Family follow in foot­steps of Macc hero

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - STUART GREER

THE family of a man who played a key role in one of Mac­cles­field Town’s great­est tri­umphs say they are ready to cheer on the Silk­men to an­other Wem­b­ley vic­tory.

Cap­tain Frank Beau­mont led Mac­cles­field Town FC to glory at the firstever FA Tro­phy fi­nal on May 2, 1970.

Now his family – in­clud­ing his widow Penny, 75, son Martin, 48, daugh­ter Sarah, 51, and grand­chil­dren Ge­orge, 19, and Cal­lum, 18 – are hop­ing to see the team lift the cup once again when the Silk­men re­turn to the venue for the fi­nal of the FA Tro­phy on May 21.

Martin, who was only 10-months-old when Frank led his team up the fa­mous 39 steps to col­lect the brand new tro­phy, says the win was his dad’s ‘ca­reer high­light’.

He said: “While my dad and the lads per­formed their cup hero­ics I was out­side the sta­dium in a pushchair be­ing looked af­ter by a nanny the club had hired.

“Dad had a 50-year ca­reer and three Eng­land Youth caps, but he al­ways de­scribed that FA Tro­phy as the high­light of his ca­reer. He was so proud of that team. He said they were a su­perb group of lads.

“A few years ago John Ben­nett, the full-back in that team, sent me a cut­ting which compared dad and his Telford coun­ter­part Ron Flow­ers.

“It re­ferred to ‘Beau­mont’s Day’ and that he ‘led from the front’ and showed that win­ning it meant more to him than Flow­ers.”

Frank, who died in 2011 and whose ashes are scat­tered at the Moss Rose, led his team to vic­tory in the newly-cre­ated com­pe­ti­tion for non-league clubs –

‘He al­ways de­scribed that FA Tro­phy as the high­light of his ca­reer’

de­spite fac­ing a Telford side con­tain­ing Eng­land World Cup squad mem­ber Ron Flow­ers, his for­mer Wolves team-mate Jimmy Mur­ray, and North­ern Ire­land goal­keeper Bobby Irvine.

They beat Telford United 2-0, and an es­ti­mated 30,000 peo­ple lined the streets of Mac­cles­field to wel­come their he­roes home.

Ev­ery year the family makes the pil­grim­age from their home in Barns­ley to Mac­cles­field to watch a game and pay their re­spects.

Martin said: “Our trip to Wem­b­ley will be an emo­tional day, but we also hope one of cel­e­bra­tion like in 1970.”

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