Frank Hartley Exhibition

Frank Hartley Exhibition Arrives in Chipping Norton

Learn more about local football star in new exhibition.

The Frank Hartley Exhibition moves from the Burford Tolsey Museum to the Chipping Norton Museum from 23 March 2024, giving visitors an opportunity to learn more about a local football star of the 1920s.

As Oxfordshire FA celebrates its 140th anniversary, it's a great opportunity to celebrate our unsung local football heroes - and Frank is definitely part of that group.

Born in Shipton-under-Wychwood on 20 July 1896 and educated at Burford Grammar School, Frank fought in the First World War in Ypres with the Oxfordshire Hussars.

As well as representing Oxfordshire FA, Frank also played cricket and hockey. Commencing his professional football career as an inside-left at Oxford City in 1921, Frank went on to play for Corinthians and Tottenham Hotspur. On 10 May 1923, Frank became the 450th footballer to represent his country, as he was picked by England for their match against France.

In 1924, Frank played in the Charity Shield at Highbury, which at the time was played between Professionals and Amateurs, with Frank playing for the latter while representing Oxford City.

Frank sadly passed away at Coldstone Farm in Shipton-under-Wychwood on 20 October 1965, and to this day is fondly remembered as a member of a famous local sporting and farming family.

Visitors to the Chipping Norton Museum will be able to see items from Frank’s collection of football medals and mementoes, which are on display for the rest of this year.

Please click here for more on the museum and to plan your visit.