The Crowdfunder project has finished. Final total raised was GBP 1,240, for which thank you everyone. After deductions, the project will receive about GBP 1,109 on around 1st May 2016. I will post details of all the transactions involved on this page in the future, so that everyone can see exactly how the money is used.
I know others are planning to raise more funds and we now have a donation button for anyone who would like to help out.
This page will feature updates and reports on the progress of my project to write a biography of Frank Soo and the campaign for the recognition of his nine Wartime and Victory International caps as “official.” Further updates and contact via my Twitter feed @SusanG_writer and the Facebook Page: FrankSoo1914.
The project is only a few days old and there has been a huge response, both in terms of pledges and interest. I think that I can safely say the Frank Soo biography is going to be published.
Yesterday, this article about him was published on the Football Pink website provoked a great deal of interest. It also provoked me to make another attempt to change the incorrect name on his Wikipedia Page. Although it always seems to accept the correction, it keeps reverting back. Watch this space. I’m determined to make them get it right.
The Frank Soo Project
Today at 5pm, I’ll be launching a Crowdfunder project to help fund the research and publication of a biography of the great, but little-known, footballer, Frank Soo.
Frank was unlucky, despite being the first player of Chinese origin to play for England, and being recognised by his contemporaries as one of the best footballers of his time, his playing career was curtailed at its height in 1939, when he was 25 years old. He spent most of the Second World War playing for the RAF, and as a guest player for teams like Everton, Chelsea and Newcastle United (among others). By the time the war was over, he was coming towards the end of his playing career.
He began coaching at Calcio Padova, and – perhaps because of personal tragedy – he spent much of the rest of his life abroad, including 25 years as a coach in Sweden. When he retired and returned to England, he appears to have led a lonely existence, dying of Alzheimer’s disease in 1991.
One of the initial reasons I decided to write about Frank was because I found that so much of the information about him that is readily accessible – in books and on the internet – is factually incorrect. Having contacted his closest living relatives, I found that I was right and even his name is incorrect in most cases. However, when I started reading about him, I quickly learned that his was a much more interesting story. It is difficult to understand how a player who many people described as the best they’d ever seen has all-but-vanished from the public memory. I would like to change that.
Frank was a pioneer in that he was the first Chinese (or indeed Asian) player to become an England international. Unfortunately, because his caps were all earned during wartime or immediately afterwards, they have never been recognised as “official” by the FA. Part of my motivation for writing this book is an attempt to change this and to, hopefully, find other ways of promoting the long-overdue recognition that this brilliant footballer deserves.
Crowdfunder page: Frank Soo Project