Frank Lucas: Jersey football stalwart dies aged 89

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Frank Lucas
Frank Lucas was Jersey Wanderers president from 1990-1999

Tributes have been paid to Jersey football stalwart Frank Lucas, who has died at the age of 89.

He was a life-president of Jersey Wanderers - the club he had been associated with throughout his life.

He was also vice-president of Jersey's Football Combination from its inception in 1975 until his death from ill health, and served on the JFA Council.

"He was a magnificent stalwart to Jersey football," said former Combination president Tim Darwin.

"His input from both Jersey Wanderers and also to the league was magnificent. On a personal level, he was always there on my right-hand side as president chirping in and keeping me in line," added Darwin, who ran the island's league for more than a decade.

Lucas dedicated much of his life to Jersey Wanderers and he was still watching the club a week before his death, when he attended one of their C team matches.

"He had incredible knowledge of the local game and he's done a huge amount for island football," Jersey wanderers vice-president Bob Lawrence told BBC Sport.

"He never missed a meeting. One thing is for sure, you'd never pull the wool over Frank's eyes - he knew the rulebook backwards and forwards.

"He was a real character, and not just loved at our club but has had tributes come in from all of the other clubs in Jersey."

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