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Frank Myler (born 4 December 1938) is an English former professional rugby league footballer of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. A Great Britain and England national representative centre or stand-off, he played club rugby for Widnes and St. Helens, and also captained the Great Britain national team.

Frank Myler
Personal information
Born (1938-12-04) 4 December 1938 (age 80)
Playing information
PositionStand-off
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1955–67 Widnes 369 144 7 14 474
1967–71 St. Helens 144 46 2 4 150
1972–73 Rochdale Hornets 17 9 0 0 27
Total 530 199 9 18 651
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1960–70 Great Britain 24 5 0 0 0
1962 England 1 0 0 0 0
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1975–78 Widnes
1980–87 Oldham 290 126 154 10 43
Total 290 126 154 10 43
Source: [1][2][3][4]

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Playing careerEdit

Myler played left-centre, i.e. number 4, in Widnes' 13-5 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1963–64 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 9 May 1964, in front of a crowd of 84,488. Myler played left-centre, i.e. number 4, in St. Helens' 30-2 victory over Oldham in the 1968–69 Lancashire Cup Final at Central Park, Wigan on Friday 25 October 1968. Myler played at left-centre in St. Helens' 4-7 defeat by Wigan in the 1968 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final at Central Park, Wigan on Tuesday 17 December 1968.[5]

In the 1969–70 Northern Rugby Football League season's Championship Final Myler was voted man of the match winning the Harry Sunderland Trophy in St. Helens 24-12 win against Leeds. In 1970, he captained the Lions squad. Following a heavy defeat in the first Test the Lions under Myler did not lose another game on the whole tour. Myler was the last British captain to lift the Ashes trophy in Australia. He played stand-off in the 4-7 defeat by Leigh in the 1970–71 Lancashire Cup Final at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 28 November 1970. Myler left the Saints in 1971 to take up the position of player coach with the Rochdale Hornets from May 1971 until October 1974.

Post-playingEdit

Myler succeeded Vince Karalius as Widnes coach in May 1975. In May 1978 he was succeeded as Widnes coach by Doug Laughton.[6] Myler was one of the original thirteen former Widnes players inducted into the Widnes Hall of Fame in 1992.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Coach Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. ^ "1968-1968 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Coaching Register - Since 1972". rugby.widnes.tv. Chris Lines. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  7. ^ Profile at saints.org.uk

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