Gerry Francis (footballer, born 1933)

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For the English footballer and manager born in 1951, see Gerry Francis.
Gerald Francis
Personal information
Full name Gerald Francis
Date of birth (1933-12-06) 6 December 1933 (age 81)
Place of birth Johannesburg, South Africa
Playing position Right winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1962 Leeds United 46 (9)
1961–1962 York City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gerry Francis (born Johannesburg, South Africa, 6 December 1933) is a former professional footballer who played as a right winger for Leeds United and York City. He was the first black footballer to play for Leeds.

Playing career[edit]

Francis, who was a shoe-repairer from South Africa, began his footballing career in England as an amateur with Leeds United before being given a professional contract in July 1957. He made his debut in the 1959–60 season, becoming the first black footballer to play for Leeds. He joined a declining side that was relegated at the end of the 1959–60 season and despite a spectacular goal against Everton in October 1959 and a memorable performance in a 3–2 victory at Lincoln City in December 1960, he struggled to make an impression and was released in October 1961 to join York City where he scored four goals in 16 appearances in the 1961–62 season.

Francis is credited with paving the way for other black players that make up the ranks of the British premiership, especially those of South African heritage.

Personal life[edit]

In 1962, Francis married a Trinidadian-born bookkeeper. Together they had two children, born in 1968 and 1973. In 1971, Francis and his children migrated to Toronto, Canada. He currently resides with his wife of 49 years, children and two grandchildren.

Playing statistics[edit]

Club League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps (goals) Apps (goals) Apps (goals) Apps (goals)
Leeds United 46 (9) 1 (0) 3 (0) 50 (9)
York City 16 (4)

References[edit]

  • Mourant, Andrew (1992). Leeds United: Player by Player. Guinness Publishing Ltd. p. 17. ISBN 0-85112-568-9.