Grimsby Town are saddened to hear of the passing of one of their great club servants, former physio John Fraser.
John was born in Montrose, Scotland, on 20th September 1932, and became one of Town's long-serving physiotherapists. He even took on the role of trainer and manager in 1975 following the exit of Ron Ashman, at a time coinciding with the death of his father.
Following on from the multiple-role of long-serving Jimmy McCoy, John became club physio in September 1971, and served under ten different managers (not including himself) from Lawrie McMenemy, Ron Ashman, Tom Casey, Dick Conner, John Newman, George Kerr, Dave Booth, Peter Grotier, Mike Lyons and Bobby Roberts!
During his time as physio, Town moved from Division 4, up to the brink of what we now call the Premier League, and then down again, but always with John keeping the players in the peak of condition as far as possible.
John McDermott spoke for everyone at the club when he said:
"I got a call yesterday afternoon that one of GTFC great legends and when I say legends he certainly fits that title. John Fraser (Fraz) sadly passed away. John was Town's physio for the 20 years service he gave the club and had seen it all. Normally it's players who get the credit but it was Fraz who kept them fit or got them back quick to play for the team and then could go on and win things. He was a great character amongst all the players he met and not one could have a bad word about this great man. John took me into his house when I was 16 - it was meant to be for two weeks - 10 years later I was still there. If it wasn't for him and his family I would have been home within 4 weeks. I owe him everything. It is away from football I knew him more, a gentleman, a man who would do anything for you, and my own family. You looked after me like I was your own son and I thank you dearly for that. I hope people can get around and give this LEGEND the send off he deserves because he does deserve it."
Rest In Peace.
John McCallum Fraser 1932-2019