PositionWing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1949–49 Coventry R.F.C.
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Warwickshire
Rugby league
PositionWing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1948/49–48/49 Leigh 1 0 0 0 0
1949–60 Barrow 366 281 843
Total 367 281 0 0 843
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1951–53 England 5 6 0 0 18
1952–54 Great Britain 4 3 0 0 9
Source: [2]

Playing careerEdit

International honoursEdit

Castle won caps for England while at Barrow in 1951 against France, in 1952 against Other Nationalities (2 matches), and Wales, in 1953 against Other Nationalities,[5] and won caps for Great Britain while at Barrow in 1952 against Australia (3 matches), and in 1954 against Australia.[6]

Castle also represented Great Britain while at Barrow between 1952 and 1956 against France (2 non-test matches).[7]

Challenge Cup Final appearancesEdit

Castle played left wing, i.e. number 5, in Barrow's 0-10 defeat by Wigan in the 1950–51 Challenge Cup Final during the 1950–51 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 5 May 1951,[8] played left wing and scored a try in the 21-12 victory over Workington Town in the 1954–55 Challenge Cup Final during the 1954–55 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 30 April 1955, in front of a crowd of 66,513, and played left wing in the 7-9 defeat by Leeds in the 1956–57 Challenge Cup Final during the 1956–57 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 11 May 1957, in front of a crowd of 76,318.

County Cup Final appearancesEdit

Castle played left wing, i.e. number 5, in Barrow's 12-2 victory over Oldham in the 1954 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1954–55 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 23 October 1954.[9]

Career recordsEdit

Castle is second in Barrow's all time try scorers list with 281-tries.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Frozen in Time". The Observer. 7 October 2001. p. D66.
  2. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "They Played For Leigh (Statistics) at leighrl.co.uk". leighrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Heritage Numbers at leighrl.co.uk". leighrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Edgar, Harry (2007). Rugby League Journal Annual 2008 Page-110. Rugby League Journal Publishing. ISBN 0-9548355-3-0
  8. ^ "1950-1951 Challenge Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Barrow make two finals in one year". nwemail.co.uk. 31 December 2013. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Barrows all time leading try scorers". barrowrlfc.com. 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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