All at the club were saddened to learn of the passing of Frank McGarvey today.
McGarvey began his career with St. Mirren and his impressive form led to him signing for European champions Liverpool in 1979. His time on Merseyside was short as he transferred to Celtic less than a year later, becoming Scotland’s most expensive player.
The striker had a fine five years at Celtic Park, winning the Premier Division and Scottish Cup twice, as well as the League Cup, and scored over 100 goals for The Hoops. Frank also earned 7 caps for Scotland, before returning to St. Mirren where he helped them win the Scottish Cup in 1987.
Frank later had a spell as player/manager at Queen of the South, before he signed for Clyde under John Clark and made his debut on New Years Day 1992. He scored 6 goals in 14 appearances in the remainder of that season, before playing a pivotal role in the 1992-93 campaign.
By this point Frank was a veteran having turned 37 and he spearheaded the Clyde attack; his 16 goals from 40 appearances made him the club’s top scorer and his final strike for The Bully Wee was arguably his most important. On the penultimate weekend of the season, Clyde travelled to Queen of the South and recorded a 3-2 victory to claim the Second Division championship, with Frank’s brilliant effort sealing the silverware. You can watch the goal HERE.
This also gave Frank a clean sweep of Scottish domestic honours, having previously won the First Division in his first spell at St. Mirren. It turned out to be Frank’s final game for Clyde, as he moved on to Shotts Bon Accord shortly after to be reunited with John Clark.
The condolences of all at the club go to Frank’s family and friends at this sad time.