Bootle Football Club, and indeed the Football community lost a legend today as Mr Frank Doran Senior passed away earlier this morning.
Anyone involved with football both locally and across the Northwest will know Frank, or Mr Bootle as his was affectionately known, for his booming voice, quick wit and his extensive knowledge and love of football.
Frank was a Docker, but more importantly for him, a footballer who was part of the 1954 Langton FC team that became the latest incarnation of Bootle FC.
It was Frank who drove the club forward, as player, manager, secretary, chairman, groundsman - you name it - and latterly president of the club.
He would be seen every day up at both Bucks Park, on Copy Lane, and more recently at Vesty Road doing one job or another at the club, and that continued right up until December when the latest lockdown happened.
Frank’s memory will last forever in the town of Bootle, and in the hearts of everyone who knew him. He is survived through his fantastic family and through the club who will strive to meet his dreams.
We are all devastated.
Rest in peace Frank, from all at Bootle Football Club