Frank Pitchford

Profile

Frank Pitchford was yet another of the great 1950’s team to hail from Leigh. He was spotted playing for Leigh St Joseph’s amateur team and signed for Oldham at the start of the 1952-53 season, making his debut at Liverpool on Boxing Day.

As tricky a scrum half as ever played for the club, Frank was famous for his lightning bursts away from the scrum and the ability to exploit the slightest flaw in the opponents’ defence, by darting through the gap himself or delivering a pin-point pass to a colleague. He remains the only scrum half to score more than 100 tries for the club.

By the 1954-55 season he was the regular first choice No 7 and would remain so for the next seven years. He scored the only points for Oldham in the 1955 Championship Final defeat (7- 3) at Maine Road, in the mud against Warrington. The disappointment of that day was offset when Frank played a starring role in the success against Hull two years later.

He represented Lancashire and won two full Great Britain caps, one against France in 1962 and the other against New Zealand in Auckland on the 1958 tour “Down Under”. Frank left to join Wigan in 1962 and like so many of his colleagues, he went on to play at Wembley, after leaving Watersheddings, but it is as an elusive scrum half in the red and white of Oldham, that he will always be remembered.

Career Games

Opposition Venue Date Competition
Liverpool City v Oldham Away December 26, 1952 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away February 21, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home August 29, 1953 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away September 2, 1953 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away September 5, 1953 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Liverpool City Home September 19, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home November 7, 1953 League Championship
Belle Vue Rangers v Oldham Away November 28, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home December 5, 1953 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away December 12, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v Workington Town Home December 19, 1953 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home December 25, 1953 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away December 26, 1953 League Championship
Hull FC v Oldham Away January 2, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home January 9, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home April 8, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Whitehaven Home April 12, 1954 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away April 16, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Belle Vue Rangers Home April 17, 1954 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away April 19, 1954 League Championship
Wakefield Trinity v Oldham Away August 14, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Batley Home August 21, 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
Oldham v St Helens Home September 20, 1954 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Wakefield Trinity Home September 25, 1954 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away September 30, 1954 Lancashire Cup
Blackpool Borough v Oldham Away October 2, 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
Widnes v Oldham Away November 13, 1954 League Championship
Oldham v Whitehaven Home November 20, 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
Oldham v Belle Vue Rangers Home January 1, 1955 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
Belle Vue Rangers v Oldham Away March 12, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home March 19, 1955 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away March 26, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home April 2, 1955 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away April 8, 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 Leeds Home April 23, 1955 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Neutral May 14, 1955 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away August 13, 1955 Law Cup
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 Hunslet Home September 3, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home September 7, 1955 Lancashire Cup
Leeds v Oldham Away September 10, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home September 17, 1955 League Championship
York v Oldham Away September 24, 1955 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away October 22, 1955 League Championship
Oldham v New Zealand Home October 29, 1955 Tour Match
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
Oldham v Whitehaven Home December 31, 1955 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away January 2, 1956 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away January 7, 1956 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away January 21, 1956 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home February 18, 1956 League Championship
Oldham v York Home March 10, 1956 League Championship
Oldham v Blackpool Borough Home March 17, 1956 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home March 24, 1956 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away March 30, 1956 League Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home March 31, 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 Rochdale Hornets Home August 11, 1956 Law Cup
Oldham v Bramley Home August 18, 1956 League Championship
Halifax v Oldham Away August 20, 1956 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away August 25, 1956 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home August 28, 1956 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away September 1, 1956 Lancashire Cup
St Helens v Oldham Away September 8, 1956 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away September 11, 1956 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Wakefield Trinity Home September 15, 1956 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away September 19, 1956 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Barrow Home September 22, 1956 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away October 6, 1956 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Neutral October 20, 1956 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Keighley Home October 27, 1956 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away November 3, 1956 League Championship
