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 Posted: Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 07:52 pm
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Trevor Francis.

Makes his league debut in the Second Division as a 16 year old (still the youngest ever to play for Blues) and scores.   Becomes a starting regular later on that season, when Blues have won 5 matches out of 21.  In the next 14 games we win 11 and draw 3 and he scores 13 goals - and misses  three of those games.   Includes a 4-0 win over Bolton where he scores all 4 goals, something no other 16 year old has ever done.

The next season he's rested at the start, Blues go nowhere, then he's back in the team.  Half-way through the season Blues are 14th.  Then the results are W, W, W, D, W, W, D, D, W, W, D, W, W, D, D, W, W and we need a draw in the last game of the season to get promoted back to the top division for the first time in 8 years.  Trip to Orient, 1-0 win and we're back.

We spent the next 7 years avoiding relegation thanks to his goals.  Then we sell him for £1m - double the transfer record at the time - and promptly get relegated...

Best player ever to don the royal blue.

The only one who came close was Christophe Dugarry, who kept us up in the half-a-season he played for us with some blistering displays.