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1910 - Oustanding Players - Frank Boylen

Frank Boylen, 1878 – 1939, was born in Hartlepool and worked as a plater at William Grays Shipyard. He played Rugby for Hartlepool Excelsior, Hartlepool Old Boys, West Hartlepool and then Hartlepool Rovers in addition to playing for Durham County on over 30 occasions. He also played for England before joining the Rugby League with Hull Kingston Rovers, Hull and finally York.  He then won every honour the League Code had to offer including England Caps, Yorkshire Caps, and a Challenge Cup Final appearance and tours of Australia and New Zealand with the Great Britain team in 1910.  Remarkably he continued playing until 1922 (he also made 50 appearances in the  War Emergency League between 1915 and 1919) and finally retired aged 43 whilst Captain of the York Club.

Among the many honours on display in the photograph of Frank in his England jersey are, back row, North England v South England Trial Caps,06 and 07/08, and an England RU Cap of 1907/08. At the end of the middle row is a Durham Cap of 1903 whist the front shows a Hartlepool Rovers Cap of 1905, Hull F.C. 1908/12 and a Hull K.R. Cap of 1914/20.

The many medals on display include Durham County Championship Medals

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