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Happy birthday TF!

Posted: Sat 19 Apr 2014

Today (Saturday 19 April) is the 60th birthday of Blues legend Trevor Francis.

Trevor is regarded by most Blues fans as the greatest player ever to pull on the royal blue shirt of the club.

Born in Plymouth in 1954, he joined Blues straight from school in July 1969.

The maestro exploded on the footballing scene at the tender age of just 16-years-of-age by scoring a phenomenal 15 goals in his first 21 matches for the club; including a four-goal haul against Bolton in a Second Division game in February 1971.

He was an unbelievable talent that had almost everything you could want from a forward; including pace, skill, confidence and of course an eye for goal.

He helped Blues win promotion to the First Division in the 1971/72 season, when he found the back of the net 12 times  

Throughout the 1970s Trevor played a major role in keeping the club in the top flight and he recorded his best ever goal tally for the club during the 1977/78 season when he found the back of the net no less than 29 times.

After ten years and 133 goals in 329 first-class games, Trevor left Blues to join Nottingham Forest, and at the same time became Britain's first £1m player.

Just three months after his arrival in Nottingham, he scored the winning goal for Brian Clough's side in their 1-0 win over Swedish outfit Malmo in the 1979 European Cup Final.

After leaving Forest in 1981, he went on to play for Detroit Express in the NASL, Sampdoria and Atalanta in Italy, Glasgow Rangers, Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday.

After hanging up his playing boots at the age of 39, the former England-international moved into the management side of the game where he had spells at Sheffield Wednesday, Blues and Crystal Palace. In his time back at St. Andrew's between 1996 and 2001 he guided Blues into the play-offs on three separate occasions, albeit unsuccessfully. He also took Blues into the 2001 Football League Cup Final, where they narrowly lost to Liverpool on penalties.

TF we salute you!

Honours as a player:
Birmingham City: Second Division runner-up: 1971–72
Detroit Express: Central Division of the American Conference winner 1978
Nottingham Forest: First Division runner-up 1978–79, European Cup winner: 1979,1980, European Super Cup winner 1979, European Super Cup finalist 1980, Intercontinental Cup finalist 1980, League Cup finalist 1980
Sampdoria: Coppa Italia winner 1985, Coppa Italia finalist 1986.
Rangers: Scottish League Cup winner 1987.
Sheffield Wednesday: League Cup winner 1991.

Honours as a manager
Sheffield Wednesday: FA Cup finalist: 1993: League Cup finalist 1993
Birmingham City: League Cup finalist: 2001

Happy Birthday TF - Watch some of Trevor Francis' best bits: