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By Tony Attwood
Frank McLintock, our player of the year, and footballer of the year, during the Double season, was brought up in the poorest part of Glasgow, and played for Shawfield before joining Leicester in 1957 as a midfield player. (Shawfield only lasted a few years after Frank, and were disbanded in 1960).
Leicester reached the cup final and came fourth in the 1st division in 1962/3 – just about their best ever season. In fact Frank played in two Leicester cup final sides (1961losing to Tottenham, 1963 losing to Man U) but won the League cup final in 1964 beating Stoke over two legs.
He played for Leicester 168 times in the league, initially in mid-field, and also broke into the Scotland team before joining Arsenal in 1964 for the club record of £80,000. He was thus a clear case of Billy Wright buying experience to try and beef up the team – although it didn’t work at once with Arsenal coming 13th and 14th in his first two seasons.
Frank became the club captain in 1967, played in the two league cup final defeats in 1968 and 1969, and handed in a transfer request after the second loss.
But he stayed and was captain of the Fairs Cup win, and the Double and of the defeated 1972 cup side, and captain of the runners’ up team in 1973 before moving to QPR. Adding in cup games he played 403 matches for Arsenal, scoring 32 goals.
He played 127 league games for QPR over four years, coming second in 1976, retiring one year later. He was awarded the MBE in 1972. He also got nine Scottish caps.
Immediately on retiring he joined Leicester as manager in 1977, but Leicester ended up bottom of the league that season and were relegated. After that one season he stayed out of management until 1984 when he managed Brentford for three years in the third division – the club remained in mid-table throughout.
In 1987/8 he was part of the coaching team at Millwall as they won the second division under John Docherty following the departure of George Graham. Millwall were top of the league on 1 October 1988 with Tony Cascarino and Teddy Sheringham in the team.
Amazingly Millwall survived in the first division, but with the club bottom of the 1st division in 1990 he was sacked along with the manager as Millwall brought in Bruce Rioch.
Frank has since worked as an after dinner speaker, and a TV and radio pundit, and has been inducted into the Football Hall of Fame.
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