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East Devon football will turn out in force for Frank

Football legend Mr Frank Bastin funeral service date announced

The funeral of Mr Frank Bastin one of East Devons most well known and popular figures will be held at Ottery St Mary next tuesday 27th February at high noon.

Frank was involved as secretary of Ottery St Mary and Escot Rovers over many years, and was an ever present as a committee member at the Ottery based cup finals rarely missing a game

Statement from Cups secretary Neil Anthony


Wednesday 7th February 2018

It is with regret to have to inform the local football world that our President, Frank Bastin has left ‘the field of play’ for the last time! Frank passed away in hospital earlier in the week.

Frank had been involved with the Golesworthy Cup since 1948, he stood in the Secretary’s role from 1983-1994, followed by Vice-President 1994-2000 and as President from 2000 to date, and was elected only last month in the role of Honorary President for another term. His dedication to all three local Cups and his roles within the Devon County Referees Association over the years has been second to none!

At the final of the Grandisson Cup last May, Frank presented the Runners-Up Cup, named in his honour when he also received a ‘Long Service Award’ for his services to local football. As well as his record with the Golesworthy Cup he served on the Grandisson Cup Committee as Secretary, Chairman and President for over 50 years?
He was also involved with the Morrison Bell Cup Competition since 1968, he stood in the Secretary’s role from 1979-1994, followed by President from 1994. His dedication to local football was truly remarkable.

I had known Frank for around 30 years or so, the past 17 of which I have been Secretary of the Cups and his interest and knowledge with the local football clubs were second to none.

Rest in peace Frank, you were a true legend to the game of football, something we may never see the likes of again!

Secretary of the Morrison Bell, Grandisson and Golesworthy Cups Competitions

Monday 19th February 2018