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Joe Frickleton

Joe played for East Stirling FC in the Scottish First Division, the same side that produced another Highlands legend in Willie McIntosh. Shortly before arriving in this country in 1964, he was offered two contracts and had to make an agonizing decision in choosing between two clubs he had never heard of. Fortunately for all Highlands' fans, Joe chose not to go to Bloemfontein City!

Joe made his debut for Highlands against Germiston Callies at Balfour Park and immediately made his mark on South African football with a now-legendary tackle on Giovanoni that earned Joe the nickname of "The Assasin"

A tough tackling midfield dynamo, Joe helped add steel and grit to a team blessed with the likes of Santoro and Walter Da Silva. It was this balance that made the mid sixties team the unstoppable force that older fans will remember with much pride.

Joe remained with the club in a coaching capacity after his playing days were over and finally succeeded Mario Tuani as manager. He was to become one of the rare men that tasted equal success as both player and manager, guiding the 1975 "Mean Machine" to 3 out of 4 possible trophies. "Managing the likes of Chris Chilton and Barry Bridges wasn't easy for me" he says with great modesty, but he certainly made it look easy.

After a season spent managing Lusitano FC, Joe returned to Highlands where he remained until the club was sold. The following article appeared in SA Soccer Monthly in 1980

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