Tributes to Manager of 1952 Boys Champions
From the Ilford Recorder Thursday 30th March 2006
A former teacher who led a boys’ football team to victory in a national cup competition has died aged 84, writes Marc Walker.
Stan Frankland was a teacher at Mayfield County Secondary School for Boys, Goodmayes Lane, and will be remembered for leading the Ilford Schools Football Team to glory as champions of England, in the under 15 team’s famous 1951/52 season. Stan, who died last week, had battled Alzheimer’s for the last five years. Under his management and in one season, the boys became Essex Champions by winning the Corinthian Shield Trophy, London Champions after they triumphed in the Robert Johnson Cup and National Champions by winning the English Schools Shield. A crowd close to 16,000 saw the team play in the national final in Wales against Swansea Boys, with 1,000 people travelling from Ilford to cheer them on.
When the victorious team returned they were given a heroes’ welcome. Stan’s widow Mary said: ‘We drove around Ilford on the bus with the cup up front. The town centre was closed and there were crowds of people. Stan was was very well respected and very well known in in Redbridge.’ A civic reception was held at Ilford Town Hall for Stan and his team, where the modest coach was reported by the ‘Recorder’ at the time saying: ‘The job was simple. When 16 boys turn up to training every night of the week, what more can you ask? My regard for them will never fade even when these trophies tarnish.’ Outside right, Tony Morgan’s father J. V. Morgan presented Stan with an inscribed silver salver, on behalf of the boys presents.
Stan’s son John, who was a young boy at the time of the celebrations, said: ‘It’s something people will remember him for. He spent his whole teaching career in Ilford. He used to play for what’s now Dagenham and Redbridge, but his great achievement was with Ilford Boys.’
Team photo taken at Vetch Field Stadium, Swansea, 1952
With Mr. C. Barbrook (Chairman) on the left and Stan on the right
Standing Left to Right – Roy Parker, Brian Skingley, Brian Watson
Trevor Spencer, Don Barnard, John Blunt
Sitting Left to Right – Tony Morgan, Tommy Radmall, Micky Cole
George Godfrey, David Crockett
The landlord of the Cauliflower Pub at Seven Kings, Mr. & Mrs. Mickleburgh, did all the catering for the Ilford Boys Matches and they very kindly took the lads and the masters for a free trip to the Holiday Camp at Hopton for a few days.
The Squad at Hopton
Standing: Stan Frankland, Micky Cole, Roy Parker, Brian Watson, Brian Rugely, John Blunt, Brian Skingley, Trevor Spencer, George Godfrey.
Kneeling: Roy Goulden, Tony Morgan, Don Barnard, Tommy Radmall, David Crockett, Peter Wilson.
Reunion photo (fifty years on) 2002
Back Row Left to Right – Jim Lyall, Tommy Radmall, Tony Drane
Micky Cole, Roy Parker, Don Barnard
Front Row Left to Right – David Crockett, Tony Morgan, Stan Frankland
Bill Carter, John Blunt, Brian Watson