Club pays tribute to “an iconic Hillsborough figure”

Wednesday have spoken of the club’s deep sadness at the news of the passing of Trevor Francis, aged 69.

Trevor died this morning after suffering a heart attack in Spain and Wednesday paid tribute to him this afternoon on the club website, saying:

‘Francis is an iconic figure at Hillsborough having played for and managed the club.

After a glittering career taking in Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest, Manchester City, Sampdoria, Atlanta, Rangers and QPR, the gifted forward joined Wednesday for the final chapter of his playing days in 1990.

To say ‘Tricky Trev’ made an S6 impact would be an understatement. Time and again he entered proceedings from the bench to almost single-handedly turn games on their head.

Making 38 starts and 51 appearances as a substitute, he was a key figure in our promotion back to the top tier in 1990-91 and League Cup success of the same season.

The departure of manager Ron Atkinson opened the door for Francis to take the reins in June 1991.

During his first season in the hot seat, he led the Owls to a third-place finish in the old Division One and both domestic cup finals the following year, when Wednesday were twice agonisingly edged out by Arsenal.

Francis left Hillsborough in May 1995, leaving an indelible mark on the club’s history.

Our thoughts are with Trevor’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.’


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