Frank Daley

Profile

Wigan born, Frank Daley was a true Rugby League “character”. His working class, mining town, up-bringing contrasted with his reputation of being a proficient classical pianist. He came to Oldham from Leigh in January 1949 as a centre and it was in that position that he started his career with the club for which he would also turn out at loose forward and in the second row. However, it would be some years later and as a stand off half that Frank would build his Oldham reputation.

Mention Daley to supporters of the 1950’s team and you also have to mention Stirrup.

The two “Franks” formed a half back partnership of sheer quality, both of them tricky performers who would often leave their opponents, team mates and spectators wondering just who had the ball. Both of them were capped by Lancashire, evoking memories of the Lees / Lawton partnership some fifty years earlier.
Daley was also to partner the other Frank (Pitchford) to great effect in the Championship Final of 1957, but it was in the Lancashire Cup Final later the same year that “Dancing Dan” would have his finest hour. Wigan were the opponents and wing sensation Billy Boston had been switched to stand off and up until the final, had been successful in the new position, but on this day Daley put in an awesome defensive display to completely blot out the threat of the Welsh legend and Billy was to return to greater glories, back on the wing.

A quiet man off the field, his considerable talents did not go un-noticed and a testimonial brochure of his career issued in 1959 contained glowing accounts of his career by many of the top RL writers of the day including Phil King, Eddie Waring and Jack McNamara. Frank was never seen as being one of the stars of the fifties team but still commanded the respect of team mates and opponents alike and is fondly remembered by the supporters.

