NORTHAMPTON TOWN WHO’S WHO
By Frank Grande
Leeds, Yorkshire 26th January 1940. D: Louisburg,
Ireland 8th August 2003
Halifax Town (6.1959), Queen’s Park
Rangers (6.1962), NORTHAMPTON TOWN (3.1963) Swindon Town (3.1964), Carlisle
United (9.1964), Oldham Athletic (12.1965), NORTHAMPTON TOWN (12.1966),
Leicester City (8.11.1967), Fulham (6.1968) NORTHAMPTON TOWN (21.8.1970),
Chesterfield (24.11.1972), Kettering Town, Baltimore Comets (USA).
HONOURS: Division Three championship
1963 (NORTHAMPTON), 1965 (Carlisle United)
When the Cobblers new signing Bert Llewellyn was carried off the field injured on his debut at the White City for Northampton v QPR, little did Frank, who was sitting in the stand watching the game, realise he was to be his replacement. He had joined Rangers from Halifax and struggled to hold down a regular place but it all changed at Northampton where he scored a hat-trick in his third game and scored a brace of goals v Carlisle that won Northampton the Third Division championship (he did the same for Carlisle two seasons later). He was allowed to leave for Swindon but when the Cobblers fell back into Division Two in 1966 Frank was signed again. He was happy at Northampton but Leicester City came in with an offer and it meant Frank could play First Division football for the first time at the age of 28. Whilst Frank went up the Cobblers went down and when they dropped back into Division Four Frank was signed again. By this time he was languishing in Fulham’s reserve side having been ‘makeweight’ in the Allan Clarke transfer. In his last spell at Northampton he saw near promotion, re-election, scored one of the club’s goals in Manchester United’s 8-2 victory and had a dismissal against him ruled out by the F.A. Bill Baxter released him in 1972, claiming his goals had dried up, so he moved to Chesterfield and scored 16 plus another 9 in America. Frank moved to Ireland, helping out on a salmon farm and in his wife’s B&B until his untimely death through cancer. One son Richard played and managed clubs from the Northants/North Bucks area while another, Paul, managed Westport in Ireland
Frank Grande has several books on the club and its players to his credit. He has
been gathering together the material for this book for many years and is pleased
to see it in print at last.
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