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EZE Group XI: Francis and Dugarry

Posted: Fri 25 Apr 2014
Author: Andy Walker

Trevor Francis and Christophe Dugarry

Blues have teamed up with the club's diamond partners EZE Group to give fans the chance to pick their all-time Blues XI and win some fabulous weekly prizes.

This week we asked the club's Twitter followers to let us know which two players deserved the accolade of being the first-choice strikers in the #EZEGroupXI. The pair will join goalkeeper Joe Hart, full-backs Stephen Carr and Martin Grainger, centre-halves Kenny Cunningham and Michael Johnson, widemen Seb Larsson and Stan Lazaridis and central midfielders Robbie Savage and Barry Ferguson in completing the #EZEGroupXI.

The overwhelming and unsurprising winners were Trevor Francis and Christophe Dugarry. Other former players that polled well were Mikael Forssell, Geoff Horsfield and Bob Hatton.

The lucky winner of this week's #EZEGroupXI competition is @stevencale (Steven Cale)  who wins the opportunity to lead the teams out on to the field of play at the last home game of the season against Wigan Athletic on Tuesday 29 April and then watch the match with up to three other people (four tickets in total) in the Main Stand.

Flashback Friday - the strikers

Name: Trevor Francis
Born: 19 April 1954
Place of birth: Plymouth
Clubs: Birmingham City, Detroit Express (loan), Nottingham Forest, Manchester City, Sampdoria, Atalanta, Rangers, Wollongong City, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday.
Played for Blues: From 1969-1979
Blues appearances: 329 (133 goals)

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.

Name: Christophe Dugarry
Born: 24 March 1972
Place of birth: Lormont, France
Clubs: Bordeaux, AC Milan, Barcelona, Marseille, Birmingham City, Qatar SC.
Played for Blues: From 2003-2004
Blues appearances: 31 (6 goals)

Dugarry initially joined Birmingham City on loan from Bordeaux in January 2003. 

That season, the mercurial Frenchman was in outstanding form to help cement Blues' Barclays Premier League status with a run of five goal in four games. He penned a permanent two-year deal on the final day of the 2002/03 season but only stayed at the club for a further season before briefly joining Qatar SC before hanging up his boots.

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