Gerry FRANCIS

Queens Park Rangers

Gerry Francis - Queens Park Rangers - League appearances for QPR.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 26 August 1975

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    • POSITION
      Midfielder
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Thursday, 06 December 1951
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      London, England.
  • INTERNATIONAL
  • England
  • CLUBS
  • Coventry City
    • Club Career Dates
      1982-1983
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 16th January 1982 in a 4-2 defeat at home to Ipswich Town (Aged: 30)
    • Club Career
      (Feb 1982-Aug 1983)
      50 League apps, 2 goals
  • Crystal Palace
    • Club Career Dates
      1979-1981
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 18th August 1979 in a 0-0 draw at Manchester City (Aged: 27)
    • Club Career
      59 League apps, 7 goals
  • Queens Park Rangers
    • Club Career Dates
      1968-1979
    • League Debut
      Unknown
    • Club Career
      290 League apps (+5 as sub), 53 goals
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Gerry FRANCIS - Queens Park Rangers - League appearances for QPR.

Gerry Francis is pictured during the 2-2 draw against Wolves on 26th August 1975.

 

Q.P.R.:   1968-1969     Played   3     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
     1969-1970     Played   10     Scored   2   goals   (Division 2)
     1970-1971     Played   36     Scored   5   goals   (Division 2)
     1971-1972     Played   38     Scored   3   goals   (Division 2)
     1972-1973     Played   42     Scored   9   goals   (Division 2)
     1973-1974     Played   40     Scored   8   goals   (Division 1)
     1974-1975     Played   35     Scored   7   goals   (Division 1)
     1975-1976     Played   36     Scored   12   goals   (Division 1)
     1976-1977     Played   11     Scored   3   goals   (Division 1)
     1977-1978     Played   13     Scored   2   goals   (Division 1)
     1978-1979     Played   31     Scored   2   goals   (Division 1)
 
Transferred to Crystal Palace in July 1979
 

A superb, marauding midfielder with lots of energy and a powerful shot, it was anticipated that Gerry Francis would have a glittering England career ahead of him when brand new coach Don Revie gave the main schemer in an upwardly-mobile QPR side his debut at the very beginning of England's quest to reach the 1976 European Championships. Czechoslovakia were duly thumped 3-0 and Revie's first selection had paid off handsomely. Francis duly retained his place for England's next game - a disappointing 0-0 draw in a friendly against Portugal (see photo above, Gerry sprawled out on the Wembley turf after a heavy challenge) - before the first of numerous injuries then contrived to keep him away from the national side for six months, before returning for the 1975 Home Internationals.

 

He played in the 2-2 draw with Wales; then three days later scored twice in the famous 5-1 cuffing of Scotland. One of the goals remains especially well-remembered, as Gerry took a loose ball towards goal from 30 yards and hammered a swerving shot beyond the statuesque Stewart Kennedy to put England in firm control. His stint with England then got more eventful as Revie gave him the captaincy after just four appearancess, having decided in a rather covert manner to ditch Alan Ball as both skipper and player (Ball found out from a journalist) but Francis, who was clearly blameless in the matter, was not successful in the role thanks to his appalling injury record.

 

He wore the armband eight times over the next 12 months (scoring his other England goal in the Home International cakewalk against Northern Ireland) but missed two matches through lack of fitness and Revie found it difficult to make plans for him without knowing his return date. His 12th appearance - the opening qualifier for the 1978 World Cup which England won 4-1 in Finland - proved to be his last. Francis lost the captaincy to Kevin Keegan and played barely 25 times for QPR over the next two seasons, and when he finally got some fitness back at the end of the decade, Revie had gone and England had moved on. (Matthew Rudd)