Trevor Francis, he was “One In A Million”, as he titled his own biography, coming out a few years ago, and during his career as a player and manager also build up a grand number of Leicester relations.
The news about his death have reached us all with great sadness and we have seen a number of his former teammates, with a life at Leicester, among them Gary Lineker and Nigel Pearson, sending their best.
As a player we all know the standards of Trevor Francis, and how he from an early age started to make headlines as a goalscorer for Birmingham. One hat trick against Leicester was among those. Before moving on to Forest in 1979, he had played 280 league games and scored 118 goals for The Blues. He is known to be the first £1million transfer in English football, when he moved to Forest.
Nigel Pearson played with Trevor Francis at Sheffield Wednesday, and also played under Francis as manager when both were with The Owls. Gary Lineker played for England together with Trevor Francis as the two had their pathway, one early, another late, in their England career.
Francis also had a time in life playing in the same team as Peter Shilton, when they both were in the Forest set up under Brian Clough together. Shilton and Francis also had a number of games together for England, both being in the World Cup 1982 team. Gary Mills was another teammate at Forest that later turned up at Leicester.
He played with Martin O’Neill both at Forest and Man City. Steve Earle was a team mate in the 1978 season at Detroit Express. Goalkeeper, Nicky Walker, played with Francis at Rangers. Steve Lynex was at Birmingham with Francis, both at the club in the days when that £1million move happened.
In his days as player manager at Sheffield Wednesday, you had relations to Nigel Worthington, Mark Bright, Lawrie Madden, Kevin Pressman and Julian Watts, all of them with a life at Leicester on time in their career.
During his life as a manager he also signed Ade Akinbiyi from Leicester for a fee of £2.2 million in February 2002, a cut price, and also worked with Steve Kember at the club, who had the vacant interim position before Francis arrived and also took over the job when Francis left in February 2003.
Again saddened to see yet another top footballer passing away, as we remember Trevor Francis, RIP.
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