Frank Stoker

Frank Owen Stoker (29 May 1867 – 8 January 1939) was an Irish tennis and rugby union player.[4][3] He is the only rugby international to have won Wimbledon.[4]

Frank Stoker
Country (sports)Ireland Ireland
Born(1867-05-29)29 May 1867[1]
Dublin, Ireland
Died8 January 1939(1939-01-08) (aged 71)
Dublin, Ireland
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon2R (1893)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonW (1890, 1893)
Frank Owen Stoker
Date of birth(1867-05-29)29 May 1867
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
Date of death8 January 1939(1939-01-08) (aged 71)
Place of deathDublin, Ireland
UniversityRoyal College of Surgeons of Ireland
Notable relative(s)Bram Stoker (cousin)[2]
SpouseMargaret (Rita)
ChildrenMay, Norma, Joan and Ruth
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Wanderers F.C. ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1886–1891 Ireland 5 (0)
Correct as of 9 February 2021[3]

Tennis careerEdit

Stoker was Irish tennis champion (doubles) in 1890, 1891 and 1893 - 1895. In 1890 and 1893 he and Joshua Pim won the doubles in Wimbledon.[4] He was a member of Landsdowne Lawn Tennis Club.

Rugby careerEdit

He played five times for Ireland in rugby union between 1886 and 1891.[4][3] Stoker was a Forward, he played four matches in the Home Nations Championships, and one against the touring New Zealand Natives side.

Personal lifeEdit

Stoker trained as a Dental Surgeon and qualified from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland holding a LDS (Licence in Dental Surgery). He was the chief medical officer at St Columcilles Hospital in Loughlinstown for 42 years.[2] He lived in Westland Row, Dublin and married Margaret (Rita) in 1900, they had four daughters: May, Norma, Joan and Ruth.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles (2 titles)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1890 Wimbledon Championships Grass   Joshua Pim   George Hillyard
  Ernest Lewis
6–0, 7–5, 6–4
Win 1893 Wimbledon Championships Grass   Joshua Pim   Harry Barlow
  Ernest Lewis
4–6, 6–3, 6–1, 2–6, 6–0

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Cotton, Fran (Ed.) (1984) The Book of Rugby Disasters & Bizarre Records (Compiled by Chris Rhys. London. Century Publishing. ISBN 0-7126-0911-3 )
  1. ^ Residents of a house 23 in Westland Row (Trinity Ward, Dublin), Census of Ireland, 1911; Westland Row Dublin; Retrieved on 5 March 2018
  2. ^ a b "1890: The year that Ireland ruled at the All England Club". Irish Times. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Player profile on scrum.com, retrieved 27 February 2010
  4. ^ a b c d Cotton, p82

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