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Tributes paid to 'Mr Bootle'

Tributes paid to 'Mr Bootle'

by Tom Martin (February 2021)

The president of Bootle Football Club has passed away.

Frank Doran Senior has been described by his beloved Bucks as a “football community legend” and “Mr Bootle” for his role as a player, manager, secretary, chairman, groundsman and latterly president of the local club.

His family have now set up an online fundraising page to help raise funds to create a permanent memorial to him at Berry Street Garage Stadium.

A press statement issued by Bootle FC read: “Anyone involved with football both locally and across the north west 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.”

In an open letter released by the family, it said: “We appreciate all the cards and flowers that have been sent so far and once restrictions are lifted, we will be arranging a memorial service and celebration of Frank’s life.

“The family have decided that they would like to create a permanent memorial to Frank at his beloved Bootle Football Club.

“In lieu of flowers, anyone who would like to donate to this they can do so via this link: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/mrbootle

“We are hoping to arrange a broadcast link to enable people to take part in the funeral service at home if they wish. This will be posted on the club website and also the club social media. Again, thank you all for your support at this difficult time.”

The funeral will take place on Thursday 25th February at St Helens Church in Crosby at 11am. Then onto Thornton crematorium at 12 noon.

Report by Connor O’Neill

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