Six foot tall centre back Frank Owen Seddon was born and raised in the Primrose Hill district of Stockton-on-Tees. He played for the Durham County FA Junior XI in th 1945/46 season and in the summer of 1946 he briefly signed for Notts County before being called up for National Service a month later. In May 1947 he was signed up by Hull City but his military service meant that during his first year he was often unavailable. When he left the Royal Artillery in August 1948 he became a prominent figure in the City reserves XI and was pushing for a place in Raich Carter’s first team, which was surging to the 1948/49 Division Three North title. Seddon was eventually given his City first team debut in October 1949 when an injury to Harold Meens prompted a defensive reshuffle. Seddon performed well in his three first team starts but Carter soon turned back to more experienced players when fit and Seddon returned to the reserves. He asked to go on to the transfer list in December 1949, then came off it during the 1950 close season before again asking for a move in October 1950.
Seddon’s availability alerted several scouts from high profile clubs including Sheffield Wednesday, but it was Halifax Town that claimed his signature in January 1951. After a promising debut for the Shaymen against Hartlepools United, Frank was injured in training and needed ankle surgery that kept him out of the game for nine months. He made three further starts for Halifax in the early months of the 1951/52 season but had fallen down the pecking order at The Shay and left the club in the 1952 close season. He then returned to the North East and spent several years playing North Eastern League football for Stockton FC and Blackhall Colliery Welfare. He remained in the North East for the rest of his life, dying in Stockton in August 2015.
Date/Place of Birth: 1 May 1928, Stockton on Tees
Hull City First Game: 1 October 1949, Grimsby Town H (Division Two), 21 years, 153 days old
Hull City Final Game: 15 October 1949, Preston North End H (Division Two), 21 years, 167 days old
Notts County (1946), Hull City (1947-1951), Halifax Town (1951-1952), Stockton (1952-1955), Blackhall Colliery Welfare (1955-1959)
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Career: 3 apps, 0 goalsFrank Seddon