Frankie Artus was a loan player who appeared for Exeter City at the start of his career. He was destined to play mainly in non-league football chiefly for Bath City.
Frankie had played for Bristol City academy teams when at school before signing as a trainee in 2005. He was to be a professional at Ashton Gate from 2006 to 2010 without ever playing for the first-team whilst having loans at Exeter City, Brentford, Kettering, Cheltenham (twice) and Chesterfield.
Exeter was the first of these temporary moves with Paul Tisdale signing Frankie in August 2007 ahead of City’s Conference season. Frankie made his debut in the opening day win at Altrincham and he went on to start a total of eight league games coming on as a substitute twice more. His final appearance, against Ebbsfleet on 22 September 2007, was sooner than expected.
Back at Bristol City, Frankie next went out on loan to Brentford for whom he made his Football League debut in September 2008. Thereafter the most first-team football Frankie saw, before his eventual Bristol City release, was 16 league games (3 goals) for Cheltenham spread over two periods in 2009. Consequently it wasn’t a great surprise when Frankie signed a one-year deal with Cheltenham in July 2010 with him making 29 league appearances for the Whaddon Road club during 2010/11. But this time there was no offer from a Football League club and Frankie dropped to the Conference playing two seasons for Grimsby Town clocking-up 51 league appearances.
After his spell in Lincolnshire Frankie looked to play non-league football within reasonable reach of Bristol and, after a season at Hereford, he signed for Bath City in June 2014. Settling with the Romans Frankie played around 200 games in seven seasons at Twerton Park before joining Swindon Supermarine and, as of 2022/23, playing for Bristol Manor Farm.