Oldham v Australia Home November 7, 1956 Tour Match
Oldham v Workington Town Home November 10, 1956 League Championship
Keighley v Oldham Away November 17, 1956 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away November 21, 1956 League Championship
Oldham v Blackpool Borough Home November 24, 1956 League Championship
Oldham v York Home December 1, 1956 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home December 8, 1956 League Championship
Wakefield Trinity v Oldham Away December 15, 1956 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away December 22, 1956 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away December 29, 1956 League Championship
Blackpool Borough v Oldham Away January 1, 1957 League Championship
Oldham v Hunslet Home January 5, 1957 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
Salford v Oldham Away February 2, 1957 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away February 9, 1957 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Leigh v Oldham Away February 23, 1957 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Liverpool City Home March 2, 1957 League Championship
York v Oldham Away March 9, 1957 League Championship
Oldham v Whitehaven Home March 16, 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
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away August 10, 1957 Law Cup
Oldham v Halifax Home August 17, 1957 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away August 22, 1957 League Championship
Wakefield Trinity v Oldham Away August 24, 1957 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home August 26, 1957 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home August 31, 1957 Lancashire Cup
Huddersfield v Oldham Away September 2, 1957 League Championship
Halifax v Oldham Away September 7, 1957 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home September 10, 1957 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Warrington Home September 14, 1957 League Championship
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
Blackpool Borough v Oldham Away October 26, 1957 League Championship
Oldham v Wakefield Trinity Home November 2, 1957 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away November 9, 1957 League Championship
Oldham v Liverpool City Home November 16, 1957 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away November 23, 1957 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home November 30, 1957 League Championship
Hunslet v Oldham Away December 7, 1957 League Championship
Liverpool City v Oldham Away December 14, 1957 League Championship
Oldham v Whitehaven Home December 21, 1957 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home December 25, 1957 League Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home January 4, 1958 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
Whitehaven v Oldham Away March 15, 1958 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home March 22, 1958 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home March 25, 1958 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away April 4, 1958 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home April 5, 1958 League Championship
Oldham v Huddersfield Home April 7, 1958 League Championship
Oldham v Hunslet Home April 12, 1958 League Championship
Oldham v Hull FC Home April 16, 1958 League Championship
Leeds v Oldham Away April 19, 1958 League Championship
Oldham v Workington Town Home April 26, 1958 League Championship
Oldham v Hull FC Home May 3, 1958 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home September 16, 1958 Lancashire Cup
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away September 20, 1958 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home September 30, 1958 Lancashire Cup
Warrington v Oldham Away October 4, 1958 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home October 11, 1958 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Neutral October 25, 1958 Lancashire Cup
Featherstone Rovers v Oldham Away November 1, 1958 League Championship
Oldham v Featherstone Rovers Home November 8, 1958 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away November 15, 1958 League Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home November 22, 1958 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away November 29, 1958 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home December 6, 1958 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away December 13, 1958 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home December 20, 1958 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home December 25, 1958 League Championship
Hunslet v Oldham Away December 26, 1958 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away December 27, 1958 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home January 3, 1959 League Championship
Leeds v Oldham Away January 31, 1959 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home February 7, 1959 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away February 14, 1959 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home February 21, 1959 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Whitehaven v Oldham Away February 28, 1959 League Championship
Hull FC v Oldham Away March 14, 1959 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home March 21, 1959 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away March 27, 1959 League Championship
Oldham v Hull FC Home March 30, 1959 League Championship
Oldham v Liverpool City Home April 4, 1959 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home April 7, 1959 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away April 11, 1959 League Championship
Oldham v Hunslet Home April 14, 1959 League Championship
Oldham v Whitehaven Home April 18, 1959 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away April 20, 1959 League Championship
Oldham v St Helens Home April 27, 1959 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away May 2, 1959 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away August 29, 1959 Lancashire Cup
