Jodie Stone (Lucinda Rhodes Flaherty) 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
Occupation: Events Coordinator / Wife of Frank Stone, Daughter of Don Barker (but there was so much more to her than being a wife and daughter!)
Last Seen: Learning Fletch's body was in her father's boot, and watching him drive head on into the team coach.
Jodie was born at the precise time her father, Don Barker, was beginning his managerial career, and he passed his fierce determination and strong mindedness onto his only child. A life in and around football clubs is what she grew up with, spending her formative years in Wigan. In her late teens, Jodie became close to her father’s star player Frank Stone, and a year after their engagement the two married in 2002. Jodie wanted the best for both her and Frank, but as his potential for the Premier League didn’t materialise, she has been left disappointed as her ambitions have suffered too.
Since her mother’s death while she was still a child, Jodie has grown up to be her father’s right-hand woman, and prepared to support him in various deeds. Before Don has even signed the dotted line at Harchester, they are in a plot to bag Tommy Valentine on the cheap, with Jodie leaking the news of his affair with Kristine, his team mate’s wife, to the press. Jodie is often isolated from the other women in football clubs around her, and Harchester is no different; with Tommy’s agent Sofia and trainee physio Holly falling foul of Jodie’s willingness to deceive for her dad. The closest she comes to a friend is Chelsea Wright when organising a night at Studs for the girls, but Chelsea also sees Jodie as trouble. Though dedicated to Frank, Jodie is attracted to Tommy, though a known womaniser, and when he leads her on following a messy affair with Michelle Maguire, a furious Jodie sends Michelle’s husband Shay a picture message of Tommy getting it on with his wife!
When Jodie finds their house at The Barrons trashed, Don tells her he found out Frank had been having an affair and sent him packing to Portsmouth. After confronting Frank, he tells Jodie he is in love with another woman, but when he can’t stay away from her, Jodie takes him back. Don is furious, and forces Curtis into telling Jodie how he caught Frank not with another woman but a man. To save face in front of her father, Jodie refuses to believe what she is hearing, but when alone with Frank reminds him Curtis as a Christian doesn’t lie and can tell Frank is hiding something. Jodie goes off to Spain to figure things out, but returns a few weeks later when Don is admitted to hospital with an angina scare. Jodie also has news for Frank - she is pregnant with his child but is going to have an abortion. When Frank thinks he was unable to stop Jodie, he is gutted. In fact, Jodie changed her mind at the last minute, and learns at that very moment Frank had a rent-boy back at the house.
Still determined to get Frank out of his daughter’s life, Don gives the story of Frank’s bisexuality to Paul Hankin, who eventually gets his confirmation from Curtis. When Jodie confronts Curtis over betraying his team mate, he makes her see her father was responsible. The shock causes Jodie to lose the baby, and in bitterly disowning her dad starts relying on Frank ever more. Jodie appears to be on the road to recovery, but the sight of Danny and Kim’s son Jack on his own is too much for Jodie to bear, and she wanders away with him from the club. The Sullivan’s decide not to press charges, but Jodie feels ever more alone when Frank can’t commit to her anymore because of his sexuality. Both feeling uncared for, she sleeps with Fletch, her friend Gina's boyfriend, and is caught by Don the next morning.
Knowing she has screwed up in Harchester, Jodie decides to leave for Spain once more, but when Fletch is arrested for poisoning Gina, he tells Jodie her dad paid him to drug Ryan and has taken his phone to prove it. When Fletch gets out of prison, he and Don have a ferocious fight which results in Fletch’s death, and Don hides his body in the boot of his car as he and Jodie travel to Cardiff for the Play-Off’s. When the body is discovered, Jodie sees Don attempting to escape and calls out to him, as the police close in. Don mouths he is sorry to Jodie, before climbing into the crime-scene car, and looking back at his daughter one last time, drives head on into the Harchester coach causing an explosion which kills the team on board.
Jodie is not seen or mentioned again, but with Frank among the dead and the stigma of her father having wiped out the team, Jodie would no longer be welcome in Harchester and leaves for an unknown destination.