|Full name||Cornelius Franklin|
|Date of birth||24 January 1922|
|Place of birth||Shelton, England|
|Date of death||9 February 1996 (aged 74)|
|Place of death||Stoke-on-Trent, England|
Independiente Santa Fe
1 Senior club appearances and goals
Cornelius 'Neil' Franklin (24 January 1922 – 9 February 1996) was an English footballer.
Franklin turned professional in January 1939, and his career was just about to take off only to be put on hold by the suspension of League football because of the Second World War.
During the war he made 186 appearances for Stoke City in friendly and regional fixtures as well as representing England in wartime internationals.
When peacetime soccer resumed he was generally regarded as the country's best centre-half, and went on to make 142 League and 20 FA Cup appearances for Stoke, as well as winning 27 full England caps. By 1950, however, he was ready to leave Stoke - he was unhappy with the £20 a week maximum wage limit imposed by the FA, and felt the local air was not conducive to healthy living, as the local pottery kilns continually belched out their smoke and fumes. He wanted to move his family away to a cleaner climate, but what no-one envisaged was that would mean not just another club, but another continent.
In the summer of 1950 Franklin broke his contract with Stoke City and left the country for Colombia, to play for Independiente Santa Fe of Bogotá. He was on a £5,000 per year contract, with £35 win bonuses - a small fortune in the 1950s. However, Colombia was outside FIFA jurisdiction and their FA was considered a rebel authority. The situation was further aggravated when Franklin, who had just won his 27th consecutive England cap, declined to join the squad for the 1950 World Cup finals in neighbouring Brazil. Political and social unrest in Colombia made it hard for Franklin and his family to settle, and they returned to England after just four weeks.
A suspension from league football followed and he never played for Stoke or England again. In February 1951, he moved to Second Division club Hull City for £22,500, at the time a world record fee for a defender. 
After leaving Hull, he had brief spells with Crewe Alexandra, Stockport County and Macclesfield Town and also tried management at Colchester United. He later ran a pub called the Dog and Doublet in Sandon, Staffordshire and died in 1996 aged 74.
Tom Finney also selected Neil Franklin for his Dream Team: