Francis suffers heart attack

Updated: April 13, 2012

England’s first ever £1million player;  Trevor Francis has been admitted to hospital having suffered a heart attack

Having been admitted to hospital, he was immediately operated on and fitted with a coronary stent to keep his arteries open.

Francis enjoyed a distinguished managerial playing career;  taking in spells at Birmingham City, Manchester City, Rangers, Sampdoria and QPR.  He also of course scored the winner for Nottingham Forest in the 1979 European Cup final.

It is at Birmingham City that he is most fondly remembered however having spent eight seasons at the west midlands club as player (from 1971-’78) and a further five years as manager (1996-2001).  The club issued the following statement on Friday evening:

“Everybody at Birmingham City FC would like to send our best wishes to club legend Trevor Francis following news that he is recovering in hospital from a suspected heart attack.

“The former Blues striker and manager is much loved by everybody associated with the club and we’d like to wish Trevor a speedy recovery.”

His family are hopeful he will be able to return home next week.

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