First posted on Facebook on October 27th, 2016
Happy Birthday to Frank Gray who will turn 62 today. Frank gained 32 caps with Scotland and is the younger brother of Leeds favourite Eddie. Despite his brother being the more talented player he would only accrue 12 caps in total. Frank won 25 caps during two spells with Leeds United with a further seven in the intervening years at Nottingham Forest with whom he won the European Cup.
Frank was first capped by Willie Ormond in 1976 but would not be selected again until Jock Stein took over as Manager with Willie Donachie generally holding the left back position during Ally MacLeod’s reign.
Frank would play a big part in the qualifying for the 1982 World Cup and indeed would play in all three games in Spain. His final game would be in the three game tour of Canada in 1983 playing in the second game. Arthur Albiston would soon make his bid for the left back position before Maurice Malpas came in to claim it as his own.
Frank did manage a goal from the penalty spot for Scotland in a 2-1 friendly win over the Netherlands in March, 1982 at Hampden.
Frank would continue to play with Leeds for another few seasons before turning out for Sunderland for four seasons and finishing up with a three year spell at Darlington.
Happy Birthday Frank and all the best.
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