Frank Stone (Colin Parry) 2004-2005
First Regular Appearance: 8.1 (#325) Down
Sunday 17th October 2004
Last Regular Appearance: 8.32 (#356) Play Off
Sunday 29th May 2005
Duration: EP: 325 - 356 ½ SE: 8.1 – 8.32
Squad Number/Position: #4 (Defender) (2004-2005)
Last Seen: With the team in the Millennium Stadium car park celebrating winning promotion. Dies in the coach explosion.
Growing up in
Wigan, Frank Stone showed
just enough talent in football to avoid the army career he’d otherwise be
well into. He earned the reputation "Stone" for his no-nonsense
style and emotionless demeanour on the pitch. As a youth team player, Frank
came under the watch of Wigan Athletic's manager Don Barker, and was soon his
sidekick, gaining a contract to the first team and being treated as the son
Barker never had. This placed Frank in an isolated situation where scepticism
from his team mates overtook any trust, and there was no surprise from anyone
when the only girl Frank could form a relationship with was the manager's
When Frank and Jodie married in 2002, it seemed he was still
destined for a life above the First Division - something Jodie looked forward
to more than Frank did. By the summer of 2004 Frank was still doggedly
Wigan side, and Barker sees it to improve his son-in-law's chances
when he accepts the managerial role at Harchester United. At 26, Frank knows
that Harchester’s promotion back to the Premiership holds his last chance to
achieve his top flight prospects, and importantly he doesn't want to let Don, or Jodie down.
Frank is immediately thrown into
Europe with the club’s
first Champions League match against Sporting Lisbon, but a punch-up with
Tommy Valentine over drama with Jodie lands Frank, and the team in the local jail. No sooner are they at the club and Barker is
instructing Frank to “toughen up” Clyde Connelly, in his own brutal way.
Frank is right at home when Don takes the team to a Boot Camp assault course,
where he can again take his aggression out on
Clyde and Tommy.
run up to Harchester’s home clash with Barcelona, Frank begins to lose his
form, which Clyde uses to his advantage to knock Frank. Feeling humiliated,
Frank waits for
Clyde after the match and beats him with
Clyde subsequently ending
up in hospital.
Clyde becomes depressed following Barker’s mind games and commits
suicide, and Frank feels genuinely remorseful at his death. His game-play returns however,
and Frank’s goal at the Nou Camp secures Harchester’s place in the Champions
League 2nd Round.
With his hard-man reputation, Frank’s team mates
thought they knew all there was about the defender. The night of their win over
City, Curtis went
to check on Frank after spotting his car at the side of the road, and found
him in a compromising situation with another man. With Frank’s behaviour all
over the place following the discovery of his darkest secret, Don makes
Curtis tell him what he knows, and in a disgusted rage (even more for Frank
having sex with a man than for cheating on his daughter) beats his son-in-law
and orders he leave to Portsmouth. When Jodie takes Frank back, Don again
makes Curtis state what he saw, and Jodie hears for the first time that it
was a man not a woman Frank was with.
When Jodie learns she is pregnant, Don tries
to persuade her to have an abortion. Frank wants the baby, and Jodie decides
to keep it with it looking like she and Frank are back together. Don then
leaks the story of Frank’s bisexuality to the papers, and the shock causes
Jodie to lose the baby. On top of it all, the team show a homophobic front
against Frank, forcing him to change in the physio room, until with the support
of his new manager Viv Wright, Frank returns to the team.
Jodie is not coping
following the loss of their child, and after taking one of Danny Sullivan’s
twins in despair, the team turn on Frank for concealing what Jodie had done
in order to protect his wife. Frank and Jodie fail to make their marriage
work, and he tells her that with his secret out she should find somebody who can
love her like she deserves.
At the play-off finals in
Cardiff, Frank is
part of the winning squad that secure Harchester’s return to the Premiership.
It seemed that he was finally going to achieve that Premier League dream. Afterwards, Frank is on board the team coach when his father-in-law crashes
his petrol-laden car head on, causing a massive fireball explosion. Frank is
one of the first fatalities to be identified.