Prince, Frank

Birth Date

1st December 1949


Penarth, Glamorgan



Biographical Text

Frank Prince played for Exeter City between 1980 and 1982. He joined the club after making over 350 appearances for Bristol Rovers and played in the game at Leicester City during the 1981 FA Cup run. He later spent over twenty years as Torquay United’s community development officer.

Starting as an apprentice with Bristol Rovers, Frank earned a professional contract in December 1967 to launch a long association with Rovers during which time he amassed 362 league appearances (scoring 22 goals) in a thirteen-year spell. He also won four caps for the Wales Under-23 side.

Aged thirty when he finally left Rovers, Frank joined Exeter City July 1980 and made his debut against Gillingham on the opening day of the 1980/81 season. Soon losing his place to Dick Forbes, he rarely played beyond the end of October. Consequently missing out on much of the run to the 6th round of the FA Cup, he nonetheless played a part when drafted into the team to replace Ian Pearson for the 4th round game at Leicester City. 

Featuring in ten league games in 1981/82 he left to join Gloucester City before working as a greengrocer ahead of a return to football as community officer at Torquay United in 1992. Held in great affection at Plainmoor, Frank continued in post until his retirement in 2014.



Appearances as Substitute






Stewart White

I was lucky enough to play in the same sunday team as Frank (London & Manchester) after he left City. We had a number of us who had played for Exeter City at different levels and some Western League players but it was Frank who stood head and shoulders above anyone else on the pitch most weeks.

He oozed class on and off the field - really nice, genuine man. 

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