Steve Francis (footballer)
|Full name||Stephen Stuart Francis|
|Date of birth||29 May 1964|
|Place of birth||Billericay, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Stephen Stuart "Steve" Francis (born 29 May 1964) is an English former professional footballer, born in Billericay, Essex, who made nearly 500 appearances in the Football League playing as a goalkeeper for Chelsea, Reading, Huddersfield Town and Northampton Town. He has wife named Lucy who together have 2 children Ollie and Jack.
Francis signed as an apprentice for Chelsea in July 1980,and made his debut as a 17-year-old at Southampton in the League Cup in October 1981,and made his League debut in November 1981. Francis was initially a regular in the side, but the arrival of new goalkeeper Eddie Niedzwiecki in 1983 saw him relegated to the reserves for most of the next three seasons. Francis returned to the first team after an injury to Niedzwiecki, but conceded 14 goals in three games over Easter 1986 and never played for the club again. He made a total of 88 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea.
Francis played in the Full Members Cup Final at Wembley in 1986 when Chelsea beat Manchester City 5-4, Niedzwiecki was injured for this match.
He left in 1987 to join Reading for £15,000, where he played a further 250 games and won the club's Player of the Year award in the 1986–87 season, before joining Huddersfield Town in 1993.
He was Huddersfield's first-choice goalkeeper for four seasons, then fell out of favour early in the 1997-98 season. Huddersfield loaned in goalkeepers Vince Bartram and Steve Harper before signing Nico Vaesen in the summer of 1998. Francis left in January 1999 to join Northampton Town, where he made just three league appearances.
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- Chelsea Football Club The Full Statistical Story 1905-1986 by Scott Cheshire and Ron Hockings ISBN 0-9511640-0-7
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- "Steve Francis Huddersfield Town FC". Football Heroes. Sporting Heroes Collections. Retrieved 27 November 2009.
- Steve Francis at Soccerbase
- League stats at Neil Brown's site
- Two pages of league stats and photos at Sporting Heroes
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