England trailblazer Frank Soo might be inducted into Stoke-on-Trent’s Sporting Corridor of Fame to coincide with the ninetieth anniversary of his Stoke Metropolis debut, Sky Sports activities Information can completely reveal.
Soo, whose father was Chinese language, grew to become the primary participant of Asian heritage to signify England when he appeared in a wartime worldwide in opposition to Wales in 1942.
Derbyshire-born Soo is a Stoke Metropolis legend, who made greater than 250 appearances for the membership, and was a former team-mate and captain of Sir Stanley Matthews.
He was the primary individual of East or South East Asian heritage to seem within the Soccer League.
Soo died in Cheadle on January 25 1991. He was 91-years-old.
A tribute to Soo can also be deliberate on the bet365 stadium, with Saturday’s go to of Cardiff Metropolis arriving precisely 90 years on from his Stoke debut, which got here in opposition to Middlesbrough on November 4 1933.
Soo will be a part of 1966 World Cup-winner Gordon Banks, his former team-mate Matthews, darts legend Phil ‘The Energy’ Taylor and squash icon Angela Smith within the Stoke-on-Trent Sporting Corridor of Fame.
The Lord Mayor of the Metropolis of Stoke-on-Trent Majid Khan will conduct a civic ceremony and formally induct Soo into the Sporting Corridor of Fame on Friday.
‘Frank is an inspiration’
Frank Soo Basis spokesperson Maxwell Min to Sky Sports activities Information:
“We’re delighted to see Frank Soo and his achievements recognised in Stoke, a metropolis through which he had such a Positive impression.
“Frank is an inspiration, and his story is just not as broadly recognized accurately. His induction into the Stoke-on-Trent Sporting Corridor of Fame is a becoming tribute to a large of English soccer.
“Additionally it is unbelievable to see that Stoke Metropolis’s custom of East and South East Asian gamers continues at the moment, with Joon-Ho Bae arriving on the membership in the summertime after starring within the Okay-League.”
Jacqui Soo: Frank’s legacy goes on
Frank’s nice niece, Jacqui Soo, to Sky Sports activities Information:
“He was a devoted and true skilled and a continuing supply of satisfaction to his prolonged household.
“We hope that his legacy will go on to encourage future generations of girls and boys from East and South East Asian backgrounds to play soccer.”
Soo began his profession at Prescott Cables, earlier than becoming a member of Stoke and happening to play for Leicester Metropolis, Luton City and Chelmsford Metropolis.
He would go on to handle St Albans Metropolis and Scunthorpe United, however loved most success in Scandinavia the place he had a stint teaching Norway, earlier than profitable the Swedish title with Djurgardens IF.
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