President of Manchester County FA dies aged 90 – but his ‘grassroots legacy lives on’

The President of the Manchester County Football Association has passed away at the age of 90 after failing to overcome a short term illness this morning.

Frank Hannah became a Manchester FA council member in 1965, before being elected as president ten years later – a position he held until his death.

MCFA Chief Executive Colin Bridgford paid tribute to the late Mr Hannah, who was awarded an MBE for his services to football in 2010.

“His contribution to grassroots football will act as a legacy to all of us in Manchester,” he said.

“Frank will be sadly missed by all of us here at Manchester County FA – he was a dedicated man to football in Manchester and nationally.

“He was a great man and a true gentleman who was respected by so many people involved in the game.”

Mr Hannah was an active member of the FA until the last few weeks of his life and has been recognised as having made a huge contribution to grassroots football.

He was a lifelong Bolton Wanderers fan and developed long-standing relationships with multiple Greater Manchester clubs.

The Rochdale man began his footballing career at just 15 years old and after being forced to quit through injury he turned to refereeing in 1946.

He also became a national FA Councillor in 1979, joined the FA International Committee in 1985 and chaired the FA Referees Committee from 1990.

Mr Bridgford spoke fondly of his former colleague and said that not only was he a valued member of the organisation but also a friend.

“Frank always made time to have a chat with staff when he made his way into the office – our thoughts are with his wife Doris and his family at this time,” he said.

Main image courtesy of TheBusyBrain, with thanks.

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