|Frank Ward was a tough prop forward for the Saints from November 1963 to April 1966. He played in the 1965 BBC Floodlit Final as the Saints went down by 4 points to nil against Castleford at Knowsley Road. Frank continued his rugby career with Swinton. |
Frank Ward Passes. An obituary by Alex Service.
A former member of the Saints front-row from the famous Saints four-trophy squad of 1965-66, Frank Ward, Heritage Number 811, passed away recently after a long illness, aged 83. Frank played rugby union with St Helens RUFC and represented the RAF XV during his National Service, in a team that included the likes of fellow Saints Alex Murphy and Cennyd Williams.
A rough, tough customer, ideally suited for the hurly-burly existence up front in those days, Frank made his senior debut against Liverpool City on 30th November 1963 in a Western Division match at Knowsley Road. Saints won 16-0 and Frank made up the front-row with Cliff Watson and hooker Bob Dagnall.
Frank was a useful squad member to have around, but competition for places at Knowsley Road was always intense, especially in the forwards and a place in the chosen 15 was much prized. Frank made 8 full appearances for the club, although he was also on the bench on 7 other occasions, including the inaugural BBC2 Floodlit trophy final, when Castleford beat the Saints 0-4 at Knowsley Road.
His wife Beryl has so many fond memories:
Frank loved his rugby and was so keen. We got married in 1960 when he was still in the RAF and Dick Huddart was his Best Man. Some of his other friends included Austin Rhodes, Ken Large, Dave Markey and Tom Pimblett.
Franks last appearance in the red vee came at Station Road, Swinton, on 11th April 1966, when the Saints lost 6-20. Swinton were the Saints nemesis at the time, although the defeat did not impact too much on their League Leaders status at the end of the campaign.
Frank worked at English Electric before his National Service, followed by employment at Ravenhead Glass for many years until his retirement.
|Season (Official Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|Season (Other Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|30th Nov 1963||
|15th Feb 1964||
|25th Apr 1964||
|10th Oct 1964||
|9th Jan 1965||
|21st Apr 1965||
|16th Nov 1965||
|19th Nov 1965||
|27th Nov 1965||
|4th Dec 1965||
|7th Dec 1965||
|14th Dec 1965||
|8th Apr 1966||
|11th Apr 1966||
|22nd Apr 1966||
|*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.|
|WINS : 11 | LOSSES : 3 | DRAWS : 1|
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