Francisco Lesmes

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Francisco Lesmes
Personal information
Full name Francisco Lesmes Bobed
Date of birth (1924-03-04)4 March 1924
Place of birth Ceuta, Spain
Date of death 11 August 2005(2005-08-11) (aged 81)
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Imperio de Ceuta
África Ceutí
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–1948 SD Ceuta
1948–1949 Granada
1949–1961 Valladolid 279 (2)
National team
1954 Spain 1 (0)
Teams managed
1961–1962 Valladolid
1963–1964 Valladolid
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Francisco Lesmes Bobed (4 March 1924 – 11 August 2005) was a Spanish footballer who played as a defender.

Club career[edit]

After starting his professional career with Granada CF, Lesmes moved to La Liga and Real Valladolid in 1948, going on to play the remainder of his career with the Castile and León side. Eleven of his twelve seasons were spent in the top flight.

Lesmes retired in 1961 at the age of 37, appearing in 316 official games with his main club and scoring three goals.[1] As he was still part of the squad in the 1960–61 season he started working as a manager with the team,[2] being in charge during seven games as the campaign ended in top level relegation.

Lesmes also coached Valladolid in 1963–64, meeting the same fate. He was in charge of the Estadio Nuevo José Zorrilla stadium's maintenance from 1988–96.[3]

International career[edit]

On 6 January 1954, Lesmes earned his first and only cap with the Spain national team, in a 4–1 home win against Turkey for the 1954 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Lesmes' younger brother, Rafael, was also a footballer and a defender. Often referred to as Lesmes II as he played in Valladolid with his sibling for four seasons, he represented mainly Real Madrid, and played with Spain twice.[1][5]


Francisco, also known as Paco during his playing days,[1] died on 11 August 2005 at the age of 81.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Leyendas del Real Valladolid C. F. – Lesmes I" [Real Valladolid C. F. legends – Lesmes I]. El Norte de Castilla (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Lesmes, jugador y entrenador del Valladolid" [Lesmes, Valladolid player and coach]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 24 March 1961. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "La muerte de Paco Lesmes viste de luto a la familia blanquivioleta" [Death of Paco Lesmes puts blanquivioleta family in mourning]. ABC (in Spanish). 13 August 2005. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "España, 4 – Turquía, 1" [Spain, 4 – Turkey, 1]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 7 January 1954. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "Rafa Lesmes, muere la última leyenda" [Rafa Lesmes, the last legend dies]. El Diario Montañés (in Spanish). 9 October 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 

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