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Francis John "Frank" Whitehead


  • Birth: Jan 1870 • Westminister, Middlesex, England
  • Death: 17 Oct 1938 • 5 Rublislaw Den, South Aberdeen, Scotland

Chairman, 1936 - 1937, Director 1916 - 1937, Football Player, Outside Left Aberdeen FC and Orion FC.


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News Article



Many friends in sporting and business circles attended the funeral to Springbank Cemetery. Aberdeen, yesterday of Mr Frank John Whitehead. 5 Rubislaw Den South. Aberdeen, a former chairman of directors of Aberdeen Football Club.

It was indicative of the popularity which Mr Whitehead enjoyed that motor cars conveying mourners stretched for almost half a mile behind the hearse. Members of the board of directors as well as officials and players from Pittodrie were among the many who paid a last tribute. .


Four members of the Aberdeen team - William Cooper, Frank Dunlop, George Thomson and Pat Kelly—carried the coffin from the house, and also from the hearse to the graveside. The services at the house and graveside were conducted by the Rev. John M'llwraith, St Ninian's Parish Church.

The chief mourners and pall-bearer. - were: — Mr Norman Whitehead, son: Mr Fred Whitehead, brother; Mr L. M. Worling, son-in-law; Mr James Simpson, nephew; Mr George Wilson, Dr E. Bruce Wilson, Mr John Raffan and Mr William Philip, a member of the board of directors of Aberdeen F.C. Members of the board of directors and officials of Aberdeen F.C who attended were Mr George Anderson, Mr Charles Forbes, Mr J.D. Robbie, Mr James Finnie, Mr David Halliday manager; Mr George Clubb, secretary; Mr Donald Colman, trainer: Mr Robert M'Dermid, assistant trainer, Dr M.B. Gadsby club doctor, and Dr A.W. Forrest, assistant club doctor.

Players present were;— George Hamilton, George Scott, Robert Graham, John Pattillo, John McKenzie, Richard Donald and George Thomson.


The general company of mourners also included Mr G.S. Fraser, town clerk, representing the Lord provost G.A. Wilson, advocate. Mr Norman J. Wilson, advocate Mr James C. Donald, Mr William Milne, Mr Robert Cummins, Mr Robert Galloway, Mr James Forbes. Mr C.W. Mackie, president of Cricket Club; Mr J.H.F. Gordon advocate; Mr F. M. Stewart, Mr W.R. Stewart, Mr George Laing, Mr J.A. Bell, Captain Peter Mr John Fraser, Mr James Singer.

Mr A.T. Dinnie, Mr J. Knowles Mr W. Edwards, Mr Peter Craigmyle, Mr lan Shinnie, Mr S.B. Russell, Mr B.S. Allan, Mr D.J. Dewar, Mr A.R. Laing, Mr William Duthie, Mr Robert Ryrie, Mr W.S. Clark, Mr J.R. lrvine, Mr J. Middler, Mr James Yule, John MacGregor, Col. W. Philip, Mr J. B. Gerry, Mr Charles Knowles, Mr John Mowat, Mr W.K. M'Leod, Mr Pat Grant.

Mr Robert Crofts, Mr J.T. Grassie, Mr E Scorgie, Mr D. Philip. Mr J.C. Tait, Mr Sam Wilson, Mr Alexander Milne, Mr Martin Third, Mr A.Dickson, Mr W.R.H. Gibb, Mr A.A. Smith, Mr P Anderson.

In addition to the many family and personal wreaths there were floral tributes from the directors of Aberdeen F.C.; playing staff Pittodrie; directors of Celtic F.C.; Clyde F.C., St Johnstone F.C.; the staff at 26 Waterloo Quay: Messrs S.B. Russell and Sons; Granite Turning Co. Ltd.; Gilcomston Granite Works and Messrs Honeywill and Stem Ltd Glasgow.

(Aberdeen Press and Journal, dated Friday 21 Oct 1938)

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  • Family Tree Official's, Player's and staff details: Ancestry.com
    A.F.C Official's, Player's and staff details source: AFC Heritage - The Official Aberdeen Football Club Heritage Trust.
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    Profile Photo: Francis John "Frank" Whitehead - Courtesy of Fin Hall - original B&W picture - No copyright - attached - Colorisation by Graeme Watson 2022
    Insert Photo: Francis John "Frank" Whitehead - original B&W picture - No copyright - attached.
    Insert Photo: Francis John "Frank" Whitehead (Orion F.C.) - original B&W picture - No copyright - attached.
    Header Background: Aberdeen Football Club, Pittodrie Stadium, Main Stand Entrance, 2015, Aberdeen, Scotland - Copyright © 2015 Graeme Watson.
    Insert Article: Newspaper Articles, Mr F.J. Whitehead's Funeral, Press & Journal, dated Thursday 13 Oct 1930. Insert Article: Transcribed by Graeme Watson 2021.


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