The announcement of the sad demise of Frank Janaway is a terrible loss for the club. I have a newspaper clipping of Frank pictured in a photo for a Balham League Team in his youth, I think he was down as Goalkeeper! The last time I saw Frank was in the Car Park at Imperial Fields, being helped into the ground by Chris Jackson. Chris always maintained contact with Frank, especially in his later years.
Frank could never be missed in his natty mini trilby hat, and his off white raincoat. At the age of 103, he was around at the formation of Mitcham Wanderers. Not only was Frank our Oldest Supporter, but the last surviving connection with one of our founder clubs.
I am sure in the past Frank used to do the announcing at Sandy Lane, (I hope someone can confirm this please) squeezed into his tiny wooden cabin at the back of the main stand. The Highlight of the day would always be when he miss placed the record player needle onto the record, which generated a loud scratching noise through the loud speaker system. Those were” the great days.”
Rest in peace a true “Terror” and a humble servant of the Football Club.
Last edited by Mikem (24/10/2013 2:37 pm)