Francis ‘Frank’ Brennan (1924 –1997) played as a centre half and moved to Newcastle United from Scottish club Airdrieonians for £7,500 in 1946. He made 351 appearances for Newcastle between 1946 and 1956. After retiring, he moved into management, initially with North Shields between 1956 and 1962.
Eliza’s favourite players were Jackie Milburn and Frank Brennan. She once briefly met Frank Brennan:
“Oh, he was a very good centre half. On one occasion when the team were going over to America, this would be at the end of the season. And I was walking into this end of the station, and the team were going, and he bumped into me. And at 6’ 2” he looked at me, “I’m sorry.” Magic moments.”