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Fraser George Franks (born 22 November 1990) is an English former professional footballer who played as a defender in the Football League for AFC Wimbledon, Luton Town, Stevenage and Newport County.

Fraser Franks
Franks captaining the England C team in 2014.jpg
Franks captaining England C in 2014
Personal information
Full name Fraser George Franks[1]
Date of birth (1990-11-22) 22 November 1990 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Hammersmith, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2]
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1999–2007 Chelsea
2007–2009 Brentford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Brentford 0 (0)
2009–2010Basingstoke Town (loan) 13 (2)
2010–2012 AFC Wimbledon 28 (2)
2011Hayes & Yeading United (loan) 7 (0)
2012Newport County (loan) 1 (0)
2012–2014 Welling United 60 (4)
2014–2015 Luton Town 30 (0)
2015–2018 Stevenage 109 (7)
2018–2019 Newport County 25 (3)
Total 273 (18)
National team
2013–2014 England C 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Contents

CareerEdit

BrentfordEdit

Born in Hammersmith, Greater London,[1] Franks began his career in the youth system at Chelsea, but was released as a 16-year-old.[3] He then joined Brentford as an apprentice in 2007,[4] and was named as a substitute against Swansea City in a League Cup fixture on 12 August 2008.[5] Franks was again an unused substitute for a 2–1 FA Cup defeat away to Barrow on 28 November.[6] He signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2009,[7] though he remained as an unused substitute for the majority of 2009–10 and failed to make an appearance.[8]

In September 2009, after struggling to feature for Brentford, Franks joined Conference South club Basingstoke Town on an initial one-month loan, which was later extended until January 2010.[9] He debuted on 19 September in a 2–1 victory away to Braintree Town and scored his first goal on 24 October in a 2–1 victory at home to Weymouth.[10] Franks' second goal came on 14 November in a 3–2 defeat away to Maidenhead United and completed the loan spell with two goals from 18 appearances.[10] He was not offered a new contract by Brentford and was released by the club in May 2010.[11]

AFC WimbledonEdit

On 29 July 2010, Franks signed a one-year contract with Conference Premier club AFC Wimbledon.[12] He debuted as an 81st-minute substitute in a 2–1 victory away to Kettering Town on 4 September and scored his first goals in a 3–0 victory at home to Cambridge United on 29 September.[13] Franks went on to make 28 appearances in 2010–11,[13] though he suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in a 2–1 defeat away to Grimsby Town on 5 March 2011.[14] He required an operation that ruled him out of action for six months, causing him to miss the 2011 Conference Premier play-off Final victory over Luton Town,[15] and the beginning of AFC Wimbledon's first season in the Football League.[14] Despite this, Franks had made enough appearances to trigger a one-year extension clause in his contract, keeping him at the club until the end of 2011–12.[16]

In September 2011, Franks returned from injury and was loaned to Conference Premier club Hayes & Yeading United to gain match fitness.[17] He debuted on 24 September in a 3–2 defeat at home to Gateshead, finishing the loan spell with seven appearances, but turned down the offer to extend the loan for a further month.[13][18] Franks made his return to the AFC Wimbledon starting lineup away to Swindon Town on 8 November in a Football League Trophy tie, the match finishing 1–1 after extra time.[19] He scored the team's only penalty in the 3–1 penalty shoot-out defeat.[19] On 22 March 2012, Franks joined Conference Premier club Newport County on a one-month loan to play regular first-team football.[20] He made his debut and only appearance for the club two days later in a 2–0 defeat away to Lincoln City.[13] The remainder of his loan spell was hampered by injury.[21] After making only five appearances for AFC Wimbledon in 2011–12,[22] Franks was released by the club in May 2012.[23]

Welling UnitedEdit

On 19 June 2012, Franks signed for Conference South club Welling United.[24][25] After signing, Welling manager Jamie Day claimed Franks had turned down offers from higher leagues to be guaranteed regular first-team football.[24] He debuted on the opening day of 2012–13 in a 1–1 draw at home to Bath City and scored his first goal in the following match, a 3–2 victory over Chelmsford City.[26] Franks finished the season with 43 appearances and four goals,[26] as Welling won the Conference South title and therefore promotion into the Conference Premier.[27] He was named in the Conference South Team of the Year and signed a new one-year contract shortly afterwards.[28][29] Franks made his first appearance of 2013–14 on the opening day of the season in a 2–1 defeat away to Wrexham and went on to make 29 appearances for Welling.[13]

