Sea of orange persuaded Franks to sign

Memories of a sea of orange at the City of Manchester Stadium helped sway Fraser Franks to sign for the Hatters this week, writes Mark Wood.

Wednesday, 22nd January 2014, 9:00 am
Fraser Franks

Having injured his knee ligaments earlier in the season, the young defender had to look on from the sidelines as AFC Wimbledon beat Luton in a penalty shoot-out to earn promotion in the 2011 Conference play-off final.

He said: “I was there on the pitch for the celebrations and in the dressing room with the boys beforehand.

“I think Wimbledon has got a good fanbase itself, but half the stadium was orange that day and they were making a lot more noise than the Wimbledon fans.

“Now I will be doing everything I possibly can to get Luton back into the Football League.”

Interest from another Conference club and a Football League team had instigated the release clause in his Welling contract, but he still opted for Luton.

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