Tricky Trev … thanks for so many great Wednesday memories

Trevor Francis, former Wednesday striker and then manager, has passed away at the age of 69.

Former England international Francis, who became Britain’s first £1m footballer when he joined Nottingham Forest from Birmingham in 1979, died today after suffering a heart attack in Spain.

A statement released on behalf of his family said: “This has come as a huge shock to everybody. We are all very upset.

“He was a legendary footballer but he was also an extremely nice person.”

Trevor moved to Hillsborough when he was signed by then manager Ron Atkinson in 1990 and went on to play a major part in our successes in the nineties … both as player and then manager.

‘Tricky Trev’, as he became known by Wednesday fans, was a key member of the squad when we clinched promotion back to the old division one in the 1990-1991 campaign and was a non-playing substitute in the famous 1-0 League Cup final win over Manchester United at Wembley that same season.

Atkinson left the Owls after the double success to join Aston Villa and Trevor took over as player-manager, guiding Wednesday to a third-place finish in the top division in his first season in charge.

This earnt us a spot in the UEFA Cup for the following campaign and Trevor also led us to the FA Cup and League Cup finals in that 1992-93 season, the Owls losing both finals to Arsenal.

We went on to finish seventh in the league campaign and repeated that achievement in the following season.

Trevor finally retired as a player in 1994, having made 38 starts for the Owls and 51 appearances as a substitute, and was dismissed as Wednesday manager a year later after we finished 13th in the Premier League in the 1994-95 season.

He will be fondly remembered by club, players and fans as both an outstanding player and manager at Hillsborough during a highly successful period for the club and the London Owls join Wednesdayites throughout the world in sending our deepest sympathies to Trevor’s family at this sad time.

RIP Trevor.


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