Frankie Bennett, previously at Southampton and Bristol Rovers, briefly played for the Grecians towards the end of the 1999/2000 season. He later went into non-league with Forest Green Rovers and several other clubs in the Bristol area.
Frankie, then at Halesowen, had been recommended to Exeter City manager Alan Ball during the 1992/93 but nothing came of the move. He then signed for Southampton in February 1993 in a £50,000 deal with Alan Ball later becoming his manager in January 1994. Frankie scored once in 19 league matches for Southampton and also had a loan spell with Shrewsbury Town in October 1996 where he netted three goals in five league outings. A month later he was transferred to Bristol Rovers for whom he featured mainly as a substitute coming off the bench 29 times in 44 league appearances.
Frankie finally signed for Exeter City in February 2000, initially on loan but then on a non-contract basis, following his release by Rovers. He made his league debut for the Grecians in a 1-1 draw at Mansfield Town and scored his only league goal for the club against Plymouth Argyle in another 1-1 score line.
The Argyle game proved to be Frankie’s penultimate appearance in the Football League for he was to sign for non-league Forest Green Rovers in March 2000 prior to moving to Weston-Super-Mare. After signing for Bath City in June 2002, Frankie later appeared for Aberystwyth and Brislington.