By Martin Walker
Football players and fans will remember local legend Frank Swinburne when Newton Aycliffe play Team Northumbria today.
Frankie passed away on Sunday 24th March last year – leaving an irreplaceable void at Aycliffe and the Big Club – and Monday will mark a year since his passing.
A minute’s applause will take place before Aycliffe’s Northern League first division clash with Team Northumbria at Moore Lane Park today (3pm kick-off).
The club’s manager and Frankie’s friend Allan Oliver told Aycliffe Today: “Frankie is a massive miss around the club.
“And not just on matchdays. Any job that needed doing, he was there. He always had a smile on his face, he was always positive, and loved being at the club.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been a year already. The place misses him. He was a diamond of a man.”
Aycliffe’s game with Team North kicks off at 3pm today – admission is £6 adults, £4 concessions and Under-12s FREE.