Halifax v Oldham Away September 5, 1959 League Championship
Oldham v Halifax Home September 8, 1959 League Championship
Oldham v Hunslet Home September 12, 1959 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home September 19, 1959 League Championship
Blackpool Borough v Oldham Away September 26, 1959 League Championship
Oldham v Australia Home October 3, 1959 Tour Match
Warrington v Oldham Away October 24, 1959 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home October 31, 1959 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away November 7, 1959 League Championship
Oldham v Blackpool Borough Home November 14, 1959 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away November 21, 1959 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home November 28, 1959 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away December 5, 1959 League Championship
Oldham v Dewsbury Home December 19, 1959 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home December 25, 1959 League Championship
Oldham v Hull FC Home December 28, 1959 League Championship
Liverpool City v Oldham Away January 2, 1960 League Championship
Oldham v Wakefield Trinity Home January 9, 1960 League Championship
Oldham v Leigh Home January 16, 1960 League Championship
Widnes v Oldham Away January 30, 1960 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home February 6, 1960 League Championship
Oldham v Huddersfield Home February 13, 1960 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Wakefield Trinity v Oldham Away February 20, 1960 League Championship
Oldham v Walney Central Home February 27, 1960 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Leeds v Oldham Away March 5, 1960 League Championship
Oldham v Bramley Home March 19, 1960 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Hunslet v Oldham Away March 26, 1960 League Championship
Hull FC v Oldham Neutral April 9, 1960 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away August 6, 1960 Law Cup
Oldham v St Helens Home August 13, 1960 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away August 17, 1960 League Championship
Leeds v Oldham Away August 20, 1960 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away August 27, 1960 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Leigh Home August 30, 1960 League Championship
Featherstone Rovers v Oldham Away September 3, 1960 League Championship
Oldham v Featherstone Rovers Home September 20, 1960 League Championship
Blackpool Borough v Oldham Away September 27, 1960 League Championship
Hull Kingston Rovers v Oldham Away October 15, 1960 League Championship
Oldham v Widnes Home October 22, 1960 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away October 29, 1960 League Championship
Oldham v Liverpool City Home November 5, 1960 League Championship
Keighley v Oldham Away November 12, 1960 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home November 19, 1960 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away November 26, 1960 League Championship
Oldham v Leeds Home December 3, 1960 League Championship
Oldham v Blackpool Borough Home December 17, 1960 League Championship
Leigh v Oldham Away December 24, 1960 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away January 2, 1961 League Championship
Liverpool City v Oldham Away January 21, 1961 League Championship
Oldham v Blackpool Borough Home April 11, 1961 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home April 15, 1961 League Championship
Halifax v Oldham Away April 26, 1961 League Championship
Oldham v Keighley Home April 29, 1961 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home August 12, 1961 Law Cup
Oldham v Halifax Home August 19, 1961 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away August 21, 1961 League Championship
Blackpool Borough v Oldham Away August 26, 1961 League Championship
Oldham v York Home August 28, 1961 League Championship
Barrow v Oldham Away September 2, 1961 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v New Zealand Home September 4, 1961 Tour Match
Halifax v Oldham Away September 9, 1961 League Championship
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets Home September 16, 1961 League Championship
Hunslet v Oldham Away September 23, 1961 League Championship
Oldham v Barrow Home September 30, 1961 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away October 2, 1961 Lancashire Cup
Oldham v Workington Town Home October 7, 1961 League Championship
York v Oldham Away October 14, 1961 League Championship
Oldham v Warrington Home October 21, 1961 League Championship
Huddersfield v Oldham Away October 28, 1961 League Championship
Whitehaven v Oldham Away November 4, 1961 League Championship
Oldham v Hull FC Home November 19, 1961 League Championship
Salford v Oldham Away November 25, 1961 League Championship
Oldham v Whitehaven Home December 2, 1961 League Championship
Workington Town v Oldham Away December 9, 1961 League Championship
St Helens v Oldham Away December 16, 1961 League Championship
Warrington v Oldham Away January 6, 1962 League Championship
Wigan v Oldham Away January 13, 1962 League Championship
Oldham v Wigan Home January 20, 1962 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away January 27, 1962 League Championship
Liverpool City v Oldham Away February 3, 1962 League Championship
Oldham v Hull FC Home February 10, 1962 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v Leigh Home February 17, 1962 League Championship
Oldham v Workington Town Home March 3, 1962 Rugby League Challenge Cup
Oldham v St Helens Home March 17, 1962 League Championship
Hull FC v Oldham Away March 24, 1962 League Championship
Oldham v Liverpool City Home March 31, 1962 League Championship
Oldham v Salford Home April 5, 1962 League Championship
Oldham v Hunslet Home April 7, 1962 League Championship
Swinton v Oldham Away April 20, 1962 League Championship
Oldham v Huddersfield Home April 23, 1962 League Championship
Oldham v Swinton Home April 28, 1962 League Championship
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away August 11, 1962 Law Cup
Whitehaven v Oldham Away August 18, 1962 Western Division
Oldham v Leigh Home August 25, 1962 Western Division
Rochdale Hornets v Oldham Away August 28, 1962 Western Division