April 1949: Stoke City and England centre-half Neil Franklin chests the ball.
English great Tom Finney thought Franklin was “the best centre-half I ever played with or against. Just before the 1950 World Cup, he went off to play in Colombia, thinking he was going to make a bit of money, but it didn’t work out. When he came back, the FA were furious and clubs wouldn’t touch him. He was still good enough to play for England, though. It was very sad.”
March 1951: Blackpool star Stan Mortensen is carried from the pitch after a collision with Birmingham City goalkeeper Gil Merrick in the FA Cup semi-final at Maine Road. The game finished goalless. Blackpool won the replay 2-1 but lost in the final to Newcastle United.