Kaizer Chiefs is mourning the death of former coach Joe Frickleton who passed away on Tuesday 15 December. The Chairman Kaizer Motaung has paid tribute to the ‘Smoking Joe’ as Frickleton was affectionately known.
“It is sad to learn about the passing of Joe,” laments Motaung. “Joe has lived his life as a football person from his playing days back in Scotland and as a coach at various clubs in South Africa. He was a great coach and contributed immensely to the development of football.”
Frickleton wrote history with Kaizer Chiefs when he won a quadruple of trophies; bagging the 1984 league title, 1984 Mainstay Cup, 1984 JPS Knockout Cup and the 1984 Sales House Champion of Champions.
“Joe made his name with us,” reminisces Motaung. “Who will ever forget his achievement in 1984? That memory is still fresh in my mind and cast in stone in the history of Kaizer Chiefs. His daughter Kimberleigh has shared with us that Joe always remarked that his best days in coaching was in 1984 when he was with Kaizer Chiefs. It is a coincidence that he departs at the age of 84 and on our 50th Anniversary. We will never forget Joe. He ran his race and we must accept his as a life well lived.”
‘Smoking Joe’ is described by many as a tough mentor and disciplinarian. “I heard many testimonies from the class of 84,” says Motaung. “One of our legends Marks Maponyane described Joe as a tough coach in the mold of a military general. Other legends have expressed their sympathies to his family, and all describe him as the one to be remembered.”
Frickleton leaves behind his beloved wife Carrol and children Kevin and Kimberleigh.
“I wish to express my deepest condolences to his family,” concludes the Chairman. “I wish them strength as they go through this low point in their lives. Joe was a very important member of the family. They have lost a great man. The family must find solace in the many fond memories they have shared with Joe. I also wish to send condolences to the clubs that he coached and the entire football fraternity. It is befitting for the PSL to honour Joe with a moment of silence preceding the kick-off of the Premiership matches.”
May the soul of Joe ‘The Smoking Joe’ Frickleton rest in peace.