Luton TownEdit

On 17 January 2014, Franks signed for Conference Premier leaders Luton Town for an undisclosed fee after the club activated a release clause in his contract.[30] Due to bad weather postponing the club's matches throughout much of the rest of January, Franks did not make his debut until 11 February against Macclesfield Town, which finished as a 2–1 victory and was named as man of the match by The Luton News.[31] He made 18 appearances for Luton in the second half of 2013–14,[26] as the club won the Conference Premier title and therefore promotion into League Two.[32] Franks made his first appearance of 2014–15 on 12 August 2014 in a 2–1 defeat at home to Swindon Town in the League Cup first round.[33] He struggled to force his way into the first-team, making just 17 appearances,[33] as Luton finished eighth in League Two,[34] having missed an opportunity to make an impression in the first-team in the absence of first-choice central defenders Luke Wilkinson and Steve McNulty through suspension.[35] After the end of the season, Franks was transfer-listed by manager John Still,[36] before his contract was cancelled a year early by mutual consent on 15 July 2015.[37]

StevenageEdit

On 17 July 2015, Franks signed for Luton's near-neighbours Stevenage.[38] He debuted on the opening day of 2015–16 in a 2–0 defeat at home to Notts County and scored his first goal in a 2–0 victory at home to Hartlepool United on 22 August.[39] Franks finished the season with 42 appearances and three goals,[39] as Stevenage finished 18th in League Two.[40] He was named Season Ticket Holders Player of the Year, BoroChat Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year at the club's end-of-season presentation night.[41]

Newport CountyEdit

Franks re-signed for fellow League Two club Newport County on 18 June 2018 on a two-year contract.[42] He made his debut on the opening day of the 2018–19 season, starting in the club's 3–0 away defeat to Mansfield Town.[43] Franks scored his first goal for Newport in a 3–2 home win over Notts County on 21 August.[44] On 6 January 2019 he captained Newport County in a 2–1 victory against Premier League side Leicester City in the FA Cup 3rd round.[45]

Franks retired from playing on 21 March 2019, as a result of a heart issue.[46] Franks had made 34 appearances and scored three goals for Newport up to that point in 2018–19.[47] Franks said he woke up with flu-like symptoms, and had to be taken to hospital by his pregnant wife.[48]

International careerEdit

In June 2013, Franks was selected for the England national C team and won his first cap in a 6–1 victory over Bermuda.[49] On 19 November 2013, Franks scored his first international goal in a 2–2 draw with Czech Republic U21, a match in which he also captained the team for the first time.[50] Franks went on to earn five caps for the England C team, captaining the side four times, before becoming ineligible due to Luton Town's promotion to the Football League.

Personal lifeEdit

Franks is married to former S Club 8 singer Stacey McClean.[46]

Career statisticsEdit

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brentford 2008–09[51] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10[52] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Basingstoke Town (loan) 2009–10[10] Conference South 13 2 2 0 3[a] 0 18 2
AFC Wimbledon 2010–11[13] Conference Premier 24 2 2 0 2[b] 0 28 2
2011–12[22] League Two 4 0 0 0 0 0 1[c] 0 5 0
Total 28 2 2 0 0 0 3 0 33 2
Hayes & Yeading United (loan) 2011–12[13] Conference Premier 7 0 7 0
Newport County (loan) 2011–12[13] Conference Premier 1 0 1 0
Welling United 2012–13[26] Conference South 34 4 5 0 4[b] 0 43 4
2013–14[13] Conference Premier 26 0 3 0 0 0 29 0
Total 60 4 8 0 4 0 72 4
Luton Town 2013–14[26] Conference Premier 17 0 0 0 1[d] 0 18 0
2014–15[33] League Two 13 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 17 0
Total 30 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 35 0
Stevenage 2015–16[39] League Two 38 3 2 0 1 0 1[c] 0 42 3
2016–17[53] League Two 41 3 1 0 2 0 2[e] 1 46 4
2017–18[54] League Two 30 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 32 1
Total 109 7 4 0 4 0 3 1 120 8
Newport County 2018–19[47] League Two 25 3 5 0 2 0 2[e] 0 34 3
Career total 273 18 24 0 7 0 16 1 320 19
  1. ^ Two appearances in Hampshire Senior Cup, one in FA Trophy
  2. ^ a b Appearances in FA Trophy
  3. ^ a b Appearance in Football League Trophy
  4. ^ Appearance in Bedfordshire Senior Cup
  5. ^ a b Appearances in EFL Trophy

HonoursEdit

AFC Wimbledon

Welling United

Luton Town

Individual

ReferencesEdit

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