Career Games

Opposition Venue Date Competition
Wigan v Oldham Away February 5, 1949 League Championship
Oldham v Broughton Moor Home February 12, 1949 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Broughton Moor v Oldham Away February 19, 1949 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Warrington v Oldham Away February 26, 1949 League Championship
York v Oldham Away March 5, 1949 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Workington Town Home March 12, 1949 League Championship
Oldham v Halifax Home March 19, 1949 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Belle Vue Rangers v Oldham Away April 2, 1949 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home April 4, 1949 League Championship
Oldham v Batley Home April 9, 1949 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away April 15, 1949 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home April 16, 1949 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away April 18, 1949 League Championship
Hull Kingston Rovers v Oldham Away April 23, 1949 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away April 30, 1949 League Championship
Oldham v Invitation XIII Home May 4, 1949 Benefit Match
Leigh v Oldham Away August 20, 1949 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away August 27, 1949 Lancashire Cup
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away August 31, 1949 Law Cup
St Helens v Oldham Away September 10, 1949 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away December 27, 1949 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away April 8, 1950 League Championship
Oldham v Bordeaux & Villeneuve Home April 10, 1950 Friendly
Warrington v Oldham Away April 11, 1950 League Championship
Oldham v Workington Town Home April 15, 1950 League Championship
Castleford v Oldham Away April 19, 1950 League Championship
Featherstone Rovers v Oldham Away April 22, 1950 League Championship
Batley v Oldham Away September 16, 1950 League Championship
York v Oldham Away December 26, 1950 League Championship
Oldham v Belle Vue Rangers Home January 20, 1951 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away January 27, 1951 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away February 3, 1951 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away September 8, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Whitehaven Home September 10, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home September 15, 1951 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away September 22, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home September 24, 1951 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v New Zealand Home September 29, 1951 Tour Match
Oldham v Warrington Home October 6, 1951 League Championship
Liverpool City v Oldham Away October 13, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home October 16, 1951 Lancashire Cup
Salford v Oldham Away October 27, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Bramley Home November 3, 1951 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away November 10, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home November 17, 1951 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away November 24, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home December 1, 1951 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away December 15, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Keighley Home December 22, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home December 25, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Workington Town Home December 26, 1951 League Championship
Bradford Northern v Oldham Away December 29, 1951 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home January 12, 1952 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away February 2, 1952 League Championship
Hull FC v Oldham Away February 9, 1952 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Hull FC Home February 16, 1952 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Hull Kingston Rovers Home February 23, 1952 League Championship
Leeds v Oldham Away March 1, 1952 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Bramley v Oldham Away March 8, 1952 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away March 22, 1952 League Championship
Oldham v Belle Vue Rangers Home April 5, 1952 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away April 11, 1952 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home April 12, 1952 League Championship
Oldham v Halifax Home April 14, 1952 League Championship
Hull Kingston Rovers v Oldham Away April 26, 1952 League Championship
Oldham v RL XIII Home May 6, 1952 Benefit Match
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home August 16, 1952 Law Cup
Oldham v Featherstone Rovers Home August 23, 1952 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home August 30, 1952 Lancashire Cup
Swinton v Oldham Away September 3, 1952 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Leeds Home September 6, 1952 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away September 10, 1952 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away September 13, 1952 League Championship
Oldham v Australia Home September 15, 1952 Tour Match
Oldham v Wakefield Trinity Home September 20, 1952 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away September 24, 1952 Lancashire Cup
Leeds v Oldham Away September 27, 1952 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away October 4, 1952 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home October 11, 1952 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away October 18, 1952 League Championship
Bramley v Oldham Away November 1, 1952 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home November 8, 1952 League Championship
Wakefield Trinity v Oldham Away November 15, 1952 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away January 10, 1953 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away January 17, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home January 24, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v Bramley Home January 31, 1953 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away February 7, 1953 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away February 21, 1953 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away February 28, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v Bradford Northern Home March 7, 1953 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away March 14, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v Workington Town Home March 21, 1953 League Championship
Featherstone Rovers v Oldham Away March 28, 1953 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away April 3, 1953 League Championship
Belle Vue Rangers v Oldham Away April 4, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v Whitehaven Home April 6, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v Liverpool City Home April 11, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home April 18, 1953 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away April 22, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v Huddersfield Home May 16, 1953 Benefit Match
Huddersfield v Oldham Away August 22, 1953 League Championship
Bramley v Oldham Away August 26, 1953 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away November 14, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v Bramley Home November 21, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home January 9, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Huddersfield Home January 16, 1954 League Championship
Liverpool City v Oldham Away January 23, 1954 League Championship
Liverpool City v Oldham Away February 6, 1954 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Liverpool City Home February 13, 1954 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home August 7, 1954 Law Cup
Wakefield Trinity v Oldham Away August 14, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Batley Home August 21, 1954 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away August 25, 1954 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away August 28, 1954 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away September 4, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Lancs County Amateurs Home September 11, 1954 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Liverpool City Home September 14, 1954 League Championship
Batley v Oldham Away September 18, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Workington Town Home October 9, 1954 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away October 16, 1954 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Neutral October 23, 1954 Lancashire Cup
Liverpool City v Oldham Away October 30, 1954 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away November 27, 1954 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away December 11, 1954 League Championship
Keighley v Oldham Away December 18, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home December 25, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home December 28, 1954 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away January 8, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home January 15, 1955 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away January 22, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home January 29, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home February 5, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home February 12, 1955 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v St Helens Home February 19, 1955 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away March 5, 1955 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Warrington v Oldham Away March 26, 1955 League Championship
Hull FC v Oldham Away April 9, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Keighley Home April 11, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home April 16, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Hull FC Home April 18, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home April 23, 1955 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Neutral May 14, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Keighley Home August 20, 1955 Friendly
Blackpool Borough v Oldham Away August 27, 1955 Lancashire Cup
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away August 30, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home September 7, 1955 Lancashire Cup
Leeds v Oldham Away September 10, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home October 15, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v New Zealand Home October 29, 1955 Tour Match
Featherstone Rovers v Oldham Neutral November 2, 1955 Independent Television Floodlit Trophy
Leigh v Oldham Away November 5, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Liverpool City Home November 12, 1955 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away November 19, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home November 26, 1955 League Championship
Liverpool City v Oldham Away December 3, 1955 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away December 10, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home December 17, 1955 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away December 24, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home December 26, 1955 League Championship
Blackpool Borough v Oldham Away December 27, 1955 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away January 7, 1956 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home January 28, 1956 League Championship
Oldham v Dewsbury Home February 11, 1956 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Featherstone Rovers v Oldham Away February 25, 1956 League Championship
Leeds v Oldham Away March 3, 1956 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Swinton v Oldham Away March 30, 1956 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away April 2, 1956 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home April 14, 1956 League Championship
Oldham v Workington Town Home April 21, 1956 League Championship
Oldham v Halifax Home October 13, 1956 League Championship
Oldham v Workington Town Home November 10, 1956 League Championship
Keighley v Oldham Away November 17, 1956 League Championship
Oldham v York Home December 1, 1956 League Championship
Wakefield Trinity v Oldham Away December 15, 1956 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away December 22, 1956 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home January 12, 1957 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away January 19, 1957 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home January 26, 1957 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away February 9, 1957 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Widnes Home February 16, 1957 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away February 23, 1957 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Liverpool City Home March 2, 1957 League Championship
Bramley v Oldham Away March 23, 1957 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home March 30, 1957 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away April 4, 1957 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home April 15, 1957 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away April 19, 1957 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home April 22, 1957 League Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home May 4, 1957 League Championship
Hull FC v Oldham Neutral May 18, 1957 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away August 22, 1957 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home August 26, 1957 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home August 31, 1957 Lancashire Cup
Workington Town v Oldham Away September 28, 1957 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away October 2, 1957 Lancashire Cup
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away October 12, 1957 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Neutral October 19, 1957 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Wakefield Trinity Home November 2, 1957 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away November 9, 1957 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away November 23, 1957 League Championship
Liverpool City v Oldham Away December 14, 1957 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home December 25, 1957 League Championship
Hull FC v Oldham Away December 26, 1957 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away December 28, 1957 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home January 11, 1958 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away January 18, 1958 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away February 1, 1958 League Championship
Oldham v Hull Kingston Rovers Home February 8, 1958 Rugby League Challenge Cup
St Helens v Oldham Away February 15, 1958 League Championship
Blackpool Borough v Oldham Away February 22, 1958 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Blackpool Borough Home March 1, 1958 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home March 8, 1958 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Widnes Home March 25, 1958 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away August 9, 1958 Law Cup
Oldham v Warrington Home February 7, 1959 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away May 2, 1959 League Championship