frank soo cup

LCFA Sefton to host Frank Soo Cup

We are hosting the competition again for our friends at the Frank Soo Foundation in tribute to England's first player of Black or Asian heritage.

On the anniversary of Soo's England debut, we are delighted to announce we will once again be hosting the Frank Soo Cup at LCFA Sefton alongside the Frank Soo Foundation.

On the 9th May 1942 saw the England debut of Frank Soo, the first player from a Chinese descent to play in the English Football League, and now the first player from a Black or Asian heritage to put on the Three Lions Shirt.

Last year we hosted the Frank Soo Cup for the first time, and are honoured to have been asked by the Frank Soo Foundation to host it again. This year's event will take place on Sunday 30th June. To get involved, please contact the Frank Soo Foundation.

See highlights from last year below.

About Frank Soo

Born in Buxton (8th March 1914), Soo would start his career at Stoke City FC where he played alongside Stoke greats; Sir Stanley Matthews, Tommy Sale and  Freddie Steel. He was regarded as one of the greatest defensive midfielders of his time and went to become Stoke City captain in the 1938-39 season.

His career was interrupted in its prime by World War II, where like many of his contemporaries, he joined the Armed Forces. Soo’s greatest accolade was to play for England 9 times in Wartime and Victory Internationals, making his debut against Wales in Cardiff. He also represented the Armed Forces Teams and even captained the RAF England Select XI. Though not being awarded an official cap, he is acknowledged by the FA as being an England player and a campaign for an honorary cap is supported by many in football.

We celebrate his achievement of being the first person of colour to play for England. #FrankSooEngland6