Many happy returns!

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 9th October 2019

West Ham United's oldest living player celebrates his 92nd birthday today.

Frank O'Farrell, a firm fans' favourite during the 1950s when he played in Ted Fenton's Second Division Hammers team was born in Blackpool, Ireland on 9 October 1927.


And today the former wing half celebrated his 92nd birthday alongside his wife Ann, in the care home in which both currently live.

Frank started his working life as a fireman on the Dublin to Cork railway line at the age of just 15 with ambitions of becoming a train driver like his father.

However his plans of a life in the railways was cut short after he was asked to move to England in order to join West Ham at the age of 21.

Speaking to KUMB member George Godfrey recently, Frank reminisced about his time at the club and the players he once featured alongside.

You may read more from that chance meeting in a Torquay care home here. Meanwhile everyone at would like to wish Frank many happy returns.

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