The late Frank Stockwell

March 10, 2009

The late Frank Stockwell
Tributes have been pouring in for the legendary Galway footballer Frank Stockwell, who died on Monday. The 80-year-old passed away after a long battle with illness. He was predeceased in 2005 by his Tuam Stars and Galway colleague Sean Purcell, who was the other half of the famous 'Terrible Twins' who terrorised defences throughout the 1950s. Lining out at full forward, Stockwell memorably scored 2-5 in Galway's 2-13 to 3-7 All-Ireland final victory over Cork in 1956 - a record that still stands for a 60-minute final. He also had an advisory role on the sideline when the Tribesmen won three All-Ireland finals in-a-row in 1964, '65 and '66. Frank made his debut for Galway at the age of 19 in 1948 and won every major honour in an inter-county career which spanned until 1960 when Galway lost the All-Ireland semi-final to Kerry. Along with Purcell, he inspired Tuam Stars to a record seven Galway SFC titles in-a-row from 1954 to '60. Stockwell, who also played for Louth for a short spell, remained involved in the game for many years, and in 1999 a new road in Tuam was named after the 'Terrible Twins'. Galway football board chairman John Joe Holleran said: "He was an iconic figure during what turned out to be a glorious period for Galway football. "Generations have grown up in Galway hearing about their exploits and it was a privilege for us to see them in action."


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