Ex-Football Stars Pay Heartfelt Tribute to the Remarkable Gentleman, Trevor Francis
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Ex-Football Stars Pay Heartfelt Tribute to the Remarkable Gentleman, Trevor Francis

24 July 2023
2 min.
Ex-Football Stars Pay Heartfelt Tribute to the Remarkable Gentleman, Trevor Francis

Football's Lost Legend

In memory of the late Trevor Francis, former footballers and media personalities unite to pay heartfelt tributes.

He was Britain's first £1 million player and scored the winning goal for Nottingham Forest in the 1979 European Cup final. As a manager, he led Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham to major finals. His impact on the sport was profound, deeply felt by all who knew and admired him.

Peter Shilton, the former Forest and England goalkeeper, expressed his devastation on Twitter, remembering Francis as a "wonderful gentleman" and a cherished friend. Gary Lineker, former England striker turned TV presenter, also paid tribute, praising Francis as both a talented footballer and a lovely man to work alongside.

Fond memories of Francis extend beyond the pitch, with Chris Waddle, who played under Francis' management at Sheffield Wednesday, expressing sorrow and gratitude for the opportunity. Mark Bright, another member of that Wednesday side, thanked Francis and his wife Helen for their kindness and support during his time at the club.

Chris Kamara, the former midfielder turned media colleague of Francis', shared his grief, calling Francis a "gentleman" and a player who always looked like a million dollars. Hayley McQueen, a fellow media personality, remembered the couple as one of the loveliest she had met during her work.

Francis' career spanned multiple clubs, including Birmingham, Forest, Sampdoria, Rangers, QPR, Manchester City, and Wednesday. His fame extended beyond football circles, as evidenced by the tribute from former heavyweight world boxing champion Frank Bruno.

Trevor Francis' legacy will live on, not just for his footballing achievements but also for his eloquent analysis as a TV pundit. Piers Morgan praised him as a "lovely man," a superb TV personality, and an iconic figure in the sport.

The footballing world is united in grief, and Trevor Francis will forever be remembered as a legend who touched the lives of many, on and off the field.

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