Sefton Winger Wins The RL Challenge Cup

Frank Whyte

Written and researched by David Bohl, with the kind help and documents supplied by historians worldwide.


Born around 1911 in Runcorn Frank Whyte played for Sefton in the mid 1930's. 




The speedy winger was yet another player lured away to the professional ranks of Rugby League and he joined local team Widnes.
This turned out to be a pretty good move as he played in the 1937 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley, a great 18-5 win over Keighley.



 



 

Other Games Played

Wigan 6 Widnes 5 - Saturday 14th September 1935
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: Lancashire Cup First Round
Kick Off: 3:30pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Jim Sullivan, 2. Jack Morley, 3. Gordon Innes, 4. Gwynne Davies, 5. Alf Ellaby, 6. George Bennett, 7. Hector Gee
WiganlForwards:l 8. Bill Targett, 9. Joe Golby, 10. Harold Edwards, 11. Albert Davis, 12. Reg Hathway, 13. Charlie Seeling (Jnr)


WiganlTries:l

(None)
WiganlGoals:l Jim Sullivan 2, George Bennett 1


WidneslBacks:l 1. Walter Bradley, 2. Frank Whyte, 3. Peter Topping, 4. Percy Jacks, 5. Alf Gallimore, 6. Tommy Shannon, 7. Tommy McCue
WidneslForwards:l 8. Nat Silcock, 9. Jimmy Jones, 10. Alec Higgins, 11. Ernie Sherratt, 12. Hugh McDowell, 13. Harry Millington


WidneslTries:l

Alf Gallimore
WidneslGoals:l Frank Whyte 1


Summary:l

After losing their opening three games, Wigan perhaps were just glad to get through this First Round Lancashire Cup tie against Widnes. To say the win was ugly was an understatement however. Wigan had been 4-0 with a Jim Sullivan penalty goal and a George Bennett drop goal (worth 2 points until 1974). But Widnes' converted try from Alf Gallimore had them 5-4 up going into the closing stages. A second penalty for Jim Sullivan on 71 minutes won the match



Wigan 9 Widnes 13 
- Saturday 3rd April 1937
Venue: Wilderspool, Warrington
Competition: Challenge Cup Semi Final
Kick Off: 3:30pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Jim Sullivan, 2. Eddie Holder, 3. Gordon Innes, 4. Gwynne Davies, 5. Alf Ellaby, 6. Jack Garvey, 7. Hector Gee
WiganlForwards:l 8. George Banks, 9. Joe Golby, 10. Francis Gregory, 11. Harold Edwards, 12. George Harrison, 13. Charlie Seeling (Jnr)

WiganlTries:l

Jack Garvey
WiganlGoals:l Jim Sullivan 3

WidneslBacks:l 1. Walter Bradley, 2. Frank Whyte, 3. Peter Topping, 4. Ken Barber, 5. Alf Gallimore, 6. Tommy Shannon, 7. Tommy McCue
WidneslForwards:l 8. Nat Silcock, 9. Jimmy Jones, 10. Alec Higgins, 11. Hugh McDowell, 12. Robert Roberts, 13. Harry Millington

WidneslTries:l

Frank Whyte
WidneslGoals:l Peter Topping 5

Summary:l

"Wigan throw away the match" was a headline to describe this one with Wigan's forwards "badly outclassed". On a sunny day at Wilderspool in Warrington. Wigan were guilty of offering Widnes five penalty goals during the match. Widnes took the lead with a penalty in the 8th minute but a penalty try awarded to a badly obstructed Jack Garvey, converted by Jim Sullivan, made it 5-2 soon after. The goal kickers them exchanged penalties to leave the score at 7-4 to Wigan. Widnes responded with another penalty being added to by an unconverted try by Frank Whyte made it 9-7 but Sullivan levelled the scores with a penalty right on half time. The second half looked like Wigan would push on for the win but it was Widnes who prevailed with two further penalties being the only scores in the second half. 29,620 attended.


[My thanks to the Cherry Pies Fans at wigan.rlfans.com]

Frank passed away in Runcorn in 1990.

 Frank Whyte

(1911 -1990)

 


 

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