Footballers re-unite for Frank Kopel

An emotional reunion will be held at Kirriemuir Golf Club on Friday when over 40 friends of football legend Frank Kopel gather to offer him support as he battles vascular dementia.

The event has been organised by Tony Smith who is bringing together those who played five-a-side football regularly, every Friday evening in Kirriemuir, from the late 1980s to 2007.

Most of those attending are local, ranging in age from 23 to 70 years old, with several making the effort to travel from Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen and

Tony said: “The re-union will have special significance for those who played with Frank Kopel, someone who played football at the highest level, yet was comfortable playing with less skilful but wholly committed, local footballers.

“Frank was a popular, larger than life character, who has sadly developed vascular dementia at a relatively early age.

“There have been several high profile fund-raisers for Frank and Amanda Kopel in recent weeks, but this is a more intimate gathering to show our community support for friends who have endured, over the last five years, the debilitating effects of vascular dementia.

“John (Boney) Reilly, an ex- Dundee United footballer who played with Frank, will be in attendance and he hopes to bring along several other ex-professional United footballers to share the evening with us.

“All those attending the re-union are prepared to make donations, which will go towards a fund for Frank and Amanda Kopel.”

Meanwhile, the Prosen Ward at the Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre, where Frank attends, has received £2,000 from Frank and Amanda.

Their friends Craig and Lesley Cameron arranged a charity dance to raise money for the ward on their behalf. See story on page 11.