Frank Taaffe RIP

November 7, 2018

Drogheda United wishes to pass its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Frank ’Snap’ Taaffe who died suddenly on 21st November.

Frank was a truly great sportsman and played both gaelic and soccer. He played League of Ireland soccer in the early 70s and was a member of the Drogheda Youth’s team that won the FAI Youths Cup in 1971. Unfortunately it proved difficult to succeed at both soccer and gaelic and although he was part of the Louth Minor team that won the North East League in 1970, he was also one of three players picked to play in the Leinster Minor Championship against Dublin who was dropped on the night of the game for playing soccer. His soccer career continued with a move to Boyne Rovers but eventually he concentrated on gaelic and gave extraordinary service to Oliver Plunketts and Louth both as a player and later a manager.

His sporting lineage was impeccable. His father, also Frank, was one of Drogheda United’s greatest players in the 1940s and played alongside people like Tom Lynch and Dessie Fagan.

We extend our sympathies to Frank’s wife, Paula, his children Sarah, Sinead, Frank, Rory, Ellen and Jack, his extended family and many friends.

May he rest in peace.