Homage to one of my school boy football legends Trevor Francis.
On 30 October 1976 he scored one of Birmingham’s most famous goals, when he turned away from the touchline and cut inside four QPR defenders, constantly being forced backwards, before suddenly unleashing a 25-yard shot which caught the goalkeeper off guard.
In 1977, he was given his first England cap and was the first million pound player bought by Nottingham Forest.
While recognized as the first million pound player, the actual transfer fee for the player £1,150,000, including 15% commission to the Football League. There is a myth that the fee was £999,999 – £1 short of the million mark as Brian Clough wanted to ensure this milestone mark did not go to the player’s head, although Trevor Francis says it was a tongue in cheek remark by Brian Clough.[manger of Nottingham Forest] With taxes the total fee exceeded £1.1m