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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Ex-QPR Player & Manager Trevor Francis Birthday

Ex-QPR's Trevor Francis Turns 53: Born April 19, 1954.
Brilliant, brilliant player whose period as (Player) manager for QPR wasn't completely happy.

Signed by Jim Smith on a free transfer in the Spring of 1988, Francis replaced Smith the following season, in late 1988 when Smith joined Newcastle. A little over a year later, Francis was himself replaced by his coach Don Howe. In his time as QPR manager, Francis signed a number of players including Peter Reid, Nigel Spackman, Colin Clarke and Andy Sinton. His last-arranged signing (completed after his departure was Ray Wilkins!) At QPR, Francis scored 12 goals in 32 appearances, including a hatrick at Aston Villa. His most "famous" act as QPR Manager (still sometimes noted in profiles, two decades later), was to fine a player Martin Allen (now manager at MK Dons) for missing a game to attend the birth of his child.
Obviously his most famous days as a player were at Birmingham where he was the teenage wonder kid: 15 goals in 15 games as a 15 or 16 year old; then joined Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest in the first million pound transfer.

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