Blues legend Frank Banks is up for the Unsung Hero Award at the Football League Awards on Sunday night.
Southend United legend Frank Banks has been nominated for the Unsung Hero Award at the prestigious 2014 Football League Awards.
The annual awards ceremony will be held at The Brewery in London on Sunday 16th March, 2014.
Frank, who has been connected with Southend United for over 55 years, has been shortlisted in the final three for the award.
He will be up against Norman Rimmington, the Assistant Kitman at Barnsley and Fred Woolven, a Club Lottery Volunteer at Brighton and Hove Albion.
Frank has been a player, reverse team manager, assistant manager, first-team manager and coach at Southend United, and became the club’s first ever Community Officer.
He made nearly 100 appearances as a player for Southend United, either side of a hugely successful spell with Hull City, and today continues his work with the Community department voluntarily.
Speaking about his nomination, and his role at the club, Frank said: “This nomination is a very proud moment for me and I am really looking forward to the ceremony on Sunday.
“Just to be nominated is fantastic. Southend United has been a big part of my life and I still enjoy working for the club today.
“I was spotted playing football in a park at the age of 13 and went on to enjoy a career in football which is what everyone dreams of as a young child.
“Hopefully I can play a part in the young people of today going on to have successful careers in the game.”
Peter Taylor, manager of Gillingham Football Club, has had a close relationship with Frank over the years, and feels he is very deserving of the nomination.
Taylor said: “Frank is an infectious character who has a very important role to play to this day within the community department.
“I wish him the best of luck at the awards ceremony on Sunday. If he was to win, he’d be a deserved winner.”
Dale Spiby, Southend United’s Community and Educational Trust Chief Executive, chose to put Frank up for the award back in November.
He said: “Frank continues to make a very important contribution to the Trust here at Southend United.
“He spends a lot of time working with our young coaches, passing on some instrumental advice that will stand them well for the future.
“Frank is a big part of the work we try to do as a Community department, and I’m delighted he is part of our team.”