Fan of the Year

Fan of the Year

John Logie Baird had just demonstrated the first working television, Franco had seized power in Spain and Britain was recovering from a General Strike.

Everton were beginning the 1926/27 season and soon there was a moment of historical significance for Blues Fan of the Year, Frank Daley, as he attended his first match.

Frank, who turns 90 this year, has been a supporter for 85 years, and it was in the era of Dixie Dean, the Club’s greatest ever goalscorer, that he fell in love with the Toffees.

A new and improved Bullens Road Stand had just opened and in his first year of watching the Blues Frank witnessed history being made as a 21-year-old Dean enjoyed his record-breaking 60-goal season.

Despite his deteriorating health, Frank is still a season ticket holder in the disabled section at Goodison, and his unstinting support was recognised at the Club's 6th Annual End of Season Awards ceremony.

Frank has had five hip operations in the past four years and has also fought off MRSA.

He has been in and out of hospital for these and other reasons and currently lives between a care home and the family home.

Yet despite all of this, his love for the Club remains as strong as ever, and he can be seen at Goodison as frequently as circumstances permit.

Frank was selected as the Club’s Fan of the Year from a shortlist by a panel including Sir Philip Carter, Graeme Sharp and Chief Executive Robert Elstone.

Honourable mentions must also go to Michael Dam, David Webb, Ian and Liam Gregson, Jan Marshall, Dermot Nealon, Kevin Houston, Kevin Shannon, Stephane Noel, John Skelton, Tommy Hughes and Joseph Wilson.

The Fan of the Year award was sponsored by Chang.

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