Jim Francis

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Jim Francis
Personal information
Date of birth 12 October 1910
Date of death 16 November 2004(2004-11-16) (aged 94)
Original team(s) Manningtree P.S.
Height / weight 183 cm, 80 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1929–1933 Hawthorn 061 (26)
1934–1943 Carlton 162 (52)
Total 223 (78)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1956–1958 Carlton 55 (29–25–1)
1959–1960 St Kilda 36 (18–18–0)
Total 91 (47–43–1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1943.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Jim Francis (12 October 1910 – 16 November 2004[1]) was an Australian rules footballer and coach in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

After playing 61 games for Hawthorn, Francis made his debut for the Carlton Football Club in round 9 of the 1934 season. He retired as a player at the end of the 1943 season and was appointed coach of the Blues from 1956 to 1958. Under his tenure the Blues struggled despite having a good side on paper and Francis was sacked in 1958. Francis was bitter about the firing and never spoke to his former close friend and Carlton coaching successor Ken Hands again.

Francis was appointed St Kilda Football Club senior coach for 1959–60, again achieving modest on-field results.

His brothers John and Syd also played VFL football, both for Hawthorn.[2]


  1. ^ Brewster, Richard (12 February 2005). "Memories of a footy hero". The Age. 
  2. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2011). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (9th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Bas Publishing. p. 282. ISBN 978-1-921496-12-7.

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