Blether: Dundee-born Frank Munro had to lose 2st to sign for Aberdeen

Frank Munro in action
Frank Munro in action

Many fine footballers have been born and bred in the city of Dundee.

But how many can lay claim to have been with three top-class professional clubs before their 19th birthday?

One such player is Francis ‘Frank’ Munro, who left school to join Chelsea as a 15-year-old.

He didn’t settle at Stamford Bridge, and Dundee United boss Jerry Kerr swooped to take him to Tannadice.

After a couple of years with the Terrors, he headed north in October 1966 to sign for Aberdeen for a fee of around £10,000, just two weeks short of his 19th birthday.

The Dons manager at the time was Eddie Turnbull and Munro had been on his radar for some time.

Turnbull was boss of Queen’s Park, and also took charge of the Scottish amateur and youth international sides during his stint at Hampden Park.

Munro played for the youths and Turnbull was impressed and had followed his career since. On signing, though, notoriously-grumpy Turnbull told his new player: “The first thing we will have to do is take two stone off your weight!”

He spent two years at Pittodrie before joining Wolves.

Munro spent nearly a decade with the Molineux club, turning out in around 300 games.

In 1977, he went to Celtic for a season before emigrating to Australia to play for South Melbourne Hellas.

He was capped nine times for Scotland, all attained during his time with Wolves.