Remembering Trevor Francis | From Dream Transfers to Legendary Legacy
In the market of transfers, now footballers command millions of pounds, dollars, or euros. But at one time, a hundred thousand pounds or dollars seemed like a dream. Trevor Francis was one such player of that time. The first British footballer to be transferred for a million pounds or ten lakh pounds at that time. The former English forward, Francis, has passed away today due to a heart attack. It has been confirmed in a statement from the family that Francis, 69 years old, has passed away.
In 1979, he joined Nottingham Forest from Birmingham for this record transfer fee. In the same year, he led Nottingham to win the European Cup (now known as the Champions League). He scored the decisive goal in the final against Swedish club Malmo. It was Nottingham's first Champions League victory in their history. The following year, Francis led the club to win the Champions League again. After concluding his time at Nottingham, he joined Manchester City in 1981 and later played for Sampdoria and Atalanta in Italy.
Representing the England national team, Francis scored 12 goals in 52 matches in his 9-year career. He also played in the 1982 FIFA World Cup held in Spain. After retiring, he worked as a coach for Queens Park Rangers, Birmingham City, Sheffield Wednesday, and Crystal Palace. He also worked as a football analyst for Sky Sports and BT Sport.
The news of Francis's death has been conveyed in a statement from his family, saying, "It is a huge blow for us, and we are deeply saddened. He was not only a legendary footballer but also an extraordinary human being."