04 Dec 2019, Wednesday

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 Frank Hagerty                                                                    

[Passed away on 19th November 2019]

Frank was born on 7th January 1936 and was married to his wife Val in 1961, together they had four children Jacqueline, Frances, Glenn and Phillip. His immediate family who originally lived in Galon Uchaf consisted of four brothers and two sisters.

During his playing career Frank was an uncompromising centre half for both Castle Rangers and the Martyrs Welsh League side. When Ken Tucker was appointed player/manager in 1967 after Harry Griffiths returned to work for Swansea City, he drafted Frank into the Southern League side. During a game against Bexleyheath and Welling Frank split his tongue in half but carried on playing. He was fearless and totally devoted to his team mates. 

Frank was the most reliable person that I have ever met’ said Ken Tucker recently. ‘There was one occasion when a bulb needed changing on the floodlights, when I spoke to Frank about getting someone to replace it he said ‘I’ll do it’ straight away. I told him that we didn’t have the right safety equipment for him to get to the top of the pylon, but he just started to climb the metal tubular framework without any ladders or a harness’. He worked for many years as a Linesman for the GPO, which later became British Telecom, so climbing telegraph poles was second nature to Frank.

After he finished playing Ken asked Frank to stay on and help to run the Welsh League side, which at the time had his younger brother who was then a teenager, Philip Hagerty playing in the team. Frank would often use his contacts in the Merthyr League to draft in a player at short notice if the team were short of numbers.

During his three decades at Penydarren Park, in addition to Ken Tucker he saw service under Brian Preece, Maldyn Davies, John Charles, Mel Nurse, Emrys Evans, Doug Rosser, Ian Docherty, Fred Davies, Phil Boersma, Lyn Jones and Wynford Hopkins.

He travelled to Italy with the team in 1986 to compete in the Anglo Italian Cup, played a significant role as first team trainer when we won the Welsh Cup, promotion to both the Southern League Premier Division and GM Vauxhall Conference. He witnessed first hand from the dugout the team losing to Runcorn in the Quarter Final Replay of the FA Trophy and losing to Hendon, Chesham United, Hereford United and Woking in the Second Round Proper of the FA Cup.

In the mid-1990’s after a much needed hip operation Frank’s time at Penydarren Park came to an end. In addition to the considerable success that Frank enjoyed during the period he spent at Penydarren Park, his association with the Club will always be recognised as someone who could be relied upon to do anything to help the Club. He was in spirit the essence of a really true Clubman.

Frank’s funeral takes place at 1.15pm on Friday 6th December 2019 at Tabernacle followed by a service at Llwydcoed Crematorium.



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