Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - WORLD CUP HERO CARS -

Trevor Francis be­came Eng­land’s most ex­pen­sive player in 1979 when Not­ting­ham For­est bought him for £1mil­lion. Archive video footage shows Trevor ar­riv­ing at the ‘City Ground’ in his Jaguar XJ-S, as he’d al­ready es­tab­lished him­self as a top player with Birm­ing­ham City pre­vi­ously. He been an Eng­land in­ter­na­tional for two years al­ready, so pres­tige XJ-S own­er­ship seemed ap­pro­pri­ate.

He would some­times re­turn home to Pen­ny­cross in Ply­mouth where lo­cals would see him cruise by in his Jag. One resident hap­pened to see him parked up in his par­ents’ drive­way with the bon­net up af­ter suf­fer­ing wa­ter pump is­sues. On sug­gest­ing that he could keep the oil and grease away from his hands and in­stead take the XJ-S to a lo­cal garage, the ever-mod­est Francis po­litely de­clined, say­ing that he didn’t want any ‘lo­cal celebrity’ treat­ment.

FUN FOOT­BALL FACT Francis played 52 times for Eng­land be­tween 1977 and 1986. He scored 12 in­ter­na­tional goals, two of those in the group stages of the 1982 World Cup it­self. He would also jus­tify his then Eng­land record £1m price tag by scor­ing the win­ning goal for Not­ting­ham For­rest in the 1979 Euro­pean Cup Fi­nal against Malmo.


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