ABOUT FRANK SOO
Photos reproduced with the kind permission of the Soo Family & Staffordshire Sentinel News & Media
Frank Soo is in many ways the forgotten man of twentieth-century football. In his time he was a household name, his life chronicled by national newspapers in Britain and, on occasions, around the world.
Frank was born in Derbyshire, and late raised in Liverpool, to a Chinese father and an English mother. His football career began at the age of 18 at Prescot Cables FC. He was an inside forward and was renowned for his perfectly placed passing and freekicks.
He had a successful club football career, playing for many years alongside Stanley Matthews for Stoke City. He played for England nine times and captained the RAF team during the Second World War. He appeared as a guest player for Everton, Newcastle United, Chelsea, Brentford and Millwall, and after the war played for Leicester City, Luton Town and Chelmsford City.
However, due to the ongoing war in Europe, all of Frank's games for England were never counted as caps, as these games were all unofficial matches.
His later career as a football manager, mainly in Scandinavia, included a spell at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, as the coach of the Norwegian national football team.
He later took Djurgårdens IF to the top of the Allsvenskan, the highest football league in Sweden. Among the other clubs he managed were Padova in Italy, AIK in Sweden and Scunthorpe United in England, the latter of which he took to 15th in the league table after only one season in charge.
Frank passed away in Cheadle, England on 25th January 1991. He was aged 76 years.
A pioneer in many ways, Frank Soo was the first person from a Chinese or Asian background to play for England and remains the only one to this day.
Whatever the reasons for Frank Soo’s disappearance from the narrative of football history, The Frank Soo Foundation will actively promote and advance this significant figure's legacy.
A man who was a hugely admired and skilful footballer, charming and charismatic, and a role model for any aspiring young player, now as much as he was during his lifetime.
Unfortunately, due to a fire most family photos of Frank no longer exist. If you happen to have any or know of any, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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