Frankie Wilson passes away after long battle with illness

TRIBUTES have been paid to former Antrim footballer Frankie Wilson, who has passed away at the age of 52 following a long battle with illness.

Wilson accomplished an incredible amount in his life – from playing with Antrim in the nineties and early 2000s, and managing a range of soccer teams down the years. A highly regarded PE teacher at Our Lady’s and St Patrick’s Knock, the Hannahstown man was also recently inducted into the Lamh Dhearg club’s Hall of Fame.

Tributes have been paid today from right across the sporting spectrum following the news of his sad passing.  GAA Pundit Joe Brolly tweeted “[I am] Gutted at the death of Frankie Wilson. An incredible sportsman, he played Irish league and Gaelic football at the top level. Coached the NI u18s & every school team at St Pat’s Knock where he was a living legend. A wonderful human being. So full of life.”

Antrim GAA also expressed their condolences to Wilson: “We send our heartfelt condolences on the sad news that former Antrim Gael Frankie Wilson has sadly passed away after a great battle with illness.

“Deepest sympathy to his family and friends from all of us and everyone throughout the county. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”

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