Francis Stephenson

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Francis Stephenson
Personal information
Full name Francis Stephenson
Nickname The Colonel
Born (1976-01-20) 20 January 1976 (age 41)
Dewsbury, England
Playing information
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 17 st 0 lb (108 kg)
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1993–2000 Wakefield Trinity 125 6 0 0 24
2000–2001 Wigan Warriors 11 0 0 0 0
2001–2004 London Broncos 76 5 0 0 20
2004–2006 Hull Kingston Rovers 17 1 0 0 4
Total 229 12 0 0 48
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2000 England 3 1 0 0 4

Francis Stephenson ( (1976-01-20) 20 January 1976 (age 41)) is an English former rugby league footballer, and was the Operations Director at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

He retired from playing during the 2007 close season. He retires after playing in Hull K.R's promotion season in NL1

On signing in late 2005 Rovers made what they called a sensational swoop when the signed Stephenson from London Broncos a Super League star & club captain Yorkshire man Francis Stephenson put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the Robins. Francis nicknamed the colonel is a natural leader and has a presence on the pitch in the way he works with the team and in the changing rooms too.

Francis played his early rugby at Dewsbury Moor RLFC and impressed enough to represent England schools in 1992. His most memorable career moment came at Wakefield Trinity (Heritage № 1058), when he scored the match winning try in the 1998 NFP Grand Final, a try that ultimately took Wakefield Trinity into Super League.

Francis enjoyed two exceptional seasons in Super League, which resulted in selection for the England World Cup squad in 2000. A transfer to Wigan Warriors on the back of these fine performances followed but his period at the JJB was hindered by injury problems. A move to London Broncos came in 2002 and Stephenson soon established himself as a prominent member of the Broncos pack.

Soon after retiring he took up the role of General Manager at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, following the departure of the previous Chief Executive.

Within months of this appointment he was also instated as Team Manager of the England U18's team on their 2008 tour of Australia.

Away from Rugby League he continues to manage his own web design agency Buffalo Creative Media which he launched during the later stages of his playing career. Although not directly responsible for the day-to-day running any more he still takes a very active interest in its success.

First Division Grand Final appearances[edit]

Francis Stephenson played Left-Prop, i.e. number 8, and scored the match winning try in Wakefield Trinity’s 24-22 victory over Featherstone Rovers in the 1998 First Division Grand Final at McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield on 26 September 1998.[1]

Financial Crisis At Wakefield Trinity Wildcats[edit]

In 2000, at the height of a financial crisis at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, the contracts of all players aged over 24 were terminated during September 2000. The players affected were; Andy Fisher, Bobbie Goulding, Warren Jowitt, Tony Kemp (player-coach), Steve McNamara, Francis Maloney, Martin Masella, Steve Prescott, Bright Sodje, Francis Stephenson, and Glen Tomlinson.[2]

Genealogical Information[edit]

Francis Stephenson is the son of Nigel Stephenson, the former Centre for Dewsbury, Bradford Northern, Carlisle RLFC, Wakefield Trinity, York, Yorkshire, and England, but is not a relative of Nigel Stephenson's fellow Dewsbury 1973 Rugby Football League Championship winner Mike "Stevo" Stephenson.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hoole, Les (2004). Wakefield Trinity RLFC - FIFTY GREAT GAMES. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-429-9
  2. ^ "Goodway calls for aid package". BBC. 2001-04-24. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 

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