Tributes paid to Falkirk's Celtic great Frank Brogan

The talented footballer who gained fame for scoring Celtic FC’s 5000th league goal has sadly died.

By James Trimble
Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 11:59 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 1:40 pm

Francis, better known as Frank, Brogan died unexpectedly aged 78 on April 29 with his loving wife Morwynea by his side.

Not only an amazing footballer, Frank was a dearly loved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend to many.

He was born August 3, 1942 in Glasgow and was the eldest son of Peggy and Frank, also big brother to Jim and Brian.

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Former Celtic great Frank Brogan has sadly died

In his early life, Frank was a chartered accountant but his true love was football and he signed on for Celtic in the early 1960s.

A fleet footed winger who could play on the left or right, he was very quick and a good crosser of the ball.

Although he only played 37 times for Celtic, making his debut against Hearts in February 1962, he had the honour of scoring the club’s historic 5000 Scottish League goal against Partick Thistle in April 1962, putting him in the same company as other landmark goal scorers like Adam McLean, Jimmy McGrory and Jimmy Delaney.

In his first game against Rangers – the 1963 Scottish Cup final – Frank and the legendary Celtic winger Jimmy Johnstone did all the could for the club on a rain soaked pitch, but they could only scrape a 1-1 draw.

Former footballer Frank Brogan, pictured here during his time with Ipswich Town FC, has sadly died

The replay – which Frank and Jimmy Johnstone did not play in – resulted in a crushing Celtic defeat.

He later transfered to Ipswich Town Football Club where he met his beloved wife Mo and continued his football career at Halifax Town Football Club.

Unfortunately an injury led to his early retirement from the game.

Later in life, Frank went on to manage several pubs within the central belt area before becoming a taxi driver.

His family stated: “Frank was, and will continue to be, loved and cherished by all who had the honour to meet him. We will laugh and cry for a long time to come remembering all the good times.”

For more details about Franks funeral call John O’’Connor and Son Funeral Directors on (01324) 637722.